Get a New Job in UX Design
Get Ready for a New Job in UX Design
About This Bootcamp
An exciting opportunity to create and hone your personal portfolio site and get ready for a new job in UX. You’ll be paired with a mentor who suits your personality, knowledge and experience to ensure you receive the most valuable feedback and advice. What’s more, you’ll work on unique projects relevant to your industry and career interests, get support with your job applications and have a call with a design recruiter!
What You’ll Receive
Vastly increase your chances to get a job in UX design with:
1 year of membership to IDF courses and community
5 hours of video chats with your mentor
A bootcamp curriculum tailored to get you a job
12+ rounds of feedback on projects for your portfolio site
Guidance to create a polished portfolio site full of comprehensive projects
Recruitment call with Bamboo Crowd or Creative Circle, two of the world’s top creative staffing agencies
Permanent access to 30+ step-by-step guided project briefs
Curated resources with 100s of hours of articles and videos
Exclusive perks and discounts from partners like Balsamiq, Skillshare and InMotion
What You’ll End Up With
A highly polished personal portfolio site with 3+ UX case studies
A personalized elevator pitch tailored towards your career goals
A refined resume and cover letter for your job applications
The knowledge to perform well in job interviews
Designed for Busy People
Week 1: Say Hello to Your Mentor
- Meet your mentor over video call and complete introductory exercises.
- Work with your mentor to identify a series of portfolio projects to work on over the next 5–6 weeks, which will be key to landing a great job.
Weeks 2-5: Work on Portfolio Projects
- Each week, you’ll upload 2-3 drafts of your current portfolio project to get written feedback from your mentor.
- You’ll finish each week with a video call to review progress and discuss next steps.
- In total, you’ll receive 12+ rounds of feedback on your portfolio projects.
Week 6: Finalize Your Personal Portfolio Site
- Work with your mentor to finalize your projects.
- Polish, structure and utilize your personal portfolio site to showcase your project work in the best possible way to your future employers.
Week 7: Job Application Prep
- Start to look for jobs you want to apply for, and work with your mentor to create impactful applications and a unique elevator pitch.
- Optimize your resume and cover letters so you stand out from the crowd.
Week 8: Design Recruiter Call and Interview Prep
- Have a call with a real design recruiter from Bamboo Crowd or Creative Circle and ask questions about how to get a job in UX design.
- Do a mock interview with your mentor. You’ll learn how to present your work to impress your future employer.
- Get a deeper understanding of the questions you’ll be asked in an interview.
Week 9 & Beyond: Congratulations!
You’ll have completed the bootcamp and given yourself the best possible chance to get a job in UX design! Continue to take courses at the Interaction Design Foundation for the rest of your membership to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
How Others Have Benefited
I have recently completed the bootcamp and been offered a great Product Design role. I am really glad the bootcamp helped me secure this great job opportunity!
The bootcamp really did help me clean up my portfolio and land a great opportunity with USAA.
The bootcamp helped me refresh my design skills and gave me the springboard I needed to change direction in my career.
The bootcamp helped me polish up my portfolio and I landed a great gig with a large US pet company!
Aleksandra, Loop Now Technologies
Thanks to the bootcamp I was able to create a better portfolio and find a great job.
Robin, UnionPay International
The bootcamp has inspired me to be better at my current job and gives me a sense of forward momentum for my future. I can’t wait to use the skills to develop my own personal profile projects.
We’ll Find You a Mentor Who’s Right for You
You’ll be personally matched with a mentor from our curated pool of 200+ experts. We’ll match you based on your knowledge, skills and aspirations so you get the most out of your bootcamp experience.
How We’ll Match You With Your Mentor
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need any prior design skills or education to enroll?The bootcamp is best suited for those who have a working knowledge of UX design. You don't need to have prior experience working as a designer, and you don't need any particular educational qualifications. But to truly benefit from the bootcamp, you should know foundational design concepts, and have basic practical and technical UX skills.
If you're new to UX design:
If you’re new to UX design, you should first sign up for a Professional membership to the Interaction Design Foundation and start out with the following courses: Become a UX Designer From Scratch, How To Create a UX Portfolio and Human-Computer Interaction or Design Thinking. If you're already a Professional member, it means you already have access to these courses and you can take them all right away. If you are a Student member, or you plan to sign up for a Student membership, you can take 2 of the courses at a time.
