UX to UI Design

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Course Overview

This free five week UX Design course aims to meet the needs of educators wishing to gain the skills required to understand UX Design. User Experience design is one of the fastest growing design sectors and it encompasses a number of different skill sets which actually has little to do with traditional graphic design, but relies heavily on an understanding of users needs, identifying goals and creating basic outlines of designs so that a more traditional graphic or UI (user interface) designer can fill in those areas.

In this course participants will start off examining the users needs and creating relevant documentation that allows a digital, interactive project to have a better fitting, functional, final design. Each week participants will identify key needs that will inform design decisions until the project is ready to be designed graphically as a user interface. In the final weeks of the course participants will create the UI design based on their UX conclusions from the previous weeks.

This course is part of a series of Adobe Generation Professional courses designed to help educators become creators, not just consumers, of digital media. Throughout the series, you’ll learn new tools and techniques, explore best practices for teaching and learning, and unleash your creativity to help drive student outcomes. Drop in for one or engage in many, but we guarantee this series will help you and your students take your digital skills and creativity to the next level.

This is a free course.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the core concepts of User Experience Design
  • Develop a skill set to create user interfaces
  • Develop technical skills as well as a critical language about the UX Design
  • Explore best practices for teaching UX Design in the classroom.
  • Integrate creativity and digital media into classroom action.
  • Interact with experts from the world of UX Design as well as fellow educators from
  • around the globe.

Note: The content for this course is subject to change as the technology for creating UX/UI design changes.

What to Expect

The course kicks off on Monday, May 9 and ends on Friday, June 17. You may work at your own pace through the asynchronous content on the Exchange at any time during the course. We provide a suggested pacing to keep you on track during this intensive time period.

Each week, you will be attending a live class session (or viewing a recording). After the final week, you’ll be creating a final project that you’ll submit for review by the instructors. We’ve also built in time for you to catch up if you need to miss any days during the course. All work must be submitted no later than midnight BST on June 17, if you’d like to graduate and earn course credit.

Live Classes

Live class sessions will be hosted as follows:

Option A (for course members in East Asia, Australia and NZ)

  • 7:00 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10 hours) Sydney Time

Option B (for course members in Europe)

  • 7:00 p.m. BST (GMT +1). London Time.

Option C (for course members in North, Central and South America)

  • 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (GMT 5 hours) Chicago Time

Live Class 1 takes place at the following date and time: Wednesday, May 11. There will be several times to attend to live class to accommodate course participants in different time zones, or you will be able to view a recording. All live classes are hosted via Adobe Connect.

Course Timeline and Important Dates

  • Monday, May 9 : Course opens on the Adobe Education Exchange. Review precourse readings and plan your participation.
  • Wednesday, May 11: Class 1
  • Wednesday, May 18 : Class 2
  • Wednesday, May 25: Class 3
  • Wednesday, June 1: Class 4
  • Wednesday, June 8: Class 5
  • Wednesday, June 1: Enrollment closes
  • Friday, June 17: Course ends. Last day to submit assignments to the Education Exchange if you want to graduate from the course.

Note: Dates and times are subject to change up until the course starts.


This is an introductory level course. No prior experience is assumed but a basic knowledge of the internet and basic understanding of digital technologies will be useful. We will be working with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview) and you will need access to the paid or trial versions of these applications.

Course Credit

We anticipate that successful completion of this course will require at minimum 25 hours of your time. After successfully completing this course, you will receive a digital credential that states that you successfully completed 25 hours of professional development. You may share this with others to demonstrate your achievement. The creation of content is a creative process so the amount of time you spend will vary.


Colin Maxwell

Greg Hodgson

Adobe Education

Sjaani van den Berg

Jason Carthew

Mark Shufflebottom

Course Workshops
Week 1 - Defining the problem. Creating the solution. Choosing an area in which to work, students will start by trying to understand what the problems are or might be for the user. Some of these may be technical, i.e. what platform best enables the project to work?
Week 2 - Defining the scope of the project Now that the problem has been identified and user needs and goals are understood it’s time to think about what information should go on each page.
Week 3 - Prototyping and testing Using the paper prototypes from the week before to test the project on a user. Tips on conducting the study and demonstration of how this works.
Week 4 - Graphic Design stage Participants will create a mood board of graphic inspiration around the theme of their project. From this a style tile will be established which will show the colours, typography and design elements that will be used.
Week 5 - Digital Prototype The final stage will be producing a working prototype. The video’s will teach participants how to do this with Adobe’s brand new app, Experience Design CC.
Final Assignment & Achieving Accreditation This section aims to bring together everything you’ve learned so you can complete all the stages of your final project, create your final assignment which is your lesson plan.
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