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Designlab

Courses: UX Academy, Design 101, UI Design, UX Academy Foundations, UX Research & Strategy, UX: Interaction Design

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Online

About Designlab

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.

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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

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4.8/5

(361 reviews)
    5/13/2021
  • Ilona
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Learned a lot about UX design and love the structure of the course!"

I loved the syllabus of the DesignLab Foundations course. Everything was laid out very clearly and it's awesome that I can work at my own pace. It's a great introduction to UX design where I learned how to use Figma (or Sketch) and there are step-by-step... Read More

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    5/13/2021
  • Lindsey Bogott
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Great Introduction"

Designlab’s Foundation course is a great introduction to visual design and ux/ui. Step by step tutorials, articles, and videos guide the learning. Pros of the course include working with a mentor and working on a variety of projects. Cons include not... Read More

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    5/12/2021
  • Erika Lambe
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Really helpful and educational."

This program was very helpful in teaching me some basics about design and getting me ready to take on UX Academy. I feel like I am more prepared to take on the next step now that Foundations is complete and I feel more confident going forward as someone... Read More

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    5/10/2021
  • Jeroen de Groot | UX Designer
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Very practical and insightful warm up for the UX Academy"

I did quite some online courses related to UX but at Designlab I had the opportunity to actually work on assignments and iterate on them based on feedback provided by a mentor. The course is logically build up in 8 units and every unit starts with theory,... Read More

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    5/10/2021
  • Anna | Teacher
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Design Lab for Career Transition"

I am a teacher currently looking to transition into the field of User Experience. I have been contemplating this career change for a long time and initially felt overwhelmed with trying to figure out which boot camp or program would help me achieve this... Read More

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    5/10/2021
  • Meng Li
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Learned a lot even in this foundation course"

I am very pleased with the Design Foundation course (with a UX/UI focus) at the Designlab, for the following reasons: - 1-on-1 session with real mentor is precious! I found this component tremendously helpful as I had ample time to ask questions and customize... Read More

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    5/9/2021
  • Lindsey Vinson | Ux Designer
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"My experience was very challenging but rewarding."

The pros of this program is that you have an amazing mentor by your side to guide you, the course challenges you in great ways as well. You never know you can do something until you complete the task. I don’t really have a con, the only thing I struggled... Read More

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    5/8/2021
  • Anonymous
  • UX Academy
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Curriculum is great, but job support is not."

DesignLab is a great entry into learning UX/UI Design. They have an overall good curriculum and structure for the assignments you are given. With that being said, I would NOT recommend DesignLab to anyone who is looking to get into UX/UI. Once you graduate,... Read More

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    5/8/2021
  • Polina Popravka
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Fantastic"

It was a great smooth experience from beginning to end, I didn't expect this level of everything: starting from the mentor assigned to me who was the perfect match and guided me throughout the way with helpful tips and pieces of advice, was always there... Read More

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    5/7/2021
  • Kristen Race
  • UX Academy Foundations
  • Graduated: 2021

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"DesignLab Foundations"

As a newbie to ux design, I overall had a good experience in the course. I felt like it was a good introduction to design and gave me the confidence to use figma and learn the theories behind design. It was a good way to test to see if this is something... Read More

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Designlab's average rating is 4.8 out of 5.0 based on 361 review(s).

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