Become a UX Designer from Scratch

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How this course will help your career

If you want to become part of one of the most rapidly growing fields in design, then this course is for you. “Become a UX Designer from Scratch” will take things right back to the beginning, showing you how to embark on a new career in UX design from scratch.

All products, whether digital or otherwise, must deliver a high-quality user experience (UX) or risk losing users to competitors—after all, a product is useless without users! Products with good UX sell better; in fact, design-centric businesses have consistently outperformed the industry average by more than double1. Demand for UX designers is therefore increasing; they are already prevalent in tech companies, and there is a growing need for them within other industries. UX impacts UI design, web design, and graphic design, and understanding the field of UX will improve your efforts within all of those areas.

This course aims to give you all the basic skills you will need to assist companies in delivering the right UX for their products. All techniques included in the teaching are tried and tested industry standards, equipping you with the very best knowledge to start your new professional direction. There are two modules in particular that will assist you in landing your UX job—one aimed at writing the perfect resume, developing the right portfolio, and impressing in an interview, and the other based on initial UX consultant work – focusing on client relationships. Wait no longer to begin your professional UX career!

What you will learn

  • An introduction to all areas of UX work and why UX matters
  • A look at the demands of UX in the workplace and the roles they occupy
  • The basic practical skills to conduct UX work, including the techniques for developing UX projects
  • How to build a resume and portfolio as well as wield the interview technique required to land you a UX role
  • The confidence to work with UX clients as a consultant

Who should take this course

This is a beginner-level course suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a career in UX design:

  • UX designers looking to build effective resumes and land their next UX jobs
  • Students keen on becoming UX designers or UX consultants
  • Entrepreneurs interested in conducting UX work on their own products or services
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX design

Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Learn and work with a global team of designers

When you take part in this course, you will join a global multidisciplinary team working on the course and the exercises at the same time as you. You will work together to improve your skills and understanding. Your course group will be made up of an incredibly diverse group of professionals, all of whom have the same objective—to become successful designers. It’s your chance to learn, grow, and network with your peers across the planet.

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Gain an industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

Course Certificate

Our courses and Course Certificates are trusted by these industry leaders, who have taken up company memberships with the IDF:

Centure, Adobe, GE, IBM, Philips and SAP

Lessons in this course

  • Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week.
  • Lessons remain open for you forever and have no deadlines.
  • There is no time limit to finish a course.
  • You have permanent access to your course material, answers, and classmates for the entire duration of your membership.
  • Estimated time to complete: 11 hours 15 mins spread over 10 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 42 mins.

  • 0.1: Welcome to 'UX Design from Scratch' (3 mins)
  • 0.2: An introduction to IDF courses (14 mins)
  • 0.3: Let our community help you (1 min)
  • 0.4: Meet your peers online in our discussion forums (6 mins)
  • 0.5: Meet and learn from design professionals in your area (1 min)
  • 0.6: Gain Timeless Knowledge Through IDF Courses (11 mins)
  • 0.7: How to earn your Course Certificate (4 mins)
  • 0.8: Mandatory lessons vs. Optional lessons (2 mins)
  • 0.9: A mix between video-based and text-based lesson content (2 mins)

Lesson 1: What is User Experience Design All About?

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 52 mins.

  • 1.1: So, what is User Experience Design? (9 mins)
  • 1.2: What is User-Centered Design? (4 mins)
  • 1.3: User-Centered Design in Detail (3 mins)
  • 1.4: UX and User-Centered Design (8 mins)
  • 1.5: Development Methodologies and UX Design (9 mins)
  • 1.6: Case Study (A Small UX Web Design Project) (10 mins)
  • 1.7: UX Fails - What Happens When the UX of a Product isn't Right? (4 mins)
  • 1.8: UX and UCD Approach (5 mins)

Lesson 2: What do User Experience Designers Do?

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 36 mins.

