User Interface Design

Become a job-ready UI Designer with this one year Professional Program. Acquire sought-after skills in User Interface Design resulting in great career opportunities upon graduation.

User Interface Design is an applied professional degree education and refers to the visual layout of the elements that a user might interact with in a digital product. The programme provides competence to develop user interface design for digital devices with a strong focus on accessibility and user-centred design principles across different platforms.

Students will acquire competence and hands-on skills in UI design methodologies, current visual design principles and industry-relevant tools. The programme will impart proficiency in creating and maintaining design style elements, design systems and components, templates and digital prototypes. You will also be trained in relevant presentation techniques and collaboration methods. After graduation, you will possess the competence to work with interface design development independently and in interdisciplinary constellations.

Hilde Hannsestad, Sopra Steria
We need designers who have the professional range to create visually strong, efficient and user-friendly digital solutions.Hilde Hannestad, Sopra Steria

Become job-ready

The programme is aimed towards people that want to create successful user-centred interaction design solutions by having a deeper understanding of design foundations, design systems, prototyping and evaluative research. The programme is open to candidates with no prior experience but also for those who have worked in other related subject areas or with a relevant educational background.

The programme focuses on practical skills in all aspects of UI design within the digital industry, with special emphasis on creating a user-centred digital products across different platforms. Students will be job-ready in professions like User Interface Designer, User Interfaces Accessibility Tester and Visual Designer.

User Interface Design

Programme objectives

The programme starts with Design Foundations, focusing on design fundamentals and practical skills in the use of industry-relevant design tools. We dive into subjects like design thinking, atomic design, universal design and all-inclusive design mentality to develop digital products accessible for all users. Next up is Design Styles, which includes typography, shapes, illustrations, visual hierarchy and colour systems, and how to shape and edit design elements. 

We then move on to Design Systems, and provide skills with industry-standard software and production methods for design system components such as controls, elements, inputs, selects, micro animations and navigation. The semester concludes with a Semester Project which can open for teamwork, real client projects, or interdisciplinary cooperation projects across disciplines.

The second semester starts with Template Design, where students learn to build and maintain design templates, data visualisation, and gain practical skills to create dashboards and graphs. Next up is Prototyping, where you acquire skills to review a prototype, identify potential issues, and express feedback and suggestions for potential improvements. This is followed by Evaluative Research, to ensure that the product meets all user needs. 

The year concludes with a Project Exam, where you demonstrate the competence required during the academic year. The project challenges the candidate to find a real-world project to acquire practical experience in a professional setting. The very last course is Industry Knowledge and Portfolio, focusing on professional development and further career strategies in the UI design field, as well as putting together a portfolio of your UI work.

Courses in User Interface Design:

  • Design Foundations
  • Design Styles
  • Design Systems
  • Semester Project
  • Template Design
  • Prototyping
  • Evaluative Research
  • Exam Project
  • Industry Knowledge and Portfolio

After graduation the candidates possess the following learning outcomes:

The Candidate…

  • has knowledge of concepts, processes and tools that are used in user interface design workflows
  • has knowledge of UI design methodologies and design principles
  • has knowledge of concepts, processes and tools that are used to build, develop and maintain design styles and design systems
  • has knowledge of concepts, processes and tools that are used in template design
  • has knowledge of concepts, processes and tools that are used in prototyping and design evaluation
  • has insight into of mobile-first principle and standards that are used to create user interfaces for different screen sizes and platforms
  • has insight into Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), regulations and quality requirements that apply for UI design field
  • has knowledge of the design industry and is familiar with the field of UI design
  • can update his/her own knowledge related to the field of UI design
  • understands the importance of the UI design discipline as a method to create effective, adaptive and maintainable design that serves for better user experiences
  • understands the importance of empathy and inclusive design mentality to develop usercentric digital experiences available for all users
  • can apply vocational knowledge of design methodologies in UI design projects
  • can apply vocational knowledge of universal design principles in UI design projects
  • can apply vocational knowledge of responsive design principles to plan interface design for different platforms and screen sizes
  • can apply vocational knowledge of content modelling in UI design projects
  • can apply vocational knowledge of interaction design principles in UI design projects
  • masters relevant vocational UI design tools
  • masters relevant vocational techniques to present and communicate design elements
  • can find information about design methodologies, accessibility guidelines and design principles relevant for UI design project
  • can study a project brief and identify what measures need to be taken to develop a usercentred product
  • understands the ethical principles and restrictions when creating, developing and testing digital user interfaces with the focus on user-centred experiences
  • has developed an ethical attitude in relation to the field of UI Design and understands the complexity of user needs and the importance of creating user-centred experiences
  • can carry out UI design projects based on the needs of specific target groups, alone or as part of a group
  • can build relations with his/her peers and collaborate with project owners, product users, graphic designers, UX designers and front-end developers and such
  • can develop user-centred interactions for digital products of relevance based on different user needs and audiences
  • can develop work methods to drive the UI design process

Job opportunities

You will be able to work in both national and international companies in need of UI designers. Currently, there is a vast selection of job listings related to the field in various business areas. Graduates will be able to work with design agencies, digital product developers, software developers, media houses or communication agencies.

 

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Programme information

Startups:

January 11, 2022
March 15, 2022
August 16, 2022
October 18, 2022
Read more about semester start.

Application deadline: Ongoing admissions
Duration: 1 years full time
2 years part time
Programme language: English
Tuition online:

EUR 3.800,- per semester full time
EUR 1.900,- per semester part time

Accreditations: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. NOKUT accredited.
Admission requirements: Admission by formal competence or admission by prior learning. Read more.
Degree: Professional Degree
Credits: 60 ECVET

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