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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
  • Stephan G • Graduate
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    I enjoyed the program which gives a good introduction to using Figma and mostly UI Design. The mentors I was paired up with were excellent and really really experienced and also love passing on their knowledge. The mentor sessions itself are worth the course. It is though designed as a primer for UX Academy, which is clearly communicated beforehand, UX design as a whole is barely touched on. I am not planning to take Academy course at the moment and skill can recommend UX Foundations.
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    Designlab’s UX Academy Foundations is useful, easy to access, and productive in the long run. I’m glad I took the time to focus on the basics and to get to know Figma.

    I have some experience with graphic design, but not with web or app design. Foundations gave me the understanding and confidence to design basic websites and mobile apps.

    The structure of the lessons is consistent and easy to understand. The pacing is extremely flexible. 
    One of the best features is your personal mentor. It depends on each mentor’s availability, but I was able to meet with mine once a week. If you want to finish Foundations quickly, you ought to consider how frequently you are able to meet with your mentor. 
    Another great feature is the Discord community. Any questions or struggles you might have can be answered quickly by fellow students, mentors or Designlab representatives, whether it might be about the curriculum, the program, Figma, anything.

    Overall, I’m satisfied with Foundations. I’d recommend it to a friend.
  • Good start
    - 9/2/2022
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    Design lab foundations was a good start to get your toes wet to see if you actually like this field or not. I got a lot of hands on experience ok working via figma and creating landing pages and mobile apps. It was a really fun and educating course. Would recommend for anyone looking to switch careers. 
  • UX Academy
    - 9/1/2022
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    I am so glad that I decided to study with Designlab. The course was structured well with great resources which prepared me well for the real world. I really appreciated my 1-on-1 mentor sessions where I got really valuable feedback. The course set me up for creating a solid portfolio and preparing for a job.
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    Great learning experience that improved my design skills
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    I can not think of any cons besides the fact the courses are not in person but that is only because I am a more in-person type of student but the experience and structure was great and being asynchronous and self paced is great for those with full time jobs.

    Pros, the course is thorough and gives anyone interested in learning about UI the opportunity to get an intro into the field 
  • Jay Rangel • Graduate
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    UX Academy foundations course gave me an incredible experience in learning the basics of ux design. Each week covers different important aspects of ux design and allows the student to build up their skillset throughout the course. I worked with an incredible mentor as well who provided me honest feedback which made me more confident in my work. 
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    I enjoyed taking the UX Academy Foundations course. They give you a great introduction into UI visual design and teach it in a way that's easy to understand. I appreciated the mentor program option which truly helped me succeed. I would highly recommend taking this course if you have no background in visual design and are hoping to pivot into UX Design. 
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    I completed Designlab Academy a couple of months ago and I will be starting a full time UX position next month! I really enjoyed my time learning through Designlab and give a huge credit to the mentor sessions that were offered. 
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    Before beginning Foundations, I had no prior experience with UX and UI design. This course covered the basics and has helped me get a better understanding about the work and career opportunities. The courses is packed full of learnings and there are many hands-on experiences through copy-work, as well as creating original work. The highlights for me were working with my mentor and seeking career advice along the way. I highly recommend this course as an entry point into UI design. 
  • Amazinggg!
    - 8/1/2022
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    I'm really glad I chose to opt in to the Foundations Course even though I already had a design background. I learned a lot of new info related to product design. It was a great way to refresh my understanding and add to my skillsets. I specially loved the mentorship aspect, as every week I could get feedback both on assignments or anything related to design in general. My mentor, Leah, was great and super responsive! The readings were brief but extremely valuable in information. The courses were well divided and structured so that you knew what to expect in order to plan out your week. I would definitely recommend!
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    Pros: Mentor support, straightforward assignments, good practice opportunities

    Cons: No option to do ~5 hours a week instead of 10-20.  Many individuals who are looking to change careers are doing so because their current schedule, workload, and commitments are not very flexible, so the option to do 5-10 hours a week over a longer time period would be helpful!

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