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Designation

Chicago, Online

Designation

Avg Rating:4.8 ( 115 reviews )

Designation is a 24-week program specializing in the fields of UX and UI design with the primary goal to turn you into a hireable candidate for innovative and tech-focused companies. Designation offers a hybrid of both online education and in-person immersion in Chicago. Throughout the 24 weeks of the program, students are treated to guest speakers, sponsored workshops, and lab sessions. While there is no formal grading, students are asked to create portfolio deliverables and to actively document their design process for the purpose of finding a job after graduation. No prior experience is required, though top applicants should be prepared to work a minimum of 60 hours per week during the 12 weeks of the in-person phase. Designation is looking for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate maturity, persistence in problem-solving and show a genuine interest in design. 

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  • Design Essentials (Online, Part-time, begins every 6-8 weeks)

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    Digital Marketing, Design, Product Management, Mobile, User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week5 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Learn the essence of user experience (UX), user interface (UI), interaction design (IxD) and more over six weeks of part-time learning that covers the core skills of design and product development. Join a small class of motivated people to learn from our special team of instructors and mentors. If you have any questions, or to discuss the course and whether it's right for you, email will@designation.io.
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    Deposit$1000
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    Skills Fund
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,800
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    The tools of the UI designer are many, and in this phase, you'll work with all of them. Learn about layouts, identity, preparing assets and interpreting UX research documents to make killer designs that are not only beautiful, but also intuitive and easy to use. If you have any questions, or to discuss the course and whether it's right for you, email will@designation.io.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Climb, Pave, Skill Fund
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    Minimum Skill LevelDesign Essentials is a required pre-requisite for this course for students without prior professional design experience.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks)

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    Digital Marketing, Design, Product Management, Mobile, User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time70 Hours/week17 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$15,800
    Class size24
    LocationChicago
    Take a deep dive in to the strategy and structure behind the creation of digital products. Learn how to identify who your users are, and how to build products that solve a problem. then conduct usability testing to ensure what you built is both efficient and effective. If you have any questions, or to discuss the course and whether it's right for you, email will@designation.io.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Climb, Pave, Skill Fund
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelDesign Essentials is a required pre-requisite for this course for students without prior professional design experience.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Great experience
    - 8/14/2016
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    DESIGNATION was a great experience that is a good choice for those looking to get into the field. They are starting to get more exclusive with admissions, which bodes well for its reputation. They put a great deal of emphasis on the virtual phase, so no time is wasted in the live phase. They have stopped offering coding instruction, so beware of that if that is one of your interests. DESIGNATION is very much what you put into it. Take advantage of the resources and especially the people and network.

  • Anonymous • UX Designer • Graduate
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    DESIGNATION is a very big commitment for anyone considering joining. Being without an income for four months is stressful, but the cost of the program is fair, and if you are serious about changing or advancing your career it is totally worth it. 

     

    The program is broken into three phases. During the Virtual Phase you work remotely. I was able to maintain a job during this part of the program. Most people don’t necessarily recommend having a job during this time, but I would actually recommend working at least part time because it allowed me to be used to the long days that you’ll be putting in during the Immersion and Client Phases of the program. 

     

    Overall the course work brings you through the entirety of the UX and UI process, so you’ll get experience with everything. You move very quickly so you may find times where you would have liked to focus on something a bit longer (for me it was the UX research and interviewing), but you have unstructured time at the end of each day that you can carve out for that on your own.

     

    When you move from a project that requires you to perform every step (the Immersion Phase) to working with actual clients (the Client Phase), the program really excels in giving you the opportunity to determine what is appropriate for multiple individual projects, something that other programs are lacking. I came from working in an agency environment, so I am confident that that skill is something employers are really looking for. 

     

    The instructors are extremely helpful in a way that really sets the program apart from traditional academic environments. They are friendly, approachable, and make an effort to be available to students. 

     

    I understand that everyone works differently, but one thing I would have liked would have been more focus on establishing an efficient workflow, even if it was just a template that I can build from on my own.

     

    Overall, I would highly recommend DESIGNATION to anyone who is seriously considering entering the industry. You get what you put in, and you’re surrounded by great people that are trying to do the same. 

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    The key to success at the program is that you get what you put into it.  I was so lucky that my fellow students were all hardworking and we pushed each other to improve at a crazy fast pace, because other cohorts before/after us didn't seem to have made as much progress or done as well after the program as we did. 

    In terms of job support, it really works the same way the program does – you get what you put into it. The resources are all there, and the program did a great job with introducing us to the design community, especially when we did studio tours of various companies around Chicago. The Community Director is really wonderful and definitely made me feel very prepared. I'm really happy with where I am now and am so, so grateful to have been able to make such a big change to my career in a short amount of time. 

    TLDR - the program gives you all the resources you need to succeed, but it comes down to the work you put into it

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    I recently graduated from the Ruby Cohort. Really great experience. DESIGNATION offers a wealth of suport from industry professionals who are more than willing to take their time to give lectures and one-on-one advice. The pace is fast and intense, but if you put the time in and embrace the experience it will prepare you for an exciting new career. The staff do a great job getting you ready for the real-world and really stress the soft skills of how to talk about yourself as a designer, your work, and your experince. The one thing DESIGNATION offers that none of the other bootcamps can compete with is the opportunity to work with two clients and design for real-life applications and products. If you're thinking about a UX/UI bootcamp, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DESIGNATION. 

  • Anonymous • UI Designer • Graduate
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    DESIGNATION was a really amazing experience for me. There are so many resources, instructors, and mentors to tap into and guide you throughtout the learning process. It's fast paced, but really rewarding. I feel very secure in my skillset, and although I know it's only the beginning of my career, DESIGNATION has provided me with a firm foundation upon which I can confidently build upon.

    People that didn't have such a great experience in my cohort seemed to expect DESIGNATION to do the work for them. Don't come here expecting to be spoon-fed UX/UI skills. Come here expecting to do work.

    That said, you're most definitely not alone - your fellow students, instructors and mentors provide such good assistance, guidance, and teaching. As you're doing the work, you're learning and growing. By the end of the process, you'll have learned and grown so much.

  • UX/UI Designer
    - 7/14/2016
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    DESIGNATION is one of the best decisions I have made for my career. What set this program apart from other available options was their focus on students gaining real experience working with clients, collaborating with team members, and creating projects within a fast, iterative timeline. They definitely delivered. 

    Even after having graduated the program I find that it keeps adding value as I continue my career as a designer. They have built an amazing active community for both students and alumni. It is a great resource for news, mentorship, advice, job opportunities, etc. 

    The program itself is iterative and constantly changing based on feedback from students. These changes are driven by a team who is passionate about what they do and who work hard to deliver an engaging experience as well as results for its students. 

  • Great Experience
    - 7/5/2016
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    I graduated from the Obsidian Cohort in March 2016 and got a job offer about a month after. I spend a great deal of time looking at other bootcamp programs before finally deciding to attend DESIGNATION. I even left New York to spend a very cold winter in Chicago - that's how great the curriculum is. Unlike other programs, DESIGNATION is a full-stack program; which means that you'll learn UX, visual design, AND front-end dev. This is crucial in today's job market, as companies are looking for designers who have multiple skills.

    Not only is the curriculum great, I love the people I met during the program. It's great to be surrounded by people with similar goals and interests. As some of the other reviews have mentioned, yes the hours are long and at times you will be stressed out but it's definitely worth it! 

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