Michael Finds His Niche with UX Design Course16 November 2023
Adding to his skill set, by studying part-time alongside his job, has set a Navan man on course for making himself unique as a freelancer. Michael Donnelly is confident that completing the Certificate in in User-Experience (UX) Design course at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), has helped him; “Having a cert in UX design from DKIT makes my portfolio stand out from a lot of others when it comes to the job search. Also the network of people around me during my time there has helped me get my foot on the ladder and get into the UX world. Without DKIT I wouldn't have got the opportunities I have now. "
With a background in screenprinting and print design, as well as being a self-taught graphic designer, Michael now combines graphic design with freelance UX/UI work and has spent the last few years working freelance as well as contractual work.
“UX Design was something that always interested me, and the course at DkIT came at the right time for me. I found the entrepreneurship module particularly interesting, as a freelancer it gave me a more well rounded understanding of the business in the creative industry as well as a few good pointers that I could replicate in my own work.”
“The group work was the most beneficial aspect of the course. It's rare that in UX you'll be working alone all the time, so collaborating with others on projects and brainstorming ideas was very helpful and has benefitted me now in my own career.”
The UX Design course at DkIT is 100% online, so student range from all over Ireland, from Cork to Galway aswell as the North East region. The course also benefits from DkIT’s reduced fee strategy, to make course more affordable for the community, with fees reduces to only €400 from a previous price point of €1900.
Michael gives some advice to potential students
“All in all it’s been a great programme to advance my career. I think successful UX Designers need to have good self-motivation, organisational skills and work well in collaborative situations. There is no need to have any programming skills, as this isn’t something I have experience in. I am lucky enough to have worked in many different sectors so far, such as Aviation, Pharmaceutical and the Sports-Betting industry”.
The Certificate in User-Experience (UX) Design course starts in January 2024, and applications are open now.