20 UX Design Bootcamps and Courses for Beginners and Experts Alike

Where to learn the secrets of seamless digital interactions.
Stephen Gossett
December 10, 2019
Updated: March 25, 2020
Stephen Gossett
December 10, 2019
Updated: March 25, 2020

“I sympathize with the problems of the programmer, but I cannot excuse the general lack of concern for the users.”

A lot has changed in the 30-plus years since author Donald A. Norman aired that grievance in his seminal 1988 text The Design of Everyday Things. These days, the user is king — and any product development team that prioritizes programmers’ desires over user experience (UX) won’t be a working product team for very long.

But building an intuitive app or website that truly accommodates user needs and behaviors requires ample know-how: there’s extensive user research and testing, then mocking up and wireframing designs based on that input, elevating those designs into high-fidelity prototypes and finally handing them off to developers as seamlessly as possible.

10 UX Design Bootcamps & Courses to Know

  • Bentley University
  • BrainStation
  • CareerFoundry
  • Designlab
  • General Assembly
  • Georgia Tech
  • Skillcrush
  • Noble Desktop
  • Springboard
  • Tradecraft

It’s a multi-faceted blend of theory and practice, technical chops and conceptual bedrocks. Couple that with the protean nature of UX design — with new tools and applications forever on the horizon (see the recent foothold made by Figma) and evolving collaboration techniques (perhaps most notably the emergence of the design sprint) — and it’s clear why UX education has proven so conducive to bootcamps.

Whether you’re shifting career lanes or simply filling a skill gap on your résumé, here are 20 options for breaking into this still-growing industry.


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Bloc’s Designer Track

This three-module online course starts with design fundamentals (including mockups and user testing), moves into a design intensive (which includes building interactive prototypes) and wraps up with a project assessment. Students will finish at least three projects before the track’s end. And although it’s entirely online, they can expect a fairly robust support network: teaching sessions are live, and students must log on for weekly mentor meetings. Grads have landed work at several high-profile spots, including Microsoft, Dropbox and Buzzfeed.

Cost: $8,500—$9,600


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CareerFoundry’s UX Design Course

This highly rated course represents one of the more personalized online options: students get regular contact with four support contacts (a mentor for portfolio critiques, a tutor for day-to-day support, a student advisor for general assistance and a career specialist to help with job searching) and self-paced flexibility. The track runs between five and 10 months depending on the number of weekly hours you put in (30 full-time vs. 15 part-time). There’s a strong emphasis on portfolio-building, and students get free trial access to several industry-standard programs (including Sketch, InVision, Balsamiq and Axure). They’re also guaranteed job placement in a UX design role within 180 days of completion. Graduates have gone on to work at Google, Apple, Paypal, Netflix and many other notable outfits.

Cost: $6,555—$6,900


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Designlab’s UX Academy

Another flexible online option with a personal touch, the core track for this well-regarded bootcamp is available part-time (28 weeks) or full-time (15 weeks), preceded by a four-week Design 101 introduction. (Attendees with demonstrable design experience can apply to bypass the intro.) The course includes regular one-on-one video calls with a UX-pro mentor and group critiques via Zoom. Graduates then have up to six months of access to a career coach who assists with portfolio fine-tuning and offers interview guidance. Grads have gone on to work at Dell, Facebook, Sony and other major companies.

Cost: $6,749


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Microsoft’s Design Thinking: UX and Advanced Topics

This free four-week course, hosted through edX, touches on one UX fundamental per module: user empathy, user research and prototyping, integrating UX with UI and refining overall visual aesthetics. Expect to devote five to six hours per week. It’s recommended that students take Microsoft’s Design Thinking course (also free) beforehand, but it’s not required.

