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UX / UI Design City Colleges’ Professional Diploma

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  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts May 2024
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UX/UI design refers to the process of creating user-friendly and visually appealing digital experiences for websites, applications, and other interactive products. UX (User Experience) design focuses on understanding user needs, behaviours, and preferences to design interfaces that are intuitive, efficient, and enjoyable to use. It involves conducting user research, creating user personas, and designing user flows to optimize the overall user journey. On the other hand, UI (User Interface) design concentrates on the visual aspects of the digital product, including the layout, colour scheme, typography, and interactive elements. It aims to create visually pleasing and cohesive designs that align with the brand identity and effectively communicate the product’s functionality and purpose.

In this course, you will be introduced to the core concepts, methodologies, and tools that shape the creation of user-friendly and visually appealing digital experiences. Through a blend of theory and practical exercises, you’ll learn how to design interfaces that not only look great but also deliver an intuitive and seamless user experience.

Choosing a career in UX/UI design offers high demand, creative problem-solving, impactful work, diverse paths, continuous learning, collaboration, personal fulfilment, and career flexibility. The course equips aspiring designers with skills and knowledge needed for success in this dynamic field.

  • UX design is one of the few career paths where the salaries are as rewarding as the work itself
  • UX/UI Designers can earn between €55 – €60K in Ireland, rising to over €80K after 5 years
  • In Ireland, the job market for UI/UX design is currently thriving and demand is high, particularly in the tech sector

Week 1

Introduction to UX/UI Design:

  • Understanding the roles of UX and UI in the design process
  • Exploring the significance of user-centred design

 

Week 2

Design History and Evolution:

  • Tracing the roots of design from industrial to digital eras
  • Studying influential design movements and their impact on modern UX/UI

 

Week 3

User Research and Analysis:

  • Conducting user research to identify target audiences and user needs
  • Analysing user behaviour to inform design decisions

Week 4

Information Architecture:

  • Organizing content and navigation for intuitive user journeys
  • Creating sitemaps and wireframes to structure digital products

 

Week 5

Interaction Design:

  • Designing interactive elements that enhance user engagement
  • Implementing user flows and prototyping interactions

 

Week 6

Visual Design Principles:

  • Exploring colour theory, typography, and layout design
  • Creating visually appealing UI designs that align with brand identities

 

Week 7

Usability Testing and Feedback:

  • Conducting usability tests to evaluate design effectiveness
  • Incorporating user feedback for continuous improvement

 

Week 8

Responsive Design:

  • Designing interfaces that adapt to various devices and screen sizes
  • Understanding the importance of mobile-friendly experiences

 

Week 9

Collaborative Design Tools:

  • Introducing popular design tools like Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD
  • Hands-on practice with industry-standard software

 

Week 10

Course Project:

At the end of the course, students will undertake a comprehensive UX/UI design project to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course. The project will involve designing a digital product or application from concept to prototype, emphasizing user-centred design principles and historical design insights. Students will have the flexibility to choose their project topic, catering to their interests and goals within the UX/UI field.

The course project will offer students the opportunity to build a comprehensive portfolio piece, demonstrating their proficiency in UX/UI design and their ability to create user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing digital experiences. Additionally, the project will encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, preparing students to enter the field of UX/UI design with confidence.

 

Project Stages:

Project Planning and Research:

  • Define the project scope, target audience, and goals
  • Conduct user research to understand user needs and pain points

 

Information Architecture and Wireframing:

  • Create a sitemap and define the user flow
  • Develop wireframes to outline the structure and layout

 

Visual Design and Branding:

  • Apply historical design principles and contemporary aesthetics
  • Design visually appealing UI elements and establish branding elements

 

Interaction Design and Prototyping:

  • Implement interactive features and transitions
  • Create a functional prototype for user testing

 

Usability Testing and Iteration:

  • Conduct usability tests with potential users
  • Gather feedback and make iterative improvements

 

Final Presentation:

  • Showcase the completed UX/UI design project
  • Discuss design decisions, insights from history, and the user-centric approach

 

No specific qualifications or prior design experience are required to enrol in this course. Basic computer literacy and a passion for creative problem-solving and user-centric design are recommended.

Tom Noone

Tom has worked as a Resource Worker, Artist and Educator with City of Dublin Education and Training Board. Throughout this period, he has continued to develop his social art practice and community outreach through individual awards and residencies with national and international organisations (Arts Council, CREATE, Creative Ireland, Development Perspectives etc.).  This combination of teaching practice and
socially-engaged art practices has allowed Tom to engage in driving his passion for social arts, technological practice and programme development in education.

As an educator and researcher, Tom’s work has focused on major societal trends and the transformational challenges they pose for educational organisations. Tom’s passion for educational programme development has been driven by his research into the dynamics of disengaged learners. Across Tom’s work experiences as an educator, artist, and facilitator, he has been fortunate to learn and develop his analytical, teaching, management, support and communications skills.

Alongside the curriculum design, Tom utilizes continued professional development in universal design learning and Technology Enhanced Learning Mentoring Support to enhance the students experience in education. Through this work and Tom’s previous experience in education, he has developed strong interpersonal, management and organisational skills in technical, written and verbal formats. 

Tom has a 1st class honours undergraduate degree in Communications and Creative Media from Dundalk Institute of Technology and this has provided him with excellent technical skills in information and communications technologies where he has become proficient in Microsoft and Adobe suites and most importantly, where he has learned the importance of flexibility and adaptability to both changing organisational and technical demands.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact Kevin.Coyne@citygroup.ie for further details.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will be introduced to the core concepts, methodologies, and tools that shape the creation of user-friendly and visually appealing digital experiences. Through a blend of theory and practical exercises, you’ll learn how to design interfaces that not only look great but also deliver an intuitive and seamless user experience.

UX/UI design refers to the process of creating user-friendly and visually appealing digital experiences for websites, applications, and other interactive products. UX (User Experience) design focuses on understanding user needs, behaviours, and preferences to design interfaces that are intuitive, efficient, and enjoyable to use. It involves conducting user research, creating user personas, and designing user flows to optimize the overall user journey.

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