Course Description

Looking at a UX job description for the first time can be a scary experience. Thoughts like “I need experience in what?! Surely only a UX superstar can fill that position!” may run through your mind. It can prove challenging regardless of your background, and that is why we created this course, to help you bridge the gap between your knowledge and first UX job—using tried and tested techniques that employers respond well to.

Design skills are in higher demand than ever before, and with the alleged “decade of design” erupting around us, this is unlikely to slow down. UX is one of the most rapidly growing fields within design, and UX jobs are currently in high demand at both new and established tech companies. UX jobs are paying well, despite the relatively low competition for positions, and they also provide an incredible amount of freedom for such rewarding work. The main skill required is empathy, so even if you are not proficient in graphic design, there is still huge promise for a great career in the industry, especially if you’re interested in human behavior and problem solving.

A typical UX team today is likely to consist of people who have come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The way to secure your spot on such a team is by translating your existing skills and experience into UX skills; this course will teach you how to tell potential employers about your UX story, even if you don’t think you have one! We are here to give you that helping hand on the way to landing your first job within this people-oriented profession.

What you will learn

  • An introduction to all areas of UX work
  • What experience UX employers are looking for
  • How to develop a winning cover letter, resume, and portfolio
  • Skills to help you navigate a UX interview and negotiate a job offer
  • How to develop your UX career further once in a role

Who should take this course

This is a beginner-level course specially tailored to students, recent graduates, and anyone looking to start a career in UX design:

  • UX designers looking to build effective resumes, land their next UX jobs, and/or develop their roles in their companies further
  • Students and recent graduates keen on becoming UX designers or UX consultants
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX design

The content of this course overlaps somewhat with our "UX Design from Scratch" course; however, we have dramatically extended matters regarding the relevant areas of job hunting and resume/portfolio development.

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.

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 5 hours 0 mins spread over 7 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

Available anytime after Feb 26, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 42 mins.

Lesson 1: What is User Experience Design All About?

Available anytime after Feb 27, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 52 mins.

Lesson 2: What do User Experience Designers Do?

Available anytime after Mar 06, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 36 mins.

Lesson 3: Getting Experience in the UX Field

Available anytime after Mar 13, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 40 mins.

Lesson 4: The UX Portfolio and UX CV (Resume)

Available anytime after Mar 20, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 32 mins.

Lesson 5: Getting Your First UX Job

Available anytime after Mar 27, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 42 mins.

Lesson 6: UX Job Interviews and Negotiations

Available anytime after Apr 03, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 30 mins.

Lesson 7: UX Career Development

Available anytime after Apr 10, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 25 mins.

Lesson 8: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

Available anytime after Apr 17, 2018.

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

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

Accenture Adobe GE Philips SAP