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Here are just a few of the people who’ve launched their new career with UX Academy.
UI Designer at Adidas
“I got a job offer from Adidas just before I started my second capstone project on UX Academy!”Read Peter's story
Sammy de Joya
UX Designer at Comrade Agency
“UX Academy was great. It helped give me the kick start that I needed to learn all the basic design concepts.”Read Sammy's story
Product Designer at Microsoft
“The confidence I came out with really propelled me into the job hunt. I received several offers in just a month.”Read Wendy's story
UX Designer at Backbase
“I learned sketching, wireframing, prototyping, UI kits, personas, and user flows. These are all key skills for my work.”Read Celeste's story
“What I really liked about the Designlab course were the assignments and the weekly mentor calls.”Read Marko's story
UX/UI Designer at TechStyle Fashion Group
“Those who encouraged and affirmed me turned out to be right, because I graduated and I got the job.”Read Tracy's story
UX / Visual Designer at Flightaware
“I already had 13 years in the design industry, but I still learned valuable new skills in UXA.”Read Jonathan's story
Product Designer at Eved
“I loved it! The curriculum was solid, the staff were supportive, and there was a friendly student community.”Read Rachee’s story
Get 1-on-1 mentoring from an expert designer, and work with your own Career Coach to support your job search
All of the assignments you upload to the Designlab platform will receive written mentor feedback to help you iterate and improve.
Our mentors are vetted and go through a rigorous induction process. But if you ever experience difficulties with your mentor, we're here to help.
UX Academy is an online community pursuing design excellence.
Slack is an online collaboration platform where UX Academy students and mentors share learning within and between cohorts.
Each cohort has its own Student Advocate, who is there to answer your questions about anything from coursework to mentor scheduling, and to relay any issues to Designlab staff.
Our in-house content team publishes fresh content on our blog every Monday, and send out regular digests of the best design writing on the web.
This covers your entire journey: Design 101, UX Academy, and Career Services.
If you put in the work, we promise that UX Academy will provide you with the education you need to land your first job as a designer—or your money back.
As a 100% online platform, Designlab offers excellent education with flexibility and an accessible price point.
* If you already have a background in design, you can submit your portfolio for assessment instead of taking Design 101. We’ll get back to you within 2 business days of your application.
You can transfer your application to a later cohort at any time to accommodate your schedule. Career Services begins once you pass Portfolio Review and graduate from UX Academy.
December 2019 cohort
December 2019 cohort
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We’ve got you covered. Check out the questions below or visit the Help Center for anything else.
We accept a limited number of students per cohort. The curriculum is intensive and rigorous, so you must demonstrate a firm foundation of basic design skills to be admitted to the course. We will assess the following things before offering you a place:
We don’t require prior academic or industry experience, but you will be best placed to excel in the course if you have a strong background interest in design.
Our most successful students often share the following qualities: passion, discipline, determination, courage, and empathy. These will get you far both in UX Academy, and the design world!
You can find more detailed information about these requirements in our Help Center!
As a first step, get an information pack for full details on the UX Academy journey. From there, go ahead and submit your application!
Above all, don’t let a lack of design experience worry you: it’s the most common starting point for UX Academy applicants. We recommend you request an information pack, which will explain the first steps in your journey to becoming a designer. In particular, our Design 101 course—which is a prerequisite for UX Academy—is a primer in design fundamentals, and will prepare you for the program.
To be accepted into UX Academy, you must show that you understand visual design fundamentals, and can apply them to your work. To meet this requirement, most applicants need to take our Design 101 foundation course, which we created to help people gain exactly these skills.
However, you can ask to skip Design 101 if you already have both an online portfolio containing wireframes & high-fidelity mockups, and previous experience in web design, graphic design, UX/UI design, or product design. Please note that print, illustration, and architecture portfolios won’t be considered.
Since our courses are focused on applying learning about design fundamentals in digital design projects, we recommend using Sketch or Figma. As well as being user-friendly and easy to learn, they are also cutting-edge, collaborative design tools used by professional UX and UI designers today.
