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About Designlab

Location: Online

Designlab teaches in-demand UX/UI design skills through fun, part-time, online courses. Courses consist primarily of hands-on projects and 1-on-1 mentorship from expert designers. Designlab mentors offer students timely feedback on work and even have... Read More

Designlab courses are self-paced, so students can complete the readings/projects on their unique schedule. Students have the option to begin with introductory courses, or jump straight into UX Research & Strategy, UI Design, UX Interaction Design or other offerings.The courses are especially helpful for developers, product managers, entrepreneurs, marketers, aspiring designers and those working on web/mobile products.

Courses

UX Academy

Cost: $6,749
Duration: 15 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

UX Academy is an intensive online design program catered towards career-switchers looking to get their first UX/UI/product design role. You'll complete over 480 hours of coursework, develop a portfolio, and hone your skills through 1-on-1 mentorship, peer Group Critiques, and Career Services.

The program is broken into 2 main phases.

Phase 1 is devoted to skills building, through a series of 40-60 hour modules that cover the UX design process (topics like User Research, Interaction Design, Prototyping & Testing, UI Design, and more). In Phase 1 you will go through lessons (readings and videos) followed by projects. In total, you'll do 30-40 short projects in the first phase of the course (each module contains many hands-on exercises to help you build skills).

Phase 2 is focused on portfolio-building, through in-depth capstone projects that you work on. You will work on 2-3 in-depth capstone projects in this portion of the course — end-to-end design projects that help you build on the foundation you developed in Phase 1. You’ll create portfolio deliverables, write case studies, and put it all together with your own online portfolio. We’ll also focus on getting prepared for the next steps: creating a cover letter and resume, cleaning up your online presences, and putting together an action plan for your job search.

Once this core coursework is over, we’ll begin the next stage of the journey: your job search.

We’ll pair you up with your own Career Coach, who will work with you to see where you are in the process — beginning with a skills assessment and a review of your portfolio and job search plan. After this session, your Coach will provide tailored coaching and mentorship each step of the way to help you succeed (additional curriculum to build skills, feedback on portfolios and cover letters, practice interviews and critique, negotiation help, and more).

Subjects:
Design Principles, Responsive Design, UI Design, UX Design

Design 101

Cost: $399
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

In this 4-week part-time, online course built for design beginners, you'll learn about the fundamentals of color theory, typography, and layout in web design, gain familiarity with the design tool of your choice (Photoshop, Sketch, or Illustrator), hone your skills & start building your portfolio with a series of hands-on projects, and work 1-on-1 with an expert mentor. Your mentor will give you written feedback on all your work and also meet 1-on-1 with you during 4 Skype sessions to further discuss concepts and help you improve. You'll end the course with a certificate of completion, a portfolio of projects, and a strong foundational skill set in design.

Subjects:
Design Principles, Illustrator, Photoshop, UX

UI Design

Cost: $399
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

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 end the course with 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 before they begin this class.

Subjects:
UI Design

UX Academy Foundations

Cost: $499
Duration: 8 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

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.

Duration: flexible pacing, designed to take you 4-8 weeks

Subjects:
UI Design, UX Design

UX Research & Strategy

Cost: $399
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

In this 4-week online course, you'll learn the basics of UX and user-centered design, explore the core research techniques professionals use to gain customer insight, and get experience by working on hands-on projects. You'll develop your UX portfolio, create deliverables like personas, storyboards, customer journey maps, & empathy maps, and work 1-on-1 with an expert mentor, with feedback on all your work and weekly Skype sessions. By the end of this course, you'll know all about user research and have a toolkit of methods you can use throughout your career. You'll have a strong portfolio of work and crucial real experience to draw upon for interviews. Whether you want a career in UX/UI Design, or you just want to build better products, this course is the perfect next step.

Subjects:
Design Principles, UX

UX: Interaction Design

Cost: $399
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

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. Finally, you'll develop a portfolio to demonstrate your interaction design prowess.

As with all Designlab courses, you'll work 1-on-1 with an expert mentor, with feedback on all your work and weekly Skype 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.

Subjects:
Design Principles, UX

Designlab Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.77/5 (501 reviews)

Anonymous
Graduated: 2021

11/30/2021

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UX Academy Foundations

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"UX Academy Foundations"

I found UX Academy Foundations when I was searching around for UX/UI bootcamps. I decided to go with it before signing up for a longer (and pricier!) option to get a feel for the work. My background is in tech and I worked full time while completing the... Read More

Anonymous
Graduated: 2021

11/23/2021

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UX Academy Foundations

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Job Support

"Alright, but engaged mentors are hard to find in this UX designer factory."

