Overview

Design your next career

Learn the user experience, 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. Powered by Designation, this course combines the world’s leading digital design program with Flatiron School’s best-in-class Career Services team and money-back guarantee (see details) online and on our beautiful Manhattan campus.

900+ Hours of Training

At 24 weeks, we’re the most robust UX/UI course, because we know becoming a successful designer takes dedicated practice and has no shortcuts.

Work With Real Clients

Six weeks are spent working on real projects for live clients, so you’ll leave the course with a portfolio full of tangible work experience.

Money-Back Guarantee

Partner with our Career Services and get a job in 6 months — or your money back (see details).

Curriculum

Non-stop creating for 24 weeks

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 allows students to study online for the first 12 weeks, and then join in person for team-based design and client projects.

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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.

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What to expect:

  • Learn the fundamentals of UX, IxD, IA and UI design
  • Decide which track to focus on — either UX or UI — at the end of the 6 weeks
  • Weekly assignments, online meetings, readings, and quizzes

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.

What to expect:

  • Learn how to put team-based design into practice
  • Weekly assignments, online meetings, readings, and quizzes
  • Mandatory weekly meetings with instructors for regular feedback and dialogue

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.

What to expect:

  • Learn how to put team-based design into practice – now in person and with a live client
  • In-person check-ins, presentations and feedback with instructors
  • 40–50+-hour weekly commitment

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.

What to expect:

  • Learn how to solve real design problems with real business stakeholders
  • Redefine deliverables, build product roadmaps, and receive client feedback
  • Graduate with a unique portfolio to 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.

What to expect:

  • Create case studies, portfolio development, résumé building, and much more
  • Studio visits, alumni panels, hiring manager panels, and mock interviews also happen during this phase
  • 30–40-hour weekly commitment
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Design your future with the help of our Career Services team
Career Services

Design your future with the help of our Career Services team

After over five years of working with passionate students and helping over 1,500 graduates launch fulfilling careers in tech, we’ve developed a keen understanding of what goes into getting that first job — both on our end and what you’re empowered to do on yours.

Individual Career Coaching

During the job-search phase, students meet with a dedicated coach every week, to ensure an effective job search via resume review, mock interviews, and developing the right job-search collateral to tell their story.

Job-Search Framework

At Flatiron School, you won’t just learn how to design, you’ll also learn how to be an effective job seeker. Through one-on-one guidance from our Career Services team and our tried-and-true job search framework, you’ll launch your first UX/UI job and retain the job-search skills for future advancements down the road.

Vast Employer Network

For over six years, our Employer Partnerships team has been developing relationships with hiring partners across the country to help Flatiron School grads get in the door. Our dedicated Employer Partnerships team is the best in the industry — constantly evangelizing for our graduates at companies across the world.

Money-Back Guarantee

Flatiron students change careers with confidence thanks to our money-back guarantee: you’ll receive a job offer within six months, or we’ll refund your full tuition. (See details.)


Become a Designer in NYC

After graduation, many students in the Designation course have impacted powerful change and made contributions at leading companies in New York and across the globe.

Jenna P., Senior Experience Designer @ R/GA

“In the process of participating in the program, I got who I actually AM as a designer. I learned how to really connect with the users for whom I was designing and to design empathetically.”

Jeremy L., Designer @ Moment

“Passionate, caring, unimaginably talented, and hard-working—the leadership consistently worked to build the next generation of great designers. Throughout the entire program, there was a keen sense of care for each cohort member. Each instructor pushed us as individuals and a team to be better than the day before.”

James P., UX Designer @ LearnVest

“I think the best designs come from connecting ideas across disciplines and Designation, more than anything else, helped foster those connections.”

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Flatiron vs. Others

Invest in your future

Flatiron School puts students and teaching first, which is why it’s the only digital design school with a NYC campus that provides a money-back guarantee (see details). In addition, our price and rigorously paced program make us the smartest investment of your time and money.

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Career Services
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Meet your design mentors and instructors

Meet your design mentors and instructors

Since we started, Flatiron School’s known its instructors are its greatest assets, which is why our instructors are experienced, passionate, and, most of all, invested in your success.

Learn from full-time, seasoned, passionate instructors who teach students both the hard and soft skills they need.

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Tuition, Start Dates & Admission

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Dedicated to making our programs more accessible, we offer competitive financing options through Skills Fund and Climb, two industry-leading accelerated learning financing companies.

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Scholarships

As a part of our ongoing effort to support diversity in tech, Flatiron 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.

Upcoming Cohorts

February 25
Application Deadline: Feb. 4
April 15
Application Deadline: Mar. 25
June 3
Application Deadline: May 13

What the application process looks like

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, creating a richer learning environment for everyone involved. All that you need is passion and an open mind.

Step 1 → Apply

Apply to the course. Tells us about yourself and why you want to start a career in UX/UI.

Step 2 → Admissions Interview

Speak with a member of the Admissions team about your interests and ambitions.

Step 3 → Admissions Decision

Receive your acceptance decision from Admissions. This usually happens within a couple of days, and would be your final step!

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FAQ

You have questions; we have answers

  • What jobs are graduates prepared for?

    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.

  • When does a designer select UX or UI as their area of focus?

    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.

  • What are the professional backgrounds of designers in the course?

    Just about every profession has been represented among graduates of Designation’s 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.

  • What is the difference between taking this course at Flatiron School versus through Designation’s campus based in Chicago?

    Designation is one of the leading digital design programs in the world and we are thrilled to have them join the Flatiron School family. Their curriculum is fully-aligned with our academic standards and they share our core values: to deliver a transformative educational experience that changes lives and careers for the better.

    There is no difference in the curriculum, course structure, or training received in the UX/UI Design Immersive at Flatiron School from what is currently and has been taught previously at Designation’s campus in Chicago.

    Even better, graduates of this course under Flatiron School will now be eligible to receive Flatiron’s money-back guarantee (see eligibilty terms and details).

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