Figma is browser-based, works on any computer, and is free for individual users. Sketch requires a Mac, and you need to buy a license—but you can get 50% off via our Perks page. (Note that you’ll only be able to access the perk once your course has started, so if you’re installing it ahead of time, get started with the trial version and upgrade later.)
Here’s some other software you might be interested in exploring during your course:
As for computer hardware, you can use either Mac or PC. However, note that some packages like Sketch will only work on Mac—and Macs are still the de facto industry standard amongst designers.
For UX Academy, we expect you to have a basic understanding of the design tools listed above before starting the course. You must use an industry-standard design tool like Sketch or Figma, and it’s your responsibility to provide the software you need for the course.
One of our goals in UX Academy is to introduce you to a range of industry-standard tools that you'll be using throughout the UX process. We want you to be comfortable picking up new tools and understanding their workflow—this is part of life as a professional UX designer. By the end of the course, you will have a personal toolkit of software that will equip you to solve design problems in the wild.
UX Academy provides the comprehensive training you need for your first job in the industry, and it has more curriculum content than all of our short courses put together. For example, Design 101 includes about 40 hours of coursework; with UX Academy, it’s 480 hours. The program also includes extras like Career Services, which allows you to work with a career coach for up to 6 months to perfect your portfolio, shape high quality job applications, and improve your interview technique.
If you’ve previously taken a Designlab short course, you can get credit towards UX Academy. All students who take Design 101 as a prerequisite for UX Academy receive a $400 credit. For any other short course, the credit is $150 per enrollment.
At the start of the course, you’ll choose one of our timed “tracks”—either full-time or part-time. Which one is right for you will depend on your other commitments, how quickly you want to complete the course, and how intensively you prefer to work.
The full-time track might be for you if:
The part-time track might be for you if:
Choose a track based on your schedule. For the full-time track, you’ll need to be able to commit to spending 40 hours a week on coursework. Our part-time track is designed to be combined with a full time job, and to enable you to complete coursework during evenings and weekends. For the part time option, you should plan to devote 20 hours a week to coursework.
The first thing to say is that UX Academy is, by design, an intensive experience. We want all of our students to succeed and achieve their goals, so remember you’re not alone in figuring this out!
A perk of the online community you’ll have access to is that you’ll be able to share the challenges you’re facing with others in the UX Academy Slack channels to get tips from people who are in the same position.
We’ll send you reminders and resources if you fall behind to help you get back on track. If you decide you can’t keep up with the pace of your track we’ll quickly jump on a call to discuss your options. The most important thing is to always keep us in the loop!
We offer three tuition options for UX Academy:
For all options, admitted students need to make a $399 refundable deposit to save their spot in the program. For upfront payments and payment plans serviced through Designlab, the next payment is due on their cohort's start date.
As an example, a 6-month payment plan serviced by Designlab would look like this:
$7,149 (total tuition, including service fee) – $399 (deposit) = $6,750 (balance), split into 6 payments of $1125 with the first payment due on the cohort start date.
If you take Design 101 first, we’ll apply a $400 credit by subtracting it from the balance before calculating your next payment(s).
UX Academy will prepare you for your first position as a professional designer capable of taking on a range of UX and UI design work. Students who have completed our programme in recent months have gone on to jobs in UI, UX, and product design at companies including Adidas, TechStyle Fashion Group, Eved, Backbase, Comrade Agency, and Microsoft. To find out more, check out our UX Academy Success Stories.
Yes. Design is a fast-moving industry, with standards, tools, and market needs changing every year. Your portfolio is the primary point of reference for employers looking for evidence that you have the skills for the job. With UX design in particular, college courses often lag behind the industry. UX Academy’s curriculum will equip you with up-to-date, relevant UX design skills that hiring managers are looking for. If you’re unsure, check out our UX Academy Success Stories. from students who have landed high-paying positions.
Yes. As part of UX Academy you will have access to Career Services, a 6-month program where we help guide you through your job search. Once you pass your portfolio review, you’ll have a well-rounded set of skills, the ability to use new tools, and a solid portfolio that showcases your background and work.
During Career Services, you will transition from your regular mentor to a Career Coach who will help with your portfolio, job applications, and interview technique. These coaches either have hiring experience in their backgrounds, or they’ve had a really fantastic track record with getting jobs at different well known companies.