JGU joins hands with UXReactor to launch AI-focused Online Masters in User Experience Design

Powered by upGrad, the 12-month AI-integrated curriculum is a power-packed capsule featuring on-campus workshops, Live project opportunities with real companies to build portfolios, and mentorship from industry experts at top global product companies

Sonipat/Mumbai/Hyderabad, 8th July 2024: O.P. Jindal Global University (OPJGU), recognized as an Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University, has collaborated with the Inc 5000 global UX design firm UXReactor to launch a cutting-edge Online Master of Design (M.Des.) in User Experience with specialization in AI tools program. This industry-academia programme offers to train Indian talent with advanced design skills and industry-relevant expertise.

Powered by upGrad – one of Asia’s largest integrated learning skilling and workforce development majors, this 12-month blended program is tailored for UI & UX designers aiming for professional growth, IT professionals and graphic designers seeking a career shift to a higher-paying, related field. Combining online coursework with immersive on-campus workshops, the modules are developed to meet the highest industry standards.

Guided by industry leaders through masterclasses and an AI-integrated curriculum encompassing interaction design, Research, Visual Design, System thinking, and career grooming, learners undertake 4+ live projects to showcase their skills. They will benefit from live project opportunities with partner organisations to build portfolios, 200+ hours of live sessions, hackathons, dedicated portfolio development support, mentorship with industry experts at top global product companies, and a 9-day on-campus immersion at Jindal Global University (JGU), setting them apart as innovative, market-ready professionals with real-world experience.

Alongside a robust university faculty and Mr. Prasad Kantamneni, Co-founder of UXReactor, Harvard graduate, and TEDx speaker, learners will have the opportunity to learn from and engage with industry luminaries and practitioners from top global brands. These experts bring unparalleled insights and mentorship, enabling strong domain understanding and on-field tactics for enhanced career results. With robust career support, including guidance and mentorship from industry leaders, UXReactor and its industry partners will provide apprenticeship opportunities and access to live projects.

Commenting on the new launch and JGU’s commitment to enabling Indian students with more of a practice-based curriculum for a stronger domain foundation, Prof. Padmanabha Ramanujam, Dean of Academic Governance at JGU, said, “Aligned with JGU’s vision of ‘building the future of India and the world’, the launch of this programme underscores our steadfast commitment to empowering our students with a rigorous, practice-based curriculum, offering a world-class education that nurtures global leaders poised to drive meaningful impact and innovation at a global scale.”

Talking about supporting Indian graduates to become employable and the relevance of UX in the corporate landscape, Mr Prasad Kantamneni said, “Embarking on the future of design, our transformative Master’s in Design degree, specialising in AI tools, is meticulously crafted to harness the potent capabilities of AI within design realms. This program not only sets the stage for a remarkable career but also offers rigorous training coupled with direct industry applications. Participants will engage in live projects with premier companies, acquiring invaluable hands-on experience while constructing a robust portfolio. Guided by world-class design leaders, boasting over 100 years of collective experience at industry stalwarts such as PayPal, Yahoo, Citrix, and eBay, students are well-prepared to pioneer the integration of AI in design.”

“Design and User Experience have emerged as some of the most in-demand disciplines today, especially with businesses seeking skilled talent trained in new-age tools to enhance brand building and user interaction. It’s clear that Generative AI is now indispensable; just as proficiency in MS Office is fundamental, understanding GenAI is becoming crucial across various professions. Fueled by such high demand and support from the progressive leadership of the JGU and Mr Kantamneni, we are excited to expand our portfolio to equip India’s talent, especially those beyond the metros, with a world-class, job-aligned learning experience in the field of UX and design,” concluded Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad.

More details regarding the program, eligibility and admission can be found here: https://www.upgrad.com/master-of-design-in-user-experience-design-jindal-school-of-art-and-architecture-jgu/

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