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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 September 12, 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
    September 12, 2022 - Online
    October 10, 2022 - Online Apply by October 09, 2022
  • 2. UX Academy (Part-time)

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date August 22, 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
    August 22, 2022 - Online Apply by August 12, 2022
    September 19, 2022 - Online Apply by September 09, 2022
    October 24, 2022 - Online Apply by October 14, 2022
  • 3. UX Academy (Full-time)

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date August 22, 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
    August 22, 2022 - Online Apply by August 12, 2022
    September 19, 2022 - Online Apply by September 09, 2022
    October 24, 2022 - Online Apply by October 14, 2022
  • 4. Design 101

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date September 02, 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
    September 02, 2022 - Online
    October 07, 2022 - Online Apply by October 06, 2022
  • 5. UX Research & Strategy

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    User Experience Design, Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date September 02, 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
    September 02, 2022 - Online
    October 07, 2022 - Online Apply by October 06, 2022
  • 6. UX: Interaction Design

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    User Experience Design, Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date September 02, 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
    September 02, 2022 - Online
    October 07, 2022 - Online Apply by October 06, 2022
  • 7. UI Design

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date September 02, 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
    September 02, 2022 - Online
    October 07, 2022 - Online Apply by October 06, 2022
  • Great value!
    - 2/8/2021
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    Kaavya P • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I chose DesignLab after months of research. I'm a former teacher making a career change, so a comprehensive, flexible curriculum was essential for me. DesignLab uses project based learning to immerse you in the world of UX and UI. The updated Foundations course teaches you the software (Figma, Sketch, XD) through assignments, and your mentor guides you in a personalized way once a week. I couldn't have chosen a better course- and if you finish Foundations, you get a discount applicable towards the next step in the DL course list- UX Academy. For people who want to get their money's worth for their education, choose DesignLab- I'd wager it was more worth it than my university degree!
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    DesignLab Foundations helped me jumpstart a career shift from Sales into Design. Doing this bootcamp part-time was a great choice - I never felt rushed or overwhelmed with the time commitment, it was very reasonable. The program included lots of cool projects and taught everything I needed to know for each project. The mentorship program is also worth noting - my mentor was amazing, always very supportive and wanting to help out. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to learn about UX Design.
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    I had a great experience at DesignLab enrolled in UX Academy Foundations. The learning was very helpful as well as getting feedback from my mentor, my mentor providing me with resources to better design in Figma and Sketch. 
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    The purpose of the foundations course is to get you ready for the full UX bootcamp. While I know I have a lot to learn in the field, I now feel like I know enough of the language of the field and most importantly, I know how to use the software in that field, so I'm  confident I'm capable of taking a course on it, either here or anywhere.
  • Design 101
    - 1/14/2021
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    Even though I studied at fashion school and have somewhat of an experience with regards to colour theory, visuals, etc, I was amazingly surprised by how much more I had to learn. The content on the platform was super easy to understand and the mentor sessions were amazing. I choose designlab after conducting my own internet research, reading about the platform on blogs, watching youtube videos, etc, and I must say, their pool of mentors and the quality content is absolutely amazing. I am excited to begin my journey into UX with Designlab after this. 
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    I signed up for the course after conducting a market survey and not finding something that seemed professional enough in my country.
    The course presents a comprehensive and interesting curriculum. The exercises they have built are very professional and help to understand the material in a clear way.
    In addition, the most significant part of the course is the conversations with the mentor. My mentor was excellent and gave tips that were worth it all
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    - 1/11/2021
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    Designlab is an absolutely wonderful site to learn UI/UX. Not only is the site very user-friendly but you can learn a lot through the short courses. I never felt overwhelmed as the short courses are broken down into two units a week. Each one is filled with multiple lessons to make sure you understand the material. I also loved the mentor sessions as well. I felt that my mentor truly supported me and dedicated his time into helping me focus on critical design thinking and human-centered design. Without his help, I wouldn't have created such a beautiful project to add to my portfolio. Overall, a really lovely experience. Thank you for creating such an amazing community!  
  • Design 101
    - 12/7/2020
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    If you are coming into Design 101 blind to UX Design, you're in luck.  They provide a quick tutorial for the software of your choosing prior to the course starting.  I chose Figma which has proven to be useful in finishing my projects on time.  Each project submission is carefully reviewed by an assigned mentor who is experienced in UX/UI Design.  They provide feedback on every feature of your project's deliverables in a timely manner.
  • UX Academy
    - 11/20/2020
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    I am taking the UX Academy part time program, and feel this is giving me a good start on how UX process works and a step towards the field. 
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    Before UX, I had a background in graphic design, though that was learned on-the-job and on my own. I wanted to expand my horizons but I was intimidated. Many bootcamps I researched expected you to have a certain amount of knowledge or experience going into it.  They focused on ramping up already existing knowledge to take you to the next level in your career. I needed to focus on the basics. I wanted to feel confident that I'd have the understanding necessary to interact effectively with others in the industry, and of course, eventually land a job in UX! I wanted to walk the walk AND talk the talk. When I got the opportunity to participate in the UX Academy Foundations course I was through the moon. I eventually wanted to apply for the UX Academy so this seemed like the way to go. I quickly became immersed in the world of UX. I found that my design skills helped in some areas, and I learned a lot about whole new areas, like focus on the user, and making their experience number one, rather than just making it look good. I love that you're paired with a mentor right away and they give you insider knowledge and feedback. After the Foundations course, I did go ahead and apply for the UX Academy, and I got in! Now I can continue my learning in an area that excites me and teaches me something new every day! As the name implies, UX Academy Foundations gave me a great foundation for this journey.
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    When I was doing research for UI/UX, I stumbled upon Designlab's UX Site. After reviewing their courses I felt over whelmed due to my lack of knowledge in design. I have background in sales and was ill prepared if I went straight in to the UX Academy course. I applied for the Design 101 course and then was offered a chance to try the Beta UX Academy Foundations. After going back and forth with a representative i decided to go forward with the beta due to the fact it was designed to better prepare you for the UX Academy Course.  I had an amazing mentor who was extremely helpful and guided me to not only finishing my assignments but comprehending it's importance. After I was done for the course i applied to the Academy and as some one who is almost finish the course I am glad I took Foundations. I never felt behind with my assignments and it gave me more time to exam how i can be better. I definitely recommend UX Academy Foundations If you want to try out UI/UX and if you know absolutely nothing about design.
  • UX Foundations
    - 11/18/2020
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    This course is great, I believe is even better from Design 101. My mentor was very detailed, I learned a ton and a lot of the work I finished I ended up adding it to my graphic design portfolio. Also, I decided to stick with Design lab and do their UX Academy bootcamp.

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