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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: $7,749
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.

Designlab has just released an updated curriculum for 2022 building on all of the things that have made UX Academy so successful, including 30+ new video tutorials, 60+ new lessons, and over 50 reimagined projects to help you put theory into practice and build a unique, diversified portfolio that contains 4 stellar case-study projects.

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 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 presence, 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 critiques, negotiation help, and more).

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

Advanced Figma

Cost: $699
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Become a Figma expert. In this four-week online course, you'll master auto layout, build robust component libraries and design systems, and learn the strategies and workflows of the most skilled and experienced product designers. Each week you'll complete a combination of self-paced lessons and hands-on projects before coming together in weekly scheduled peer group sessions – each led by one of our expert mentors.

Advanced Usability and Accessibility

Cost: $699
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Advanced Usability and Accessibility is a transformative four-week online course designed to deepen your understanding of universal design principles and how they apply to UX and UI design. Through a blend of self-paced learning and live peer group sessions, you'll engage in practical exercises and projects where you'll evaluate and enhance a website for optimal usability and accessibility. Supported by expert mentors and a community of peers, this course is your step toward becoming a leader in creating designs that are truly for everyone.

AI for Visual Design

Cost: $699
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

AI for Visual Design is a groundbreaking four-week online course tailored for creative professionals eager to explore AI's transformative power in visual design. Through a mix of weekly video lectures, hands-on projects, and peer group sessions, you'll master AI tools like Midjourney, ChatGPT, and DALL-E, learn the art of crafting effective prompts, and see how AI can generate dynamic imagery for a range of applications.

Whether you're a designer, marketer, or simply looking to leverage visual design in your work, this course offers the knowledge and skills to become a more versatile and innovative creator.

Data-Driven Design

Cost: $999
Duration: 6 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Data forms the foundation of effective product and UX design, empowering designers to shape products that precisely address user needs and enhance user journeys. Moreover, data cultivates collaboration by allowing designers to more effectively communicate with diverse teams and quantify design's impact on business metrics. In this 6-week course, experienced UX/product designers will build strong proficiency utilizing product data – from selecting pertinent metrics to devising experiments, formulating data-informed design improvements, and delivering data-driven insights to colleagues within their organizations. Students will engage in self-paced online lessons and participate in hands-on projects each week. They will also meet with an assigned peer group at a regular, scheduled time. These peer group sessions will be led by a design mentor with expertise in data-driven design and will aid students in refining their project work, addressing outstanding questions, and ultimately gaining the confidence to leverage data in their respective design roles adeptly.

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

Designlab Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.75/5 (991 reviews)

Anonymous
Graduated: 2019

11/11/2019

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UX Academy

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"Amazing"

Designlab was instrumental in my career change journey. It provided me with the knowledge and tools to get a deeper level of understanding with the UX process. The Flexibility with being online can't be beat and with the added support from weekly mentoring... Read More

Julia Lowe
Graduated: 2018

10/7/2019

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"It paid off!!"

After a ton of hard work, I was able to get my first UX/UI job about 2 months after completing Designlab. Before Designlab I had very little experience in the field.

Gabe
Graduated: 2018

9/25/2019

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"Great Experience"

I signed up for UX Academy about a year ago, and thanks to this program I was able to be a part of a large community of designers and fellow students. Being paired with a mentor was great, as it allowed me to get feedback from an experienced designer,... Read More

In addition to the community aspect, the class curriculum was flexible and allowed me to explore personal areas of interest while building a strong portfolio for when it was time to start applying for jobs. It was challenging, but also gave me the tools I needed to have the right approach/process when taking on a new design challenge.

Overall, the UXA was a great experience and I would highly recommend to anyone who is ready to switch careers and is looking for a way to start building out a portfolio.

Matthieu Stadelmann
Graduated: 2019

9/20/2019

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"UX Academy, part-time"

Hello, I took part of UX Academy from September last year until recently. For information, this was my second bootcamp, I did a on-site coding bootcamp in Berlin first. During UX Academy, I was doing an internship where I had the opportunity to learn... Read More

Jenna D
Graduated: 2018

9/16/2019

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"Clear Communicators & Helpful Assignments"

I almost enrolled in an trilogy extension program at UCLA and am so glad I did this program instead because based on their first class session their professor was unengaging and the management was so disorganized. I liked that Designlab used a mixture... Read More

Anonymous
Graduated: 2019

9/11/2019

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"Great course! The material was very helpful!"

The content was very informative and easy to grasp. Some of the projects were challenging but they help you gain a better understanding. My mentor gave me great feedback. You have to go through a couple of iterations of work before you get approved. However,... Read More

Melissa
Graduated: 2019

8/15/2019

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"It was okay"

I had really high expectations for Design 101 based on the reviews I read here. I wanted to start out with UX Academy but they urged me to start with Design 101, even though I have a bit of experience with design. If you have some prior experience/ degree/... Read More

Mary Schwab
Graduated: 2019

8/8/2019

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Design 101

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"Great intro into Visual Design"

As a newbie to visual design, I really enjoyed Design 101 with one highlight being my DesignLab mentor as I found his feedback very helpful. He was very flexible in terms of our meeting times, and happy to reschedule when I had other work commitments... Read More

Michael
Designer | Graduated: 2019

8/6/2019

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UX Research & Strategy

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"Great course for getting down the core concepts"

Like anything in life, you get out of this course what you put into it. It's self-paced and there are no deadlines (which I didn't love), but there is a lot of good content and the most important thing for me was my mentor, who was awesome. She really... Read More

I had always known about various UX concepts, but this course helped me focus on which ones were industry standards and gave me confidence to use terms and apply concepts in actual conversations with clients. Probably the best thing for me was that I was able to use concepts as soon as the second week on a client project and help drive their UX strategy.

In the end it was well worth the cost.

Pros: - great mentor
- good content

Cons: - no deadlines
- "prototype" project is kind of lame
- I struggled to get through all the materials on time (mostly out of laziness)

Dennis E Guevara
Graduated: 2018

8/6/2019

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"Loved it!"

The course flow was exactly what I needed to maintain flow. At first, it seems as if the course is smooth but you can easily fall behind if one is not on top of the work. The only con I had was my mentor disappeared for a month because he got a new job.... Read More

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