Where to Study UX Design for Free (Looking for a Career Change?)

1. Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate

If you want to start a career as a User Experience Designer, getting a certification from Google is a great starting point. To get certified, you need to complete all courses and pass all graded assignments.

From Fast Company: “The low-cost design certificate is well worth considering for those looking to break into the user experience (UX) design job market—or anyone curious about the overarching concept of UX design.”

About the Course

  • Beginner skill level, no experience or degree required
  • 100% online & self-paced, 6 months completion with at 10 hours of study a week
  • Tools taught include Figma, Adobe XD, spreadsheets, word processing applications, and presentation applications
  • No 1:1 mentorship
  • Cost: 7 day free trial + $39/month after

Course Breakdown

  1. Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design
  2. Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define, and Ideate
  3. Build Wireframes and Low-Fidelity Prototypes
  4. Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts
  5. Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma
  6. Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD
  7. Design a User Experience for Social Good & Prepare for Jobs

What You Get

  • Access to an interview practice tool, mock interviews and resume building workshops, career coaching sessions and more
  • On graduation:
    • A professional certificate you can share on your LinkedIn profile’s Certifications section, on your resume, CV, or other documents.
    • A UX portfolio that includes three end-to-end projects for your showcase or resume

 

2. Udacity’s Product Design (+ Google)

This course by Udacity & Google is designed to help you materialize your game-changing idea and transform it into a product that you can build a business around.

About the Course

  • Intermediate skill level — anyone can complete this course, but it is recommended that you are already studying design
  • 100% online & self-paced, 2 months completion
  • Tools taught include Figma, Adobe XD, spreadsheets, word processing applications, and presentation applications
  • No 1:1 mentorship
  • Cost: free

Course Breakdown

  1. Ideation & Validation
  2. UI/UX
  3. Design sprints
  4. Key metrics

What You Get on Completion

  • A professional certificate you can share on your LinkedIn profile’s Certifications section, on your resume, CV, or other documents.
  • A hands-on UX portfolio  for your showcase or resume

 

3. Springboard’s UX Design Bootcamp 

About the Course

  • Beginner skill level, no experience or degree required
  • 100% online & self-paced, 40 hours of study a week
  • Tools taught include Figma, Adobe XD, spreadsheets, word processing applications, and presentation applications
  • No 1:1 mentorship
  • Cost: free

What You Get

  • On graduation:
    • A professional certificate you can share on your LinkedIn profile’s Certifications section, on your resume, CV, or other documents.
    • A UX portfolio that includes three end-to-end projects for your showcase or resume

4. LinkedIn’s UX Design Courses with Lynda

Linkedin Learning: Advance Your Skills in UX Design
🔗 Linkedin Learning: Advance Your Skills in UX Design
  • First free month, and you can then go for a basic or premium subscription

 

CareerFoundry’s Short UX Design Courses

The goal: to give you an intro to UX, try exercises, and learn about your career change.

 

About the course

  • Beginner skill level, no experience or degree required
  • 100% online & self-paced, 6 daily lessons that take around 15 minutes each
  • Cost: free

 

5. InVision’s Design Better Handbooks & Podcast

Best practices for better design: Design Better provides unprecedented access to the insights that power the world’s best design teams.
🔗 Design Better’s essential reading on the practices that propel the best design teams forward — by InVision

 

6. AJ&Smart’s YouTube Channel

 

If you’re wondering if you should learn UX/UI design at an online university or on YouTube, here’s a bonus video for you 👇

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