What are the admissions criteria?
Students are admitted on a case-by-case basis after a consultation with one of our Education Advisors. Key factors we’ll discuss with you include:
You don’t need experience in design or technology to enrol in our courses, although having one or both is a definite bonus. Our students come from a diverse mix of backgrounds, including project management, development, graphic design, product management, business analysis and so on.
You do need to be motivated and committed. We set a high bar. Studying for one of our professional qualifications requires a certain amount of time, energy and focus. Our team will be there to support you along every step of the way but success will come as a result of your own diligence.
You need to be comfortable learning in English. All video lessons, course materials, webinars, correspondence and the final exam are delivered in English.
How is the course structured?
There are two learning paths available to you:
The most popular option is to follow the structured programme; six months for the Professional Diploma in UX Design and three months for our Professional Certification in Visual Design. Each month you are given a deadline with a number of video lessons and projects to complete. A monthly mentor-hosted webinar allows you to discuss coursework to date, ask questions and get feedback on your project work.
Alternatively, according to your personal time constraints, you can complete the course entirely at your own pace. As the course is delivered entirely online, it means that you’re free to complete it whenever you are free. You’ll still be able to take part in any of the webinars - either live or catching up through recordings. Once enrolled, you'll have access to all of the course materials for an extended period; 12 months for the diploma course and 6 months for the specialist courses.
Will I get a mentor?
Yes. Each course has a dedicated mentor. All our mentors are top-class UX professionals with many years of experience working in the field. Your mentor will host your monthly webinars, and will be available during those sessions to answer questions, review projects and keep you motivated.
Will I build a portfolio?
Yes. Practical work is a huge part of the course. For the Professional Diploma in UX Design there are a total of 16 projects to give you hands-on experience on all the key aspects of UX. Each project is part of a single case study - researching, designing and prototyping a website or a mobile app for a new airline. The output will be a portfolio of work that will showcase your skills and experience in UX.
Will I work on a team?
Yes, if you want to. Each course is limited to a maximum of 75 people. This allows you to build relationships with your fellow students on a dedicated Slack channel, and collaborate on projects and study time.
Are the courses recognised by employers in my country?
The UK higher education system is internationally renowned for its excellent standards. Our courses are all credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University,
a highly-rated UK university. The Professional Diploma in UX Design is allocated 20 credits at Level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Professional Certificate in Visual Design is allocated 12.
For your country, there will be an equivalent award in the relevant educational system. For guidance, please review the Certification Equivalents Table.