We also recommend learning how to use some commonly used UI/UX design software, which you can learn from free official or online tutorials. This will prepare you for portfolio-work, which is the entire focus of the bootcamp.
Already a member of the Interaction Design Foundation? Make use of these pro-tips!
1. To gain practical skills with UX design tools, you can benefit from exclusive discounts on design tools available through our Product Partners.
2. Want to take the preparatory courses at a faster pace? Skip the weekly wait for new lessons by requesting full access to the courses. Please note—if you are already enrolled in any of these courses, then before you make this request, you need to drop the courses first, which will reset your progress in those courses.
To avail full access to these courses, just copy the following text and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org—easy peasy!
I'm interested in enrolling for the bootcamp, and I'd like to prepare for it by taking some courses in full without waiting for each week's lessons. Could you please give me full access to these courses?
- Become a UX Designer From Scratch
- How To Create a UX Portfolio
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Design Thinking
Thanks so much!
Can this bootcamp fit around my current job or studies?Absolutely! This bootcamp is completely online and self-paced. This means you can customize exactly how much time you'll be able to spend on it each day. Working with your mentor, you can put together a plan that works around your schedule, instead of the other way around.
And in the event that you need more than 8 weeks to finish your project, we've got you covered. As long as you're able to fit your available mentor calls and feedback rounds over the extended period you're seeking, there will be no extra charges towards taking extra time to finish your projects.
How much time will I have to spend every day on the bootcamp?The time you spend on the bootcamp per day will boil down to the specific projects on which you work with your mentor. Each portfolio project is unique, so even when two participants choose the same project brief, the final outcome, as well as the time they spend on it, can vary widely.
The good news is that you can customize exactly how much time you'll be able to spend on the bootcamp, and your mentor can put together a plan that works around your schedule, instead of the other way around.
Even more good news—almost all bootcamp participants are full-time professionals, so mentors are well-equipped to help you manage the workload, and they may even have some very helpful tips to share with you!
What are my chances to get a job in UX design with this bootcamp?UX design is a booming industry and demand for UX designers grows each and every year. There are tons of ways to upskill yourself in UX design through independent study, but having an expert mentor can give you the kind of direction, guidance and advice that will make your path to success shorter, and much more definite.
This online bootcamp is structured to help you maximize your chances of success in the UX job search. This happens through:
You'll emerge from the bootcamp with a compelling portfolio, interviewing and negotiation skills, expert advice and most importantly—the confidence to sail through the UX job hunt.
- Personal guidance for your career, including advice towards applying to your dream, real-life UX job postings
- Lifetime access to resources that will help you improve your resume and interview skills
- Lifetime access to project briefs, so that even after the bootcamp, you can continue applying what you learned towards expanding your portfolio
- A consultation with a design recruiter to get advice from an actual UX hiring expert about how you can stand out better as a UX job applicant
What kind of projects will I work on?We offer a comprehensive list of 30+ project briefs for you to choose from. These briefs match the kind of projects real UX designers work on, and can help you showcase the kind of work that employers want to see in junior and mid-level design portfolios (trust us, we asked!).
What's more—if you're not satisfied with any of the briefs available to you, you can create your own briefs to work with. Your mentor can guide you with this.
You can also customize the scope of any project brief towards a specialization—so if you want to work on UI Design projects, User Research projects, Design Thinking projects and more, this is completely possible within the scope of the bootcamp. We have mentors who specialize in UX, research, web design, branding, visual design, gamification and more, so we'll help you get paired with someone who is an expert in your intended field!
What makes this bootcamp different?Other online bootcamps aim to teach you the full spectrum of UX design, in theory and in practice, within the span of a few months. Unfortunately, this means that your learning curve is usually very steep, and you'll have so many different things to learn, but not enough time or opportunity to dive deep enough into important areas.
In this bootcamp, you'll focus exclusively on your portfolio and on developing important skills that will help you land a UX design job. No fluff, no compulsory lessons—just deep focus on portfolio and career building for 8 weeks or more. With this unique focus, you'll be less distracted as you build a fantastic new portfolio.
Another key feature of the bootcamp is that you're always in control—you choose your mentor from our shortlist, you choose the project briefs you want to work on and you decide how much time you can spend on the bootcamp. We'll tailor the bootcamp based on your own unique goals, so you'll never be the victim of a one-size-fits-all-approach. And once you've decided exactly what you want to gain from the bootcamp, you can use our detailed project frameworks that will guide you every step of the way.
