/Skills Bootcamp in UI/UX Design for Games

Provided by: Teesside University

Course Area: North East

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 02/11/2021

End date: 03/03/2022

Subjects: User experience design, User interface design

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Skills Bootcamp overview

This Skills Bootcamp lasts for 16 weeks with 4 hours of contact time each week plus additional self-directed learning. The course is designed to meet the needs of the computer games and other industries for skilled user interface and user experience designers. It is delivered online by our experienced academics, and practitioners from the computer games industry with keynote speakers from specialist UI/UX designers. Assessment is undertaken through the development of a portfolio through the units studied and that builds up during the programme. A bespoke employability programme, delivered by our specialist career team, will run alongside the core delivery, and culminate in career matching working with our industry partners.

Who is this course for

Our 16-week programme aims to support the unemployed and career changers, and those who need to re-focus coming out of furlough in starting on the pathway for a career in UI/UX Design.

 

If you are an unemployed computing, games, art or design graduate with an interest in user interface and user experience as a career in the computer games or other industries then this could be a perfect course for you.

 

It is also suitable for employees who wish to change their focus to a UI/UX Designer, skills that are in high demand across many sectors including the fast-growing computer games industry.

 

Within the online delivery model, 4 hours are timetabled, with recording to review later, but much of the additional skills development is self-directed in your own time. Our employability sessions will run throughout the programme tailored to your individual needs.



Eligibility

This Skills Bootcamp is well suited to those with a degree in a computing, design, digital art, photography, computer games art or design who have an interest in user interface and user experience design as a future career. It would also suit those working in the computing or games industry looking to upskill in a subject that is in high demand in a number of sectors including the fast growing computer games industry.

Learners must:

  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp

 

Be either

  • employed/self-employed, or
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • unemployed within the last 12 months

 

Employers will be able to send existing employees who meet the Skills Bootcamp eligibility requirements on this training at an impressive 70% discount. Interested employers should contact the individual Skills Bootcamp provider.

What will I learn

The role of the user interface and user experience (UI/UX) designer is paramount to ensuring an engaging and satisfying user experience, and making easier for people with disabilities to communicate.  This Skills Bootcamp uses games experiences as examples but will provide transferable skills suited to many sectors looking for UI/UX designers.

 

You will learn UI/UX fundamentals and building blocks (screens, layout, colour, grids, tables, navigation), design systems and process, user journeys and the 10-foot experience.

 

Industry case studies, industry keynote speakers and focussed portfolio work will provide inspiration, context and opportunity to put the theory into practise.

 

In addition, a bespoke employability programme will equip you with essential software skills for securing a job or new role, where required.

 

Throughout the 16-week programme, learners will be expected to commit to 4 hours online contact time plus additional self-directed study in their own time. You will develop a portfolio of work to demonstrate your understanding which will go towards your final assessment.

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Creating pathways to employment

How has the Skills Bootcamp been designed/created with employer input?

 

Teeside University worked with a focus group of computer games industry partners to provide input on the curriculum, case studies, weekly portfolio tasks, recommended key-note speakers and assessment. A focus group of industry partners met online to design the content, providing feedback for the final programme. Teesside University also consulted with non-games industry partners to ensure the course built in transferable skills for other industries requiring the skills of a UI/UX designer.

 

How are employers involved in the delivery of this Skills Bootcamp?

 

This Skills Bootcamp will be delivered by specialist academics and industry practitioners from the computer games industry. Industry will provide specialist lectures on key topics, case studies from the games industry and key-note lectures.

 

What are the routes to employment following successful completion?

 

This Skills Bootcamp is jointly designed and delivered by our games industry partners ensuring that it meets the skills needs for industry and gives you the opportunity to network and connect with industry looking for these skills. Throughout the 16-week programme, each learner will also take part in a bespoke employability programme preparing you for interviews and recruitment events with our industry partners. In addition, Teesside University have formal employer pledges from non-computer games companies to interview for employment and networking.

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