UX Design Program Curriculum

A learning experience that’s as rigorous and in sync with the industry as it is suited to beginners and upskillers alike.

Curriculum overview

Part-time
Flexible
Full-time
Intro to UX Design
approx.
1 month
UX Design Immersion
approx.
7 months
Specialization
approx.
2 months
Intro to UX Design
approx.
0.5 - 1 month
UX Design Immersion
approx.
3.5 - 7 months
Specialization
approx.
1 - 2 months
Intro to UX Design
approx.
0.5 months
UX Design Immersion
approx.
4 - 4.5 months
Specialization
approx.
1 month
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Completion times are approximations based on the progress of our current students and graduates.

Intro to UX Design
UX Immersion
Specialization

This course will take you through eight tasks leading up to one main project: user research, personas, wireframes and more for a vocabulary learning app.

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1.1 Introduction to UX & Design Thinking

Set the foundation for the rest of your learning and kick off the first stage of your course project.

1.2 User Research

Explore user research methods and conduct a series of user interviews.

1.3 User Personas

Learn how to tell user stories and create a proto-persona for your course project.

1.4 Information Architecture

Analyze how people navigate sites and how information is structured.

1.5 Wireframing & Prototyping

Create detailed prototypes and wireframes for your vocabulary learning app.

1.6 Usability Testing

Devise a usability testing plan to ensure your design solutions are effective.

1.7 Presenting Your Work

Present your design process and results to stakeholders in an engaging manner.

1.8 What’s Next?

Draft your design profile to map out where your design education will go from here.

This course provides a deeper dive into the daily practice and mindset of a professional UXer. You'll complete a total of six achievements, which will build off of each other to create a final product at the end of the course.

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Achievement 1
Achievement 2
Achievement 3
Achievement 4
Achievement 5
Achievement 6
Thinking like a UXer

Make design thinking a daily habit and apply it as you kickoff the project that you’ll complete over the next five achievements. Here’s what you’ll learn:

The Role of the UX Designer

A History of User Experience Design

Human Needs & Motivations

User-Centered Design Process

Design Thinking

Understanding the Problem

Competitive Analysis

Lean UX vs. Agile UX

Business Requirements

User Stories

Portfolio Review

Understanding the User

Create effective user personas and journey maps, conduct a thorough task analysis, and define an actionable mobile strategy for your product. Here’s what you’ll learn:

Research Methods

Surveys & Interviews

User Research Analysis

User Personas

Mental Models & User Journeys

Task Analysis & User Flows

Mobile-First Design

Content Auditing

Portfolio Review

Foundational Design

Master information architecture principles and frameworks, then devise a visually appealing and portfolio ready sitemap. You’ll also begin prototyping your product! Here’s what you’ll learn:

IA Principles & Frameworks

Refining Your Sitemap with Card Sorting

Navigation for Mobile & Desktop

Design Patterns for Mobile & Desktop

Usability Heuristics & Interaction Design

Low-Fidelity Prototyping: Paper & Sketches

Rapid Prototyping: User Onboarding

Mid-Fidelity Wireframes & Prototyping

High-Fidelity Wireframes & Clickable Prototypes

Portfolio Review

Usability Testing

Conduct usability testing for both mobile and desktop from start to finish, working with test subjects, analyzing test results, making improvements, and planning future tests.

Best Practices for Working with Human Test Subjects

Usability Test Methods

Usability Test Plan

Usability Test Script

Conducting Usability Tests

Usability Test Results & Planning for Future Tests

Reporting Findings & Making Recommendations

A/B & Preference Testing

Portfolio Review

Refining the Design

Explore the foundations of user interface design, experiment with responsive frameworks, and prepare your design documentation for dev handoff.

Visual Design Principles

Emotional Design for User Engagement

HTML Basics

Alternatives to HTML: Native Platforms

Grids & Spacing Fundamentals

Responsive Frameworks

Design Documentation

Design Language Systems

Design Deliverables

Design Collaboration

Portfolio Review

End-to-End Design

Compile and make final fixes to your design. You’ll also address accessibility issues, publish your portfolio, and create a video demo of your work.

Designing for Accessibility

Polishing the Design

Designing for Good

Online Portfolios

UX Communities

Video Presentation

Portfolio Review

To further develop your expertise, you’ll choose one of three specialization course options: Voice User Interface Design, UI for UX Designers, or Frontend Development for Designers.

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Voice User
Interface Design

Achievement 1

Achievement 2

UI for UX Designers

Achievement 1

Achievement 2

Frontend Development for Designers

Achievement 1

Achievement 2

Introduction to Voice Design with Alexa

Explore the origins of voice, discover the unique user populations and use cases for voice, then get to know Amazon’s Alexa and build a skill for the interface.

