Intro to UI Design Course

Learn the essentials
of the UI design process in 1 month
Study flexibly
at a pace of 15-20 hours per week
Design your first app designs
guided by your mentor and tutor

Want to know if UI design is right for you?

Find out with a free 6-day email short course.

Curious about this course?

Contact us to find out if it’s right for you

Career Advisor

“How would you like to get in touch?”

“I’m here to help you become a UI designer”

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

Want to know if UI design is right for you?

Find out with a free 6-day email short course.

Curious about this course?

Contact us to find out if it’s right for you

Career Advisor

“How would you like to get in touch?”

“I’m here to help you become a UI designer”

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

COVID-19: While our team of employees, mentors, tutors, and career specialists are working from home in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, CareerFoundry is operating as usual. All our programs are 100% online, and we’re offering more flexible study and payment options for the foreseeable future. If you’re interested in taking one of our programs, we’d love to speak to you about how we can support you during this time.

Intro to UI Design details

In this course, you will

Discover the entire UI design process, from concept to delivery.

Learn how to use color, imagery, and typography to take user interfaces to the next level.

Apply core UI skills, such as pixel precision and visual hierarchy, as you create your very first app design.

Work 1:1 with an expert mentor and tutor, who will give you personalized feedback and insights into life as a UI designer.

Join an active community of over 3,000 students, alumni, mentors, and career specialists, and get access to exclusive UI design events and webinars.


Fully online

Study for 15-20 hours per week for one month

Personalized mentorship

Our design mentors are rated 4.93/5 from over 4,000 reviews

Outcome oriented

Deliver your first app designs and get your first certificate in UI

Why learn UI design?

UI design skills are in huge demand

Discover the methods and tools you need to deliver elegant solutions to real problems by crafting beautiful, functional design.

Learn to communicate through design

Design can make or break a business. A well-designed interface draws in visitors, retains customers, and amplifies a brand.

Boost your career with UI design skills

By getting to grips with industry standard tools like Sketch and Adobe XD, you'll have the skills you need to create anything from marketing assets to app interfaces.

Why choose a CareerFoundry intro course?

Work with your very own course tutor and mentor

You'll enjoy a truly collaborative online learning experience, with tailored written and video feedback on everything you do from experts who work in your new field day in, day out.

Get the perfect balance of theory and practice

From day one, you'll put your newfound knowledge of UI design into practice as you work towards delivering your first app design.

Love UI? Then become a UI designer, guaranteed

There's a good chance you'll fall in love with UI. If you do, we'd love you to stick around for our full career change UI Design Program, which is backed up by a job guarantee. Find out more here.

A very positive experience. Student advisors, tutors, mentors and fellow students respect each other and are very supportive and helpful. The lessons are interesting and suitable for people with or without previous knowledge.

CareerFoundry Student

Meet your new team

Our dual mentorship model pairs you with not one, but two industry experts—your mentor and your course tutor. They're at the top of their game in UI design and work in tandem to inspire you to exceed your expectations, providing individualized feedback and guidance as you work towards delivering your first UI design project.

Your mentor

is a senior UI designer dedicated to training the next generation of UI and visual designers.

Your mentor will be there to give you feedback on your portfolio project.

Your tutor

is a practicing UI designer who knows the course material inside-out.

Your tutor will be giving you timely feedback on all your submissions.

Our mentors and tutors haven’t just made a name for themselves at top companies in the industry—they've helped shape it.

A project-based curriculum that gets you thinking like a UI designer.

Learn the essential principles and key skills that make UI designers so valuable as you design your first app interface entirely from scratch.

Created by experienced instructional designers, authored by industry experts, and kept up-to-date by course editors, our curriculum will serve as the foundation of your learning experience.

What Is UI?

What is UI design? What are the typical responsibilities of a UI designer? And what's the difference between a UI and a UX designer?

Introduction to Design Tools

Decide whether you'd like to use Sketch or Adobe XD as your tool of choice. Get a thorough overview of how to navigate your chosen tool, and its basic functions.

Working with Layers & Shapes

Learn how to create basic shapes in Adobe XD or Sketch, and use these shapes and layers to create the first screens of your app design.

Point Types & Boolean Operations

Take your user interface to the next level with fills, borders, and symbols. Look at Layer Styles and Symbols.

Visual Design Basics

Master the fundamentals of visual design by adding stylistic attributes, such as color, images, and shadow to make your app visually appealing.

Working with Text

Lean how to create typographic hierarchy as you explore how to style and format Text Layers in Sketch/Adobe XD.

Advanced Tool Functions

Explore the different types of grids and masks you can use with Sketch/Adobe XD as a UI designer, and create a layout for your app icons.

Pixel Precision

Apply the principles of pixel precision to create pixel perfect UI elements that look polished and professional.

Previewing Your Work

Understand the importance of periodically previewing your work in the context it will be used. Learn how to preview your work by using different design preview tools.

