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Study UX online
UX stands for User Experience and is all about creating a product that customers want to use. Statistics show that as much as 88% of online shoppers say they wouldn’t return to a website after having a bad user experience, which shows just how important UX is for businesses. Whether you’re interested in becoming a UX designer or just improving your business, we have some great courses for you.
We’ve partnered with some of the world’s leading universities and institutes to bring you a range of courses where you can either gain an introduction to UX or build on your current skills. This can help you upskill to a new role or develop your professional credentials.
Our courses are 100% online, and you have the freedom and flexibility to study whenever suits you. We offer a range of course types, from free short courses to learning subscriptions. If you subscribe to an ExpertTrack, you can complete a series of in-depth UX courses and develop your expertise.
Gain UX certifications and CPD
If you’re interested in gaining a professional certification, several of our UX courses are CPD certified. This can be great for your professional development and help you work towards your career goals.
We also have several ExpertTracks where you can get started in UX or develop your skills, allowing you to earn digital certificates that you can share with your professional network once you’ve completed all of the courses. You can also receive a digital certificate when you complete a short course if you choose to upgrade with us.
Build your career in UX
If you want to become a UX expert, our courses are a great way to learn the necessary skills. There is a wide range of exciting UX careers to choose from, such as a UX researcher, UX writer and UX/UI designer.
It also helps to have knowledge of UX if you work in digital marketing more generally. According to a LinkedIn report, UX design was one of the top five in-demand skills of 2020, so you shouldn’t have to worry about job shortages if you decide on a career in UX.
UX is an exciting field to work in as there are many paths into the industry, and you’ll find yourself working with people with all different backgrounds. It’s an ever-changing, innovative industry where you’ll keep up to date with the latest developments in UX design.
Learn about UX and UI
You may have heard the terms UX and UI used interchangeably, but what do they actually mean, and how do they differ? While UX stands for User Experience and relates a human-first approach to product design, UI stands for User Interface and is just about the aesthetic appearance of a product. UX can be applied to physical and digital products, while UI is purely related to the digital sphere.
Ultimately, UX is about the overall feel of a product, whereas UI is purely about the product’s appearance. Of course, you will learn about UI in our online UX courses, but we do also have some specific courses on interface design if you’re interested more in aesthetics.
Your options for studying UX
We have plenty of options available for studying UX. Our short courses take between two and ten weeks to complete and offer an overview of UX or a particular topic within it. We also offer UX ExpertTracks, where you can subscribe to a series of in-depth UX courses and build practical expertise, and a UX program from the University of Michigan, where you can receive a FutureLearn award.
FutureLearn also offers microcredentials and degree courses in digital marketing, which can help to complement your knowledge of UX. Microcredentials are professional credentials designed for you to build in-demand career skills, whereas our online degree courses allow you to gain academic credit and graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
What is UX?
UX stands for User Experience, and is a type of design that places the customer’s needs at the forefront of product creation. Good UX design is all about accessibility, ease of use, attractiveness, and functionality. Ultimately, UX is about creating a good overall customer experience.
Can I learn UX online?
Although UX design often refers to digital design, this is not always the case. UX principles can be used for physical products too, since it’s just about maximising customer experience. However, you can still learn all about UX online. Our UX courses don’t require any in-person teaching, so you’re free to study whenever suits you. You can also learn from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to a digital device.
What are the top UX courses?
We have a very wide range of UX courses for you to choose from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some of our most popular courses include Digital Skills: User Experience by Accenture, where you’ll learn the basics of UX, and Introduction to UX and Accessible Design by UAL’s creative computing institute and the Institute of Coding.
If you want something more in-depth, we have two ExpertTracks in UX design as a collaboration between FutureLearn and Coventry University. You can choose to learn all the UX Design Fundamentals, or focus on UX Design Strategy and Application.
Is it difficult to study UX?
There is a lot to learn in the world of UX, but fundamentally, it’s about how people think. Therefore, as long as you keep the human experience in mind, you’ll be able to grasp any tricky concepts. We have plenty of fantastic online resources to help you get started. Our courses are designed by successful UX professionals who will give you all the best tips and tricks to begin your UX journey.
How do I start a career in UX?
The best way to start a career in UX is by learning the fundamental skills and concepts. Our online courses are a great opportunity to learn the basics before applying for junior UX jobs and internships, where you’ll be able to continue your professional development.
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