Specialist course

Visual Design

Become a stronger professional by mastering the key concepts and techniques of user interface design.

Who is it for?

Experienced UX professionals


3 months


3 hours per week




Online, self-paced

Our alumni work with the world’s leading companies

What is visual design?

Visual design is a specialist skill within the UX design process. Also known as UI design, it focuses on the aesthetics of software interfaces.

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Professional Certificate in
Visual Design

credit-rated by
Glasgow Caledonian University

Learn more about GCU

"After completing the professional diploma in UX, the next logical step for me was to gain a greater understanding of user interface design, and the UI course did exactly that. These two courses have provided me with the tools, knowledge, and confidence required to start a career in UX design."

Niall Moran

UI designer, Ryanair

Why get certified in Visual Design?

Better communications
Strong communication skills lead to effective designs. Build your confidence and authority with inside-out knowledge of this critical domain.
Deeper knowledge
Validate your existing knowledge and push deeper into the latest design techniques and trends.

Diverse skills
Learning never stops. Boost your career and differentiate your skillset with a world-class, credit-rated certification.

Next course commences:
15 June 2021

Limited spaces available

Standard course price
Early bird price until 18 May 2021
Payment plans available
Register your interest Enroll today

Learn with us

We’ve worked hard to design the best possible online learning experience for you. As well as an unrivalled syllabus, our approach includes:


Learn the theory and retain the knowledge during simple, step-by-step projects.

Expert mentors

Be guided by expert design mentors during monthly group sessions.

Structure and flexibility

Stay motivated with a structured programme that fits into your schedule.


Our friendly Student Success team will help you stay on track and keep you accountable.

Student community

Connect with our global student community to brainstorm, share knowledge and get ideas.

Career coaching

Master the UX/UI job search and build your network wih our career specialists.

“The community is amazing, everyone is deep in conversation and helping each other. I really felt this sense of alumni unification, you really feel part of a group.”

Ana Carpio, UX Designer at the Government of Canada


3 months, self-paced

Get certified in 3 months following a flexible, structured learning path.


Fully online

The course is delivered entirely online, including on-demand video, mentoring, and support.


Exam and projects

Before getting certified, you’ll be assessed during a 60-minute online exam.

What you’ll learn

We’ve put together a university credit-rated curriculum that’s deep, rigorous and covers everything you need to know to become a successful UI professional.

10 modules

Module 1

Introduction to visual design

Understand the role of the UI designer and why good UI matters.

Module 2

Brand and personality

Discover how to infuse a brand’s personality into any design.

Module 3


Acquire the fundamentals of layout: grids, alignment and space.

Module 4

Design principles

Guide users through your interface using the principles of design.

Module 5


Explore the various components that make a design interactive.

Module 6


Understand the importance and power of typography in design.

Module 7

Colour, shapes and effects

Discover the role of colour, shapes and effects in UI design.

Module 8

Iconography and imagery

Identify how to use icons, illustrations and images to maximum effect.

Module 9

Design process

Learn how an interface goes from sketches to a polished interface.

Module 10

Presenting designs

Learn how to prepare designs for presentation and handover.


Project and portfolio

Develop your UI portfolio through a series of step-by-step activities.


60-minute final exam

Get assessed on your knowledge through a final exam.

Outcomes for you

  • Professional foundation in visual design principles and techniques
  • Enhanced ability to lead and communicate with design teams
  • Create better designs with a deeper understanding of visual design
  • Validate your knowledge with a university recognised qualification
  • Increased skillset to advance your career
  • Professional Certificate in Visual Design in just 12 weeks
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After I graduated from the Professional Diploma in UX Design, I also completed the Professional Certificate in Visual Design. I wanted to further enhance my skills with a better understanding of UI which means I can now create better designs.

Ketan Mistry

Ketan Mistry

UX/UI Designer, Clothes2Order

Register your interest

After you register, one of our team will be in touch to give you more details about the course and answer any questions you have.

Alternatively, if you're happy to get started,
you can enroll today

Student stories

From Project Manager to UX

“I would highly recommend the UX Design Institute. These guys really know what they are doing. The course has given me not only the ability to do UX, but the confidence to do it as well.”

Jenny Björkman, UX Designer

Edinburgh, Scotland

Jenny Björkman, UX Designer

Frequently asked questions

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:

1. Background

You don’t need experience in design or technology to enroll 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.

2. Commitment

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.

3. English language

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:

1. Structured path

The most popular option is to follow the three month structure. Each month you are given a deadline with a number of video lessons to complete. A monthly mentor-hosted webinar allows you to discuss coursework to date, ask questions and get feedback on your assignment.

2. Self-directed path

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 six months.

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?

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.