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DESIGNATION is the leading UX/UI design bootcamp

Good design can change the conversation, but great design can change the world.

Join us over 12 weeks in our creative, collaborative work space ^plus 12 virtual weeksand let's make something that makes a difference.

Go wide and learn the breadth of product design skills including user experience, interaction design and user interface design. Then go deep and embrace the part of the curriculum you're personally most passionate about.

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94% of graduates who wanted a new design job got one,
with an average salary increase of 62%.

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Get ready to roll up your sleeves and start creating. Our fully-loaded 24 week program is built around the idea that the only way to learn something new is to just start doing it, and is equally beneficial for folks just starting their career, industry veterans, and anyone in between.

After completing 12 weeks of virtual prep work, you will join us in-person for 12 weeks at our campus in Chicago, IL.

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Design Essentials

Weeks 1–6 (Virtual)

Virtual Phase

Weeks 7-12 (Virtual)

Project Phase

Weeks 13-22

Portfolio Development

Weeks 23-24


Weeks 24+

Design Essentials

Start your design journey in this pre-requisite part-time beginner's course by going over the fundamentals of visual design and exposing you to the breadth of skills and tools in the designer's arsenal. In these first six weeks, you will be introduced to industry standard software, as well as the key concepts of both UX and UI design.

Weeks 1-3 Intro to UX, IxD and Prototyping

Week 4-6 Intro to UI, Mockups and Usability Testing


  • 15-20 hours/week
  • Exposure to both UX and UI
  • Virtual coaching and feedback
  • Online peer collaboration
  • Personalized skills assessment
  • For those with previous design experience, you may be eligible to pass out of Design Essentials.

Virtual Phase

At the start of the 18-week bootcamp experience, students opt into a UX or UI focused path, then get exposed to the key skills and tools of that discipline. Because the material in the main program moves quickly, it's critical students be ready to start building interfaces right from the first day of the in-class session.

UX Path Intro to User Research, Usability Testing, Research Synthesis, Wireframing, Prototyping

UI Path Style Tiles, Visual Design, Interaction Design Principles, Branding, Typography & Color Theory, Prototyping


  • 35-40 hours/week
  • Weekly check-ins
  • Virtual coaching and feedback
  • Online peer collaboration
  • Tailored prep work

Project Phase

After mastering the basics, the Project Phase is all about applying what you've learned on both mock and live client projects. You'll be given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of outside companies to collaborate in teams and create real world deliverables. Check out the showcase for the kind of work you can expect to accomplish. You’ll also be assigned a mentor who you’ll build a close, one-to-one relationship with as you explore new career opportunities, develop your portfolio, and refine the work you’re doing throughout the program.

You'll also have discounted or free access to the most cutting-edge software in the design industry:

Weeks 13-16 Team-based class project
Weeks 17-22 Work collaboratively on live client projects


  • 70 hours/week
  • Mon - Fri @ 10AM - 9PM
  • Sat @ 10AM - 3PM
  • Morning sprints
  • Guest speakers
  • Hands-on group learning

Portfolio Development

During this portion of the curriculum, you'll be given career workshops, studio tours, and one-on-one mentorship and guidance as you develop your resume, personal brand, and your portfolio. The goal of this phase is to develop case studies around the projects that you completed in the previous 10 weeks and to have a professional portfolio to begin your job hunt.

Weeks 23-24 Career counseling and portfolio development


  • 70 hours/week
  • Mon - Fri @ 10AM - 9PM, Sat @ 10AM - 3PM
  • Career guidance
  • Mentorship
  • Portfolio and resume construction
  • Hiring Partner company introductions


The support and mentorship doesn't end at graduation. We're personally committed to working with every one of our alumni for as long as they need to continue evaluating work, providing mentorship and guidance, and facilitating job search.

You will never be alone in your job search process. Ever. Read more about our unique post-graduate support.

Weeks 24+ Post-graduation assistance


  • Career support
  • Monthly checkins
  • Continued mentorship
  • Unlimited email correspondence

Comparison of Design Bootcamps

  Tuition Curriculum Duration Cost Per Week Avg. Alumni Salary Avg. Salary Increase
$15,800 UX, UI 24 weeks 6 weeks: Design Essentials6 weeks: Virtual Phase12 weeks: In-person Phases $658/week $60,500 62%
$14,950 UX 10 weeks $1,350/week Not reported Not reported
$9,100 UX, UI, FED 8 weeks $1,137/week Not reported Not reported
$14,000 UX 12 weeks $1,167/week Not reported Not reported
$9,800 UX, UI, FED 24 weeks Virtual $408/week Not reported Not reported

Program Tuition: $15,800

Why does DESIGNATION cost more?

If you haven't already, please check out the bootcamp comparison chart above. If you look at the cost per week, DESIGNATION is still the least expensive program available. But our program is as long as it is because it's the most effective way we have found to make new designers hireable at the end of the program.

And that's exactly what we do. Over our 3+ years of existence, we have grown to become the world's largest dedicated UX/UI design program with the most grads and the best hiring rates, not the mention the most highly rated on independent review sites such as Course Report and Switchup.

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Apply To The Next Cohort

Garnet Cohort

Available in:

Chicago, IL

Application deadline: Feb 16, 2018

Design Essentials -

Weeks 1-6 (virtual) -

Weeks 7-18 (in-person) -

Hyacinth Cohort

Available in:

Chicago, IL

Application deadline: Apr 6, 2018

Design Essentials -

Weeks 1-6 (virtual) -

Weeks 7-18 (in-person) -

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