Experience Design for Emerging Technologies

The University of Melbourne

Course details

Level of study: Microcredentials


There is a raft of new technologies at our fingertips, opening new avenues for addressing customers’ needs with innovative products. Artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the internet of things, among many recent trends in technology have created new challenges and opportunities for creating new products. However, too many recent products focus solely on technology, resulting in useless ‘gadgets’, while many are entirely driven by what customers ‘say they want’, resulting in ‘yet another app’ that fails to benefit from novel technologies and stand out in a crowded market.

This MicroCert brings inquiry-led human-centred design methods together with invention-led technology-driven methods to equip you to create exciting, user-friendly products that utilise new technologies and solve real problems.

Developed in collaboration with MAKE Studios and taught by experts in the field, the course covers how to design new interactive products for the latest trends of technological opportunities, teaching you how to push ideas into adventurous spaces enabled by emerging technologies.

The course also features an immersive workshop where you will have the opportunity to try novel technologies and engage in hands-on making and design thinking activities.

Who is it for?

This MicroCert is ideal for technology developers, UI/UX designers, service designers, interaction designers, game developers and product managers. Anyone interested in design thinking techniques and principles will be suited to the course and have the knowledge to succeed. It is suitable for entry level and established professionals.

Key topics

You will explore a range of topics drawn from inquiry-led human-centred design methods and invention-led technology-driven methods, including:

Overview of recent advances and trends in emerging interactive technologies (e.g. eye tracking, VR, AR, AI, etc.)
Hands-on experience with novel interactive devices
Explore methods for pushing ideas into uncharted territories during ideation sessions and for eliciting customer feedback during user experience research
Apply techniques for prototyping experiences beyond screens.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

Adapt human-centred design processes to incorporate technology-oriented perspectives
Apply prototyping techniques to help stakeholders envision future applications of emerging technologies.

Learning experience

This blended course involves a range of interactive online activities (including video) and a highly immersive face-to-face workshop. Led by expert tutors and developed with MAKE Studios, you will have the opportunity to try novel technologies (from eye trackers to mixed reality headsets) and engage with hands-on making and design thinking activities with other industry professionals.


This Melbourne MicroCert is taught over four weeks, with one pre-teaching week, two weeks for delivery, and one week for assessment. You will undertake 42 hours of learning, comprising six hours of face-to-face guided learning in a one-day workshop and 16 hours of online guided learning activities and independent research, and 20 hours for assessment.

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Experience Design for Emerging Technologies Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Click here for more details on this course.

Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
1,190 for the entire course Expected Oct 2023 4 weeks
Online study
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

There are no eligibility requirements.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
Back to the top of this page