Cost: Free / $90 with certificate of completion added


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Skillcrush’s User Experience Design

Over an average of three months, students at this woman- and nonbinary-friendly option beef up their portfolios by completing a design project for a fictional bike rental company. It covers user research, user journey mapping, wireframing and prototyping through the stretch. Attendees are taught InVision and Figma (which has quickly gained industry adoption for its real-time, multi-user access), participate in group video-chat Q&As and receive one-on-one instructor feedback. Skillcrush also offers a Visual Designer course, which explores Adobe tools.

Cost: $549—$597


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Skillshare’s User Experience Design Essentials - Adobe XD UI/UX Design

While Adobe’s UX tool, Adobe XD, has its share of skeptics, the company is a veteran player in the digital design realm. For those who consider the program a must-know, this widely popular Skillshare tutorial is the way to go. An Adobe Certified Instructor teaches all the core UX principles across 11 hours of video tutorial, plus dozens of downloadable resources — all through the lens of XD.

Cost: Skillshare premium subscription ($8.25 per month) required


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Springboard’s UX Design Bootcamp

Another online course that makes strides to offer a personal touch, this six-month, 25-unit Springboard course includes weekly calls with mentors, unlimited help calls with community members and career coaching, which includes money-back guaranteed job placement within six months of completion. Expect a blend of video lectures, articles and design projects, including a four-week remote client collaboration. (Clients include Angelhack and Microsoft Ventures.) Students should plan to spend between 16 and 20 hours per week. Springboard also offers a nine-month UI/UX Design Bootcamp ($8200—$9891), which has a more intensive user-interface focus.

Cost: $5,900—$7,194


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Udemy’s User Experience (UX): The Ultimate Guide to Usability and UX

This popular online class from Udemy is a fairly deep plunge into UX across 10-plus hours of video lectures, eight articles and five user research and design projects. The self-paced class — developed by David Travis, part of British UX consultancy Userfocus and author of the recent Think Like a UX Researcher — takes about three weeks to complete based on daily participation of roughly 90 minutes. Another offering from Udemy is this multi-hour in-depth UX overview, which also gets into some coding (UX pros with some coding knowledge significantly increase their marketability) and focuses specifically on usability as related to website-building.

Cost: Udemy subscription required


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Bentley University


Bentley University’s UX Bootcamp

Bentley University’s Human Factors in Information Design is one of the more highly regarded UX-related graduate degrees out there, but you don’t have to take the full master’s program to learn some user experience essentials from the university faculty. Once a year, Bentley hosts this five-day intensive at its Waltham, Mass., campus. A bonus: graduates can request to have their camp credit applied toward the master’s degree.

Cost: $5,600—$6,200


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CalArts’ UI/UX Design Specialization

Developed by a pair of faculty members from the CalArts School of Arts’ Graphic Design program, this four-course online sequence (offered through Coursera) covers UI design, UX fundamentals, information architecture for web design, wireframing, prototyping and mockups. (Each course is also available à la carte.) Students can expect to devote roughly four hours per week over eight months.

Cost: Free / $49 with certificate of completion added


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Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s Introduction to User Experience Design

Looking for an intro that’s more comprehensive than a YouTube video but far less of a commitment than a multi-thousand-dollar bootcamp? Consider splitting the difference with this seven-hour video-driven primer, built and administered by Rosa Arriaga of Georgia Tech’s top-ranked Human Computer Interaction program. If you opt to plunge further, the school offers an onsite bootcamp as well, a 24-week part-timer, hosted in Atlanta.

Cost: Free / $49 with certificate of completion added


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University of Michigan

University of Michigan’s User Experience Research & Design Specialization

Like Georgia Tech, Michigan carries brand-name clout thanks to its high-ranked UX-focused master’s option, and it also levels knowledge-access barriers with this Coursera-hosted MOOC, developed and taught by UM faculty. (Expect to devote more time to this six-course sequence than the above Georgia Tech intro; the overview says it takes about seven months, or five hours of coursework per week, to complete.)

