User Experience Design online short course

Course starts 9 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
9 November 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Ease of use is now a vital feature of an effective digital environment. For a website or app to holistically serve its purpose, it needs to offer customers a seamless, intuitive user experience (UX). 

The University of Cape Town (UCT) User Experience Design online short course enables you to understand how users interact with online content so that you can design environments that meet their evolving needs. You’ll discover key UX research and design techniques, and learn how to work with stakeholders, run user tests, design wireframes, and develop prototypes. You’ll also analyse current trends in the field, and map out a professional journey for yourself so that you can better leverage your new skills to give your digital platforms a competitive edge.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A 12-month personal development roadmap that outlines your growth as a UX design practitioner
  • The ability to analyse a website brief and make aesthetic and functional design recommendations for an enhanced user experience
  • The skills to design paper and click-through prototypes, and run tests with user analysis samples
  • An understanding of how to work effectively with project stakeholders to achieve design goals

Is this course for you? 

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to boost their understanding of online user behaviour and walk away with tools to improve the usability of a website or app. The content is ideal for professionals who need to grasp UX design principles in order to improve performance in their current position or who wish to prepare for future career growth.

Those already in a design, digital marketing, or web development role will further expand their knowledge and validate their existing expertise.  No prior technical knowledge of coding is required for this course.

Course curriculum

Learn how to give users a seamless online experience as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to user experience design
  • Module 2 Building a product-use context
  • Module 3 Outcomes and stakeholder management
  • Module 4 Research and evidence gathering
  • Module 5 Evaluation, alignment, and reporting
  • Module 6 The aesthetics of user experience
  • Module 7 Wireframing
  • Module 8 Prototyping
  • Module 9: Presentation and delivery of a UX study
  • Module 10: A brave new world: UX in practice

Head Tutor

Tania van Zyl

Tania van Zyl

Tania Van Zyl is a user experience specialist advocating UX in business. She is currently the UX and system design team lead at DigiOutsource Services – a company who thrives on user interface, system and graphic design. While her passion lies in web and systems design, she also has experience in conceptualising, corporate identity, printing, and project management.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Improve your knowledge of user experience design and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

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“Online learning was flexible and accessible. The most fun aspect was the discussion forum; it was fantastic and I loved sharing with my fellow students. Do not underestimate the value of doing a short course, the feeling of achievement when you complete each assignment is fantastic.”


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 9 November 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.