Higher National Diploma in UX Design & Front-End Development
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.
Starting Dates & Format
Mode of Study:
Part Time Day
Part Time Evening
Now enrolling for September 2020.
Please see our Timetable & Fees Page for more details
Course Content (updated for 2020/21)
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.
Creative Media Industry
Principles of User Experience & User Interface Design
Web & App Development Practices
Web & App Development in Context
User Experience Design (UX)
Mobile and App Design
Marketing Design and Development
Bootstrap (CSS Frameworks)
*course content subject to change
Online Delivery for Term 1
Due to public health measures, we are delivering classes online for the first term of this academic year.
We will return to face-to-face classes on-campus as soon as it is safe to do so. In returning to face-to-face delivery, there may be some unavoidable changes to scheduled class times and/or days.
All enrolled students will be given as much notice as possible in the event of scheduling changes.
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.
Applicants with previous education or experience in web design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.
I now fully understand the UX Design process and how it is important in the web design industry. Dublin Institute of Design opened up a whole new career vision for me. As a self-taught artist, the skills that I gained from Dublin Institute of Design will definitely help me seek different career opportunities, especially at this time and age where UX Design proves to be important in the tech industry.
- Kerubin Vergel de Dios
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.