What is a Graduate Certificate of UX Design?A Graduate Certificate of UX Design enhances your understanding and practice of user experience design. You’ll advance your skills in user research and deepen your understanding of the principles of design to amplify digital customer experiences.
In this course, you’ll build on your current knowledge and expertise, learning a range of modern design practices and methodologies. Across the three core subjects, you’ll gain the skills used to build design-centric solutions for a range of multi-platform digital environments and contexts. Tailor your study to your career goals with an elective subject to specialise in service design, project management, leadership and more.
The Graduate Certificate of UX Design can be completed in six months with a full-time study load or one year if studying part time.
On graduation you’ll be ready to progress your career as a UX designer or use this qualification as a pathway to our Master of Design program to enhance your service design and leadership skills.
- Analyse and apply current practices and trends in UX design as they relate to social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental contexts.
- Research complex problems, information, user experiences and theoretical concepts to develop UX design outcomes and solutions.
- Communicate concepts and processes to justify UX design outcomes or solutions.
- Demonstrate informed judgement and collaborative skills to participate across global teams and communities.
- Demonstrate ethical, responsible UX design practices that safeguard individuals, enterprises and societies.
Free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence
You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.
Certain courses are recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, so you know your education is of the highest industry standard.
This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.
Whether you are a qualified designer looking to upgrade your skills or to change the course of your career with a focus on UX design and user research, this course will deepen your knowledge, sharpen your skills and future-proof your career.
Potential career paths
User Experience Designer
Average salary: $109,572 - $141,735
Average salary: $119,122 - $172,000
Average salary: $79,806 - $195,000
Senior UX/UI Designer
Average salary: $107,286 - $145,500
Senior UX/Product Designer
Average salary: $109,375 - $172,500
Subjects and units
This course comprises three core subjects and one elective subject.
Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.
User Research | DSG407
User Research introduces students to the tools and methodologies required for both user research and user experience research. Students will use various research methods such as surveys, interviews and observations to provide insights to user needs, behaviours and attitudes.
As part of their research students will define research objectives, recruit participants, create research protocols, analyse data, and report on their findings. This includes the use of personas and usability testing for greater insights and understanding of user needs and attitudes.
Students will consolidate and present their research findings to inform the future development of a UX design project.
User Experience Design | DID602AThis subject develops conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in experience design for interactive and online media. Students will use common experience design research methods to analyse audience and content requirements. Students will work through concept development, prototyping, validation and testing phases to improve and refine a user experience design in relation to the requirements of a specific client brief. Throughout students will develop their knowledge and skillset in terms of creating usable and user- centred interactive design experiences.
Multi-Platform Experience Design | DID603AThis subject covers the scoping, planning, design and delivery of a multi-platform user experience design project. Students will be introduced to agile project management methodologies, iterative design and the use of scenario or story-based analysis. These processes will inform the design and development of projects for multi-platform outcomes. In addition, students will develop and extend their knowledge of usability testing and validation processes in order to resolve a comprehensive user experience plan across multiple digital platforms.
Professional Identity | DSG401
In this subject, students will identify and integrate their personal qualities and career aspirations to create their unique professional identity. A professional identity enables students to understand and establish a sustainable, fulfilling, effective practice and direction in the design industry.
Through self-reflection and the examination of established designers and studios worldwide, this subject provides an opportunity for students to critically examine their own beliefs, values, experiences, and understanding of design. To support their learning, students will hear from industry experts who share their own career journeys and professional identity development. The subject combines critical reflection and analysis of the student's personal values as a designer with a focus on the social imperative to care for and contribute to the sustainability of our planet and the lives that inhabit it.
