Intro to UI Design Course

Learn the essentials
of the UI design process in 1 month
Study flexibly
at a pace of 15–20 hours per week
Design your first app designs
guided by your mentor and tutor

Want to know if UI design is right for you?

Find out with a free 6-day email short course.

Curious about this course?

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Career Advisor

“How would you like to get in touch?”

“I’m here to help you become a UI designer”

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

Want to know if UI design is right for you?

Find out with a free 6-day email short course.

Curious about this course?

Contact us to find out if it’s right for you

Career Advisor

“How would you like to get in touch?”

“I’m here to help you become a UI designer”

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

Intro to UI Design details

In this course, you will

Discover the entire UI design process, from concept to delivery.

Learn how to use color, imagery, and typography to take user interfaces to the next level.

Apply core UI skills, such as pixel precision and visual hierarchy, as you create your very first app design.

Work 1:1 with an expert mentor and tutor, who will give you personalized feedback and insights into life as a UI designer.

Join an active community of over 5000 graduates and 700 instructors, and get access to exclusive UI design events and webinars.

Fully online

Study for 15–20 hours per week for one month

Personalized mentorship

Our UI design mentors are rated 4.94/5

Outcome oriented

Redesign an app and get your first certificate in UI

Why learn UI design?

UI design skills are in huge demand

Discover the methods and tools you need to deliver elegant solutions to real problems by crafting beautiful, functional design.

Learn to communicate through design

Design can make or break a business. A well-designed interface draws in visitors, retains customers, and amplifies a brand.

Boost your career with UI design skills

By getting to grips with industry standard tools like Figma, Sketch and Adobe XD, you'll have the skills you need to create anything from marketing assets to app interfaces.

Why choose a CareerFoundry intro course?

Work with your very own course tutor and mentor

You'll enjoy a truly collaborative online learning experience, with tailored feedback from real experts in the field. Shared daily both written and over video, professional feedback will help bring you from a beginner to someone knowledgeable in UI design.

Get the perfect balance of theory and practice

From day one, you'll put your newfound knowledge of UI design into practice as you work towards delivering your first app design.

Curious about UI design? Take your first step toward becoming a UI designer

After the Intro course, there's a good chance you'll fall in love with UI design. If you do, stick around for our full career change UI Design Program, backed by a job guarantee. Find out more here.

A very positive experience. Student advisors, tutors, mentors and fellow students respect each other and are very supportive and helpful. The lessons are interesting and suitable for people with or without previous knowledge.

CareerFoundry Student

Meet your new team

Our dual mentorship model pairs you with not one, but two industry experts—your mentor and your course tutor. They're at the top of their game in UI design and work in tandem to inspire you to exceed your expectations. Along the way, they’ll provide individualized feedback and guidance while you work toward delivering your first UI design project.

Your mentor

is a senior UI designer dedicated to training the next generation of UI and visual designers.

Your mentor will be there to give thorough, actionable feedback on your portfolio project.

Your tutor

is a practicing UI designer who knows the course material inside-and-out.

Your tutor is there to give you timely feedback on all your submissions.

Our mentors and tutors haven’t just made a name for themselves at top companies in the industry—they've helped shape it.

A project-based curriculum that gets you thinking like a UI designer.

Learn the essential principles and key skills that make UI designers so valuable as you design your first app interface entirely from scratch.

Created by experienced instructional designers, authored by industry experts, and kept up-to-date by course editors, our curriculum will serve as the foundation of your learning experience.

What Is UI?

Differentiate the responsibilities of a UI designer and a UX designer.

Introduction to Your Design Tool

Decide whether you'd like to use Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD as your tool of choice. Get a thorough overview of how to navigate your chosen tool, and its basic functions.

Working with Layers & Shapes

Learn how to create basic shapes in Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD, and use these shapes and layers to create the first screens of your app design.

Point Types & Boolean Operations

Use shapes to create icons for an app.

Visual Design Basics

Master the fundamentals of visual design by adding stylistic attributes, such as color, images, and shadow to make your app visually appealing.

Working with Text

Learn how to create typographic hierarchy as you explore how to style and format Text Layers in Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD.

Advanced Tool Functions

Explore the different types of grids and masks you can use with Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD as a UI designer, and create a layout for your app icons.

Pixel Precision

Apply the principles of pixel precision to create pixel perfect UI elements that look polished and professional.

Previewing Your Work

Understand the importance of periodically previewing your work in the context it will be used. Learn how to preview your work by using different design preview tools.

Preparing Your Work for Handoff

Prototype your design in InVision, and get to know the process of preparing your design work for handoff to the developers.

Your first step to becoming a UI designer

If you fall (even more deeply) in love with UI design during the course, you can easily move onto our career-changing UI Design Program.

