Free UX design courses

User experience (UX) is fundamental to good design work. Websites, design and technology may be getting increasingly complex, but one thing remains simple – that how the user feels is always key.

Free online UX courses: MOOCs

Excitingly, the same human-computer interaction expert Scott Klemmer from Coursera’s paid UX course (above) offers a free 9-week course through Stanford called – yes, you guessed it – Human-Computer Interaction. It may not look quite as sleek as the paid course but, well, it is free. And it offers brilliant video lectures, though none of the assignments or quizzes, unlike the paid version (understandably so, we think).

Free online UX courses: Springboard

Springboard offers a free, self-paced course called User Experience Design that gives a general overview of UX. It collects free content across the web and organises it into an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand walkthrough. There is over 131 hours of content, as well as projects to complete, recommended reading and videos.

Free online UX courses: blogs

A year’s worth of weekly lessons isn’t a bad way to learn about UX – not particularly time-consuming, plenty of content and it can be delivered straight to your inbox.  52 weeks of UX was created by Rocket Insights co-founder Joshua Porter and Habitat Founder and CEO Joshua Brewer – the founders certainly crammed the Tumblr blog with useful information.

As it is not strictly a course, it can probably be forgiven for a lack of interactivity, and celebrated for how easy it is to use, demanding no commitment other than reading an email a week. Oh, and you can appreciate how pretty and clean the site itself it – pretty important for a Tumblr claiming authority on UX design.

Although it is another not-strictly-a-course course, The Hipper Element crash lessons are also an easy, neat way to learn about UX design. Joel Marsh, who wrote UX for Beginners, takes his readers through a month’s worth of daily lessons in UX in this very popular blog.

Offline UX courses: Chelsea College of Arts 

Chelsea College of Arts’ User Experience (UX) Design course makes the most of the face-to-face element by balancing theory with the practical skills of designing for web and mobile. In fact, over 4 days (£599) or 5 evenings (£425), you will apply what you’ve learnt to create an app. Yes, that’s an app in less than a week. Is there a better way to prove that you’re improving your UX skills?

Offline UX courses: General Assembly

If you’re someone who prefers face-to-face learning where you can interact, chat to others and ask questions, there might be a great UX course not far from you. General Assembly offers courses across data, design, business and technology – to which UX design is an essential component, and served appropriate well by the education platform’s content.

User Experience Design Immersive is an 10-week course that might be more appropriate for those looking to forge a career in UX design – as it is very expensive, at £7500. But, for some, it’s worth the money: it builds your profile, allows you to learn from top UX practitioners such as Ashley Karr and get a UX job (or, at least, that’s the idea).

General Assembly has campuses across 4 continents – so there’s a high chance there’ll be a class near you.

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