Overview

Design your future today

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 Austin campus at WeWork’s Westview location.

900+ Hours of Training

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 with Real Clients

Work on real client projects, and graduate with a portfolio full of tangible work experience.

Tuition-Back Guarantee

Partner with our Career Services and get a job in six 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 lets you study online for the first phase and then join the second phase 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
Design your future with the help of our Career Services team
Career Services

Design your future with the help of our Career Services team

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.  

Individual Career Coaching

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.

Job-Search Framework

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.

Vast Employer Network

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.

Tuition-Back Guarantee

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


Become a designer in Austin

After graduation, our students have gone on to impact powerful positive change and contribute meaningfully at leading companies in Austin and across the globe.

Meet your design mentors and instructors

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.

Tuition, Start Dates & Admission

Find the right financing plan for you

Loan
Finance for as low as
$
380/month
(for 36 months + $3.5K deposit)

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

Full Tuition
$
15,800

Scholarships

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.

Upcoming Cohorts

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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, and bringing them together creates a richer learning environment for everyone involved. All 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 days, and would be your final step!

Apply Now and Change Things
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 do I choose between UX or UI?

    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 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.

  • Why choose Flatiron’s course over other Austin UX/UI bootcamps?

    Our curriculum, developed with Designation, is fully-aligned with academic standards and, even better, graduates are eligible for our money-back guarantee (see eligibility terms and details).

Apply Today and Change Your Career

Start your application for the UX/UI Design program and design your creative career today.

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