I enjoyed the course and projects, but the mentors I had ruined my impression of UX design. My first mentor was in Germany and only wanted to meet when it was afternoon for her. I was accommodating to her and meeting her 7-9am in my time. She also for... Read More

Peter
Product Designer | Graduated: 2021

11/20/2021

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UX Academy

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Job Support

"Successful Career Transition in Less Than One Year"

I completed both DesignLab's UX Academy Foundations and UX Academy programs (on a part time basis), and landed a full time staff position as a product designer at a mature startup — all in less than one year. I have an extensive background in marketing... Read More

Efrain Calderon
Product Designer | Graduated: 2021

11/19/2021

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UX Academy

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"A successful career switch with Designlab!"

I looked into various courses for UX but when it came time to enroll, the world was rocked by a pandemic which changed everything. Suddenly, the immersive in-person bootcamps were online but still very expensive. So, after some research, I decided to... Read More

Throughout the course, you're paired with a mentor. I felt like my mentor had the real-world experience to back up the excellent feedback and suggestions. She pushed me to go further when I needed it, but also encouraged me when I felt unsure. I had weekly mentor sessions where I could ask questions, present recent work for feedback, or practice presenting - it was great.

The other piece of the program is the group critiques, which have you give and receive feedback from other students. I liked that it pairs you with students from different cohorts, so it allowed me to encourage students just starting when I was wrapping up the course in the same way more senior students did for me at the start.

Job support is okay. My mentor during the job search helped me understand what the local area was like and helped me improve my online presence, but I wish Designlab could partner with companies or offer contract opportunities, internships, volunteering, or even just options to work with Designlab themselves. Real world experience is extremely important, and I think there's an opportunity to base Phase 3 around gaining that advantage. That said - I felt well equipped having learned the content in Phase 1 to work with real-world stakeholders for freelance gigs.

There are a few other areas for improvement. The support and resources for writing out your case studies and building your portfolio could be clearer. I also think it's a missed opportunity for Designlab to not partner with portfolio tools to have discounts for students. In particular, Squarespace, Semplice, or Webflow. The approval process for my portfolio was also lackluster. I didn't feel the reviewer gave actionable feedback. Booking group critiques was also unintuitive. It required using third-party tools and entering passwords that would change periodically and the instructions sometimes conflicted with the information on your main student dashboard. It seemed like that was recognized as an issue and will probably be updated and improved. It seems like Designlab is committed to continuously improving their course which makes sense given the spirit of Design Thinking.

Nidhi Jha
Artist | Graduated: 2021

11/19/2021

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UX Academy Foundations

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"Best experience!"

Im glad i picked design lab for learning ux designing. They gave the best content. The people who work for design lab are it's assets. They go out of the way to help students to accommodate their needs. Super approachable and very understanding. The content... Read More

Jamie Sun
Graduated: 2021

11/19/2021

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UX Academy

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"Top Bootcamp for UX Design"

Designlab exceeded my expectations for a bootcamp. I wanted to immerse myself in design to enable a successful transition from my previous career to UX/product design. Their courses are self directed and all projects are approved with the help of a mentor.... Read More

Anonymous
Graduated: 2021

11/16/2021

Course
UX Academy Foundations

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Job Support

"Great course to transition into UX/UI Design!"

I was hesitant on taking this course at first but I wanted to sign up to see what working alongside a community of peers and a mentor was like and to learn about the foundational skills to UX/UI. Although this course was focused more on UI fundamentals... Read More

ashdin dalal
UI/UX Designer | Graduated: 2021

11/16/2021

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UX Academy

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"Great experience with amazing mentorship."

I took the fulltime UX Academy program after completing UX Foundations. I found it to be super intense at times which looking back was a good thing, preparing me for some of the work I am currently doing. My advice for anyone enrolling in UX Academy is... Read More

Jessie R Hirsch
Patient Care Coordinator | Graduated: 2021

11/12/2021

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UX Academy Foundations

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"Happy with the course"

DesignLab is really organized. They were always quick to respond to my questions via e-mail. I had trouble with the first mentor I was assigned, and they were extremely helpful getting me assigned to a new one, that ended up working out great. I learned... Read More

Sachini Fernando
Graduated: 2021

11/10/2021

Course
UX Academy Foundations

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"DesignLab Foundations Course"

I loved this foundation course, gave me all the necessary exercises to build up my designing skills and the basic knowledge. I love the fact that we can complete the units in our own pace while doing a full time job within the 8 week frame. Mentor experience... Read More

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