Design Methods | DSG402
This subject introduces designers to research methodologies as a basis for identifying problems which can be the catalyst to bring about change. Students gain skills in the analysis of research data using grounded theory and phenomenography, in addition to visual research methods used as a foundation for creative and design solutions inherent in cross-disciplinary creative practice. By means of reflection, analysis and contextualising an identified culture—their own or others— and by drawing on its philosophies, typical behaviours and patterns, designers explore, elicit and assess problems to instigate creative group projects. As a starting point to the creative process designers identify problems with a beneficial outcome which is critiqued and refined during the group collaboration. Through deductive reasoning the group defines the boundaries of the problems and present these to the group in a “quick fire pitch” for critique and feedback, after which students refine and draw closer to their final inventions or solutions. The technologies used for the final design presentations enable the exploration of contexts by means of audio, visual and textual dimensions. The design practices foster understanding of, and connection with, the contexts that designed things participate in, enrich and often transform. The additional emphasis is on problem identification that informs and leads to enhanced futures based on successful creative outcomes.
Design Communication | DSG403
This subject provides a suite of cross disciplinary, practice based topics for designers in the areas of, time, space, motion and interaction. Designers will explore conceptual challenges and questions of visual expression in the quest to develop useful, usable and resonant designs for good. This will include understanding and articulating ‘user experience’, the role of design in humanizing information, the aesthetic and conceptual dynamics of effective communication, branding and communication within the international industry landscape.
Design and Business Strategy | DSG404
The practice of design has always been profoundly shaped by the particular economies in which it has been embedded. The demands placed on both human and non-human ecologies by 20th century growth-based economies, are evidently unsustainable. Increasing acknowledgment of ecological stress upon the planet, in tandem with the economic instability of the first decades of the 21st century, have given impetus to a rethinking of our assumptions about the economy. Over the past decades several critical thinkers have proposed new approaches to the economy. What are the implications of these potential economies for design? How might more sustainable approaches to the economy open new possibilities for design? What might be the role of design in the transition to a different economy?
Service Design | DSG405
Effective service design is critical to enable positive user experiences and create social change. Students will identify and define an existing complex problem or issue which they will investigate by utilising a range of design research methods. To analyse and apply their research findings, they will be introduced to customer journey maps and service design blueprints. By doing so, they will be able to develop innovative solutions that will meet the needs of individual users, organisations, and communities.
These may include apps, creative tech solutions or the complete redesign of an organisation's systems and processes. This subject will challenge students to expand their thinking and equip them with the mindset to work in a human-centered, sustainable way, designing for real needs, accessibility and usability.
Management, People and Teams | MGT600This subject introduces you to how organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments impact on the role and legitimacy of management. Constraints that managers and emerging leaders face in developing strategies to leverage advantages and overcome barriers in organisations and projects will be explored. You will identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues, lead and manage change, facilitate employee development, performance and sustain effective teams in complex and diverse global operating environments.
Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000This subject introduces you to the practice of contemporary project management and its relevance in industry. You will be introduced to fundamental concepts of project management, project definition and project delivery methods. Contemporary project management methodologies will be examined in the context of industry best practice. An overview of industry standard tools and techniques required to manage projects successfully throughout a project life cycle will be provided. This includes industry terminology and the rationale behind the commencement of a project.
Financial Management | FINA6017This subject is focused on how to use accounting and financial information for decision-making purposes. It is designed for the leader/manager who will be using, rather than producing accounting and financial information. This subject also addresses the various types of financial decisions that leaders must make, and the strategies necessary to anticipate the alternatives, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each and recognise the tradeoffs inherent in each alternative. The objective of this subject is for students to learn how to apply accounting and finance theory and principles to the analysis of important business problems, further developing their skills at using numerical analysis and research to support a line of argument.
Principles of Programming | MIS200This subject is designed to introduce students to programming as a tool for developing systems and addressing business need. Students will be introduced to and employ an integrated development environment (IDE) to create, compile, test and run programs, applying object-oriented concepts to construct classes and methods. This subject will be tailored to student levels of expertise and expose students to a variety of programming languages to equip them with an understanding of the requirements in business. Illustrate the design of an application using universal modelling language (UML) diagrams.
