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Fundamentals of UX Design

Learn how to design effective and enjoyable user experiences by developing valuable skills in user research, design principles, problem solving and testing.

It's impossible not to interact with computers, whether for work, leisure or socialising. However, the quality of these interactions can vary from very good to very frustrating! A user experience designer understands not just how to design and produce an enjoyable user experience, but also why effectiveness matters. This course introduces the key activities and stages of a user experience design project, and provides an opportunity to put these into practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
• Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Degree Level.
• Applicants may also be considered provided they can demonstrate Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.


20 weeks, 1 evening per week.

Number of credits

10 ECTS (Level 9 Award)

Careers or further progression

Future careers
This course opens up a range of user experience employment opportunities, including careers in: interaction design, user research, requirements analysis, user interface and interaction design, prototyping, and user testing. Successful graduates of the course can apply for the MSc in User Experience Design or for a suitable research postgraduate Masters Degree in IADT.

Further enquiries

Dr Andrew Errity, Course Co-ordinator
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Subjects taught

What topics will I study?
• History + philosophy of human-computer interaction,
universal design, interaction design + user experience design
• Interaction design, user-centred design + user experience design methods
• Usability heuristics + heuristic evaluation
• Key interaction paradigms + design patterns
• User personas + scenarios
• Low-fidelity (paper) prototyping
• Principles of graphic design, visual hierarchy, layout + typography
• Design thinking; how to plan + run ideation workshops
• Creative teamwork
• Design evaluation, validation + testing
• Ethical guidelines.

Assessment method

Two written pieces of continuous assessment work, submitted by students at the end of Term 1 (Week 10) and Term 2 (Week 20).

Application date

Application Date: 22 August 2018, 4pm.

Course fee


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