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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.

To apply for the UX Academy, applicants need to fill out an online application, and schedule a call with a Designlab representative. Applicants should have a love of good design, a grounding in design fundamentals, and commitment and resilience. 

Graduates of the UX Academy work with a career coach to get help with their portfolios, job applications, and interview technique. Top graduates also get access to Designlab's hiring partners and exclusive job opportunities. Designlab offers a 6-month tuition-reimbursement guarantee for graduates of the UX Academy who are job hunting. 

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  • 1. UX Academy Foundations

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date October 10, 2022
    Cost$499
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Looking to transition your career into the world of UX/UI design? Learning visual and UI design is a great place to start. Through our flexible, 4-8 week UX Academy Foundations course, you'll work 1-on-1 with an expert mentor to learn key visual design concepts and practical skills. Your mentor will give you written feedback on all your work and also meet with you for 8 personalized sessions to further discuss concepts, project work, and the UX/UI industry in general. By the end, you'll have completed a final design challenge which you can use in your application for UX Academy to showcase your newfound knowledge and skills. What's good to note is you'll receive a $500 credit on UX Academy tuition afterwards, so taking UX Academy Foundations is technically free!
    Financing
    Deposit$0 — course fees are taken on the start date, regardless of when you sign up
    Tuition Plans2-part payment plan — 50% on the start date, 50% on the end date: https://help.trydesignlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/216992247-Do-you-offer-payment-plans-on-short-courses-
    Refund / Guarantee$500 credit on UX Academy tuition after completion of UX Academy Foundations. Pro-rated refund given: https://help.trydesignlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058755134-What-is-your-refund-policy-for-UX-Academy-Foundations-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner UI/UX course, no previous experience is required.
    Prep WorkIf you'd like to get a head-start, you could take one of our free email courses on Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD: https://trydesignlab.com/resources/
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 10, 2022 - Online
    November 07, 2022 - Online Apply by November 06, 2022
    December 05, 2022 - Online Apply by December 04, 2022
  • 2. UX Academy (Part-time)

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date October 24, 2022
    Cost$7,749
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    UX Academy is a rigorous online program that has helped thousands of people land a job in UI/UX/product design since 2015. You'll work with an experienced mentor 1-on-1 to complete over 480 hours of coursework (majority produced in-house and updated in 2022) in topics that cover the full breadth of UI/UX design, including UX research, information architecture, interaction design, UI design, prototyping, testing, and handoff. Upon completion, you'll not only have a certificate of completion but also, more importantly, a professional UI/UX portfolio containing 4 in-depth projects to showcase your skills and share with future employers. Along the way, you'll participate in weekly Group Critiques where you'll share, discuss, and analyze design work live with a group of students and an experienced facilitator. The support will continue into the Career Services phase of the program, where we'll pair you with a Career Coach who will guide you through interview practice, networking, salary negotiation, and other elements of the recruitment process until you find a job in the industry. If you'd like to learn more, you can chat to one of our friendly Admissions team (https://calendly.com/designlab-admissions/schedule-call) or attend a free Admissions Open House webinar (https://designlab.com/webinars/).
    Financing
    Deposit$399
    Financing
    Financing available via Climb Credit 
    Tuition PlansUpfront, 6-month internal payment plan, and extended plans financed by Climb Credit: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000101533-How-do-your-payment-plans-work-for-UX-Academy-
    Refund / GuaranteePro-rated refund: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015817174-What-is-your-refund-policy-for-UX-Academy- Tuition reimbursement policy: https://designlab.com/ux-academy/policies/#tuition
    ScholarshipDiversify Design scholarship where recipients receive either a $1000, 50%, or full scholarship on UX Academy tuition: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052837753-Do-you-offer-scholarships-for-UX-Academy-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCompletion of UX Academy Foundations (included in overall tuition), or foundational skills in visual/UI design, demonstrated through samples of your work. Knowledge of 1 relevant tool (Figma/Sketch/Adobe XD) is also beneficial.
    Prep WorkApplication pre-requisites: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/218228487-How-do-I-apply-to-UX-Academy-Are-there-any-prerequisites-for-the-program-
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 24, 2022 - Online Apply by October 14, 2022
    November 14, 2022 - Online Apply by November 09, 2022
    December 12, 2022 - Online Apply by December 07, 2022
  • 3. UX Academy (Full-time)

