Course Description

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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Lessons in this course

Note: Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week. Once a lesson becomes available, it is open for you forever — you can take all the time you want to go through each lesson. There is no time limit to finish a course, and you always have access to your classmates, course material, and your answers.

The estimated time to complete this course is a total of 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 your peers offline through IDF Local Groups (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)

Industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn an industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course - even if you finish the course after the official end date. In other words, as long as you have enrolled in the course you will always be able to finish it and to get a course certificate. You will also have permanent access to the course material, your answers and the discussions.

Course Certificates from the IDF are verifiable and trusted by industry leaders. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

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