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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Design Essentials was a great introduction to both the UX and UI field. You are given access to an incredible amount of online resources and the ability to learn and discuss various topics with your cohort and instructor multiple times a week.”
“My favorite part of the [Virtual Phase] was the interactions with the people in my cohort. We would have regular meetings with everyone once a week, and we also had smaller groups of four people with whom we would check in, work on projects, and ask each other questions. It felt like we already knew each other when we arrived in person.”
“The program does a great job of letting you and your design team run the show. You are essentially working as a designer at this point. You make all of the decisions on strategy, methods, client meetings, etc. The directors are available as resources, but it’s up to you to ask the right questions.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“I think the best designs come from connecting ideas across disciplines and Designation, more than anything else, helped foster those connections.”
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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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.
Agnes received her BFA in Communication Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Over the years she has worked in industries such as healthcare, publishing and immigration technology gaining knowledge in brand design, UX/UI, e-commerce as well as marketing. On the side, Agnes is continuously expanding her front-end development skills. She is passionate about travel, fashion design and staying abreast of the current design trends.
Chelsea lives and breathes design and is eager to pass along that enthusiasm to others. Her background in graphic design and book arts led her to find experience design. In her time at Thoughtworks and as an independent consultant, she worked on service, software, and product design for a range of organizations such as: aerospace, retail, healthcare, and data management.
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.
Learn from full-time, seasoned, passionate instructors who teach students both the hard and soft skills they need.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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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