Learn the research, client management, technical, and practical skills necessary to launch a successful career as a user experience (UX) or user interface (UI) designer in 24 weeks. Flatiron School’s immersive course combines the world’s leading digital design program with our best-in-class Career Services team and Tuition-back Guarantee (see details) — both online and on our beautiful Chicago campus at WeWork’s River North location.
At 24 weeks, our UX/UI course is the most immersive, because we know becoming a successful designer takes dedicated practice and has no shortcuts.
Work on real client projects, and graduate with a portfolio full of tangible work experience.
Our 24-week, innovative course is taught by industry veterans and combines flexible online learning (in Design Essentials) with an immersive on-campus experience (for the Immersive, Client, and Career Services phases). Technical training, paired with apprenticeship-style project work and personalized career coaching, creates an experience that’s designed to shape you into a sought-after UX or UI Designer.
Broken into two 12-week phases, this hybrid learning model lets you study online for the first phase and then join the second phase in person for team-based design and client projects.
Design Essentials — Online, Part-Time
Design Essentials was purposefully created to meet the needs of those coming to the program at any level of design experience, including people with no design background. It introduces the design process quickly, while covering the foundations of UX research, UX design, interaction design, visual design, UI design, and user testing.
Successful completion of Design Essentials is required to move on to the remaining 18 weeks of the program. Students will receive feedback and guidance from instructors at this stage to determine successful completion.
Virtual Phase — Online, Full-Time
The six-week Virtual Phase starts immediately after Design Essentials. The main objective of this phase is for designers to experience a more intense, thorough look at their track of choice while becoming proficient in industry-standard software and best practices. In this phase, students have the opportunity to work 1:1 with instructors who are professional designers and creative directors.
Immersion Phase — On-Campus, Full-Time
This phase of the course is about teamwork, the essential ingredient of being a successful designer. As the first in-person phase, Immersion ties in important features of professional practice and team-based design, along with the vital skills of analyzing and synthesizing work. Each of the five weeks of the phase is set up as a sprint, so teams know how much work needs to be done before the next sprint review, and how to budget their time to accomplish it all.
Client Phase — On-Campus, Full-Time
The Client Phase is when students put into practice the hard and soft skills accumulated over the first 17 weeks of the program: designers work with real clients on live products. Design teams publicly discuss their work and process through multiple presentations to their clients. UX teams hand off annotated wireframes for UI designers and UI teams create style guides for front-end developers to take over.
The best part — because each client project is specific for each cohort, students graduate with unique portfolios only they can share with prospective employers.
Career Phase — On-Campus, Full-Time
The Career Phase is the one part of the program that’s explicitly about communication instead of design. As the final phase of our program, it is built specifically to give you the tools and confidence — while reinforcing the unique design process you defined earlier in the program — you need to find a job. It requires a shift for every designer: from learning how to be a designer to learning how to tell the story of your growth as a designer.
We put students and teaching first, which is why we’re the only digital design school in Chicago that provides a Tuition-back Guarantee (see details). As you compare different schools, we encourage you to ask about outcomes reports, tuition-back guarantees, and career services — these are the key differentiators that matter most.
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Over five years of working with passionate students and helping more than 1,500 graduates launch fulfilling tech careers, we’ve developed a keen understanding of what goes into getting that first job. With one-on-one career coaching, a robust employer network, and a proven job search framework, our Career Services team is committed to helping you land the job you want.
During your job search, you’ll meet weekly with your dedicated career coach. Coaches help with everything from résumé review to interview prep, and help you tell your story to get the job you want.
At Flatiron School, you won’t just learn to design. You’ll also learn how to be an effective job seeker and no-brainer tech hire. Through one-on-one guidance from our Career Services team and our tried-and-true job search framework, you’ll receive the skills and support you need to launch your career as a designer.
We’ve built relationships with hiring managers at top companies across the nation, creating a robust employer pipeline for Flatiron School grads. Our best-in-class Employer Partnerships Team is constantly evangelizing our grads and helping you get in the door.
Change careers with confidence thanks to our Tuition-back Guarantee (see details). If you graduate, follow our job search process, and don’t secure a job within 6 months, we’ll refund your
After graduation, our students have gone on to impact powerful positive change and contribute meaningfully at leading companies in Chicago and across the globe.
Our instructors are experienced, passionate, and, most of all, invested in your success. At Flatiron School, you’ll learn from full-time, seasoned teachers who provide both the hard and soft skills you’ll need to succeed.
Joshua is a product designer for Centro, a modern digital media buying agency, who began his career in online publishing and has a passion for music and artistic community. He’s driven by design’s ability to organize and make sense of information, and he believes designers are best suited to maximize the potential of new technology.
Chelsea lives and breathes design and is eager to share that enthusiasm with others. Her background in graphic design and book arts led her to UX design. In her time at Thoughtworksand as an independent consultant, she worked on service, software, and product design in the aerospace, retail, healthcare, and data management industries.
Patrick designs for impact; using collaborative and inclusive processes to enable positive, real-world outcomes. He’s a cofounder of the design studio Goodmaker and has led highly-successful design practices and programs for Fortune 500 companies, global consultancies, and a range of healthcare, education, and nonprofit organizations.
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As a part of our ongoing effort to support diversity in tech, Flatiron School is pleased to offer various scholarships to qualified women, minorities, and veterans, as well as merit-based scholarships. Schedule a Q&A with our Admissions team to hear more about our open scholarships.
Design aptitude is built from an innate curiosity about the world and how people interact with it. We don’t admit students, we craft a class: a lawyer, chef, biologist, and artist will approach solutions differently, and bringing them together creates a richer learning environment for everyone involved. All you need is passion and an open mind.
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On the UX side, depending on the designer’s interests: UX designer, UX researcher, and interaction designer. On the UI side, depending on the designer’s interests: UI designer, visual designer, and communication designer. The skills gained during this course form a partial but important foundation for additional roles like content strategist, information architect, UX writer, UI engineer, product designer, and product owner.
In terms of job types, graduates are prepared for full-time salaried and part-time jobs, internships, apprenticeships, and contract and contract-to-hire roles.
In Week 5 of Design Essentials. By that point, every designer is exposed to principles and practices of UX and UI, and has enough information about their skills and interest in both areas to choose one. Additionally, the mandatory one-on-one with the Design Essentials instructor helps provide external perspective on the decision.
Just about every profession has been represented among graduates of our curriculum: Lawyers, chefs, ballet dancers, baristas, options traders, architects, preschool teachers, biologists, and many, many others. Any professional experience focused on practicing the soft skills needed for a design career—teamwork, customer service, research, storytelling, client management, project management, creative thinking, a desire to learn—is pretty easily transferable to this course. And any past experience with design helps even more, but some of our most successful graduates had no design experience before applying.
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