Cost: Free / $49 with certificate of completion added


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UC San Diego

UC San Diego’s Interaction Design Specialization

This eight-course sequence, distributed through Coursera, was developed by UCSD design professor Scott Klemmer. Years ago, Klemmer taught future Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, who returned the favor by helping build the requirements for this sequence’s capstone project. Courses leading up to that final cover human-centered design, visual design fundamentals, social computing, input and interaction techniques, UX research and prototyping, information design and how to build and analyze user experiments. (Again, each course is also available as a standalone.) Students can expect to devote about 10 to 12 hours per week.

Cost: Free / $49 with certificate of completion added


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University of California - Irvine

University of California - Irvine’s UX/UI Bootcamp

Note that this part-time, 24-week bootcamp is affiliated with UC Irvine’s continuing education division, not its Human-Computer Interaction and Design graduate program, which has gained a fair amount of prominence since launching in 2016. Still, the in-depth course — hosted on-site at the UCI campus — has some notable aspects, including exposure to UI component libraries and dev-side languages and platforms like HTML, CSS, GitHub and Bootstrap.

Cost: $11,995


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BrainStation’s User Experience Design Certificate Course

This veteran course provider is a strong option for those who prefer in-person learning. Its onsite UX certificate course, available online and in several markets (Chicago, NYC, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto), covers UX fundamentals across four units: user research (including persona-building and interviewing), information architecture (tree-testing and card-structuring), sketching and wireframing with Mockflow and POP and prototyping using InVision. Choose either full-time (one month, with two classes per week) or part-time (two months, meeting weekly).

Cost: $3,150


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Designation’s User Experience Design

Part remote and part on-site, this 24-week bootcamp hosts its first half online and its second in-person in Chicago. Part one covers design essentials, including exposure to the Stanford d.school’s design thinking framework. After five weeks, students pick either a UX- or UI-focused track. At 12 weeks, the in-person work begins — team collaboration, designing a project for a real-world client and a career-building/job-seeking focus. Designation also partners with several Chicago-area staffing agencies to offer post-grad career support.

Cost: $15,800


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General Assembly

General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive

Two good barometers of a bootcamp provider’s bankability are whether grads get jobs, and if major firms trust the bootcamps to upskill their own talent. To those ends, tech-bootcamp trailblazer General Assembly touts a whopping 99 percent placement rate and trains employees for more than 100 large companies, including Capital One and IBM. Its long-running UX immersive, which counts thousands of companies as hiring partners, is available at some two-dozen sites, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, NYC, San Francisco and Seattle.

Cost: $13,500—$13,950


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Ironhack’s UX/UI Design Bootcamp

Although headquartered in Madrid, this longtime player in the bootcamp sphere also hosts courses in Miami. (The company, which secured $4 million is Series A funding earlier in 2019, consciously caters to non-tech-mecca populations.) The UX/UI camp — available part-time (24 weeks) or full-time (nine weeks) — includes a weeklong crash course on CSS and HTML programming and is led by an industry veteran. One instructor, Alex Souza, is also the lead UX designer for Home Depot. Grads have landed jobs at companies including Visa, Capgemini and Indeed.

Cost: $11,500—$12,500


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Noble Desktop

Noble Desktop’s UX Design Certificate

The NYC-based UX-curious are hardly wanting for course options. One of the most respected and established of the bunch is Manhattan-based Noble Desktop, which offers this onsite 30-hour intensive covering core concepts like user interviews, user flows, sketching, wireframing, client alignment and prototyping. (Students are given access to InVision and Sketch.) Looking to learn more about interface design, as well? The 72-hour UX/UI certificate runs $2,995. Or if you just want an application-specific tutorial, consider Adobe XD in a Day or Sketch in a Day.

Cost: $1,495


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Tradecraft’s Product Design Vertical

This 12-week comprehensive, hosted in San Francisco, has become an increasingly popular and respected bootcamp option over the last four-plus years. That’s thanks in large part to an in-depth curriculum, focus on real-world client projects, career placement support and an enviable roster of mentors. Staff has UX experience at companies like Sequoia, Uber, Groupon, Change.org, Square and Amazon.

Cost: $14,000


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