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Learn design with online courses and programs

Embrace your creativity by learning how to design new products, systems, and experiences. Develop your skills with online design courses delivered through edX.

What is design?

Design can broadly encompass the conceptualization, planning, and creation of an object, service, process, or system. Common design tasks include ideation, research, and testing, which are often iterative as the designer seeks to improve on or develop their project. Aesthetics, functionality, and user experience are all taken into account when developing a design. And, the importance of design stretches far beyond the bounds of the art and fashion industries. 

If you want to learn how to better understand users' needs and how to develop creative solutions to problems that users don't always know that they have, consider whether an online design class is right for you. From developing optimal information architecture when creating a new website to building out an entire world in virtual reality, there are an endless number of use cases for design.

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Design course curriculum

Learn about the various design professions and spark your critical and creative design thinking abilities with online design courses from various universities and institutions around the world. Explore individual courses, boot camps on specialized topics like UX design, and advanced programs that can help improve your design skills in disciplines such as web page design, visual design, online graphic design, and more. 

Self-paced courses can introduce you to the concept of design thinking that will challenge you to tackle problems in new ways and enable you to design new and novel technical solutions. Learners can also explore different design approaches, like human-centered design, which can be applied to develop effective new products. Other courses may focus on user experience design, product design, and the strategic application of design practice in the development of new business.

Explore design careers 

Design is a broad field that can lead to careers in many different industries. Potential careers in design include:

  • Graphic designer

  • UX or UI designer

  • Interior designer

  • Product designer

  • Multimedia artist and animator

  • Web designer

  • Advertising manager

  • Art director

Design jobs require creativity, technical skills, and problem-solving abilities, as well as soft skills such as communication and the ability to take feedback. 

However, you do not need to work specifically in a design job in order for you to benefit from understanding the principles of design. A design class can teach you how to approach the challenges that you experience in any profession from a different perspective. Design courses can also teach you how to be a more effective communicator and a better collaborator. They can help you optimize the systems and processes that you use to execute on tasks and enable your workplace to function more efficiently. So whether you consider yourself a talented artist or not, there is plenty to learn in a design course that can be practically applied to different settings.  

How to begin careers in design online

Are you interested in pursuing careers in design? Because the field of design can take you into many different professional directions, there is no specific set of requirements for how to become a designer. The educational credentials and skills you will need will be dependent on the role and the employer. Some roles may require a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree. Others may only require a portfolio of projects that you have worked on. Before deciding on an educational pathway, it is important that you research potential positions that you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your professional aspirations. When you are ready to begin your studies, explore the range of opportunities offered through edX.

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