Preparing Your Work for Handoff

Prototype your design in InVision, and get to know the process of preparing your design work for handoff to the developers.

Your first step to becoming a UI designer

If you fall in love with UI design during this course, you can move seamlessly onto our career-change UI Design Program.

Portfolio Projects

Review a selection of some of the work our UI design students have completed in recent months.


Intro to UI Design

Receive a tuition credit of if you decide to upgrade to the complete, career-change UI Design Program.
  • Learn through our comprehensive, project-based curriculum
  • Receive regular, personalized feedback from your course tutor
  • Deliver the interface design for your first app, which will form the basis of your professional portfolio
  • Get an in-depth review of your portfolio project from your mentor on a video call
  • Gain exclusive access to our global community—plus events and webinars
  • Upgrade to the full UI Design Program and become a qualified, job-ready UI designer


1.    Who is the course for?
This course is designed with the absolute beginner in mind—so whether you’re brand new to UI design or you’ve dabbled in it and want to formalize your knowledge and skills, this course is a great place to start.

You don’t need to have experience in design or tech to succeed in this course! Regardless of your age or background, we’ve built a learning experience that will help ensure your success—from the curriculum and hands-on exercises, to the mentorship and support you’ll receive along the way.
2.    Are there payment plans available?
Because the intro course only lasts one month, we require the tuition in a one-time, upfront payment. But we do offer a partial tuition credit if you choose to upgrade to the full career change program!
3.    Is the course 100% online?
Yes, the course is entirely asynchronous and online—so you can study when and wherever you’d like so long as you can get online and complete the course on time.

But this doesn’t mean the learning experience is isolated or lonely! You’ll have your mentor, tutor, and student advisor there to support you—as well as access to our active student community on Slack.
4.    What will I have by the end of the course?
What will I have by the end of the course? By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid understanding of the field, and hands-on practice in some of the key skills and processes that are vital to UI design—as well as a complete, mentor-reviewed project to feature in your professional portfolio!

When you complete the course, you’ll also receive a signed CareerFoundry certificate. This will make it easy for you to share the news on LinkedIn or with potential employers.
5.    How long does it take to complete the course?
You only need to set aside 15-20 hours per week to complete the course in one month. If you’d like to complete the course more quickly, you can devote up to 30-40 hours per week to complete it in about two weeks.
6.    Is the course content practical and hands-on?
We take a rigorously practical approach to learning. You’ll have the opportunity to apply everything you learn in practical ways. Every exercise builds up to a completed portfolio project that your mentor will review and that will show employers the in-demand skills you learn in the course.
7.    What are the minimum requirements (prerequisites, system, hardware, tools)?
Because the course is designed with the absolute beginner in mind, there are no prerequisites for enrollment. You don’t need a background in design or tech!

All you need to be successful in this course is:
  • The motivation to learn and grow
  • An interest in UI design
  • Written and spoken English skills at a level B2 or higher

In addition, there are a few tools you’ll need, as well as some system/hardware requirements to be aware of. You can check out all the course details in the Intro to UI information sheet.

8.    Do I have to pay for the tools?
The course includes instructions for using Sketch (cost is $50), or Adobe (one month free trial, then a minimum of $9.99 per month depending on the tool you choose). You can decide which tool best suits your interests and budget. If you prefer to use a free tool, Figma is a great alternative.

Any other software you’ll need will either be free or available with free trials, which will be valid for the duration of the course. You can, of course, opt for paid tools, but the cost is not included in the course tuition.
9.    Am I required to enroll in the full UI Design Program after the intro course?
There is no automatic or required enrollment in the full program at the end of this course.

That said, if you fall in love with UI during the intro course and you want to pursue a career in the field, the full UI Design Program is the natural next step. It includes expert mentorship, full and hands-on immersion in the field, portfolio reviews, individualized career coaching, and a job guarantee. Everything you need to land the UI design job of your dreams!

If you decide to enroll in the career change program, you’ll receive a partial tuition credit towards the cost of the full program. You can talk to your student advisor and they’ll take care of the details.
10.    What’s included in the course tuition?
This course offers an immersive introduction to the field of UI design—including expert-authored curriculum, hands-on projects, and personalized mentorship and support from experts in the field.

Find out more here:
  • How it works: From the curriculum to your support team, and beyond—here are the details.
  • Meet our mentors: Get to know who the CareerFoundry mentors are and how the dual-mentorship model works.
  • Graduate outcomes: Here’s some of the work our graduates did in the full program—and where they’re at today.

11.    Is the course accredited and what does ZFU-approved mean?
While the course is not university accredited, it does undergo a rigorous quality assurance and certification process with the ZFU (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht)—the state body for distance learning in Germany.

This process ensures that the course meets a high stand for an excellent and effective learning experience.

On successful completion of this certification process, the course is assigned a unique approval number (7387721) which can be checked against a public register.

12.    What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
If you have additional questions, we’re happy to help! Just email us or connect with a program advisor and they’ll get you the answers you need.

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