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date October 24, 2022
    Cost$7,749
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    UX Academy is a rigorous online program that has helped hundreds of people land a job in UI/UX/product design since 2015. You'll work with an experienced mentor 1-on-1 to complete over 480 hours of coursework (majority produced in-house and updated in 2022) in topics that cover the full breadth of UI/UX design, including: UX research, information architecture, interaction design, UI design, prototyping, testing, and handoff. Upon completion, you'll not only have a certificate of completion but also, more importantly, a professional UI/UX portfolio containing 4 in-depth projects to showcase your skills and share with future employers. Along the way, you'll participate in weekly Group Critiques where you'll share, discuss, and analyze design work live with a group of students and experienced facilitator. The support will continue into the Career Services phase of the program, where we'll pair you with a Career Coach who will guide you through interview practice, networking, salary negotiation, and other elements of the recruitment process until you find a job in the industry. If you'd like to learn more, you can chat to one of our friendly Admissions team (https://calendly.com/designlab-admissions/schedule-call) or attend a free Admissions Open House webinar (https://designlab.com/webinars/).
    Financing
    Deposit$399
    Financing
    Financing available via Climb Credit 
    Tuition PlansUpfront, 6-month internal payment plan, and extended plans financed by Climb Credit: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000101533-How-do-your-payment-plans-work-for-UX-Academy-
    Refund / GuaranteePro-rated refund: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015817174-What-is-your-refund-policy-for-UX-Academy- Tuition reimbursement policy: https://designlab.com/ux-academy/policies/#tuition
    ScholarshipDiversify Design scholarship where recipients receive either a $1000, 50%, or full scholarship on UX Academy tuition: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052837753-Do-you-offer-scholarships-for-UX-Academy-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCompletion of UX Academy Foundations (included in overall tuition), or foundational skills in visual/UI design, demonstrated through samples of your work. Knowledge of 1 relevant tool (Figma/Sketch/Adobe XD) is also beneficial.
    Prep WorkApplication pre-requisites: https://help.designlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/218228487-How-do-I-apply-to-UX-Academy-Are-there-any-prerequisites-for-the-program-
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 24, 2022 - Online Apply by October 14, 2022
    November 14, 2022 - Online Apply by November 09, 2022
    December 12, 2022 - Online Apply by December 07, 2022
  • 4. Design 101

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date October 07, 2022
    Cost$399
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    In this 4-week online course built for design beginners, you'll learn about the fundamentals of color theory, typography, and layout in web design. You'll have 4 weekly sessions with your mentor and receive additional written feedback from them on all your project pieces and assignments.
    Financing
    Deposit$0 — course fees are taken on the start date, regardless of when you sign up
    Tuition Plans2-part payment plan — 50% on the start date, 50% on the end date: https://help.trydesignlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/216992247-Do-you-offer-payment-plans-on-short-courses-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner design course, no previous experience is required.
    Prep WorkIf you'd like to get a head-start, you could take one of our free email courses on Figma, Sketch, Photoshop, or Adobe XD: https://trydesignlab.com/resources/
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 07, 2022 - Online
    November 04, 2022 - Online Apply by November 03, 2022
    December 02, 2022 - Online Apply by December 01, 2022
  • 5. UX Research & Strategy

