Course Description

If you want to join one of the most rapidly growing fields in design, then look no further—this is the course for you. Through covering the ins and outs of the role, and throwing the doors wide open to the exciting world of UX design, “Become a UX Designer from Scratch” will take things right back to the beginning; it will offer a ‘hard reset’ in order to show you how to embark on a new career in UX design.

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 its users! Products with good UX sell better; in fact, design-centric businesses have consistently outperformed the industry average by more than double [1]. Demand for UX designers is therefore higher than ever before; 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.

Through this course, you will learn all the skills you need to assist companies in delivering the right UX for their products. All techniques included in the teaching are tried-and-tested industry standards, which will equip you with the very best knowledge to start you off on your new professional path. You will learn how to create various UX deliverables from the beginning of a UX project right to the end, ranging from customer journey maps to paper prototypes and even heuristic evaluations. You will also take your first steps towards creating a UX portfolio—something that will truly make an impact on your UX job applications. In fact, seeing as a UX portfolio is so important to landing your first UX job, we have devoted an entire module to creating one that will help you stand out from the crowd.

You will also find a number of optional exercises and home assignments that build on one another and follow a design process—from the first idea, right through to the point where you can start testing your prototype. We highly recommend that you take up the challenge and complete all the exercises involved, because not only will you get hands-on experience with UX design but, by the end, you will also have a design case study that you can include in your aforementioned portfolio.

In “Become a UX Designer from Scratch”, you will gain access to interviews with senior UX hirers and experts from companies such as SAP and Google. Through these interviews, you will understand what hirers and senior designers look out for when hiring a new member of the team—all so that you can gain an advantage over fellow candidates. We have also filmed a series of interviews with IDF members who have successfully landed a UX job. These will provide you with inspiration for your own career prospects, as well as invaluable advice about how to transition into a career in UX and what daily life as a UX professional really looks like.

Wait no longer to begin your professional UX career!

What you will learn

  • An introduction to the main areas of UX work, and why it matters
  • The various UX roles in an organization
  • How to create UX deliverables—with downloadable templates on creating personas, customer journey maps, prototypes, and many more
  • How to go through the five stages of the design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test
  • How to build a UX portfolio as well as land yourself a UX role
  • The confidence to work with clients as a UX 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, interaction designers, and UI designers looking to build effective portfolios and land their next UX job
  • Students keen on becoming UX designers or UX consultants
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners interested in conducting UX work on their own products or services
  • Anyone aspiring to change into a career in the field of UX

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 it and the exercises it contains 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. Before you know it, you may find yourself connecting with some very helpful people and making friends with like-minded individuals, all as you push deeper into an exciting world brimming with opportunity and powerful possibilities for the future.

Challenge yourself to excel!

Knowing how you’re doing as you progress is as vital to your success as pushing yourself to get the most out of what we offer at IDF. That’s why we give you the chance to reach the top of the class every week on our leaderboard, by getting the most questions right and scoring points for each. The top scorers’ names appear on the leaderboard, and healthy competition revolves around competing with yourself; so, go on and take the challenge! However, don’t get discouraged if you don’t find your name on the board – your fellow students are answering the questions at different times across the planet. With that in mind, take heart that your name may appear the following week—as long as you answer all of the available questions.

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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 20 mins spread over 5 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

Available anytime after Mar 29, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 43 mins.

Lesson 1: Starting your UX career – What is UX and What do UX Designers do?

Available anytime after Mar 30, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 6 mins.

Lesson 2: Top strategies to help you tackle UX design projects

Available anytime after Apr 06, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 48 mins.

Lesson 3: How to build your first UX design from start to finish, part 1: Empathize and Define

Available anytime after Apr 13, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 39 mins.

Lesson 4: How to build your first UX design from start to finish, part 2: Ideate, Prototype, and Test

Available anytime after Apr 20, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 37 mins.

Lesson 5: How to create your first UX Portfolio

Available anytime after Apr 27, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 15 mins.

Lesson 6: Wrap-up

Available anytime after May 04, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 12 mins.

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.

Course Certificate

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