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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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    At the beginning of this year I decided that I wanted to make a career change into the field of UX from teaching. Without having a design background I was intimidated to say the least. Designlab's 4 week Ux Foundations course gave me the background and confidence to apply for their UX Academy program that I am two projects away from finishing. The course was extremely helpful and my mentor was awesome. Thank you Designlab!  
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    Coming from someone that was hesitant to learn online, I would highly recommend DesignLab! UX Academy Foundations gave me an invaluable experience in a short amount of time. The curriculum is a great introductory course to learn the fundamentals of UI and the assignments are super fun. The community support and the 1:1 mentorship exceeded my expectations and I believe it is the reason why Designlab continues to have great reviews. If you are looking for an affordable program to start your UX/UI Design journey, choose Designlab! 
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    This course was great as a prerequisite to Designlab's UX Academy bootcamp. The mentorship program was awesome and reassured first-time design students like me whenever I had questions regarding the projects or design concepts. The community was so friendly and encouraging, and staff members were always available via Slack or email and responded to questions in a timely manner. The curriculum was good, albeit a bit reading heavy. Overall a great course and I would totally recommend it. 
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    Designlab Foundations was an awesome way to enter the world of UX/UI. Not only did I learn an absolute ton, but the projects were also super enjoyable and fun as well! I found myself excited about whatever was coming my way each week. I got assigned a mentor that was there for me every step of the way and gave me valuable tips on every aspect of product design. I definitely recommend it!
  • UX Foundations
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    The UX Foundations Course is an excellent, intensive class to learn design basics for someone looking to switch careers without any design background at all. The learning materials gave me what I needed gradually and intuitively and I'm excited to move to the UX Academy. 
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    While I was in UX Foundations, I thought I would be only learning about brief UI designs. However, as I moved through the curriculums, I was so surprised that all the curriculums were so helpful for building foundations for both UI and UX. 
    What I really liked about UX Foundation is that I could experience hands-on projects whenever I learn something. As I worked on projects, I could get the feel of how UI/UX designers would work, and learn deeply about how to apply the contents that I've learned to a real design.
    Also, you are not alone during the UX Foundations. There's a helpful mentor who gives you detailed advice and encouragements throughout the course. Moreover, you get to meet so many peers who you can talk to and build up connections with them!
    I highly encourage people to this course!!
  • Design 101
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    Design 101 course was very well structured. I would recommend this course to everyone who is interested in design.
  • Design 101
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    It was a fantastic course for anyone who wants to learn design but does not have a design background.  It builds the foundation of design (skills, principles, and thought process)  and prepare the course taker to advance to the next step in their design career.

    The only cons was that, although it's self-paced (to complete within four weeks), you cannot see the next unit until you complete the current unit.  It'd be much better for the students to see the entire curriculum so they can understand what they can expect and plan for success.  Especially given that the time is limited to complete the course, it'd be great to know how much time to spend on which particular lesson/project. 
  • Design 101 Alumni
    - 3/13/2020
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    The curriculum and my mentor have been excellent. I love how Designlab starts off with readings and then a self-quiz followed by short assignments and projects that allow you to practice what you've read. My mentor and I worked well together in discussing each assignment/project to understand the design process. In addition, we discussed what is relevant in the field these days and how to improve my design skills. This process has really helped me gain experience with design. The staff promptly responds to any questions I have every single time. The price of the course is affordable and having it 100% online worked for me. DesignLab has taken me from having 0 experience and knowledge in UX design to having a good foundation and confidence to continue and accelerate in this field.
  • Good experience
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    I'm a design beginner, and I took this course to learn the basics of visual design and support a career shift. The course has been perfect for me. I've learned a lot, both through the vigorous assignments and my amazing mentor. This course is hard work, but well worth it.
  • UX Academy
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    UX Academy is a 3 month UX boot camp that personally helped me with my career change to becoming a UX Designer. I had a great mentor who helped encourage and build my skills. By the end of the program, I was able to complete over 480 hours of UX design coursework and projects. I ended up completing over 100 hands-on exercises, and built a portfolio with 4 projects. After the academy ended, I was connected with my career coach who helped me prepare for my career search and interviews, and ultimately, I was able to land a full time job within just 2 months. I'm still super thankful I was able to get this kind of networking and knowledge for the amount of cost and time I spent at UX Academy.

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    This was my first Designlab experience, and it was a great! I work in product development and was looking to learn more about the design process, which I definitely did. Pros: The lessons were easy to digest, topics were interesting and well-presented. I was very motivated to learn the subject matters, work on the assignments, and excited to get feedback. Cons: For me, someone relatively new to design world, the course definitely consumed more than 10 hours a week. In addition, I really think each student's experience will vary depending on the mentor they're assigned to - how quickly they provide feedback, their level of engagement, and area of expertise in design. Overall, I really loved the units, content, & assignments - I thought they were perfect for a 101 course. I would have, however, preferred a mentor better matched with my learning style.

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