Portfolio Projects

Get inspired and explore some of the work students have completed.


Intro to UI Design

Receive a tuition credit of if you decide to upgrade to the complete, career-change UI Design Program.
  • Learn through our comprehensive, project-based curriculum
  • Receive regular, personalized feedback from your course tutor
  • Deliver the interface design for your first app, which will form the basis of your professional portfolio
  • Get an in-depth review of your portfolio project from your mentor on a video call
  • Gain exclusive access to our global community—plus events and webinars
  • Upgrade to the full UI Design Program and become a qualified, job-ready UI designer


1.    Who is the course for?

This course is designed with the absolute beginner in mind—so whether you’re brand new to UI design or you’ve dabbled in it and want to formalize your knowledge and skills, this course is a great place to start.

2.    What are the prerequisites and requirements for the course?

There are no prerequisites or prior experience in design or tech required. Regardless of age or background, we’ve built a learning experience to ensure your success. From the catered curriculum and hands-on exercises to one-on-one mentorship and support throughout.

What’s required*:

  • Motivation to transform your career
  • Interest in UI design
  • Written and spoken English proficiency at a B2 level or higher
  • A computer (macOS, Windows, or Linux) with a webcam, microphone, and an internet connection.
*Note that you will be required to invest some independent study time into familiarizing yourself with the tools you’ll use throughout the course, and learning how to use them. It is estimated that you will need to spend an additional 1-2 hours per week of extracurricular study time becoming comfortable with them.
3.    Which tools will I use and what are the costs?

You’ll mainly be using Adobe XD, Figma, or Sketch (depending on your preference) in the course, as well as InVision.

As a CareerFoundry student, you’ll qualify for free access to the Figma Professional Plan and a free 1-year student subscription to Sketch.

Adobe XD comes with a 7-day free trial, but there will be costs involved thereafter. You’ll also be eligible for a nine-month free trial of InVision.

4.    What are the minimum system requirements?

As this varies widely, we recommend checking individual system requirements on their respective websites:

5.    Is the course 100% online?

Yes, the course is entirely asynchronous and online—so you can study when and wherever you’d like so long as you can get online and complete the course on time.

But this doesn’t mean the learning experience is isolated or lonely! You’ll have your mentor, tutor, and student advisor there to support you—as well as access to our active student community on Slack.

6.    Is the course content practical and hands-on?

We take a rigorously practical approach to learning. You’ll have the opportunity to apply everything you learn in practical ways. The course builds up to a completed portfolio project that your mentor will review and that will show employers the in-demand skills you learn in the course.

7.    How long does it take to complete the course?

You only need to set aside 15-20 hours per week to complete the course in one month. If you’d like to complete the course more quickly, you can devote up to 30-40 hours per week to complete it in about two weeks.

8.    What will I have by the end of the course?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid understanding of the field, and hands-on practice in some of the key skills and processes that are vital to UI design—as well as a complete, mentor-reviewed project to feature in your professional portfolio!

When you complete the course, you’ll also receive a signed CareerFoundry certificate. This will make it easy for you to share the news on LinkedIn or with potential employers.

9.    What’s included in the course tuition?

This course offers an immersive introduction to the field of UI design—including expert-authored curriculum, hands-on projects, and personalized mentorship and support from experts in the field.

Find out more here:

  • How it works: From the curriculum to your support team, and beyond—here are the details.
  • Meet our mentors: Get to know who the CareerFoundry mentors are and how the dual-mentorship model works.
  • Graduate outcomes: Here’s some of the work our graduates did in the full program—and where they’re at today.
10.    Are there payment plans available?

Because the intro course only lasts one month, we require the tuition in a one-time, upfront payment. But we do offer a partial tuition credit if you choose to upgrade to the full career change program!

11.    Do I get a certificate at the end?

You will receive a certificate when you complete the course to make your new qualifications easily identifiable for future employers.

12.    Is the course accredited and what does ZFU-approved mean?

While the course is not university accredited, it does undergo a rigorous quality assurance and certification process with the ZFU (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht)—the state body for distance learning in Germany.

This process ensures that the course meets a high stand for an excellent and effective learning experience.

On successful completion of this certification process, the course is assigned a unique approval number (7387721) which can be checked against a public register.

13.    Am I required to enroll in the full UI Design Program after the intro course?

There is no automatic or required enrollment in the full program at the end of this course.

That said, if you fall in love with UI during the intro course and you want to pursue a career in the field, the full UI Design Program is the natural next step. It includes expert mentorship, full and hands-on immersion in the field, portfolio reviews, individualized career coaching, and a job guarantee. Everything you need to land the UI design job of your dreams!

If you decide to enroll in the career change program, you’ll receive a partial tuition credit towards the cost of the full program.


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