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 proven Career Services team and Money-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 highly immersive, because becoming a successful designer takes dedicated practice and has no shortcuts.
Enter an in-demand workforce with an impressive portfolio of case studies, research, and designs to showcase your talents to employers.
Change careers with confidence with our Money-Back Guarantee. If you graduate, follow our job-search process, and don’t secure a job offer within 6 months of your job-search start date, we’ll refund your tuition in full (see details).
Non-stop creating for 24 weeks
Our 24-week, innovative course is taught by industry experts and combines flexible online learning in Design Essentials (phase 1) and Process (phase 2) with an immersive on-campus experience for the Studio, Client, and Portfolio 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 five phases, this hybrid learning model lets you study online for the first two phases, then join the third phase in person for team-based design and client projects.
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.
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
The six-week Process 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.
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
This phase of the course is about teamwork, the essential ingredient of being a successful designer. As the first in-person phase, Studio 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.
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
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.
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
The Portfolio 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 a career you love
Our students have gone on to land jobs at leading companies across the globe. Now, it's your turn to start a career in design.
Navigate tech's top opportunities with the help of our Career Coaching 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 design job. With 1:1 career coaching, a robust employer network, and a proven job-search framework, our Career Services team is committed to helping you land your first job in design.
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 land your first job.
We’ve built relationships with hiring managers at top companies across the world, creating a robust employer pipeline for Flatiron School grads. Our Employer Partnerships team is constantly advocating for our grads and helping you get in the door.
Through 1:1 guidance from our Career Services team and our tried-and-true job-search framework, you’ll gain the skills and support you need to launch your career as a UX/UI designer.
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 experts who provide both the hard and soft skills you’ll need to succeed.
With almost two decades of industry experience as a UX Designer for companies Dell, VMWare, and TripIt, Julia is known for her UX mentorship and career guidance. She is a passionate advocate for UX education.
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 Thoughtworks and as an independent consultant, she worked on service, software, and product design in the aerospace, retail, healthcare, and data management industries.
Thu Do is the product builder for some of the most recognizable companies in NYC and acorss the globe. She utilizes her expertise in design, customer strategy, and product management to deliver highly customizable user experiences. Thu looks forward to furthering her passion by sharing her design knowledge with others through the virtual format.
The Access Scholarship
The Access Scholarship opens doors for aspiring innovators who may have experienced barriers to an education before, empowering them to enroll for $0 payment upfront. Scholarships are awarded on a monthly basis. Learn more and see if you qualify.
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 simply 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.
Apply to the course. Tell us about yourself and why you want to start a career in UX/UI.
Speak with an Admissions representative in a non-technical interview. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better. Nothing technical — just a friendly conversation.
Receive your acceptance decision from Admissions. This usually happens within a couple days, and would be your final step!