  • 2.1: Careers in UX Design (10 mins)
  • 2.2: The Disciplines of UX Design (11 mins)
  • 2.3: Video interview (10 mins)
  • 2.4: UX Career (5 mins)

Lesson 3: User Experience Planning

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 6 mins.

  • 3.1: Introduction to UX Planning (8 mins)
  • 3.2: How to Sell UX Design to Clients (1 hour 3 mins)
  • 3.3: Requirements Capture (6 mins)
  • 3.4: Developing UX Solutions (8 mins)
  • 3.5: Budgeting for UX (8 mins)
  • 3.6: Approaching UX with a tiny/very limited Budget (8 mins)
  • 3.7: Planning a UX Project - An Example (9 mins)
  • 3.8: Working with Others on a UX Project (10 mins)
  • 3.9: Planning Skills and UX Projects (5 mins)

Lesson 4: Research for UX Design Projects

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 44 mins.

  • 4.1: Identifying Stakeholders (8 mins)
  • 4.2: Stakeholder Interviews (8 mins)
  • 4.3: Coming to a Shared Understanding in Stakeholder Interviews (8 mins)
  • 4.4: Requirements Capture Workshops (11 mins)
  • 4.5: Using Your Findings from Requirements Capture Workshops (2 mins)
  • 4.6: Benchmarks (8 mins)
  • 4.7: Contextual Research (8 mins)
  • 4.8: Analytics (9 mins)
  • 4.9: Surveys (9 mins)
  • 4.10: Expert Reviews (7 mins)
  • 4.11: Preparing for Usability Testing (10 mins)
  • 4.12: Conducting Usability Testing (10 mins)
  • 4.13: UX Research Strategies (5 mins)

Lesson 5: The Tools and Techniques for UX Design

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 14 mins.

  • 5.1: Ideation Workshops (10 mins)
  • 5.2: Task Models and User Journeys (10 mins)
  • 5.3: Customer Experience Maps (7 mins)
  • 5.4: User Profiling (10 mins)
  • 5.5: Information Architecture Design (5 mins)
  • 5.6: Sketching (8 mins)
  • 5.7: Wireframes (9 mins)
  • 5.8: Prototypes (9 mins)
  • 5.9: UX Plan and Tools (5 mins)

Lesson 6: The Components of UX Design

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 40 mins.

  • 6.1: Navigation UX (11 mins)
  • 6.2: Homepage UX (9 mins)
  • 6.3: Category Page UX (8 mins)
  • 6.4: Search UX (8 mins)
  • 6.5: Product Page UX (10 mins)
  • 6.6: Shopping Cart and Checkout UX (12 mins)
  • 6.7: Article and Content Page UX (9 mins)
  • 6.8: Photo UX (5 mins)
  • 6.9: Help and FAQ UX (7 mins)
  • 6.10: Forms UX (9 mins)
  • 6.11: Tables and Charts UX (6 mins)
  • 6.12: Share your Thoughts (5 mins)

Lesson 7: Client Focused UX

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 54 mins.

  • 7.1: Getting Hired (9 mins)
  • 7.2: Innovation and Top Tips (8 mins)
  • 7.3: UX Deliverables (8 mins)
  • 7.4: Mistakes to Avoid (9 mins)
  • 7.5: Reporting (8 mins)
  • 7.6: Resources (8 mins)
  • 7.7: Relationship with your Client (5 mins)

Lesson 8: Other UX Principles

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

  • 8.1: Design for Behavioral Change (9 mins)
  • 8.2: Design for International Use (10 mins)
  • 8.3: Mistakes to Avoid in International Use Projects (8 mins)
  • 8.4: Design for Mobile (8 mins)
  • 8.5: Tips for Better Mobile UX (7 mins)
  • 8.6: UX Strategy and Activities (5 mins)

Lesson 9: Your UX Career

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 41 mins.

