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HND UX Design & Front-End Development

Higher National Diploma in UX Design & Front-End Development

Course Description

This intensive two-year programme aims to provide you with an internationally recognised professional level qualification in web design and development, leading to such roles as: Front End Developer, Front End Designer and UX Designer. You will learn how to build, optimise and manage professional quality websites for yourself, and become ready for employment in the interactive media sector.

This unique hands-on programme is divided into two tracks, combining technical web development & programming skills with multimedia design skills.

The course does not require previous design or programming experience, but you are expected to have working knowledge of using Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX and general file management.

You will learn to:

Design and develop websites and web applications, using a range of software including industry standard design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and inVision, along with coding tools such as Notepad++, Sublime Text & Dreamweaver.

Develop websites and web applications using the latest front end technologies; HTML5, CSS3, & JavaScript.

There will also be in-depth modules covering: Responsive Design, Branding and Logo Design, User Experience Design, App Design, jQuery, JavaScript frameworks focusing on Angular.js, and CSS frameworks focusing on Bootstrap.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration: 2 Years

Course Type: Full Time or Part Time Day or Evening Course
Now enrolling for Autumn 2019 academic year.

Please see our Timetable & Fees Page for more details

Course Content (updated for 2018/19)

The course is delivered through practical computer sessions and lectures, with much of the first year spent building a solid base in the core skills of front end code and design software. During the first year you will design and build a range of web pages, web sites and graphic interfaces. You will learn how to create websites that automatically adopt the best layout for the device they are being viewed on, be it a widescreen TV or an iPhone.

As you progress into Year 2, you will further develop these skills, as well as exploring advanced multimedia techniques and disciplines. Modules will focus on UX Design, App Design, JavaScript programming as well as JavaScript and CSS frameworks (Angular.js and Bootstrap). The continuing goal of the course is to stay as industry relevant as possible by teaching the most up to date technologies and software..

Year 1:

1. HTML (5)
2. CSS (3)
3. Intro to JavaScript & JQuery
4. Responsive Design
5. Photoshop
6. Illustrator
7. Visual Communications (Typography, Colour Theory, Branding and Logo Design)

Year 2:

1. User Experience Design (UX)
2. Mobile and App Design
3. Marketing Design and Development
4. JavaScript Development
5. Angular.js (JavaScript frameworks)
6. Bootstrap (CSS Frameworks)

*course content subject to change


On successful completion, students will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Creative Media. This is equivalent to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland.

Entry Requirements

Advanced Entry

Applicants with previous education or experience in web design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.

Student Testimonials

Very good course. I learned a lot. I Feel upskilled. Great staff, friendly environment, clear notes.

- Stephen Wylie

In my two years here I’ve learned so much. I started out with no experience and now I can say that I’m proficient in almost every aspect of it. I’ve worked in HTML, CSS, jQuery, Wordpress, PhotoShop and Illustrator. I’ve learned to code a website and design my own images. I’ve really enjoyed my time studying here.

- Brian Richardson

All assignment briefs were well planned, clearly written, giving excellent detail as to all requirements of the project. This enables the students to work in a genuinely realistic way and also gives multiple opportunities for the practice of skills through varied complex tasks.

- BTEC External Centre Examiner

There is a well qualified and professionally experienced team, many of whom are practicing designers.

- BTEC External Centre Examiner


If you would like more information about this course, please fill the "Request more information" form above.

As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.

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