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course level beginner

We'll help you get started with the industry's latest tools (Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD)

Next course begins

October 4th

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Course duration

4-8 weeks

Flexible 10-20 hours a week

Average review 4.8/5

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Why Career Switchers Choose Foundations

Ready to jumpstart your creativity? In this 4-8 week online course built for design beginners looking to switch careers, you'll experience:

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Design Challenge Suitable for a UX Academy Application

At the end of UX Academy Foundations, you'll work on a final design challenge which you can use in your application for UX Academy to showcase your newfound knowledge and skills.

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$500 UX Academy Credit

Earn a $500 credit towards UX Academy if you decide to move on to our flagship course. What’s better than learning design? Learning design for free!

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Learn the Design Process

From ideation to handoff, work through a flow similar to what you’d find in an actual studio or company. You’ll bring your ideas to life as either a fully fledged webpage or app by the end of the course.

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8 Mentor Sessions

Foundations includes 8 hours of live 1-on-1 instruction from a vetted professional designer who will review your work and give you personalized feedback. Sessions are scheduled flexibly according to your availability.

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35 Hands-on Projects

Learn by doing and hone your skills through 35 hands-on projects. A fantastic way to kickstart your portfolio.

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Certificate of Completion

Proudly display your new skills through a custom, shareable landing page certificate that showcases your project work.

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Join a Community

Learn alongside a vibrant community of peers, and get support through Slack and weekly group video sessions.

Flexible Course Duration

Flexible Course Duration

Spend 20 hours a week on coursework to complete the course in 4 weeks, 10 hours a week to complete it in 8 weeks, or anything in between.

Design Challenge

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Design Challenge

At the end of UX Academy Foundations, you'll work on a final design challenge which you can use in your application for UX Academy to showcase your newfound knowledge and skills.

$500 UX Academy Credit

$500 UX Academy Credit Illustration

$500 UX Academy Credit

Earn a $500 credit towards UX Academy if you decide to move on to our flagship course. What’s better than learning design? Learning design for free!

Learn the Design Process

Design Process Illustration

Learn the Design Process

From ideation to handoff, work through a flow similar to what you’d find in an actual studio or company. You’ll bring your ideas to life as either a fully fledged webpage or app by the end of the course.

8 Mentor Sessions

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8 Mentor Sessions

Foundations includes 8 hours of live 1-on-1 instruction from a vetted professional designer who will review your work and give you personalized feedback. Sessions are scheduled flexibly according to your availability.

35 Hands-on Projects

Hands-on Projects Illustration

35 Hands-on Projects

Learn by doing and hone your skills through 35 hands-on projects. A fantastic way to kickstart your portfolio.

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion Illustration

Certificate of Completion

Proudly display your new skills through a custom, shareable landing page certificate that showcases your project work.

Join a Community

Community Illustration

Join a Community

Learn alongside a vibrant community of peers, and get support through Slack and weekly group video sessions.

Flexible Course

Flexible Course Duration

Flexible Course

Spend 20 hours a week on coursework to complete the course in 4 weeks, 10 hours a week to complete it in 8 weeks, or anything in between.

Plan Your UX Academy Timeline

A new cohort of Foundations and UX Academy starts each month. Map out your journey below and estimate your graduation date depending on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework.

Have you worked as a UX/UI, digital, or web designer?

Timeline and requirements change based on your experience.

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Expert Mentors

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Learn everything you need to know from the expert designers whom we’ve vetted to join our mentoring community.

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Learn Visual Design With Clear Goals

Every unit has clear goals that will help you understand how you’re doing in the course. Your mentor will help you understand and achieve each goal as you progress through the material.

01
Visual Design Basics
Visual Design Basics
Learning Goals
  • Audit your current level of design skills
  • Learn about visual design principles
  • Get started in Sketch or Figma
02
UI Design Principles
UI Design Principles
Learning Goals
  • Understand how the visual principles from Unit 1 apply to user interfaces
  • Complete some UI design exercises that apply these principles
  • Learn how to create a landing page in Sketch or Figma
03
UI Design Elements
UI Design Elements
Learning Goals
  • Understand UI design in more detail, including UI elements and design patterns
  • Learn best practices for using size, spacing, and scale in UI design
  • Learn how to create a mobile UI design in Sketch or Figma
04
Design Evaluation and Critique
Design Evaluation and Critique
Learning Goals
  • Learn the importance of giving and receiving design critique well
  • Understand the importance of effective and healthy communication
  • Grasp why iterating on design work is essential for good results
05
Designing for Multiple Devices
Designing for Multiple Devices
Learning Goals
  • Understand modern principles of responsive design
  • Consolidate learning about size and scale in UI design
  • Learn how components and design systems support multi-device design
06
Images, Icons, and Logos
Images, Icons, and Logos
Learning Goals
  • Learn how to use photography in UI design
  • Understand how to use icons and illustrations in UI design
  • Learn how to design responsive logos
07
Color and Typography
Color and Typography
Learning Goals
  • Understand the basics of color theory and how to apply them to interface designs
  • Learn the basics of typography and how to choose fonts for interface designs
08
10-Hour Design Challenge
10-Hour Design Challenge
Learning Goals
  • Apply your learning from Units 1-7 to an independent design brief
  • Understand the value of iterating on this project

Student Success Stories

Explore our students’ backgrounds and see what they thought about the course.

Yehuda

Yehuda

Current Role: Student

Design Experience: Beginner

“I love the balance between getting to connect with people and being able to express myself artistically.”

I originally became interested in becoming a Product Designer because I love the balance between getting to connect with people, while also being able to express myself artistically.

