10 Of The Best UX Design Bootcamps For 2022
By now you should have a good idea about what a career in UX design entails, what makes a good UX bootcamp, and what you’re looking for when it comes to studying UX design. So, what UX bootcamps are there?
Here we’ve identified the top ten most popular, high-quality, rigorous, employer-friendly, and well-respected UX bootcamps. In alphabetical order, here are 10 of the best UX design bootcamps for 2022:
In addition to courses in data science, design, marketing, and cybersecurity, BrainStation also has a UX bootcamp which can be studied part-time or full-time via its Online Live platform. Although currently on pause due to the pandemic, it’s also normally possible to study at one of their bases in New York, Miami, London, Vancouver, or Ontario.
The bootcamp is a collaborative and project-based course with great instructors and a syllabus that is regularly updated. Their UX bootcamp covers the key tenets of UX, with a comprehensive curriculum that covers many aspects including UX design fundamentals, UX design processes, industry tools, research, strategy, user interface, app design, and professional career development.
Pros and cons: BrainStation’s offering has many pros, including highly-rated instructors, a comprehensive syllabus, and one of the best job placement programs. However, some reviews mention that the course is a bit more expensive than others on the market, and the ROI could therefore be deemed as questionable.
CareerFoundry’s Certified UX Designer program is an online UX bootcamp which features comprehensive modules for students looking to switch careers into UX/UI design, web development, or data analytics. Based in Berlin, Germany, CareerFoundry offers courses to students all around the world. Lasting under 10 months, their course is flexible, allowing students to learn around other commitments.
Taking a human-centric approach to learning, the course includes access to a tutor, mentor, and detailed written and video feedback. Their program covers the main skills that employers look for, including the tools most commonly used by those working in UX design. The CareerFoundry UX bootcamp has two core modules, Intro to UX Design and UX Immersion, as well as the option to choose a specialism in UI for Designers, Voice User Interface Design, or Frontend Development for Designers.
Pros and cons: In reviews, CareerFoundry’s UX offering is often praised for being well structured, and set at a good pace. Their helpful mentors are also popular, although some have highlighted a little less support with help to find a job once the course has concluded, as well as fewer portfolio projects than other options.
A leading UX/UI training provider with a big focus on mentor-led quality learning and curriculum that’s produced in-house, here at Designlab we offer a rigorous, career-focused UX Academy. Through a part-time or full-time track, our UX bootcamp teaches in-demand UX/UI design skills and is designed for those looking to transition into a career in UX design.
Through over 480 hours of study, students complete over 100 hands-on exercises and build a valuable professional portfolio with four in-depth portfolio projects, with the help of mentorship from top designers. UX Academy covers everything from design basics, UX Research and Information Architecture, Interaction Design, UI Design, Prototyping, Testing,Iteration and Implementation - all to ensure you get a thorough understanding across the full UX design process. There’s also a huge focus on community aspects such as weekly Group Crits, lively and engaged Slack communities, and a Student Life Committee that runs empower hours, meet and greets, and virtual field trips.
As a prerequisite to UX Academy, we offer UX Academy Foundations, a course which is ideal for those new to the field of UX design. Lasting 4 to 8 weeks, the course covers visual and UI design and ends in a final project you can use in your UX Academy application.
Pros and cons: UX Academy is widely recognized as being comprehensive, with perhaps the most rigorous curriculum of any UX bootcamp out there, and therefore some of the highest quality graduate portfolios. However, the course does assume some prior UX design knowledge, which makes completing the UX Academy Foundations course necessary in most cases.
In addition to courses in software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity, Flatiron School provides a 15-week Product Design (UX/UI design) Bootcamp. Also available for part time study (over 20, 40, or 60 weeks), the course is provided predominantly online, although prior to the pandemic some on-campus study could be completed in key US cities, including New York, Chicago, and Austin. Core modules include the UX and UI process. This is complemented by hands-on learning and tutorials on compiling a professional portfolio.
Pros and cons: Flatiron School’s offering is perhaps one of the most inclusive study options, as well as one of the most flexible to study. However, compared to some other UX bootcamps it is a little more pricey and does not offer a job guarantee.
