Professional development courses for designers

Welcome to a curated list of professional development resources for designers. Whether you have a professional development budget through your job or you’re simply looking to improve in a particular area, use this list to browse courses and find something you like. While there are many places online to find classes, I’ve attempted to round up the best ones and point to various sites that are worth a browse, where you might find something else you like. Do you have suggestions for additions to this list? Feel free to message me.

All courses shown below (use the menu above to view a single category).

Accessibility

Web accessibility techniques and testing

Vision australia
Web Accessibility Techniques and Testing teaches how to test for accessibility issues within a website or web application and practical techniques to resolve them.
   

Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility

Centre for inclusive design
The PCWA covers Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and 2.1. This course gives you the insight into WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 to help make you an accessibility champion and is internationally recognised!
   

Brainstorming & prototyping

Prototyping for Digital Experiences

IDEO
To build the right thing—and build the thing right—you have to design for people first and use technology as a tool to meet real human needs. Prototyping is a time-tested method for generating innovative solutions by keeping humans at the center of the design process and gathering feedback early and often.
   

From Ideas to Action

IDEO
From Ideas to Action is a deep dive into the design thinking skills of ideation, prototyping, and iteration. This 5-week course will teach you how to frame your ideas as experiments and bring others in on your vision of the future. Use experimentation to learn from failure and move from incremental to radical innovation.
   

Business

Business Essentials for Designers

Designer fund
Web Accessibility Techniques and Testing teaches how to test for accessibility issues within a website or web application and practical techniques to resolve them.
   

Designing a Business

IdeO
Learn how to make a business desirable for customers, financially viable for stakeholders, and feasible to build and deliver to the world.
   

Business Fundamentals for Designers

d.mba
Thoughtful business education for designers. Learn how to align design and business goals without sacrificing your values.
   

Creativity

Unlocking Creativity

IdeO
Learn exercises to help you and your team overcome the common barriers to creativity. Through hands-on activities designed and practiced by creative experts at IDEO, you’ll gain practical skills to help you learn from failure, find inspiration, and get unstuck.
   

Cultivating Creative Collaboration

IdeO
Today's complex challenges require teams to navigate ambiguity, unearth bold ideas, and embrace a new way of working—one that harnesses the power of diverse perspectives and creative thinking to push past the obvious, safe solutions to the truly innovative ones.
   

Copywriting and content design

The Good Copy Courses

The good copy school
From editorial to ad copy, syntax to style, we explore grammar basics and writing tactics in a clear, practical and fun way.
   

Various Content Design Courses & Certifications

UX content collective
Get the training you need to get paid what you’re worth. Learn UX writing, content design, conversational design, and content testing from experts in the field.
   

Think like an editor (content strategy and UX writing)

Open classrooms
In this course, we'll explore UX writing, content strategy, and content design as tools to think critically about the user experience by putting the user first. We'll examine how even a few words of microcopy can make a big difference in how the user knows what to do or what to expect.
   

Content design training

Content Design London
We’ve taken our courses all over the world and now we are sharing courses (new and old), books and blogs to help you get into the industry or advance your existing skills.
   

Facilitation

Facilitation Training Short Course

Groupwork Centre
Facilitation of meetings is a craft. And there is a lot to it! Using good quality processes with self-awareness and emotional resilience makes a powerful difference when you facilitate any group.
   

Facilitating UX Workshops

Nielsen Norman Group
User experience is not a siloed practice. In order to collect knowledge, generate new ideas, and design solutions, it’s best to bring people together. But even when people come together with the best intentions, ideas and outputs don’t just simply happen.
   

2-Day Design Thinking Facilitation Workshop

Design thinkers academy
Learn how to facilitate Design Thinking workshop sessions for mixed audiences in this 2-day high energy course for Design Thinking practitioners.
   

Freelancing

The 6-Figure Freelance Designer Flux Academy

Flux Academy
The 12 video modules take you through every step of running and growing a successful freelance business.
   

Web Design: Becoming a Professional

Flux Academy
Create a successful and fulfilling career as a freelance web designer. We'll teach you the in-demand skills you need to get there.
   

Leadership, coaching & management

Demystifying Management Program

Wherewithall / Lara hogan
The one-stop shop to hone the broad range of skills you need to lead a successful team.
   

Design Leaders Studio

Design leaders studio
Design leaders studio was created for designers who are considering or have recently transitioned from a practising designer into a manager role. Many of the reference points are from the product design practice, however the majority of the content is transferable to other design disciplines.
   

Group Executive Coaching for Experienced Design Leaders

Leading design
A three month group executive coaching programme for mid-to-senior design leaders.
   

