Voice User Interface Design Course

Learn the essentials
of voice design in 2 months
Study flexibly
at a pace of 15-20 hours per week
Complete the course with
3 VUI projects for your professional portfolio

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Career Advisor

“How would you like to get in touch?”

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

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

Want to know if VUI design is right for?

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 UX designer”

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

Voice User Interface Design Course details

In this course, you will

Discover everything you need to know about designing interactions between voice assistants and their users.

Gain a solid understanding of key voice design principles while building three Amazon Alexa skills.

Amplify your existing skillset with in-demand skills that can transform digital experiences.

Work 1:1 with an expert mentor, who'll provide you with individualized support, advice, and feedback.

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

Fully online

Study for 15–20 hours per week for 2 months

Personalized mentorship

Our course mentors are rated 4.94/5

Outcome oriented

Finish with a certificate of completion and a complete portfolio project

Why learn voice design?

Voice designers are in high demand

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant have become household names, and they’re just the beginning. Over 4 billion voice assistants were used around the world in 2020, and that number will nearly double by 2024—creating an even higher demand for tech pros with voice design skills.

Voice user interfaces place accessibility at the forefront

Users who are blind or have low vision benefit hugely from voice-led technology. Voice interfaces enable calendar events, music libraries, and radio channels to be accessed without the need to read a screen—making for a more inclusive digital experience.

Boost your career with voice design skills

Going beyond conversations surrounding Amazon's Alexa, this course focuses on teaching voice design skills and theory that apply to the larger voice ecosystem. You'll come away with an understanding of how to design voice experiences for any app.

Why choose a CareerFoundry course?

Work with your very own course mentor

You'll enjoy a truly collaborative online learning experience, with tailored written and video feedback on everything you do from experts who work in your new field day in, day out.

Get the perfect balance of theory and practice

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

Master the practical skills that you can immediately apply to real-life projects

Our Voice User Interface Design Course is based on extensive research into the job market and in-depth surveys with industry experts.

Voice is a brand new way of interacting with technology, and one that we believe is the future of computing. We’re excited to work with CareerFoundry to provide support specifically for UX designers, so that they can create even more engaging voice-first experiences.

Rob Pulciani
Director, Amazon Alexa

Meet your new team

At CareerFoundry, you’re never alone! From the moment you start the course, you’ll be assigned a personal mentor. This seasoned and influential expert will act as your teacher, coach, and confidant through every step of the course—providing individualized support, advice, and feedback.

Your mentor

is a voice design expert who will act as your teacher.

Your mentor will provide detailed video reviews of each project you complete during the course.

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

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

This course walks you through the process of designing for voice user interfaces and shows you where and how it differs from designing for visual interfaces.

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.

Achievement 1: Introduction to Voice Design with Alexa

1.1 Getting Started with Your Voice Design Course

Describe the role of a voice designer and identify variables and basic coding conventions.

1.2 History & Appeal of Voice

Discuss the history of voice interactions. Outline the features of voice interfaces that appeal to users.


1.3 Use Cases for Voice

Describe considerations for using a voice interface.


1.4 Personas for Voice

Discuss the creation of user personas and voice interface personas.


1.5 How Alexa Voice Interactions Work

Describe the components of an Alexa skill and how they function.


1.6 Building Your First Skill

Set up the input side of an Alexa skill using the Amazon Skills Kit.


1.7 Working with AWS Lambda

Describe the purpose of AWS Lambda and how to link it to a skill file.


1.8 Certifying Your Skill

Discuss best practices in certifying a skill.

Achievement 2: UX Design Principles for Voice

2.1 User Needs & User Stories for Voice

​​​Apply user experience principles to create user stories for voice interactions.


2.2 Sample Dialogs

Create sample dialogs to make design decisions about an interaction.


2.3 User Flows for Voice

Outline effective user flows for voice interactions.


2.4 Voice Scripts

Create comprehensive scripts using best practices for voice responses.


2.5 Context & Memory in Voice Design

Apply the concept of memory to a voice interaction.


2.6 Usability Testing for Voice Interactions

Describe and apply best practices in usability testing for voice interactions.


2.7 Multimodal Interactions

Discuss appropriate multimodal approaches for user interactions.


2.8 Accessibility & Voice

Apply usability guidelines related to accessibility to a voice interaction.


2.9 Safety & Privacy for Voice Design

Discuss ethical challenges and user safety in voice interactions.

Portfolio Projects

Review a selection of some of the work our VUI design students have completed in recent months.


Voice User Interface Design

OR secure your spot and pay today, then per month for months (starting one month after your program start date).
  • Learn through our comprehensive, project-based curriculum
  • Receive regular, personalized feedback from your course mentor
  • Deliver your first app design, 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


1.    Who is the course for?

The course is for those who want to learn how to create voice experiences, and gain a basic to intermediate competency level with voice design. The Voice User Interface Design Course is available as a specialization course for our UX and UI Design Programs, or it can be taken as a standalone course.

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

Beyond having some experience in UX or UI design, what you’ll need is:*

  • Motivation to set yourself apart as a specialist in the field
  • Interest in voice 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 be using a tool for user flows (e.g. Omnigraffle or Google Draw), as well as an Amazon device, like Echo Dot or Echo Show to test your Alexa skills. If you don’t have one, you can use the Amazon developer console for the same purposes.

All the tools you’ll need in this course are free to use.

4.    What are the minimum system requirements?

There are no specific system requirements to take part in this course.

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. Every exercise 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?

If you set aside 15-20 hours per week to study, you’ll complete the course in approximately two months (eight weeks). If you’re able to devote 30-40 hours per week, you can complete the course in about a month (four weeks).

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

By the end of the course, you’ll have specialized knowledge and experience in voice design, and a complete, mentor-reviewed voice design project to feature in your professional portfolio. Just what you need to stand out in the field as the expert you’ll be.

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

9.    What’s included in the course tuition?

This course offers immersive training in the field of voice user interface design—including expert-authored curriculum, hands-on projects, and personalized mentorship and support from experts in the field. Everything you need to stand out in the field as the specialist you’ll be.

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?

Yes, we offer two payment options for your specialization course. First, you can save a little money by paying your full tuition up front. If that’s not feasible, you can pay a set amount up front (varies depending on currency), and then the remainder in three monthly payments.

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 (7347419) which can be checked against a public register.


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