Marketing | MKT60021st Century professionals who aspire to hold a leadership position must have a clear understanding and appreciation of the importance of marketing. This subject is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of marketing theories and the strategic application of marketing concepts in various contexts, including profit and not-for- profit organisations, and government. You will be equipped with the ability to formulate marketing strategy and the use of strategic marketing mix elements in developing and maintaining a market orientation. Assess organisational performance in relation to ethical and socially acceptable business practices and use strategic marketing to gain a competitive advantage.
Business Environment | MGT501
This subject introduces the student to the foundations of business. The focus of this subject is on providing fundamental concepts and context for students to enrich their mastery in subsequent studies while developing as a reflective practitioner. Students will examine the functional operations of business and the environments in which it operates. This may include analysing the economic, social, political, legal, technological and ethical influences on contemporary businesses. Students will also examine the viewpoints of internal and external stakeholders.
Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship | MGT607This subject seeks to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to succeed as an ethical entrepreneur or entrepreneur. These knowledge and skills are then applied to identify and evaluate innovative high-growth product and service opportunities in the context of a start-up, a corporation, a not for profit or a government institution. The subject allows students to practice skills, including creativity, cash-flow modelling, business model analysis and lean experimentation. Students prepare a business plan for a new venture, or an improvement to an existing enterprise, enabling them to integrate their theoretical and practical knowledge.
Management Perspectives | MGMT6012
Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this unit. This unit helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations. The unit also focuses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others. The course introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis.
We recommend you complete this subject towards the beginning of your MBA. The unit challenges you to think differently about your organisational experiences, to look at them through a variety of lenses, and to explore different ways by which you can influence people within the organisation and have an impact through your function as a manager. A key skill underpinning this is the ability to receive and respond to feedback, to look at data in a number of different ways to find alternative meanings and create different patterns of behaviour. The book ‘Images of Organisation’ explores the notion of the organisation through a range of metaphors; by exploring these metaphors you can gain different insights into your organisation and start to play with different interpretations and understandings of how we experience the world.
Dynamic Leadership | MGMT6000Being an effective and genuine leader in a dynamic era requires an understanding of leadership concepts, how leaders think and act, and how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organisation. Being a dynamic leader also demands a strong set of competencies such as motivating self and others, leading creativity in an organisation, cultural intelligence, and navigating ambiguity. This subject provides students with a foundation of leadership theory, styles and approaches, and an opportunity for students to access and build on their own leadership styles throughout the course, developing their personal sense of social justice in the workplace as they progress their course. As such, the subject introduces students to reflexive research methodologies and the concept of the lived experience as a research method.
Organisational Best Practice | MGMT6014Benchmarking and the ability to collect, analyse and present benchmarking data to influence organisational decision making is a core competence for many organisations. This subject develops students’ analytical skills and understanding of benchmarking processes and procedures before supporting them in a benchmarking exercise of their own.
Contracts and Procurement | PROJ6004Procurement and contracts are integral to successful project management. In this course, students learn about planning for purchases and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contract administration, and contract closure. Students learn how to approach key issues with regard to short and long‐term contracts, and small and large contracts. Topics covered include the examination of procurement strategies, responsiveness, and supplier‐client relationships. Students will also examine tendering, bidding and order management processes, relevant legal and commercial implications, as well as managing the relationship between buyer and seller, assessing vendor performance, contract change control, and conflict resolution.
Project Planning and Budgeting | PROJ6002Understanding the relationships between operational factors and projects is a core skill to be effective in the project management landscape. This subject focuses on an in-depth understanding in project planning and budgeting. The project planning emphasises developing effective management plans for scope, time, cost, resources and quality to deliver successful projects. You will critically analyse and apply appropriate tools, techniques, processes and methods to create different plans and effectively communicate them to diverse groups of stakeholders.
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Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:
Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Completion of a Bachelor degree or equivalent
Completion of any recognised Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience demonstrated by a resume.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
How to apply
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Frequently asked questions
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
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