Professional Diploma in UX Design (UX Design Institute in partnership with UCD Professional Academy) (Professional Diploma in UX Design (UX Design Institute in partnership with UCD Professional Academy))

University College Dublin (UCDPA-UXDI-APRIL)
Key Programme Details

Professional Diploma in UX Design

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

Springboard Team



+353 86 189 6174


Dublin, Ireland

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

As users continue to demand better experiences online, UX design has never been more important. This course will help you develop the two central abilities of good UX design: critical thinking and problem-solving. You’ll learn the techniques and methodologies needed at each stage of the UX design process, applying a mix of research, technology, design and psychology.

UX design is a highly rewarding and exciting career option where technological advances are constantly driving demand for qualified professionals. UX designers get to make a real impact in their role and enjoy high levels of job satisfaction. This hands-on course is structured like a real UX project; giving students the skills and knowledge needed to work in the industry.

As well as building your experience and confidence, you’ll produce eight case-study projects for your all-important portfolio of work, the equivalent of a CV in this job market. Learning is blended, with most course material being self-paced. In addition to the 130 hours of coursework, live online sessions with a highly experienced tutor will mean you also have access to the latest industry thinking and career-building insights.

Applications for this programme close on 14/03/2021, with the course running 08/04/2021 - 09/10/2021. Places are limited.

Entry Requirements

1. Applicants must have either a qualification at NFQ Level 6 or above, or demonstrable and significant experience in a relevant area.

2. Students must be comfortable learning in English. All video lessons, course materials, webinars, assignments, correspondence and the final exam are in English. Applicants for whom English is not a first language are recommended to have a minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

3. Students must be motivated to complete a six month course, much of the work being done in their own time.

4. Students must have clear career aspirations that are aligned with the course outcomes. Typically this is the transition to a career in UX, our to use UX skills within their current position.

5. Students will ideally have a number of years professional experience. Our most successful students come from a range of professional backgrounds (such as project management, graphic design, product management, business analysis and so on) and have complimentary skills that allow them to get the most from the course.

Long Description

The Professional Diploma in UX Design, delivered in partnership between UCD Professional Academy and UX Design Institute, has been developed to help students build a successful career in UX.

The Professional Diploma in UX Design is a highly practical, hands-on course focused on developing job-ready skills and know-how. Students will learn to think like UX designers, and adopt the mindset that makes them so valuable in the tech industry. Students will build their confidence from a true, deep understanding of the domain. They will work on a series of projects aimed at building experience and developing a portfolio of work to showcase to potential employers.

During the course, which entails 6 months of part-time online learning, the UCD Professional Academy will host three live digital sessions with the students' dedicated UX mentor, a highly experienced UX professional. The digital classroom sessions will focus specifically on the practical elements of the course: the eight projects that each student must submit as part of their assessment. This will allow students to gain hands-on, guided experience with a number of critical UX techniques, including running a usability test, facilitating an affinity mapping workshop, and building a portfolio (among others).

In the world of UX your portfolio is your CV and so the focus will be on ensuring students perfect this to give you the very best chance of progressing into a role in UX.

Why Choose This Course

According to LinkedIn, UX Design is one of the top five hard skills that employers are looking for and an average UX Designer salary in Ireland stands at €40,000. As well as developing your skills and knowledge, this course will build your confidence from a true, deep understanding of the profession.

Completing this course will allow you to create the all-important portfolio that will show employers you have the hands-on experience to deliver successful UX projects. In the world of UX, your portfolio is your CV, so the focus will be on ensuring you perfect this and therefore have the best chance of progressing into a UX role. During the course, you’ll not only prepare 8 case study projects for your portfolio but also learn how to create an effective professional portfolio.

The mentoring component of the course will include focused training on skills related to career-building within the UX industry. In addition, all students have access to a one-to-one work placement service ( which will provide focused guidance throughout the course and facilitate a work placement with an indigenous or multinational organisation from the FIT board.

Career Opportunities

UX Designers are in high demand. LinkedIn lists UX design as one of the top five hard skills that employers are looking for. However, landing a UX Designer job can prove tricky without a track record. That’s why this course includes a focus on building a professional portfolio with projects developed during the course, as well as career insights and advice from live mentor sessions. Our partnership with InternsPlus will facilitate a work placement if needed, ensuring you are job-ready and have every chance of progressing into a UX role.

Timetable Info

The course is spread out over 6 months and breaks down as follows. In the early part of the course, your project work will focus on research and analysis
techniques. Later the project work will focus on design techniques. You’ll choose to follow one path, and create designs for a desktop website or a mobile app. You’re free to work on both paths, which would be excellent for your portfolio. However, you only need to complete one path to gain certification.

Month 1:
Module 1: Introduction to UX design
Module 2: User research
(Classroom/Online session)

Month 2:
Project 1: Competitive benchmark
Project 2: Online survey
Project 3: Note taking
Project 4: Usability test

Month 3:
Module 3: User goals
Module 4: Structure and Navigation
Module 5: Interactions
Module 6: Design principles
Module 7: Design patterns
(Classroom/Online session)
Project 5: Affinity Diagram
Project 6: Customer journey map
Project 7: Flow diagram for desktop

Month 4:
Module 8: Mobile
Module 9: Workflows

Project 8: Flow diagram for mobile
Project 9: Interaction design for desktop
Project 10: Interaction design for mobile
(Classroom/Online session)

Month 5 and 6:
Module 10: Prototyping and Wireframing
Project 11: Prototype for desktop
Project 12: Prototype for mobile
Project 13: Usability test for a desktop prototype
Project 14: Usability test for a mobile prototype
Project 15: Wireframes for desktop
Project 16: Wireframes for mobile

Please note, not all projects are mandatory.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Fabiane Dotta


086 189 6174


RPL Information

Application Procedures

1. Complete all fields in your Springboard online application (Both the abilities and achievements sections must be completed)
2. Upload your up-to-date CV.
3. Upload proof of status as stated in Springboard Eligibility Guidelines.
4. If applying as someone in employment, upload passport or GNIB with Stamp 4 visa (valid for 3 years prior to the course start date).

You can find details of eligibility requirements in this link here:

As part of your application you will need to upload the following documents

In all cases we require:
A copy of your passport
A copy of your CV

Depending on your circumstances:

Employed: Employment detail summary from revenue
Unemployed: Proof Social welfare payments - this can be a bank statement showing payment.
Visa holders: A scan of your visa
Returning to the workforce: A completed returners form, signed by the commissioner of oaths. (This can be an email from the Commissioner of Oaths)

NOTE 1: Places will be offered on a rolling basis as eligible applicants complete their applications.

NOTE 2: As part of Springboard requirements, we must ensure that Springboard places are allocated on the basis of priority for the unemployed/formerly self-employed and returner categories ahead of employed so places will not be offered to any eligible applicant in employment unless places are available the week prior to the course starting.