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    User Experience Design, Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date October 07, 2022
    Cost$399
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    In this 4-week online course, you'll master the art of understanding your user through learning the ins and outs of user centered research and design. This course is perfect for design beginners and those new to UX — you'll learn the basics of user-centered design, explore the core research techniques professionals use to gain customer insight, and get experience by working on hands-on projects to create deliverables like personas, storyboards, customer journey maps, and empathy maps. You'll have 4 weekly sessions with your mentor and receive additional written feedback from them on all your project pieces and assignments.
    Financing
    Deposit$0 — course fees are taken on the start date, regardless of when you sign up
    Tuition Plans2-part payment plan — 50% on the start date, 50% on the end date: https://help.trydesignlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/216992247-Do-you-offer-payment-plans-on-short-courses-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner UI/UX course, no previous experience is required.
    Prep WorkIf you'd like to get a head-start, you could take one of our free email courses on Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD: https://trydesignlab.com/resources/
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 07, 2022 - Online
    November 04, 2022 - Online Apply by November 03, 2022
    December 02, 2022 - Online Apply by December 01, 2022
  • 6. UX: Interaction Design

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    User Experience Design, Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date October 07, 2022
    Cost$399
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    In this 4-week online course you’ll develop an eye for seeing, and a language for talking about, interaction design. You'll become familiar with human interface guidelines, principles of usability and fundamental interaction design details. You'll also practice evaluating if and how interactions can be improved. As with all Designlab courses, you'll work 1-on-1 with an expert mentor, with feedback on all your work and weekly video sessions. By the end, you’ll have an interaction design toolkit for evaluating and improving the usability of your products. You’ll have examples of your process and work that you can speak to and draw on in related projects. This course is especially useful to anyone looking to develop better communication of and confidence in their interaction design work, and for folks looking to develop their ability to understand and work with product designers.
    Financing
    Deposit$0 — course fees are taken on the start date, regardless of when you sign up
    Tuition Plans2-part payment plan — 50% on the start date, 50% on the end date: https://help.trydesignlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/216992247-Do-you-offer-payment-plans-on-short-courses-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner UI/UX course, no previous experience is required.
    Prep WorkIf you'd like to get a head-start, you could take one of our free email courses on Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD: https://trydesignlab.com/resources/
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 07, 2022 - Online
    November 04, 2022 - Online Apply by November 03, 2022
    December 02, 2022 - Online Apply by December 01, 2022
  • 7. UI Design

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date October 07, 2022
    Cost$399
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    In this 4-week online course you will develop a detailed "eye" for visual design, learn to decide which typefaces to use, become equipped to choose and create color palettes, learn about best practices for UI patterns and reusable design components, and learn how to create retina-ready designs that scale across different devices. You'll have 4 weekly sessions with your mentor and receive additional written feedback from them on all your project pieces and assignments. By the end of the course, you'll have a certificate of completion, a portfolio of projects, and a strong skillset in UI design. This course is intended as a follow-up to our Design 101 course, or for anyone who has a basic understanding of visual design principles. Students are expected to be acquainted with a professional design tool (Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD) before they begin this class.
    Financing
    Deposit$0 — course fees are taken on the start date, regardless of when you sign up
    Tuition Plans2-part payment plan — 50% on the start date, 50% on the end date: https://help.trydesignlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/216992247-Do-you-offer-payment-plans-on-short-courses-
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner UI/UX course, no previous experience is required.
    Prep WorkIf you'd like to get a head-start, you could take one of our free email courses on Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD: https://trydesignlab.com/resources/
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    October 07, 2022 - Online
    November 04, 2022 - Online Apply by November 03, 2022
    December 02, 2022 - Online Apply by December 01, 2022
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    Summer • Product Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I decided to transition from marketing into design in late 2021. I did a lot of research, like spreadsheet comparisons and all. I finally decided on DL's UX Foundations and Academy program because it has everything I was looking for: asynchronous curriculum with live mentor sessions and group sessions to keep progress in check; a fair price; multiple projects covering all aspects of design.

