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UX Design Fundamentals: User Experience Design Fundamentals

Learn the fundamental UX skills, principles and other essentials required to kickstart your career as a digital UX designer.

UX Design Fundamentals: User Experience Design Fundamentals
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The world is moving online faster than ever, and a range of socio-technical and global factors have accelerated the shift to digital first for a range of economic, social and even political functions.

User experience (UX) designers have never been so in demand – yet there remains a significant shortage of qualified UX designers in countries including the UK, US and Australia.

As web, mobile and other digital products become ever more important to a company’s success, how can you make your mark in the field of UX design?

This self-paced UX design course will teach you everything you need to know to get your started as a digital designer.

Learn to understand the UX principles of design

This course will teach you the basics of UX design philosophy that all good digital designers follow. You’ll find out how to minimise a user’s ‘cognitive load’ (or effort exerted during a task) and decision-making time – and why users will stop looking at a website or digital product if it takes up too much of their time.

You’ll explore key principles such as hierarchy and information architecture, and find out how to put the user at the front of every design decision you make.

Discover the difference between UI and UX

What’s the key difference between UX and UI design? As more and more UX designers are required to display UI (user interface) design expertise, it’s vital to understand UX vs UI.

User interface design is essentially visual design (the look, feel and personality of a product) plus interaction design (how a user interacts with it) – the micro elements. You’ll learn how the ‘micro’ elements of UI exist within the big-picture ‘macro’ world of UX.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to the course and to UX design

    • Introduction to the course

      In this activity, we’ll introduce you to the course and look at how the course is structured. You will also become familiar with the assessment criteria and expectations of Week 1.

    • Why is UX design so important?

      A look at the value and importance of good UX design

    • Weekly wrap-up

      To complete the week, let’s recap the key points covered so far.

  • Week 2

    Foundations of UX design and design thinking

    • Introduction

      Introduction to the week's activities and outcomes.

    • The basis and foundation of any UX design

      The beginning of understanding the design-thinking process and the differences between UX and UI design.

    • What is design thinking and why is it so valuable?

      Further exploration of the design-thinking process, and its phases and required mindsets.

    • Wrap-up

      To complete the week, let’s recap the key points covered so far.

  • Week 3

    Inspiration and planning for a design challenge

    • Introduction

      Introduction to the week's activities and outcomes.

    • What is inspiration?

      A look at the meaning of inspiration in the context of UX design and design thinking.

    • Before going into the field

      In this topic, you will learn how to frame your design challenge and understand research requirements before conducting field research.

    • Weekly wrap-up

      To complete the week, let’s recap the key points.

  • Week 4

    Conducting field research

    • Introduction

      Overview of the week's activities and learning outcomes.

    • Field research

      A closer look at the requirements, tools, techniques, and challenges of field research.

    • Course wrap-up

      To complete the week and the course, let’s recap the key points.

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Articulate and analyse UX Design, Design Thinking and the importance of these concepts' relation and dependency
  • Compare UX vs UI
  • Articulate moments of UX and moments of UI
  • Articulate key elements of an inspiration plan
  • Identify the key elements of a roadmap

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for developing theoretical and practical expertise in UX design.

You may be an entry-level or intermediate graphic or digital designer, a non-technical digital team leader or an aspiring product manager.

What software or tools do you need?

In this course, you will use Canva.

Who will you learn with?

A design thinker and a questioner at heart in the Design Thinking field through key topics of business design, service design, ex design, training & facilitation.

Personal website: www.doquestion.com.

Who developed the course?


FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last eight years.

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About this ExpertTrack

Launch your career in user experience (UX) design by developing your skills and knowledge of UX principles.

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