BSc (Hons) User Experience Design

BSc (Hons) User Experience Design

Institution code: N39
Course 3 Year UCAS code: I141
Course 4 Year UCAS code: I142
Course length: 3 or 4 year options
Work-based learning opportunities: Creative Professional Development Year (Level 5 diploma) available between years 2 & 3

Our BSc (Hons) in User Experience Design is rooted in NUA’s traditional strength in graphic design, design thinking, and creative problem-solving.

The User Experience Design degree gives you the essential skills to become a successful UX designer – shaping how people engage with digital products and services.

Your learning will focus on applying user experience and digital design principles that are highly prized in today’s fast-changing design industry.

You will use industry-standard technologies and prototyping techniques to develop professional solutions for a range of contexts.

In each case, you will move from research to the creation of user journeys to the design of user experiences that work across multiple digital environments: from desktop to mobile.

Responding to one of the fasting growing sectors of the visual communications industry, this course will allow you to use design, problem solving, research and psychology to test and create better digital products and services.

You are curious about how design can influence human behaviour – guiding people’s actions and decisions.

You are eager to learn how to test your ideas and work through versions towards the most effective creative solution to whatever problem you’re trying to solve – whether you’re designing an app, website, or physical product.

You’ll learn research and analytical skills that will help you to understand how people react in the face of different design experiences online and in the physical world.

Rooted in design skills

You will share your first year with students from our three highly-regarded graphics courses, giving you a firm grounding in idea generation, problem solving, visual design and research methods.

Industry-ready UX skills

You will learn how to work with the commercial sector through contact with external businesses via live briefs, UX design agencies and a student-led consultancy.

The project management, communication and collaborative working skills you develop will make your CV and portfolio stand out to employers.

What you will learn

  • Share your first year, and then continue to work alongside graphics students, allowing for a unique cross fertilisation of knowledge, skills and experience
  • Develop skills in visual design, problem solving, idea generation, research and user testing, iterative design, coding and psychology
  • Through UX design, research and testing, create designs for screen applications and web technologies
  • Collaborate with others in a competitive presentation and/or pitch environment, and take part in projects, including competition briefs and other professionally-focused projects
  • Complete a research report that puts your practice in context.

Typical career paths include

  • User Interface Designer
  • UX Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Product Manager
  • UX Design Manager
  • Front End Developer
  • Digital Web Designer
  • UX Architect
  • UX Business Analyst
  • Product Marketing Manager 

You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our team in the Ideas FactoryNUA to help support you as you plan your career.

All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.

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Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in a science/technical subject (e.g. maths, physics, computer science)

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction in a science/technical subject (e.g. maths, physics, computer science)

UAL Extended Diploma
An overall Merit in a science/technical subject (e.g. maths, physics, computer science)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass in a science/technical subject (e.g. maths, physics, computer science)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 27 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world. To find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

We also accept some alternative English qualifications. Learn more about our English entry requirements.

You can email us on international@nua.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

BSc (Hons) User Experience Design degree portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should be relevant to this course, but you can include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence, industry awareness and career aspirations.

Because User Experience Design encourages applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds we are flexible on portfolio content.

However, as a guide, we ask for at least two of the following or similar:

  • One or two website or app designs that demonstrate your design skills.
  • A coding project you’ve undertaken (any coding language is accepted)
  • Sketches, interface diagrams or similar that demonstrate your idea development skills.
  • Visual research into similar products or services in the market place
  • A short piece of critical writing about one or more digital services, for example that analyses positive and negative elements of a website from a user’s perspective.
  • Evidence of research projects in any discipline, perhaps collecting and analysing people’s opinions or analysing statistical data.
  • Examples of experimental collaborative projects (such as attending Game Jam events or Techathons)

Further portfolio advice and tips

Get more advice on presentation formats, layouts and when to submit your portfolio in the application process.

2022/23 University fees for new entrants

NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay NUA’s tuition fees up front.

Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

Fee status Course Fee
Home Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
Overseas Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £17,500

In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2022/23, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X.

Financial support for UK students in 2022

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 Diploma)

The Diploma in Creative Professional Development has been developed to offer undergraduate students the chance to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, exploring their employability options through a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning.

Not just an ‘industry sandwich year’ —

The Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development is:

  • Designed around your needs as a creative student, particularly if your personal network does not currently reach creative industry.
  • Based on our award-winning Profile skills framework.
  • Co-delivered with industry partners who share our approach.
  • Supporting you with carefully planned interventions and activities before and after their placements, so that you are ready to undertake placement learning and then equipped to derive the maximum insight from the experience afterwards.
  • Opening a wide range of creative roles that you may not imagine you would be able to apply for after your study at NUA.

It has been designed for:

  • Students who want to work in creative industry but have not yet decided the sort of role they would like.
  • Students who do have a clear sense of career direction but need to develop a structured plan to achieve it.
  • Students who do not have relevant work experience, and want to graduate with a fuller CV.
  • Students who think that business start-up or freelancing may be their preferred option and want to explore it further.

Four year degree – BSc (Hons) User Experience Design

Four year degrees offer students a chance to build on their experience within their undergraduate course of choice.

Year 0 will help to build confidence and develop subject specific practical, creative and conceptual skills – making full use of University studios and workshops.

Typical UK offers and entry requirements for Year 0 entry

GCE A/AS Levels
2 A-level qualifications at grades CC or higher. 

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Merit, Merit, Pass in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma
An overall Pass

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
An overall Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
Pass

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 24 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

Students
Jason Brown, UX student at Norwich University of the Arts standing outside St Andrews House

Jason Brown

"The User Experience course seemed like a perfect mix between my creativity and interests in coding and technology."

BSc (Hons) User Experience Design

portrait photo of alum Amy Shore sitting at desk and smiling at camera with long brown hair and a long top with flower pattern

Amy Shore

"My practice improves the lives of millions of people around the world. A bold statement but a true one."

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication graduate

Lecturers

  • Kris Lavington Woods

  • Ricky Walton

  • Tim Caynes

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