As the leading authority on UX/UI design bootcamps, the team at Course Report has been researching, tracking, and sharing updates on the design bootcamp industry since 2013. Each year, we use our knowledge and expertise to curate a list of the top user experience design bootcamps around the world. Put simply, these are the 21 design schools we would recommend to our own family and friends.
These bootcamps teach students the skills to become a web designer, user experience designer, or user interface designer by teaching design thinking, user research, wireframing and tools like Sketch, Figma, Adobe, and more.
To be considered for this list of top design bootcamps, schools must meet the following criteria:
- Offer an immersive web design or user experience program
- Be instructor or mentor led
- Assist students with building a design portfolio
- Provide career assistance
- Graduated at least one cohort of students and be rated at least ★★★★ by alumni
- Other attributes we value when choosing the top design bootcamps are a selective application process, reputable instructors and mentors, a commitment to diversity, transparent student outcomes, and scholarships or innovative payment plans.
This list is not a ranking, but rather design programs are listed alphabetically. Remember, there is no ultimate "best design bootcamp" – the best design course for you depends on your own learning style, career goals, availability, etc. No matter how many accolades a school has, make sure you do your research: read reviews, talk to alumni, take an intro course, and ask about job outcomes data.
Wondering where to start? Check out our Ultimate Guide to UX Bootcamps, featuring answers to our most frequently asked questions. This list includes UX design bootcamps only – for more, check out our list of Best Coding Bootcamps, Best Online Bootcamps, and Best Data Science Bootcamps.
When UX bootcamps stand out in certain areas, we award them the following Badges of Honor:
A school has 30+ UX Verified Reviews with at least a 4.7-star rating
A school has recently published their UX job outcomes
A school has been operating for 6+ years, and offered their design bootcamp for 2+ years
The bootcamps in the Rising Stars category have stood out to us because they have a solid curriculum and shown growth over the last year, but still need more user experience alumni reviews.
The 16 Best UX Design Bootcamps:
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Online2 CoursesGuarantees Job
BrainStation offers full-time and part-time courses in data science, design, development, marketing, and product in New York City, London, Toronto, Vancouver, and through an Online Live platform. BrainStation’s goal is to empower individuals, businesses, and brands to succeed in the digital age by offering diploma programs, certification courses, and training options across the full digital product lifecycle. BrainStation provides a collaborative, project-based learning experience, with curriculum updated on a daily basis to ensure professionals gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in their careers.
CareerFoundry is an online bootcamp that offers flexibly paced programs for career changers in web development, UX design, UI design, and data analytics. Headquartered in Berlin but with a global student base, CareerFoundry has provided tech education since 2013. CareerFoundry combines the flexibility of online learning with the guidance of mentors and tutors through their dual mentorship model, training students to become job-ready in four to 12 month or their money back.
Online7 CoursesGuarantees Job
Designlab teaches in-demand UX/UI design skills online through 4-week short courses and a 15 to 28-week UX Academy. Designlab courses consist primarily of hands-on projects and 1-on-1 mentorship from expert designers so that students can master the techniques needed to design stunning web and mobile products. The Designlab community of mentors gives students timely feedback on work and Skype with students regularly to help them improve. Mentors include top industry professionals from companies like Twitter, Airbnb, Dropbox, and more. Courses are self-paced, which means students can complete the readings/projects whenever their schedules permit. Designlab is ideal for a developer, product manager, entrepreneur, marketer, aspiring designer, or anyone working on web/mobile products.
General Assembly offers short and long courses in web and mobile development, product management, data science and more, online and in-person, across 15 campuses in 4 continents. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business, and technology, General Assembly is confronting a skills gap and providing access to opportunities in tech. General Assembly offers a breadth of different course offerings and classes range from full-time immersive courses for learners that want to switch to a new career, to part-time courses for learners that are looking to improve their career trajectory by acquiring a new skill set, and mentor-led online circuits for a more flexible way to acquire foundational skills.
