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Introduction to UX Design (Level 6)


240 study hours on-demand, up to 1 year

Start dates for Short Courses at Norwich:

  • January 2024
  • October 2024

Level 6 Introduction to User Experience Design is a new online short course for anyone interested in developing creative design skills, either as a way of getting a job in this area, or as an introduction to a full MA or MSc course. The course has been co-designed with digital creative employers for learners who have either completed an undergraduate degree, or who can show through career experience that they are ready to start the course. No previous experience of user experience design is necessary.

Shortly after your course begins you will be invited to a real-time introductory session. At this event, you will meet your tutor and other short course students. You will find out about how the course works and have chance to ask questions. Beyond this point, you will undertake your studies at your own pace, with a full year to complete the course.

Students will build skills in creative design and design research that are in high demand in the digital and creative industries. Many people have an idea about what websites and apps they like, some might even possess interface design skills, but not so many understand the user research and psychological principles that underpin effective UX design. UX research and UX design skills are in high demand in the job market with positions available in design agencies, product design teams, larger organisations with in-house UX teams as well as new-generation tech companies.

The course carries 30 credits and is expected to take around 240 study hours, divided into 8 teaching blocks of 30 study hours each. How you complete your study is up to you, as you can fit it flexibly around your life. All you need is access to a computer, as you can access the software you need through the university virtual desktop. You will have access to the course resources for a full year, so will have plenty of time to complete the course.

Course tutors will stay in touch with you throughout, to keep you on track, and connect you to other learners. Our course staff are experienced industry professionals, grounding you in the technical skills you need whilst supporting your creative development.

You will be connected to other students, Norwich University of the Arts graduates and our industry network through a LinkedIn group. This will be another way to ask questions, learn from others and extend your professional network into new sectors.

Throughout the course, you will track your own development using the university Profile system, which will help you capture your progress and the evidence you build of your skills. Profile is also home to our Employability resources and the University’s job page to help connect you to the right opportunities when you complete your qualification.

Whilst you are studying, you will enjoy the benefits of being part of the Norwich University of the Arts community – access to our library, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the support of our employability and business start-up team and at the end of your course we will invite you to our campus to celebrate your achievement.

After studying this course you might choose to enrol onto a related Master’s degree. You will be able to apply your learning to a variety of design sectors. You will develop knowledge and skills which would support you in roles such as user experience research, user experience design, user interface design and more. You will complete this short course with a portfolio of independent project work, a portfolio of research and industry analysis.

How to apply

Applications to our short courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using the Short Course Application Form.

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Course Details

Course Information

Course length: 240 study hours on-demand, up to 1 year

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UK and International: Completion of an undergraduate degree or sufficient evidence provided through work experience to show you are ready for the course.

Course Fees

The Course fee for one of our short courses for both home and international students is £2,310 for the year 2023/24. For UK or EU settled students living in England, these short courses are eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

It is expected that you will have access to your own computer. As the learning is online it will be necessary for you to have a secure internet connection and an up-to-date web browser to enable you to access materials and engage with the virtual learning environment.

Sources of Financial Support

For UK or EU settled students living in England, these short courses are eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans from Student Finance England. The Student Support office can provide information about student money; they can be contacted at

The Level 6 Short Course is an online course. Learning and teaching involve working your way through a series of online asynchronous modules to complete the Unit.
Teaching sessions are recorded and provide links to online resources to support your learning, this means the course does not require you to be present on campus and you can undertake the course at your own pace.
The course team conduct regular check in and monitoring sessions to ensure that you are supported in your learning and your progress is on track to complete within the registration period for the course.
As a part time asynchronous course, students progress at their own pace and are given 12 months (inclusive of assessment) to complete the course. Students can fit the course around their other commitments and may complete the course in advance of the maximum registration period.
Independent learning complements the teaching you receive on your course and allows time for skills and knowledge to be developed. Key aspects of learning develop through the acquisition of research skills, the generation and development of ideas, and independent study.

Assessment is the process of evaluating or assessing your learning. Sometimes it will involve consideration of work in progress, while at others it concentrates on work which you have completed and submitted as assessment requirements for each unit of study.

The University assesses you through the coursework that you produce as you complete the unit. The unit will require that you present a portfolio of work which may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development.

There are two types of assessment that you will receive while on your course:

  • Formative assessment is the process whereby your work and progress are assessed at regular intervals with accompanying feedback from staff to help to improve your performance. Staff will provide you with feedback on the progress of your work before you reach the assessment point at the end of the unit. This may take place one-to-one with a tutor (e.g. in a tutorial) or in group sessions.
  • Summative assessment is the process whereby your work is evaluated and given a mark at the end of the unit. Summative assessment formally records your achievement of the unit’s learning outcomes. You will be assessed against the approved unit learning outcomes and assessment requirements.

You will be guided through the specific areas of work in which you will be engaged to produce the work required for assessment and so successfully achieve the unit learning outcomes.

Whilst you are studying, you will enjoy the benefits of being part of the Norwich University of the Arts community – access to our library, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the support of our employability and business start-up team and at the end of your course we will invite you to our campus to celebrate your achievement.


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