Do UX Designers Need a Degree?
Did you know there is no such thing as a UX design degree? Individuals who specifically want a degree for working in UX will instead need to major in Human Computer Interaction, Information Studies, Interaction Design & Information Architecture, or a similar IT major.
The main thing to note however, is that you do not need to have a degree or masters in a related topic to get a job in the industry. One reason for this is that employers know that college graduates may actually lag behind in up-to-the-minute UX technology and trends. This can happen because a traditional university’s curriculum has a hard time keeping up with quick changes in the industry. The other key thing that’s missing from degree programs, is the practical experience required to create a UX/UI portfolio—really the only way to get a foot in the door with future employers.
That’s exactly why a rigorous, mentor-led, and practically-orientated UX/UI bootcamp like UX Academy is often the best way to get a job in the industry. The main outcome is a professional UX/UI portfolio which you can use directly in job applications, and you’ll also have a certificate of completion to back up your studies and newfound skills. Employers know that the curriculum, learning environment, and project work involved in such a program is much more in line with current software and trends as well as the working world.
To learn more about how to become a UX designer without getting a degree, read the glossary article, “How to Become a UX Designer” below.