Visual Design and User Experience

A review of the VDUX course from IIT Hyderabad

About the Course

Visual Design and User Experience (VDUX) is a 6 month post graduate certificate course that focuses on the fundamentals of design to create user-centric experiences. I found this course while looking for a UI/UX Design course and after looking at the course content of at least 12-15 courses, picked this one mainly because it focuses on building a strong design foundation. The Industry Capstone project was also a huge plus since most of the short term courses I looked into did not have a final Portfolio project.

Let’s get one thing out of the way right away. It’s a LOT of work. If you expect to cruise through the sessions and get a certificate, this may not be the course for you. There are sessions every weekend and assignments that take up the rest of your free time (even during weekdays).

  • Any Graduation/Post-Graduation degree

  • Working professionals with a minimum of 1 year experience

Our batch had participants from different fields - fashion, technology, filmmaking, education and more, which helped make the discussions more enriching.

Application Process

There is a nominal application fee and you will need to attach your portfolio and a Statement of Purpose (SOP) along with the application. I did not have a dedicated portfolio when I started this course so I just shared a link to my Instagram account. If you have a portfolio on Behance or your own website, send that in! Most of the sessions start from the basics so don't worry if you do not have prior experience in UX/UI (I didn't) or sketching/drawing. Focus on writing a strong SOP.

I found this course on the very last day so I got a response on to my application on the same day. If you sign up earlier, you might have to wait a week or two to hear back on the results. Each Cohort has up to 50 students and the course is offered once or twice a year.

Once I got the confirmation email, I was given different options to make the payment to block my seat. I had 48 hours to make the payment post which the seat would be released to the next candidate. Even though I signed up on the last day, I still got the "early-bird" discount/scholarship as the rest of the group.