Whether you’re a graphic designer or web developer looking to upskill, or you’re a complete beginner considering a full-blown career change into UI design—learning UI design skills will allow you to make a real impact on people’s lives with beautiful, impactful interfaces. While it is possible to teach yourself basics, there is a multitude of online UI design courses that will equip you with the practical skills and design approach that will get you hired in today’s workplace.
Not sure where to start? Below, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best online UI design courses to take in 2021; from introductory courses for those looking to dip their toes in, to full career change programs for those looking to invest. Let’s get started!
It’s natural to want to test the waters of UI design before making any sizeable investment of time and money. Skillshare to the rescue! With bite-sized lessons you can fit in anywhere, Skillshare offers free sign up and access to classes on both web and mobile.
There’s a range of single UI design classes available on the site, but if it’s a course you’re after, this UI design Sketch course is a great option. Over 7 hours, this course will see you master the full functionality of popular UI design tool Sketch, and teach you how to make use of its potential. Comprising of a mix of video lessons and practical exercises, you’ll create a working, interactive prototype.
Looking to master the fundamentals of UI design without breaking the bank? We recommend popular learning platform Udemy—and this Principles and Practices for Great UI Design course taught by expert Joe Natoli is a great place to start. This 5-hour course made up of 50 lessons is jam-packed with timeless principles for good UI design that you can apply to anything you ever work on. You’ll learn how to create and apply hierarchy, color, contrast, typography, and gestalt principles to design appropriate visual cues for your users.
Tech bootcamps Bloc’s “designer track” program, which combines both UI and UX design to give students a versatile and competitive skillset, is a great option for beginners who want full immersion into the world of design. Flexibly self-paced and boasting a holistic approach to design, students get 360 support as they build their portfolio with 3-6 real-world projects throughout the program. Bloc also offers various scholarships promoting diversity in tech, to lighten the financial load.
Online video course Learn.UI design takes a straightforward approach to teaching the fundamental tools, methods, and processes of UI design to tech hopefuls. Once enrolled, you’ll be able to view 41 video-based lessons that you can watch at their own pace. You’ll also have access to dozens of downloadable assignments, printable cheat-sheets, and an online slack community to support you as you progress throughout the course.
Like Bloc, Springboard offers a UX/UI design career track, which combines both disciplines into one course. With a curriculum split into 35 units, you’ll work on substantial design projects and complete a real-world externship with an industry client. After nine months, you’ll graduate with a professional UI/UX design portfolio that will help you to stand out in the job market.
As the program is billed monthly, students who finish early have the added bonus of paying less for their tuition.
6. Experience Haus
London based company Experience Haus offers a more innovative, immersive approach to learning UX and UI design remotely. In their 8-week user experience and interface design course, you’ll get live workshops, real client briefs and check-ins, interactive interview sessions with users, and a course completion certificate at the end. With a maximum of 15 people per course, it’s a great option for anyone who favors a more collaborative way of learning.
Our renowned UI Design Program is one of the few UI-specific programs currently on the scene. The program has been created to take you from total novice to talented professional, focusing on both UI design theory and practical application. Towards the end of the program, you’ll create an app from scratch—a project that will form the base of your professional portfolio. The cherry on top? You’ll be supported throughout your journey with your very own mentor, tutor, and career specialist to help you land a job within six months of graduating (or your money back).
So there we have it; 7 UI design courses to take in 2021. To find out more about whether UI design is right for you, check out these articles on the blog:
- A guide to the best UI design bootcamps and how to choose one
- Are UI designers in demand? Here’s the current industry outlook
- What is a user interface, and what are the elements that comprise one?