I found UX Academy Foundations to be super thorough and structured in an easy and enjoyable fashion. The course is filled with great ways to unleash your creativity. My mentor, Emily, really helped me understand the role of a Product Designer, and how to use my unique skillset to make great design choices.

Emily Wallick
Emily Mentor

Current Role: Product Designer

Design Experience: 7+ years

“Yehuda was really receptive to feedback which enabled him to refine his skills and natural talent.”

Yehuda was an excellent student to mentor. He was always full of energy, keen to learn, and clearly had a passion for design.

Over the course of UX Academy Foundations, Yehuda was really receptive to feedback which enabled him to refine his skills and natural talent. He also has an inquisitive nature and was always asking why things were done a certain way, which led to great discussions and is exactly the right mindset a student should have entering the field of UX!

Victoria

Victoria

Current Role: Student

Design Experience: Beginner

“Taking UX Academy Foundations is where I truly fell in love with UX/UI design.”

I’ve always had a passion for art growing up and during my internship at college, I worked with a UX/UI designer, was inspired by her work, and became intrigued to learn more.

Taking UX Academy Foundations is then where I truly fell in love with UX/UI design. During the course, I learned an immense amount and was able to express my creativity through my own designs. Conversations with my mentor were extremely effective and informative, and he did an amazing job of helping me understand the reasons behind design best practices. If I ever had a question, he would immediately answer and give additional examples to help me fully grasp the information.

Michael Brooks Jr
Michael Mentor

Current Role: CPO & Head of Design

Design Experience: 10+ years

“Victoria was professional, committed, and eager to learn.”

Working with Victoria was a great experience — she was professional, committed and eager to learn. She also asked great questions and put a ton of energy into the process overall.

My favorite moment was half way through the UX Academy Foundations course when I knew things had started to click for her. She gained confidence as she continued to tackle each new challenge and I loved watching her progress.

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Design Challenge Preview

In the last unit of UX Academy Foundations, you'll work on a final design challenge to apply everything you've learned in the course. With the support of your mentor, you'll get this project to a standard in which it's ready to use in your application for UX Academy!

Design Challenge by Claire
Claire
Claire

I began by uploading all of my elements to Figma and then started drawing out a few rough sketches on paper. I started designing my webpage first and then took my web elements and transferred them to the app design. I based my design & color palette off of the main photo.

Is the green used on the app control panels too vibrant? Is it okay to switch the color of the logo on the app or should it be uniform across devices? Any advise is welcome!!

Kendall Johnson
Kendall Mentor
Status Approved

just these teeeny little changes we talked about on the call! Everything else LOOKS SO GOOD!!

Claire
Claire

I made the last few edits to my desktop design. Any feedback is welcome!

Read about Claire's work

Claire
Claire

I began by uploading all of my elements to Figma and then started drawing out a few rough sketches on paper. I started designing my webpage first and then took my web elements and transferred them to the app design. I based my design & color palette off of the main photo.

Is the green used on the app control panels too vibrant? Is it okay to switch the color of the logo on the app or should it be uniform across devices? Any advise is welcome!!

Read mentor feedback

Kendall Johnson
Kendall
Status Approved

just these teeeny little changes we talked about on the call! Everything else LOOKS SO GOOD!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to know Sketch (or Figma, Adobe XD) beforehand?

Not at all! This course is for complete design beginners, so we'll provide tutorials to help you get started with your tool of choice. You'll also practice that tool throughout the course as you work on different projects.

How are mentor sessions scheduled?

In UX Academy Foundations, we recommend you schedule one mentor session per unit. These are flexible and you can schedule them yourself based on your mentor's posted timeslots. You can also reach out to your mentor to figure out the best time that works for both of you!

What does the $500 UX Academy credit mean?

Since many of our students are switching careers into UX/UI/product design as beginners, we offer UX Academy Foundations as an introductory course and prerequisite to take before UX Academy. To help with costs, we provide students a credit of $500 towards their UX Academy tuition, effectively making Foundations included at no additional cost.

Am I guaranteed entry into UX Academy if I take UX Academy Foundations?

It’s not guaranteed, but you have a good chance! Once you’ve completed your final design challenge in Foundations, you’ll need to apply for UX Academy. Our Admissions panel will review your design work and progression through this preliminary course based on our prerequisites, and you’ll receive a response within 2-4 working days.

What happens after the 8-week deadline?

You’ll still have access to all of the course materials, however you’ll no longer have mentor sessions or feedback. Please note, your UX Academy application may be affected if you take longer than 8 weeks to complete Foundations.

Do I need to be online at a specific time to complete coursework?

No, you can access the online coursework and complete the projects whenever you'd like. The only "scheduled" parts of the course include:

• Mentor sessions, arranged with your mentor based on mutual availability
• Group Crit, which may be reserved across a variety of available dates and times

Do you offer any discounts?

We currently offer discounts for existing students, and veterans. We also offer a payment plan that allows you to pay half up front and half at the end of the course. We’ve also had past students’ employers sponsor their course tuition.

What if I can’t start the course on launch day?

Since the course is self paced and flexible in nature—when you decide to start your first week’s curriculum is up to you!

What if I don’t like the course?

You can drop the course at any time and we’ll provide a prorated refund based on how many mentor sessions you’ve used.

Can I use my company’s L&D budget for this course?

Absolutely! If you have any questions about how to do this when you’re enrolling for the course, please reach out via our Help Center contact form for more information.

What if I’m a part of a team that wants to take this course?

We’re happy to work with a team or company and optimize the course to teach several students at once. Depending on how many students there are, we’re happy to offer additional discounts. Please reach out via our Help Center contact form for more information.

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