What are the prerequisites for UX Academy? Designlab welcomes brand new designers and individuals with previous experience. Regardless of your background, we'll help you build the prerequisite design skills needed to succeed in UX Academy.
If you’re new to digital design, you will need to take our 4-week Design 101 course and showcase your skills in the final project.
If you have worked as a designer before, you will need to show us recent design work that includes both wireframes and high resolution images of landing pages or digital applications you’ve designed. Please note that we can’t accept print, illustration, and architecture portfolios.
We will also assess your level of English language skill. UX Academy is a collaborative, community experience, and requires extensive communication between students, mentors, and our team.
Do I still need to take Design 101 if I already have design experience? If you’ve worked as a designer before, and have some recent design work that includes both wireframes and high resolution images of landing pages or digital applications you’ve designed, then you can go ahead and submit an application linking to your work. If it meets the standards required, there will be no need to take our Design 101 course.
Please note that print, illustration, and architecture portfolios will not meet the standards required.
Do I need to be online at a specific time to complete coursework? No, you can access the online coursework and complete the projects whenever you'd like.
The only "scheduled" parts of the course include:
Mentor sessions, which you arrange with your mentor based on mutual availability
Group Crits, which may be reserved across a variety of available dates and times
Will companies hire me without a design degree? Yes. Design is a fast-moving industry, with standards, tools, and market needs changing every year. Your portfolio is by far the primary point of reference for employers looking for evidence that you have the skills for the job.
With UX design in particular, college courses often lag behind the industry. UX Academy’s curriculum will equip you with up-to-date, relevant UX design skills that hiring managers are looking for.
Will you help me to find a job? Yes. As part of UX Academy you will have access to Career Services, a program where we help guide you through your job search for up to 6 months following graduation. Once you pass your portfolio review, you’ll have a well-rounded set of skills, the ability to use new tools, and a solid portfolio that showcases your background and work.
During Career Services, you will transition from your regular mentor to a Career Coach who will help with your portfolio, job applications, and interview technique. Our Career Coaches have extensive hiring experience and a fantastic track record of guiding students towards opportunities at well known companies.
We aim to pair students with Career Coaches who have specialized knowledge about industry locales and roles most relevant to the student's individual pursuits. Please note, that the majority of our students actually land a job within 2-4 months, so you can expect to start working and earning within a much shorter time frame!
How Mentoring Works Get 1-on-1 mentoring from an expert designer, and work with your own Career Coach to support your job search
Hand-picked mentors UX Academy mentors are top designers, hand-picked for their individual professional excellence—and they assess your work from an objective program rubric.
Written feedback All of the assignments you upload to the Designlab platform will receive written mentor feedback to help you iterate and improve.
1-on-1 calls Discuss your work in detail each week, and explore bigger questions about design via regular video calls with your mentor.
Quality assured Our mentors are vetted and go through a rigorous induction process. But if you ever experience difficulties with your mentor, we're here to help.
Here are just a few of the people who’ve launched their new career with UX Academy.
“I got a job offer from Adidas just before I started my second capstone project on UX Academy!” Peter Javorkai - UI Designer at Adidas
“The confidence I came out with really propelled me into the job hunt. I received several offers in just a month.” Wendy Pei - Product Designer at Microsoft
“I already had 13 years in the design industry, but I still learned valuable new skills in UXA.” Jonathan Netek - UX / Visual Designer at Flightaware
“I learned sketching, wireframing, prototyping, UI kits, personas, and user flows. These are all key skills for my work.” Celeste North - UX Designer at Backbase
1-on-1 mentoring. Rigorous curriculum. Unparalleled career support.
6-month tuition reimbursement guarantee
If you put in the work, we promise that UX Academy will provide you with the education you need to land your first job as a designer—or your money back.
Our Admissions Process
Before getting started, we recommend you attend one of our Open House webinars. Each session offers more details about UX Academy, and an open Q&A!
Complete Design 101* Take our 4-week design foundation course. *Skip this step if you have previous digital design experience.
Submit Application Complete a simple 3-minute application form and submit design work for review.
Secure Financing and Begin UX Academy Choose a payment method, create your profile, and enroll in the next UX Academy cohort!
Design 101 (4 weeks, 10-15 hours a week)
Design 101 is a foundation course to prepare you for the main UX Academy curriculum. You’ll be paired with a hand-picked expert mentor, who will help you sharpen up your knowledge of design principles, visual design, and UI design. If you move forward to Step 2, you will receive a $400 credit towards your UX Academy tuition, meaning that you get Design 101 free.
Design 101 Tuition: $399
UX Academy (15 weeks full-time, 28 weeks part-time)
If your Design 101 work meets the admissions requirements, you can begin Step 2—the main UX Academy curriculum. With help and guidance from your mentor, you’ll work through over 480 hours of UX design coursework and projects. By the end, you’ll have completed over 100 hands-on exercises, and built out a portfolio with 4 substantial projects.
UX Academy Tuition: $6,350 (after Design 101 credit applied)
Career Services (up to 6 months)
Once you’ve completed UX Academy, it’s time to begin the hunt for your first job in the industry. You’ll be paired with a Career Coach to identify the right job opportunities for you, add extra polish to your portfolio, work on your interview skills together, and launch your new career!