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Certificate in User Experience (UX) Design

Course Points
40
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
January 2021

Course Summary

The aim of the Certificate in User Experience (UX) design course (funded by Springboard+) is to provide students with a strong balance of technical knowledge and theory in usability, digital design, branding and functionality. The student will have an understanding of various user experience principles, technologies and usability theories. This theoretical grounding will compliment their practical skill-set, in turn benefiting their overall capabilities as a creative practitioner.

Important notice about this course

January 2021 Intake (Open for applications from End-November)

THIS IS A SPRINGBOARD+ FUNDED COURSE.

 Course subject to final validation approval.

As part of Product Design, user experience (UX) designers use creativity and computer skills to create products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users. This involves the research and design of the entire user experience of a product, including aspects of user research, user journeys, design thinking techniques, usability, prototyping and Branding.

The aim of the Certificate in User Experience (UX) design course is to provide students with a strong balance of technical knowledge and theory in usability, digital design, branding and functionality. The student will have an understanding of various user experience principles, technologies and usability theories. This theoretical grounding will compliment their practical skill-set, in turn benefiting their overall capabilities as a creative practitioner. This course will also provide the student with a solid grounding in researching their target audience, and understanding the role of user research in the design process and for the creation of UX design across divergent digital mediums. The user experience (UX) design course will encourage enterprise and the development of entrepreneurial skills, behaviours and attitudes. Throughout the course students will be challenged to consider user experience issues from a variety of cultural perspectives.

This one-year part-time programme will be targeted at anyone wanting to upskill their practical and technical UX skills. It will encourage graduates to become idea-driven UX designers competent in communicating through a variety of mediums and who have had the space to test out user theories through practical work. The course will use a mix of traditional and blended learning. They will be equipped to find employment in the following broad categories: User Experience (UX) Designer, Product Designer, Digital Designer, Graphic Designer or Web Designer. Participants will acquire skills in industry standard software for UX, Design and apply various human computer principles and develop an online portfolio.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+ 2020.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Wed Authoring - Apply a basic CSS style-sheet to a preexisting content management system.
  • User Experience (UX) Design - Design and create user experience design artifacts for screen based environments.
  • Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries - Assess an idea for a potential new venture following a design thinking approach.
  • Visual Communications - Demonstrate the ability to use an industry standard digital editing package.
  • Front-End Web Development - Enhance the visual design and usability of a website.
  • UX Project - Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the scope and stages involved a project.
  • Work placement for UX Design (4 weeks)

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach with weekly interactive and hands-on practical lab-based sessions supported by independent and online learning.

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation. 

The proposed programme will run in part-time online learning mode over two semesters, for example: 

  • Semester 1 (Spring: January to May) 
  • Semester 2 (Autumn: September - January) 


The programme comprises five taught modules over two semesters followed by a four-week work placement within the web/digital sector.

Graduates of the programme will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the creative and developmental strands within the UX design discipline and will be skilled in the use of a range of digital media. They will be equipped to follow career paths in the following broad categories:

  • UX designer - providing information architecture, high-quality designs, graphics, mock-ups, prototypes, and layouts for web sites and applications. 
  • Product designer - use their design skills and technical knowledge to improve the way that existing products work and look. 
  • Graphic/digital designer-  designs graphic content and layout for both print and digital platforms. 
  • Web designer / front end developer – integrating visual elements into web pages. 
  • UI designer - User interface (UI) designers work closely with user experience (UX) designers and other design specialists. Their job is to make sure that every page and every step a user will experience in their interaction with the finished product will conform to the overall vision created by UX designers.

A fee of €390 (subsidised by Springboard+) applies to employed/self-employed applicants.

It is FREE to unemployed people via the Springboard scheme. Find out more.

The entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

  • An approved portfolio of relevant digital visual work.

OR

  • Graduates of other disciplines will be assessed for entry through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on a case-by-case basis.

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to Level 7 programmes is six passes in the Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either English or Irish, and either one Grade C3 in a Higher Level paper, or an overall points total of 200.

Participants are expected to have a grounding in the areas of Audio-Visual Production and Digital Editing and may be interviewed before entry to the programme.

To apply for this programme via the Springboard+ scheme, you must meet the eligibility criteria (click to read) in addition to the minimum entry criteria listed above.

This course is designed to cater for potential applications with a keen interest in the creative industries and who wish to gain knowledge in User experience (UX) design. They will gain an understanding of current and emerging industry work practices in product design.

JJ Quinlan (Programme Director )
Phone: +353-0429370200
Email: jj.quinlan@dkit.ie

Course ID TBC
Level 7
Duration 1 Year
Credits 40
Places 15
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees FREE via the Springboard scheme / €390 for employed/self-employed aplicants
Starting Date January 2021
Apply to Springboard+

How to Apply

Click on the button below to apply via the Springboard+ courses website. 
Applications open from End-November.
Please ensure to upload copies of your certified education.

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If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact springboard@dkit.ie