    First of all, Foundations course really helped me who has zero design background to get familiar with basic concepts and tools. It also got me familiar with the course format and established a connection/relationship with other students. The Slack community (later moved to Discord) surprised me in all the good ways. I formed genuine and lasting relationships with fellow students, I felt supported, and I was able to both receive help and give help. The actual Academy is much more intense than Foundations, but I felt that I was learning and making progress the whole time. My mentor was absolutely amazing. I was also able to take breaks when needed so I don't sacrifice my learning quality due to life stress. Another thing worth pointing out is the group critique sessions. They are extremely helpful when it comes to keeping your progress in check, sharing the good and the bad of your projects without feeling any judgment, and receiving feedback from a group of people. I honestly miss the group sessions.

    The program is rigorous and does not allow you to slack, but the result is a portfolio with projects that you are proud of. I was able to land a job as a product designer after 2 months. I transitioned my career path successfully and I am truly grateful for Designlab (and my mentor).
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    I really enjoyed the UX Academy Foundations course! The content was laid out in a logical and easy to understand way. Each unit (1-7) consisted of some readings and tutorial videos, followed by practice exercises, then a unit project. I felt like the readings and practice really prepared me for the project. The content presented in each unit built nicely upon each other and prepared me for the 10 hour design challenge in Unit 8. By the end of the course I felt like I had a good grasp on using Figma (You can also choose to use Sketch), and the basics of UI Design. 

    In addition to a well-thought out course, I really enjoyed the mentorship! I met with my mentor twice a week because I finished the course in 4 weeks. He offered Figma support, provided constructive feedback on my projects, and pushed my design thinking. Overall, his help and suggestions really improved my initial designs and got them to a point where I was really proud of what I had created.

    I'm looking forward to applying for the UX Academy!
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    Divyashree.M • Product Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I would highly recommend Designlab's UX Academy course if you are planning to switch careers to UX Design. 1-1 mentorship, student community, group critic sessions, flexible class hours, career services are just few of the many amazing aspects of the program.
  • UX Academy
    - 5/24/2022
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    Andrew Peckham • Product Design Associate • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Definitely loved the mentorship and the group critiques. They both allowed me to come out of my shell and be more confident in my design thinking. For anyone who's looking to switch career paths, DesignLab is a great place to get into UX Design. Idid the part-time route and worked part-time at my accounting job. Once I completed the program, I was able to land an internship in a couple months, then landed a full-time job a few months after that. If you know this is the field you want to be in, I highly recommend DesignLab.
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    - 5/14/2022
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    - 5/10/2022
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    The best part about Designlab is the mentorship. While the massive slack community is there as a constant support, my mentorship meetings gave me the personal 1-on-1 advice I needed to help me confident in my career transition to UX. I couldn't be happier with my experience!
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    While thinking I needed a career change and the research that goes with it, I ran across Designlab.  After reading I wanted to move forward with the UX Academy.   I saw where they wanted you to do the Foundations course first before the UX Academy.  I thought it was a great idea (the $500 spent on the Foundations course goes towards the tuition of the UX Academy) to get my feet wet first to make sure Designlab was a good fit with me and to make sure it was worth it.  All I can say is, is it was!  The support staff was awesome and quick to answer any questions I had.  What I really love about Designlab is the mentorship aspect of the bootcamp.  I met with my mentor every week for 8 weeks (I did the part time track) and learned something ever time we met.  I would definitely recommend the Foundations course for anyone interested in moving into the UX/UI career path.  You learn a great base line of skills to build upon.   I look at it as the first step in a better direction and I am so happy I took it.
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    UX Academy is an affordable and effective way of getting started in UX Design.
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    I decided to switch careers to UX Design after multiples years in customer experience and international sales. I choose Designlab mostly for its community and curriculum. The group crits feature was one the most appealing to me, being able to study on my own but still share about my work and help others every week. The community is really great and I was able to discuss often with my peers. I always had plenty of students helping me out with my design choices or research. Designlab community was really a great experience for the overall study process ! At the end, I could easily find a UX Designer job after few months of active search.
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    I highly enjoyed the course curriculum and materials. 
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    Excellent experience with UX Foundations 

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