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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
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    Jimmy Shan • UX Academy Foundations. • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    UX Academy Foundations was an amazing experience. Headed into the bootcamp, I did not know what I wanted to do in the future. I am currently a student at UCLA trying to figure my career out, and UX Academy Foundations provided me the tools, skills, and mentorship necessary to jump-start my career. Especially for an industry like UX Design, I think it's super necessary to have a framework to approach design problems. UX Academy Foundations provides this framework.
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    I am currently doing the UX Academy course and have previously taken the UX Foundations course (beta). 

    Overall, I think it is a good learning experience for the amount invested. There were readings, assignments, and weekly mentor meetings. I felt that as a newcomer going into UX design with no design experience it was an adequate challenge -- not too easy or difficult and that I was well-supported throughout the course. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have a hard-time staying on track (although, this has been harder for me in UX Academy). I very much enjoyed the process of learning and applying what I learned right away to an actual assignment/project. Seeing my progress overtime was very rewarding as well. 
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    Jumping into foundations I was able to learn Figma really quickly while also getting a great foundational knowledge of the design process. In Foundations, the emphasis is on learning the tools.  This helps you learn how to iterate very quickly with Figma or Sketch. All the lessons have both tools in mind throughout the course.

    If you're preparing to do UX Academy through DesignLAB, Foundations is a great starting point if you have no experience with common design tools in the field. It gets you up to speed so when you get into Academy you're full speed into the program. 
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    I took the Designlab UX Foundations course as a primer to taking the UX Academy in which I am currently enrolled. Through the Foundations course, I was given a refresher on design fundamentals and also taught contemporary UI techniques. The course is structured in such a way that you make weekly progress and have weekly video calls with a mentor. I never needed the support team but I was given the impression that they are friendly, helpful, and readily available. Everyone I have dealt with there has been great. The course set me up for success to continue on and progress into the UX Academy. A great course to refresh a design background or transition completely into a new field. I would highly recommend Designlab in any capacity!  
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    There are so many bootcamp options out there, and it's such a huge financial commitment to jump into something you're not certain of. I really enjoyed the UXA Foundations course because it let me dip my toes into what UI work could look like. This course definitely leaned heavy on UI rather than UX, but having never taken any formal training in design it was really helpful to see all those principles laid out. Another really great feature is that you have meetings with a mentor where you can talk about your work but also career-type questions. If you're interested in the industry and aren't ready to commit a ton of cash and time, this is a great place to start.
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    The content is definitely helping me in understanding the basics of visual design and how users would view an interface! I so glad to have learned about visual hierarchy, color and typography etc! Although with enrolling the course won't get me a job, it surly sets myself ready to learn about UX design and other design thinking strategy in UX Academy! 
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    I've been doing graphic design, web design, and design-adjacent things in my various job roles over the last 10 years, when I decided to make a career switch into UX design which lead me to DesignLab. The Academy Foundations course is meant to prepare you for their DesignLab Academy proper, which to be honest, I was a tad skeptical of how much value I would get from this "foundational" course. But I was shocked by how much I was learning and reestablishing in myself in just the first few weeks alone! The assignments were flexible enough that a beginner could handle, but tons of room for any experienced designers to challenge themselves.

    Pros:
    - Good price for the value, and you get reimbursed for the course if you move on to take the DesignLab UX Academy course
    - Comes with a mentor to talk shop or get advice from, and they help ensure that you're applying what you learn correctly
    - A large and active community of students, support staff, and mentors on Slack
    - Includes group crit sessions to get you used to presenting your ideas and defending your design decisions in the "real world"
    - Includes lots of resources for learning how to use industry tools, and lots of partnerships with those tooling vendors to get those tools at a good price or for free
    - Lots of extra material that you can get to in your own time for furthering education after the course is over. (Throughout the course are tons of book, podcast, and blog recommendations, and DesignLab is always hosting webinars)

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    I went into UX academy wanting to become a UX designer. I decided on the design lab because of the job guarantee and assistants that they bring to prepare you. I am overall very happy with choosing to do UX academy foundations to prepare me for UX academy. I enjoyed learning the new material and projects as well as building a relationship with my foundation's mentor. Highly recommend! 
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    Designlab is an amazing UX/UI course for anyone looking to either switch careers or enhance their design knowledge. I found their 1:1 mentorship, group critique sessions, and comprehensive curriculum extremely useful. My mentors were very supportive and their Slack community is extremely warm and resourceful. I would highly recommend this course! :)
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    Olivia • Associate Product Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    A great UX/UI course at an affordable price. The one-on-one mentorship and group crit facilitators give the program a personal touch even while remote. I switched careers from marketing and wound up getting my dream job one month after graduation, so with that being said, I'd highly recommend :) 
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    My mentor Jessica was really excellent, and went above and beyond to tailor the course to my own project interests. The emphasis on design critique and iteration was fantastic, as so few online short courses have this feature! Generally, the content itself was well curated, relevant and heavily focused on the practical application of skills through projects, so you have a valuable set of projects to add to a personal portfolio, should you so wish to do so.

    The only caveat would be that you get out from this course what you put in - so to anyone thinking of doing a DesignLab short course, my recommendation would be to thoroughly review their Sketch/Figma/XD tutorials beforehand, and make sure you're well acquainted with the design tool of your choice before you begin!

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