  • 9.1: Deciding what you want to do (4 mins)
  • 9.2: Further opportunities for personal development (6 mins)
  • 9.3: Getting Experience (3 mins)
  • 9.4: Getting a Mentor (3 mins)
  • 9.5: Networking (4 mins)
  • 9.6: Get Hired (6 mins)
  • 9.7: UX Job Interviews - General Advice (6 mins)
  • 9.8: UX Job Interviews - UX Specific Advice (4 mins)
  • 9.9: Your UX Career (6 mins)

Lesson 10: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

To be scheduled.

  • 10.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)

How others have benefited

Mary Ann Sprague

Mary Ann Sprague, United States

“After the last couple sessions, I know I need to rework my resume and create a UX portfolio to showcase what I've already done. My resume was more of a work history and didn't focus on what I've learned and what I do in UX research. Thank you so much for that insight.”


Robin Davis

Robin Davis, New Zealand

“I have learn so much through this course and in fact I thought I knew what UX was, boy, was I mistaken, I have downloaded the three books recommended by IDF and I am reading through those. Thank you IDF I have learned so much applicable useful knowledge, that I know is going to further my career.”


Vikram Raghuvanshi

Vikram Raghuvanshi, India

“I would like to THANK all the team members of IDF who have crafted this beautiful courseware for us. It's truly a piece of quality work! Very informative and useful.”


How to advance your career with IDF courses

  1. Attend lessons at your own pace

    Each week throughout the course, you get access to a new lesson, but you can move through the lessons at your own pace. This means you can learn before you leave for work, or in between breaks — in as little as 15 minutes per day.

  2. Network online and offline

    Network with your fellow course-takers online, through discussion forums inside lessons. You can also connect with your peers offline via IDF’s Local Groups. Local Groups connect you with other designers around your city who share the same passion in UX design as you.

  3. Advance your career

    Get a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you’ve scored at least 70% on a course. Highlight your Course Certificates on your résumé, your LinkedIn profile, or your website to showcase your newly mastered skills.

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Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take all the courses you would like. For example, if there are 30 active courses, you can enroll in all 30 courses at the same time and move from one to the other as you please.

There are no further charges once you’ve paid for your membership.

Please note: If you have a student membership, you can take a maximum of three courses at the same time. As a student, you can thus still take all the courses you would like – free of extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than three ongoing courses at the same time.

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I missed the enrollment date and now the course is closed. Will I have any opportunity to take the course in the future?

Don't worry if you missed the course. We will re-run it shortly. One of the reasons we continually open and close courses is to be able to control the classroom size.

Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right number of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

We’ll re-schedule the course and make it available for sign-up on https://www.interaction-design.org/courses in only about a week (or perhaps a little bit longer). The actual start date of the course will be a few weeks after sign-ups begin too. We’ve found that this is the best way to maximize flexibility and convenience for everyone, especially you as you put your course program together.

Do I have to be online at an exact time to study?

No. You can set your own study schedule. There are no "live sessions" or "webinars" since our members are from all timezones around the world. We are a truly global community – with members in every single corner of the world.

Thus, once you are enrolled, you can take all the time you want to complete a given course. Every "classroom" in each course will never close, so you’ll have permanent access to your classmates and your course material (as well as your own answers).

Will I receive a Course Certificate?

Yes. Every time you complete a course, you get an industry-recognized Course Certificate. There is no limit to how many Course Certificates you can earn during your membership. You will also receive a 3-step guide on how to include your Course Certificate on LinkedIn and in your résumé/CV.

You can see an example of a Course Certificate at the bottom of the Course Catalogue.

How can I drop a course?

You can simply go to the course page and click on the “Drop Course” button — please bear in mind that this will also erase all your course progress and answers.

I have answered questions in a lesson; when will they be marked/graded?

We do the marking/grading in so-called "sprints," where we sit down and do all the marking/grading in one go. Your answers will be graded approximately one week after you submit your work.

We do this because it is much more efficient than doing one little step every day. It's part of our lean/agile work philosophy, and that approach to efficiency is one of the factors that keeps our membership prices so incredibly low.

We are doing it to save you money and as part of our mission to lower the cost of high-quality design education.