If you want to pause the bootcamp and resume it later, or defer to a later session, or pace yourself over more than 8 weeks—you've got the option, without any additional costs.
And the icing on the cake? You get the same quality of mentors and expert guidance as other bootcamps, but for a price that's 90% lesser than the industry average price of bootcamps.
Here's a quick comparison of the top online UX bootcamps offered:
Can I specialize in a particular area of UX or UI with this bootcamp?If you have a specialization in mind, we can tailor the entire bootcamp experience to help you focus on that.
Our mentors have cross-disciplinary experience in many areas of UX—including UI design, user research, visual design, gamification, game design, branding and more. We can pair you with a mentor whose specialization matches your interests, and they can tailor a learning plan and project prompts based on your interests.
The bootcamp is also mapped to the Interaction Design Foundation's wide library of courses and resources on various areas of UX, so you'll also get to leverage these as you go about the bootcamp.
What happens if I fall behind with the schedule?The bootcamp follows a phased 8-week timeline; however, if you're finding it difficult to wrap up your projects and all your mentor discussions within this period, you can request a free extension. If you need an extension, you should space out your available mentor calls and feedback rounds over the extended period.
You are, of course, free to continue working on your projects, portfolio site and job applications after the bootcamp is over—you’ll have permanent access to the bootcamp resources so that you can keep applying what you learned.
What Return on Investment (ROI) can I expect from my investment?UX designer salaries are soaring upwards of $110,000 per year in cities like San Francisco and New York, and even in other cities, designers earn a salary of around $70,000. You can therefore earn 85x the cost of this bootcamp in just your first year of employment!Here are some job statistics for UX designers in the United States:
Can I get a refund if I’m not satisfied?If you're unhappy with your bootcamp experience, you can inform us at any time and we'll do our best to find a resolution for you. If despite our best efforts, you still wish to quit the bootcamp, you can request a refund. To be eligible for the refund, you should request it within the first 14 days of the bootcamp, and you should have completed a maximum of 1 video session with your mentor.
Beyond the 14 days, we don't process refunds. However, if there's anything we can improve or fix for you, you will have our dedicated support right through the bootcamp.
What design tools will I learn in the bootcamp?The bootcamp does not aim to teach you how to use a particular design tool or software. This is because there are tons of free and official resources and tutorials you can use to learn design tools of your choice. We recommend that you learn how to use 1-2 design tools before you join the bootcamp. This way, you can dive straight into working on your portfolio after you've become comfortable with the technical interface you want to use.
Since the bootcamp comes with 5 hours of video chats with your mentor and 12+ rounds of feedback, you should conserve these interactions and use them for advice and guidance on your projects or your career, rather than use these valuable sessions to learn how to use a design tool. That said, if you're stuck while creating your portfolio, you can always ask your mentor for assistance.
The bootcamp doesn't insist on using any specific tools, so you're free to use whichever tools you're comfortable with. The bootcamp also includes discounts from certain design tools, so you're free to make use of them too!
Will I be able to take the bootcamp even if English is not my first language?The mentors are all English speakers, and as long as you’re able to have conversations in English, you’ll benefit from the full extent of the bootcamp without a doubt. The skills the bootcamp will give you are not language-dependent. You can use what you learn in the bootcamp to design a portfolio in any language, since the practical skills you learn will be transferable across languages and cultures.
Even when it comes to preparing for the UX job search or managing job interviews, your mentor will teach you how to put yourself across to a recruiter in the best way. It's not about saying the right things—but about learning how to build your advantage and learning strategies to negotiate and present your skills. You’ll be able to learn this information from the mentor in English, and then use it in interview situations in your local language, so in other words, you won't lose out in any way.
How does the bootcamp line up with Interaction Design Foundation courses?While the bootcamp doesn't require you to take any of the courses compulsorily, you're free to take any courses while you participate in the bootcamp. In fact, the courses are a great way to supplement the practical portfolio work you'll be doing in the bootcamp.
We've also mapped out resources available within the Interaction Design Foundation to the bootcamp's frameworks, so you'll know where to go if you need additional reading or resources on any topic.
You can also use the Build Your Portfolio projects located within certain Interaction Design Foundation courses as ideas for projects you can include in your portfolio, and your mentor can help you work on them.
If you ever want to pause the bootcamp to learn more about a specific area of UX design, or to revise the basics, you can do so with no extra costs.