BA (Hons) User Experience Design is a design-led, digitally focused course, exploring user experience (UX) and user interface design (UID) for current and emerging technologies.
The course offers a rigorous, practice-based design education, with a thorough grounding in the digital skills of coding, animation and information design – required to work in this expanding area of design.
The course embraces code as a creative medium and prepares communication designers to work in specialised screen-based areas, such as design for the web, app design, interactive data visualisation and in emerging areas such as wearable technology and augmented reality.
Interface design is growing enormously, as digital products and services proliferate at ever increasing speed, via the spread of digital devices and the internet.
The course produces industry-ready designers, with a creative, practical and critical understanding of new technologies, who are excited by the potential of digital design practice.
The academic year for this course is divided into 2 blocks.
The 1st block is of 15 weeks’ duration from early October to mid-February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.
The 2nd block is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.
The course introduces you to the core competencies of graphic and information design, alongside animation for design and coding for the web.
One fundamental skill for a designer working is in this area is the ability to coherently structure visual information. You will work on set projects that develop this ability, as well as an applied digital skill set.
You will start to explore more complex interactivity and larger data sets which will prepare you for the UX/UI design studio. Here you can apply both design and digital skills and produce web interface and app solutions.
At the end of this year, you can apply these skills to areas of emerging technology, such as augmented reality and wearable tech.
Diploma in Professional Studies
The Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) is an optional year-long learning opportunity, allowing you to undertake a variety of internships and professional experiences for a whole academic year in Year 3, as part of a four-year degree. It is a managed year of professional experience largely undertaken in the design profession in a variety of national and international locations.
Successful candidates are selected on a competitive basis from academic performance and studentship, successful completion of the DPS bridging studies and by portfolio and proposal.
Please view the Diploma in Professional Studies Programme Specification (PDF - 164KB) for more details.
In Year Three you'll have the opportunity to produce a range of project work, from professional competition briefs to an extended major project. You will build a portfolio that enables you to progress into the digital industries or further study.
The digital industries demand designers that have a strong user-centered understanding of visual information and information design and who also understand how to create compelling micro-narratives and bring information environments to life.
BA (Hons) User Experience Design provides an opportunity to study in an applied context highly aligned to professional practice.
Showcasing your work
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation.
This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.