GrowthX Academy offers online training courses for individuals who want to level up or transition into a career in Growth Marketing, UX Design, or Sales and Business Development. The Growth Marketing Customer Acquisitions course is a self-paced, online, 8-week course covering customer acquisition, discovery techniques, analytics, technology self-sufficiency, and more. The UX Design course is a self-paced, online, 12-16-week course covering UX foundations, design research, design structure, and UI design. The Sales and Business Development course is self-paced, online, and covers business acumen, lean startups, unit economics, customer psychology, sales models, and more. Classes are taught by entrepreneurs, founders, business owners and investors who teach useful skills, mindsets, and frameworks for today’s competitive environment. GrowthX Academy students learn from a dynamic curriculum which they get lifetime access to.
Prime Digital Academy offers an intensive, 20-week full-stack coding bootcamp and an 18-week UX design bootcamp in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Working directly with Twin Cities tech employers, Prime Digital Academy has created programs that equip emerging engineers and designers with the skills they need to make immediate contributions. Prime students learn modern technologies, practical methodologies, and critical behavioral skills through carefully crafted curriculum and real-world projects for pro-bono clients in the community. Prime’s immersive programs empower learners from diverse backgrounds to begin their new careers in months, not years.
Online10 CoursesGuarantees Job
Springboard is an online coding school offering online, flexible, mentor-led courses including the Data Science Career Track, UX Design Career Track, and Machine Learning Career Track (all offer job guarantees). While learning cutting-edge digital skills entirely online, students receive teaching and mentorship from industry experts. Springboard offers a number of self-paced, mentor-led workshops, plus a full Data Science Career Track program. The Data Science Career Track includes a deferred tuition option, so students can enroll for a small deposit and finish paying after starting a job. In all of Springboard’s self-paced courses, students develop job-ready skills that display industry-worthy capstone and portfolio projects. Throughout the entire process, students receive support from their industry mentor, as well as Springboard's resident advisors and the larger student/alumni community. Springboard combines expert-curated curricula with one-on-one mentorship. Springboard has served thousands of students from around the world.
Online13 CoursesGuarantees Job
Thinkful is an online bootcamp that offers online, fast-paced, career-ready programs in Software Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics, UX/UI Design, Product Management, Digital Marketing, and Technical Project Management. These programs are offered in part-time and full-time formats. All courses include personal mentor meetings, a custom-built curriculum, and mentor-hosted Q&A sessions with industry professionals. Students are expected to commit 20-25 hours per week in the part-time course, and up to 60 hours in the full-time option.
What's incredible about Thinkful's process is what a strong emphasis there is on becoming a really strong coder, in SQL and particularly in Python. I spent abou ( ...read more)
Review By: Kristian Canler
UXER School offers a full-time, 8-week UX design immersive course in Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, Spain. The goal of UXER School is to have students experience each step of the design and user experience process including research, rapid prototyping, strategic and interaction design, interface design, and user testing. Students will work on team projects to put into practice their learnings and receive feedback from design industry professional mentors who will guide them throughout the course.
Rising Stars of 2020
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Los Angeles4 Courses
Coderhouse is a part-time bootcamp teaching skills in full stack web development, mobile development, digital marketing, UX design, and more. The part-time bootcamp is from 20 to 29 weeks long and is based in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Upon completion of the course, Coderhouse works to give students immediate job prospects by advising student Linkedin profiles, personal portfolios and conducting mock interviews. Students also receive a certificate showing they have learned and understood the topics covered successfully.
Udacity offers Nanodegrees which are online immersive full-time and part-time programs, ranging from three to six months in length for students worldwide. Nanodegree courses are available in subjects like data science, artificial intelligence, programming, autonomous systems, business, and cloud computing. Udacity's mission is to bring the highest quality learning to as many students as possible, powering careers through technical education. The custom learning program enables students to learn at their own pace, and manage monthly payments for their programs to fit their budgets. The data science curricula cover Kaggle, Tableau, Alteryx, and Mode platforms; the AI programs cover deep learning, machine learning and AI for trading; and the programming courses include Blockchain, full stack development, and Autonomous Systems programs like Computer Vision, Localization, and Path Planning. Curricula are designed in partnership with established tech companies.