Become a certified UI designer

  • Learn how to create beautiful, pixel-perfect user interfaces
  • Accelerate your career with an in-demand skillset
  • Get a professional qualification in just 12 weeks
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Who this course is for

This UI design course is suited to anybody interested in designing beautiful interfaces for digital products.

  • Graphic and digital designers who want to upskillto UI design
  • UI designers who want to strengthen their knowledge and craft
  • UX professionals who want to become more rounded product designers
  • Anyone looking for a job in tech who is visually minded with an eye for detail
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Module 1

Introduction to UI design

In your first module, you’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of UI elements and design systems. You’ll learn why good UI matters and understand the role of UI design in the UX process. You’ll also recognise the effects of poor UI and begin learning how to avoid it in your designs.

• Why good UI matters

• The role of the UI designer

• UI elements fundamentals

• Design systems

• Effects of bad UI

Module 2

Brand and personality

Understanding how to infuse a brand’s personality into a design is a core skill for a UI professional. In this module, you’ll learn how to bring a brand to life through typography, colour, layout and more. You’ll discover the impact of simplicity in UI design and how it affects the user experience.

• Interpreting brands and personalities

• Infusing brand values into a UI

• Inspiration and mood boards

Module 3


In this module, you’ll become familiar with the fundamentals of layout. You’ll learn techniques that bring balance and order to an interface and, in turn, improve the user experience. Finally, you’ll understand how to design responsively.

• Layout

• Visual hierarchy

• Margins, gutters and padding

• 8 point grid system and design systems

• Alignment in UI

• Responsive design

Module 4

Design principles

This module will bring you through the core principles of design. You’ll learn how these principles impact the user’s psychology, and you’ll recognise their role in creating effective, successful products.

• Proximity

• Grouping or chunking

• Similarity

• Symmetry

• Continuation

• Closure

• Affordance

• Visual hierarchy and proportion

Module 5


This module focuses on understanding the interactive nature of digital products. You’ll recognise the different components and states used in interfaces and what they mean to the user. You’ll learn how to incorporate these elements into your designs to create easy-to-use, intuitive UIs.

• Design patterns

• Thumb reachability

• Forms

• Input controls

• Informational components

• iOS and Android GUI patterns

Module 6


Typography is a core feature of any design, from navigation and headings to labels and hyperlinks. In this module, you’ll learn to master this timeless skill. You’ll discover how best to apply typography in all aspects of design and visual communication.

• The power of typography

• Scanning patterns

• Hierarchy

• Font selection

• X-height and baseline

• Line height and line length

• Contrast and space

• Styling

Module 7

Colour, shapes and effects

This module will guide you through the use of colour, shape and effects in UI design. You’ll learn the role these elements can play in aiding communication and usability, expressing brand personality, directing attention and more.

• The power of white and grey

• Accessibility

• Primary, secondary and accent colours

• Shape in UI design

• Colour models

• Creating a colour palette

• Removing visual noise

Module 8

Iconography and imagery

Iconography, illustration, and imagery are the visual language of UI design. In this module, you’ll learn how to use these elements to communicate with users, bring brand values to life and enhance your designs.

• Using icons

• Designing and personalising icons

• Using images

• Image treatments

Module 9

Design process

In this module, you’ll learn how to approach a new UI design project. You’ll recognise the importance of excellent communication in achieving an efficient workflow. You’ll learn how to interpret wireframes and become familiar with each step of the design process.

• Interpreting wireframes

• Starting your design

• Ideating and design iterations

• Presenting information visually

• Animating a user interface

Module 10

Presenting designs

In your final module, you’ll learn how to present your designs. You’ll recognise the importance of supporting your design choices with a solid rationale and evidence of user testing. And, you’ll learn how to improve the handover process.

• Presenting designs

• Considering the audience

• Critique and feedback

• Preparing for handover

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Why the UX Design Institute?

They want to set the standard in UX education globally. They provide professionals and employers with a tangible, straightforward and objective measure by which to assess and prove UX skills and knowledge. All their courses are overseen by an Industry Advisory Council to ensure relevance. They’ve partnered with Glasgow Caledonian University to make sure they meet the highest educational standards.

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