Strategic Design Leadership

second wave dive
Learn to talk about design differently to make things–influence, impact, value–happen. Practice the business, communication, and analytical skills you need to be seen and heard–at any level.
   

Design Org Strategy

second wave dive
Define how Design creates, delivers, and capture value better or differently than other functional units. Learn the proven frameworks, skills, tools and judgement needed to gain trust and increase influence at the executive level.
   

Creative Leader Roundtable

Creative Leader Roundtable
Creative Leader Roundtable is a one of a kind coaching community. Discover practical ways to lead your team more effectively and to discuss issues you’re facing with fellow leaders.
   

Developing Confidence to Influence and Lead

Rethink
An impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to help you understand how to navigate roadblocks and challenges in your career, and how to build confidence and influence as a senior - lead product designer.
   

Leadership Development Program

Rethink
An impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to help you assess your growth areas and grow your capacity, building trust with your team, shifting the mood of a team to get commitments that drive the outcomes you want.
   

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Rethink
As a manager, learning to communicate more effectively with your team requires up-leveling your skills. We're creating a safe space for you to work on your skills, reflect on the key components of developing effective communication skills to influence change within your organization and beyond.
   

Level up Your Career as a Lead Product Designer

Rethink
In this two-part workshop series we will provide frameworks and methods to help you understand your skills, areas of improvement, and superpowers. We will break down the design leadership hierarchy, and teach methods and best practices to help you get clarity for the next steps in your career.
   

Leading for Creativity

IDEO
Learn how to lead with vision, through culture, and alongside your team. Gain techniques to guide others through uncertainty using the process of experimentation and shift the culture by tapping into beliefs and behaviors that support creativity.
   

Storytelling (and presentations)

The Storytelling Sprint

Section4
You have a great idea, but it just doesn’t quite come to life when you explain it. Enter the art of storytelling. Bestselling author Will Storr will teach you how to bring your narrative to life so everyone in the room will be nodding along.
   

Storytelling for Influence

IDEO
Get storytelling tips from IDEO practitioners and gain tools and techniques that will help you bring your vision to life and create stories that influence and inspire.
   

Impactful Presentations

IDEO
By surfacing what matters to your audience, you’ll learn to create presentations that are both meaningful and memorable. Gain the confidence and skills it takes to shift the way people think, feel, and behave.
   

Presenting Virtually

Duarte
Become a virtual presentation pro using techniques from Duarte’s new guidebook, Presenting Virtually, delivered in short engaging video lessons.
   

Resonate®

Duarte
Based on Nancy Duarte’s best-selling book Resonate, learn how to structure a persuasive presentation and connect with any audience using lessons from story and cinema.
   

Presentation Principles

Duarte
Based on Nancy Duarte’s HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, learn how to tell compelling stories and get a broad view of story, visuals, and delivery.
   

Unity / Game design

Introduction to Unity

Design+Code
This Unity course is for beginners. You don't need any experience in game development to follow this series. It is a step-by-step course with videos and texts.
   

User interface and user experience design

Learn UX Design and Grow Your Career

Interaction design association
As a UX Designer, you are an expert in the user-centered design process and play a jack-of-all-trades role—this learning path allows you to gain a keen sense of usability, psychology, and business to excel in your job.
   

KreativePro Masterclass

The kreative pro
For IT Students or Professionals including Designers, Engineers, Art Directors, Marketers, Content Creators or Entrepreneurs looking to learn the complete process of creating visual experiences with modern technology.
   

UX 365 Academy

joe natoli
On-demand UX + Design courses, books, resources + training.
   

UIE’s All You Can Learn Library

UIE
Over 378 seminars and more by experts in all things UX design.
   

Various UI/UX courses by awwwards

awwwards
Online Web Design Courses, UX, UI, ThreeJS, WebGL, and Creative Development.
   

UX & Digital Design

Future london academy
This series of masterclasses will help you with   this – it covers UX strategy, Design Process, Innovation, AR, MR, VUI, and Digital Sustainability. Forget boring UX training and pointless UX bootcamps – we've carefully curated the latest insights, frameworks and tools to help you boost your knowledge, level-up career in UX design and transform good to great.
   

UX + UI Design

Rmit online
Adopt a user-centric approach to problem-solving and utilise research, iteration, prototyping, and visual elements to design experiences that delight.
   

Visual and UI design

Shift Nudge

Matt (MDS)
The all–new online learning experience for designing beautiful and functional interfaces.
   

Design full-time

Dan Petty
Design more impactful websites, leading to an even more successful career.
   

Webflow

The Webflow Masterclass

Flux Academy
The all–new online learning experience for designing beautiful and functional interfaces.
   

Build a full site in Webflow

Design+Code
All techniques are explained step-by-step, in a beginner-friendly format so that you can easily follow in a cohesive way.