Getting Started with Your Voice Design Course

History & Appeal of Voice

Use Cases for Voice

Personas for Voice

How Alexa Voice Interactions Work

Building Your First Skill

Working with AWS Lambda

Certifying Your Skill

UX Design Principles for Voice

Find out how to create user stories, dialogs, flows, and scripts, as well as how to test your designs. You’ll also explore some advanced topics.

User Needs & User Stories for Voice

Sample Dialogs

User Flows for Voice

Voice Scripts

Context & Memory in Voice Design

Usability Testing for Voice Interactions

Multimodal Interactions

Accessibility & Voice

Safety & Privacy for Voice Design

Composition & Visual Design

Learn the principles, trends, and theories behind effective UI design, and build a set of high-fidelity mobile mockups demonstrating your mastery of visual design.

Getting Started with Your UI Course

Responsive Layouts & Grids

UI Elements & File Organization

Visual Hierarchy & Spacing

UI Design Patterns

Visual Design Principles & Trends

Typography in UI

Color in UI

Imagery in UI

Advanced UI & the Design Handoff

Prepare a visual style guide, adapt your designs for additional breakpoints, and finalize the presentation mockups for your responsive mobile app.

Shapes & Icons

Interactions & Gestures

Style Guide

Designing for Different Breakpoints

Final Mockups

Design Handoff & Deliverables

Final Presentation

Getting Started with HTML & CSS

Learn the basic structure of the web, then begin building your website using HTML and advanced CSS. You’ll also practice pushing your code to GitHub.

Getting Started with Your Frontend Course

Internet & the Web

Starting with HTML

Coding with HTML

Using GitHub for Your Projects

CSS Basics

CSS Layouts

Advanced CSS for Designers

JavaScript & Your Portfolio Site

Discover JavaScript code, libraries, and plugins, then learn to set up efficient processes for testing, QA, and debugging. Explore hosting options and then present your website.

Introduction to JavaScript

Coding with JavaScript

JavaScript Libraries & Plugins

User Testing

Code Quality & Cross-Browser Testing

Portfolio Site Demo & Case Study

Intro to UX Design

This course will take you through eight tasks leading up to one main project: user research, personas, wireframes and more for a vocabulary learning app.

1.1 Introduction to UX & Design Thinking

Set the foundation for the rest of your learning and kick off the first stage of your course project.

1.2 User Research

Explore user research methods and conduct a series of user interviews.

1.3 User Personas

Learn how to tell user stories and create a proto-persona for your course project.

1.4 Information Architecture

Analyze how people navigate sites and how information is structured.

1.5 Wireframing & Prototyping

Create detailed prototypes and wireframes for your vocabulary learning app.

1.6 Usability Testing

Devise a usability testing plan to ensure your design solutions are effective.

1.7 Presenting Your Work

Present your design process and results to stakeholders in an engaging manner.

1.8 What’s Next?

Draft your design profile to map out where your design education will go from here.

UX Immersion

This course provides a deeper dive into the daily practice and mindset of a professional UXer. You'll complete a total of six achievements, which will build off of each other to create a final product at the end of the course.

Specialization

To further develop your expertise, you’ll choose one of three specialization course options: Voice User Interface Design, UI for UX Designers, or Frontend Development for Designers.

Voice User Interface Design

Learn how to design voice user interfaces and develop three “skills” for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. You’ll complete a total of two projects (achievements) consisting of several tasks each.

UI for UX Designers

Explore visual design trends and best practices, image theory, iconography, and interaction design. You’ll complete two projects (achievements) consisting of several tasks each.

Frontend Development for Designers

Learn how to code with HTML and CSS, and debug and use JavaScript to add interactivity to a website. You’ll complete two projects (achievements) consisting of several tasks each.

about ux

Built on proven learning theories and industry expertise

Dive into a comprehensive and varied learning experience designed to take you from beginner to pro.

Each course is packed with reading materials and supporting videos, audio learning options, and more.

Our instructional designers work hand-in-hand with seasoned experts in the field to keep our curriculum rooted in proven learning theories, and in-sync with the industry.

Graduate portfolios

See some of the incredible work our students complete during the UX Design Program.

Create your portfolio with industry-standard tools

Design Tools

We’ve partnered up with industry-standard tool providers to make sure you have access to the tools you’ll likely use in your new career. Through free trials and special discounts exclusively available to CareerFoundry students, you’ll get to test out which tools work best for your needs.

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