Learn UX Design

On real-world projects with industry leading mentors

Part-time & online via live workshops

Who is this course for?

Harness Projects offers far more than an online UX design course; here you learn UX by doing UX. We believe strongly in project based learning, a framework most similar to real life working scenarios.

You’ll not only benefit from the UX design curriculum content created by the Interaction Design Foundation, but will also learn and apply Design Thinking skills to ensure a creative and commercially viable outcome is delivered – one that you can be proud of!

This course is for you if you are looking to upskill or move into UX design. You may have a basic understanding of UX, but are looking to gain more knowledge and experience on a real-world project.

Delivery Online via live workshops

Study load Part-time (7-10 hours per week)

Length of project 9 weeks

Class size Max of 12 students

Next intakes April, May, July, September

Fees Payment plan available, pay over 4 weeks

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Skills you'll learn

Harness Projects have been formed through a collaborative effort from industry experts and academic’s with over 40 years experience in their collective fields.  Our Project based learning framework means you get to develop not only your technical skills in user experience design but also your workplace behavioural skills, now the most important skills companies look for when hiring new talent.

Introduction to UX Design
Learn about the field of UX Design, what it is and why it matters in today's age of technology more than ever.
Designing for Behavioural Change
A core outcome of the design process can be to effect behavioral change. Learn about key techniques that can support behavioral change, from social validation, reciprocity, endorsements, personalisation and the scarcity principle and how they can be applied to design.
Mobile design principles
The penetration of mobile devices in everyday society requires UX Designers to give strong consideration to the medium of access of its end-users. Learn about the core principles of designing for mobile devices in an increasingly mobile world.
Planning UX Projects
Learn the value of effective planning in a UX project, what to think about and how to set your project up for success.
Managing stakeholders
To be a great UX Designer requires effective stakeholder management skills. You will be working with stakeholders from all levels of business, society and the public through any given UX project.  Learn techniques for providing the appropriate planning and consideration when dealing with stakeholders and how to apply empathy to drive valuable relationships.
Expert Reviews
A typical starting point in any UX research piece is conducting your own expert review of a product or service. Understand the value and limitations of expert reviews so they can be applied in the appropriate way in your next UX project.
User Research
Great solutions come from understanding the problem and the end-user. Designing a great user experience of a product or service requires research. Conducting user research allows you understand the motivations of people who will experience your creations. It also leads to strong insights about how and why people behave in certain ways; their psychology, the physical environment, their past experiences and more. Awareness an consideration of these broad and complex factors helps to create meaningful and effective solutions.
Writing Surveys
There is an art to discovering the right question to ask. Surveys are a valuable quantitative research tool when used in the right way. Learn how to write questions that deliver un-biased responses to further inform the UX design process.
Competitor reviews
You will demonstrate an ability to conduct competitor reviews by applying research and review methodologies of competitors to the company partner and report back on your findings.
Customer Journey Mapping
You will demonstrate an ability to develop a customer journey map that accurately represents the decision making journey of a target customer. It will have been formed through research and includes practical actions as well as personal feelings of the customer over the journey map timeline.
User Persona's
User personas are fictional characters created to reflect the different kind of users that might engage with a product, a brand or a site. A user persona is a representation of the goals and behaviors of a particular segment of users including patterns, skills, attitudes and the environment. User personas give better insights in to your clients or customers; their goals and behaviors.
Sketching
A low cost and time efficient way to visualise an idea and gather valuable feedback. Learn that you don't need to be an artist to make use of appropriate sketching and why everyone should employ this method in their UX design process.
Information Architecture
Information architecture is the process of mapping out the structure of content and processes to meet the need of end users and business objectives. Learn various ways to apply effective information architecture on a project and communicate the appropriate information to users in an intuitive and seamless way.
Wireframes & Prototyping
A wireframe is a mockup of a web page or screen in an app. It shows how the page/screen will be laid out and how different elements relate to each other. They are used early in the design process to help ideate and iterate possible solutions. Once you're happy with the direction you can create a prototype by linking your wireframes together to simulate your final product. This will give you a much better sense of how your product will feel and can be used in usability testing to get some user feedback.
Usability Testing
Usability testing is about making sure people can use your product. It involves showing real people a preview of your designs and asking them what they think. In doing so you'll learn what works (and what doesn't) with your current design. These insights will make your final product more intuitive and can help you avoid costly rework later down the track.
Empathy
You will demonstrate empathy by listening to your end-users and stakeholders and appropriately translating their needs, motivations and pain points into your final recommendation solution.
Collaboration
The best solutions are most often formed through the input of multiple people. You will be required to collaborate with many other experts in their fields and developing strong collaboration skills can ensure you contribute value to a team. In modern work environments, small team collaboration is an increasingly sought after skill by employers, as agile ways of working are adopted that bring together multiple disciplines around a unified challenge.
Communication
You will demonstrate competency in communication by successfully transmitting your ideas, thinking processes and solution in a way that is easily understood by others. A range of techniques may be used to demonstrate this competency including body language, written, visual and oral styles.
Resilience
Any challenging problem is bound to ask more of you than you first expect. Strong resilience is formed through the process of failing and getting back up again. By deepening your resilience capacity, you are well positioned to deliver great outcomes to challenging problems that others may have avoided.
Presentation
A tried and true skill for any professional is the ability to present your ideas to an audience and effectively transmit the intended message. You will have the opportunity to strengthen your presentation skills in front of a live company stakeholder at the conclusion of your project.

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Student Case-studies

Want to know what it's like to learn on a real-world project? Check our a recent case study from Chris Luu, graduate of our ThanksBox UX Project that ran from March to May 2018.

Certification

By completing a Harness Project you will receive a certification from Harness Projects, co-signed by the company partner on your project. This acknowledges that you worked on a live project for the company as well as what UX design skills you have been recommended for on the project.

You are free to add this UX Design certification and real world experience to your Linkedin profile to prove you have been through a live UX design project. Finally, you will also receive a globally-recognised certification from the Interaction Design Foundation for completing the online component of the course.

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Plus, 12-months FREE access to the IDF and 6-months access to InVision

Enrolled students will automatically receive a FREE 12-month subscription to the Interaction Design Foundation as well as a FREE 6-month account to InVision to kick start your UX career!