I have updated my name, but my course certificate is not updated — how can I change it?

Please contact us at hello@interaction-design.org and our member support will regenerate your certificate with the correct name.

I have started the course/lesson later than the specified date, are my answers still going to be marked?

We will be marking answers for as long as there are active members. Therefore, even if you are the only person taking a lesson at that particular time, your answers will still be marked.

How are courses graded?

Multiple-choice questions are automatically graded by our system, whilst open-ended questions are marked by the course instructors.

I started a course after the official start date; for how long will I have access to the course materials?

Regardless of when you have enrolled on a course, you will have access to the course materials for the entire duration of your membership. So, if you pay for a one-year membership, you will have access for one year, renewing your membership for a second year means you will have access for two years, and so on.

English is not my first language so it takes me longer to learn through the course content, will I still be able to answer questions after the course completion date?

Yes, you will be able to submit answers for the whole duration of your membership.

New lessons are starting before I have had the chance to complete all aspects of the previous lesson(s); am I going to be locked out of these unfinished lessons?

No, you will not be locked out of any lesson or course. You will have access to all course materials throughout your membership, so there is no pressure to keep at the same pace as the specified lesson release dates.

All we recommend is that you try to stick to the same schedule as other participants. The reason is they may have moved on to other lessons, thereby meaning you could miss out on the social aspects of the course(s). However, we anticipate that there will be a constant flow of participants working through different lessons and courses, so overall you are unlikely to miss out. We will also be running all courses again — so there really is no rush.

Are course certificates awarded on a specific date?

No; you can generate your certificate as soon as you attain at least 70% of the total course points.

When will I receive my Course Certificate?

Course certificates will be given to participants when they have scored more than 70% or more of the total course points. For example, if a course contains ten lessons each with ten questions, you will receive a course certificate when the instructor has awarded you at least 70 points (70% of the total course points).

There is no specified time that certificates will be awarded — instead, they are given to participants as and when they have answered all questions, even if this is long after the official end date.

How do I add my Course Certificate to my LinkedIn profile?

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your IDF course(s) to your LinkedIn profile:

1. Go to your LinkedIn profile page and scroll to your "Accomplishments” section.

2. Click on the plus button and choose “Certification”.

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3. In the following fields add:

  • Certification name – Course name
  • Certification authority – The Interaction Design Foundation
  • License number – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
  • Time period – Input the date written on your certificate (e.g., May 2017)
  • Check the button “This certification does not expire”
  • Certification URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your course page

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4. Click on the save button.

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Congratulate yourself!
You’ve made a great accomplishment by earning your course certificate, and now the world knows about it!

How do I add the IDF Membership Certificate to my LinkedIn Profile?

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your certificate to your LinkedIn profile:

1. Go to your LinkedIn profile page and scroll to your "Accomplishments” section.

2. Click on the plus button and choose “Certification”.
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3. In the following fields add:
• Certification name – Membership Certificate
• Certification authority – The Interaction Design Foundation
• License number – Your membership ID number (it's written on your membership certificate)
• Time period – Input the date when you joined our community (e.g., May 2017)
• Check the button “This certification does not expire”
• Certification URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your profile page

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4. Click on the save button.
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It is as simple as that. Now, anyone who visits your profile can see your certificates!

How much will I have to pay for the courses?

As a member, you can take as many courses as you want with no additional costs. This means you only have to pay our membership fee to take an unlimited number of courses. There will be no further charges on top of the membership fee, no matter how many courses you decide to take.

Do you provide mostly beginners' or more advanced courses?

We provide courses for all levels of mastery and accross the full spectrum. If you’re new to design, you can start from our beginner courses and progress all the way up to our advanced ones. If you’re an established designer, on the other hand, you will find some of our lower-level courses provide a good refresher—and the advanced ones, a bit of a challenge.

How much time is needed to complete a course?

Once enrolled in a course, you will gain access to a new lesson each week, which you are free to complete without any deadlines and no end date, either.