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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
  • UX Foundations
    - 7/29/2022
    Natch Anan • UX Design Student • Student
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    I really enjoyed taking UX Foundations and thought the curriculum was well-structured. Being able to have 1-on-1 sessions with my mentor was extremely helpful. At first I was paired with a mentor who was unavailable but Designlab was quick to pair me with a new mentor the first week. My mentor was professional, knowledgeable, funny, and supported me all the way. This course helped me feel more confident applying to UX Academy and I recommend students to take it if they want a comprehensive  intro to UI/UX. The resources included in each unit (8 units total) were invaluable (bookmarked!) and I know I will come back to them often during UXA. The curriculum had a good balance between reading materials and design application. I'm confident using Figma and know so much more about UI after only a month. Another nice thing about the course pacing is that you can go at your own speed. 
  • Worth It
    - 7/27/2022
    Andre • Student
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    I just completed the UX Foundations course and I am excited to continue with DesignLab for the UX Academy. The Foundations course is more centered around UI. You learn about color and font selection, typography, hierarchy, and a few other design concepts. There is a new balance between reading material and working on projects. I feel much more confident now. There is also a lot of time spent on Figma or Sketch, depending on which design tool you want to use. 
  • Kelly Yuen • Graduate
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    Designlab's foundations course was very helpful for me to get an idea of what UX UI was going to be. It was a great introductory course that taught a lot about UI design and as a UX Academy student right now, it helped me with learning a lot of the basics of design.
  • best UX bootcamp!
    - 7/20/2022
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    Having no prior experience in UX design and with an abundance of bootcamps out there, I decided to go with DesignLab and can safely say that it was the best decision made! The curriculum was well organised and made studying enjoyable. I have learnt alot during foundations and looking forward to take on UX academy!
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    Overall I really enjoyed doing this foundation course, I did this in order to qualify for UX Academy. I am very happy with my completed coursework and will start to build up my portfolio using these.
    I did not find this course hard, but it is very time consuming.

    Pros
    - Really flexible, the only 'set' thing are your mentor meetings, but you schedule this based on yours and your mentor's availability.
    - I enjoyed the course content
    - Extremely happy with my mentor, he is super helpful and supportive
    - Relatively low cost

    Cons
    - The website is a little hard to use on mobile. There isn't an app, so I use it on the browser, it's hard to see everything clearly
    - It can be hard to find what you need from the discord servers since there are so many channels and new messages popping up all the time

  • Ux Foundations
    - 7/17/2022
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    I really enjoyed this course and learned so much. I started the course without any design experience and can now produce simple desktop and mobile pages. I feel confident going into the full UX Academy course. 
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    Good 4 week intro to UI Design course.

    Most useful part is the 1on1 meetings with a Senior Design Professional who is available to help critique your coursework and answer any questions you may have.
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    Great course to learn the basics of visual and UI design. The only issue that I had was coordinating with my mentor in Australia but he was fairly responsive to email.
  • Graduate
    - 7/14/2022
    Jenny Ngo • Graduate
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    Pros: 

    -Everything is well structured. The Foundations course is broken up into 8 units, with 1-7 being learning based. In those units everything is broken down by time and it's really nice that they encouraged you to upload work even though it's not finished. 
    -You get a mentor and there's a dedicated discord community you have to join when you start Design Lab. It's full of love and support. 
    -On top of reading for knowledge, you get to do tutorials, and most of the unit is project based

    Cons:
    -Very few (probably just one) of the video tutorials is not up to date (I'm looking at you auto layout tutorial) which made it really difficult to learn. 
    - I feel like I spent way more time to finish a few of the final projects in each unit. I definitely spent long hours/ days on some of the copy work projects but this is where "it's okay not to finish comes in" 

    *I am not going to put a rating for "Job Support/ Assistance" because it's not applicable for the foundations course. Foundations give you a snapshot for design work. You definitely need to take the Academy Bootcamp to get access to their Job Support services. Would highly recommend!
  • Jordan Tempro • Photographer • Graduate
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    When I discovered the world of UX Design I remember I was flooded with feelings of intrigue, curiosity, and excitement. You mean I get to work in tech making creative impacts based on logic and best practice? Wow! It didn’t take very long for me to understand: I want to be a UX Designer. The Foundations course at Design Lab has tripled my excitement about transitioning into a career in UX Design. Having just graduated, I feel empowered to not only design and collaborate, but also to keep learning as I take the next steps towards my career goal. My time in Foundations has been priceless. I’ve been heard, supported, and also challenged…consistently, all in an effort to ensure I have the best possible experience. My favorite parts of Foundations has been chatting with my peers in the robust Discord community, as well as my time with my amazing mentor, Amandreo! To be honest, I really don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect mentor match. Amandreo was present, straight-forward, and immeasurably insightful. Foundations has been the perfect first chapter in my story as a UX Designer, and DesingLab as a whole has watered my intrigue, curiosity, and excitement more than I expected. 
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    I found the course adequate. Not great but alright. I do fear the experience will be similar with UXA but I know what to do going forward (to take other classes simultaneously  since the level of instruction is poor). My first mentor didn’t work out so I was flailing about  for a bit until placed with someone new. It worked out in the end because I had extra time to perfect with final product with my mentor. The DL support team is top notch. Rudi is the best!
  • Mentoring Is Key
    - 7/5/2022
    Tasheem Brown • Student • Student
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    More than anything, I feel that while you are learning many UX/UI Fundamental at the same time I felt that the material could be easily learned elsewhere. hat is not to say that the material is useless or bad. Mentoring took the material to another level and especially receiving feedback from your work. My mentor was great and I enjoyed the community of people along with that/

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