Online ExpertTrack in Creative Arts & Media

UX Design Fundamentals

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

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FutureLearnFutureLearn

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In collaboration with

CanvaCanva

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Endorsed by

Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Use the foundations of UX design to launch your career as a digital designer.

More organisations are taking a ‘digital first’ approach to business, and seeking out individuals who understand the user journey to create a frictionless experience for their customers. Global demand for UX professionals has never been higher. So how can you kickstart your career in the ever growing world of user experience (UX) design?

This ExpertTrack will explore the full end-to-end experience that a user has when interacting with a website, app or digital product. You’ll learn to consider aesthetics, usability and accessibility of digital assets.

You’ll discover how, as a UX designer, you can add value to a business at all levels and play a critical role in driving customer engagement by conducting user research, building personas, developing business models, creating wireframes and building prototypes. And you’ll learn how to put yourself at the core of both designing new products from first principles and the continuous improvement of existing offerings.

UX vs UI: understanding user interface vs user experience

More UX designers are required to display UI (user interface) skills. So how does UI design relate to the wider field of UX?

You’ll find out how to incorporate visual design with interaction design, and how these ‘micro’ elements exist within the big-picture ‘macro’ world of UX.

Learn the 5 stages of the design thinking process

You’ll examine the five-stage design thinking model proposed by the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University: empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test. You’ll explore the non-linear nature of this methodology that will allow you to work through obstacles and bring ideas to life.

Learn how to create a user journey with the value stream map

The user journey map is an excellent tool for digital designers, as it allows you to visualise how a user interacts with a product and lets you see a product from the user’s perspective. You’ll learn how to use mapping to find out all the touchpoints at which a customer will come into contact with your company, online and offline.

Key skills you will learn

  • User experience design
  • User interface design
  • Building prototypes
  • Creating wireframes
  • Design thinking
  • Business model design
  • Customer profile mapping
  • Customer value mapping
  • Research skills
  • User personas

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Articulate and analyse the Design Thinking process
  • Define and justify an ideation plan
  • Articulate the key elements of an implementation plan
  • dentify key elements of a business model for a specific value proposition and its associated business environment
  • Articulate the phases of Business Model Design
  • Evaluate the fit between a customer profile map and a value map

Experience required

This ExpertTrack will give you foundational knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement design thinking practices and principles grounded in UX design to help drive business forward.

You’ll learn to apply this knowledge to develop a user-centered business model design and value proposition design.

No prior experience is required to succeed in this ExpertTrack.

During the ExpertTrack we’ll be using Canva.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack will help you develop your theoretical and practical expertise in UX design, and builds upon the fundamentals of Design Thinking and the Design Thinking process.

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

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

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

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to the course and to UX design
      • Introduction to the course
      • Why is UX design so important?
      • Weekly wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Foundations of UX design and design thinking
      • Introduction
      • The basis and foundation of any UX design
      • What is design thinking and why is it so valuable?
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Inspiration and planning for a design challenge
      • Introduction
      • What is inspiration?
      • Before going into the field
      • Weekly wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Conducting field research
      • Introduction
      • Field research
      • Course wrap-up
  • Course 2

    Learn the role of design thinking in UX – from the five stages of design thinking to defining and creating an ideation plan.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to the course and ideation
      • Introduction to the course
      • What is ideation?
      • Synthesis
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Brainstorming and prototyping
      • Introduction
      • Brainstorming
      • Prototyping
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Implementation methods and tools
      • Introduction
      • Introduction to implementation
      • The transition to the real market and real world
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Factors affecting implementation
      • Introduction
      • Challenges and successes of implementation
      • Course Wrap-up
  • Course 3

    Uncover the role of business strategy and adopt a customer-centric mindset to become a successful user experience designer.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to the course and business model design
      • Introduction to the course
      • Drafting a Business Model
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Phase of business model design
      • Introduction
      • Drafting a business model continued
      • Business Model design process
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Value proposition design and understanding customer profiles
      • Introduction
      • Introduction to value proposition design
      • Customer Profiling
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Value mapping and testing for fit
      • Introduction
      • Value Mapping
      • Testing for fit
      • Course Wrap-up

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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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.

This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with Canva

Experience working with Canva, a leading design platform, used to drive business success across the UX design workflow.

This ExpertTrack is endorsed by Coventry University

This ExpertTrack is endorsed by Coventry University and delivered by FutureLearn as a quality professional development programme.

Meet your instructor

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.

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