With 15 campuses over four continents, General Assembly offers several tech courses that are available to study either remotely or on-campus in multiple US cities and international hubs such as New York, London, Paris, and Toronto. Their User Experience Design Immersive bootcamp, available for study full-time or part-time covers the fundamentals of UX and UI, as well as Design Iteration and Development. There are also other units including on how to plan your career and work with product teams.
Pros and cons: General Assembly’s bootcamp is comprehensive, fun to learn, and has one of the best alumni networks. While the course offers some mentorship it’s not as well developed as some similar courses and the pace of study can also be less flexible for those wanting to study around other commitments—there’s also a pretty large price tag.
Interaction Design Foundation offers a few different UX bootcamps, including UX Fundamentals (for beginners), UX Portfolio & Career (for those with prior working knowledge of UX), and bootcamps focusing on User Research and User Interface Design. The courses are all remote learning, part-time (8-10 hours for 12 weeks) and have a focus on real-world learning and preparing students for the job market.
Pros and cons: Interaction Design Foundation’s offering is one of the most affordable and offers lots of support including critique on portfolios and mock interviews. It’s also very focused on UX specifically, meaning that related principles and learning can be missed. It’s also been said that their bootcamps are more suited to people who need to upgrade their existing UX portfolio, rather than learn the craft from scratch.
Ironhack offers several bootcamps, including in UX/UI design, as well as web development, data analytics, and cybersecurity. Their hands-on UX/UI bootcamp is designed around helping students get a job in tech and covers fundamental UX elements including user experience, research, Figma, design thinking, and user interface. The course can be studied full-time in 9 weeks, or part-time in 24 weeks, and is suitable for beginners. It’s possible to study the course remotely, as well as in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, and Sao Paulo.
Pros and cons: Often voted the most ‘beginner friendly’, Ironhack’s UX/UI bootcamp is also one of the best rated. The course can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, however it offers relatively limited self-directed learning for those who prefer more independent study.
Although Learn.UI design leads with its UI course, this provider also offers a comprehensive UX online bootcamp. Video-based, the course includes 31 lessons and covers the fundamentals of UX design, including the tools needed to work as a UX designer and the common methods and processes used in the field.
The videos are broken down into six key areas on the syllabus, including the fundamentals of interaction design, design patterns and best practices, user research and testing, and communicating design. The bootcamp aims to bring beginners up to a professional standard, and comes with downloadable exercises, checklists and a community chat function which allows students to connect with each other.
Pros and cons: The Learn.UI design UX/UI offering is well established and has a reputation for providing great practical skills. This also means that it is less theoretical in nature and not as heavily focused as some other bootcamps on aspects such as design thinking.
With a range of online courses across different tech disciplines, Springboard also has online design-led bootcamps, including Introduction to Design, a 4-week mentor-led course which provides a comprehensive overview of design fundamentals. For those looking for in-depth and career-focused study, Springboard also has a 6-month UX Career Track bootcamp, as well as a 9-month UI/UX Design Career Track course which also includes study on UI design. Requiring around 15-20 hours of study a week to complete, their courses are flexible with a focus on mentorship, access to thought leaders and learning practical skills.
Pros and cons: This is one of the highest rated UX bootcamps out there. It has many benefits including a job guarantee, good mentorship, and the course also includes an industry design project which can be great to show employers. Some reviews have highlighted that parts of the offering are a little dated, and that a lot of the material is sourced from external resources rather than produced in-house.
Thinkful offers a remote learning UX/UI design bootcamp, with flexible payment options and support from industry professionals and mentors. The bootcamp takes around 5-6 months to complete, depending on the option you go for, with some courses also available to study part-time.
The UX/UI Bootcamp, which matches students with career coaches, provides a comprehensive run down of the key fundamentals in UX/UI design—with modules including UX/UI Design Fundamentals and Visual Design. The bootcamp also includes modules which guide students in designing their first product, how to build a professional portfolio, and how to start a job search after graduation.
Pros and cons: Thinkful’s bootcamp offers good front-end fundamentals and is one of the best for career coaching options. It’s also reasonably priced, however the course does take longer (at least 5 months) than many others to complete.
We hope this list of 10 UX design bootcamps helps you in making a decision on where you’d like to place your investment in learning UX design in 2022!
If you’re interested in exploring our UX Academy program as one of your UX bootcamp options, you can book a call with an Admissions Rep to learn more. We’d also recommend checking out the prerequisite course, UX Academy Foundations.