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Tuition

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $12,800

A deposit of $1000 is due within one week of your acceptance, with the remaining $11,800 due two weeks prior to the start date of your cohort.



Do you offer any financial assistance?

Yes! Check out our Tuition page for more information on our payment plans and affordable student loan opportunities.



What is your refund policy?

Three-Day Cancellation: If you provide written notice of cancellation within three (3) days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and federal and state holidays) from the time of your initial payment, you will be entitled to a full refund of your deposit payment of $800 (Design Essentials) or $1,000.00 (18 week immersive), less processing fees. No refunds will be granted after this period, but your deposit may be applied towards any future cohort or program within one calendar year.

Withdrawal: If you are accepted and choose to withdraw from DESIGNATION within twenty-four (24) hours after the commencement of the first class session, you are entitled to a refund of all tuition less processing fees and your original $1,000.00 deposit payment (18 week immersive). No refunds will issued after the first twenty-four (24) hours after the commencement of the first class session.

Ejection: DESIGNATION reserves the right to terminate a student’s training at any time and provide a prorated tuition refund, less processing fees. A student may be asked to leave the program if the work, effort, or attitude they put forth is incommensurate with the expectations set forth by program administrators.

Deferrals: A student enrolled in an upcoming cohort may defer to a later program in which there is still space available up to two weeks before the cohort start date. After this date, no deferrals will be allowed.

All refunds will be issued within thirty (30) days of the determination of your cancellation or withdrawal date.



Admissions

What pre-requisites do you require?

Nothing but a willingness to learn and work hard.



Do I already need to have a design portfolio?

No. But we love it if you do.



What will I need to bring for the program?

You will need to bring the following:

  • Your own laptop (PC or Mac, but we strongly recommend a MacBook Pro with Retina display)
  • Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator*
  • Lynda.com premium membership (for the 6-week Virtual Prep Work phase)

*If you don't already have Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, we recommend the Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives you access to these two programs.



The Program

How much will I learn during the program?

One of the greatest strengths of our 18-week Immersive Bootcamp is its ability to become whatever any individual needs it to be. Because the range of topics it covers is so broad, different people will naturally gravitate to different parts of the curriculum. We encourage students to explore and discover which aspects of the program they’re most passionate about, and embrace those moving forward.



Can’t I just learn all this from books and online?

That depends on what you mean. There’s no doubt that the internet is the single most powerful educational tool of all time. And while a lot of our curriculum is accessible in one form or another, we think the ability to work with a live instructor, collaborate with peers, and do live client work are invaluable and irreplaceable.



What’s the time commitment?

For the first six weeks of virtual prep work, you should expect to dedicate 20-40 hours per week. For the in-person portion of the program, you are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours a week for assignments, projects, and portfolio work.



Does a cohort's next start date include the virtual session?

Yes, the six-week Virtual Classroom segment is a part of a cohort's start date, and can be completed remotely. The in-person immersion portion of the program is when you will be required to be at our space in Chicago for 70 hours a week minimum.



When does the next class start?

You can view the next available cohort dates in our apply section.



Post-Graduation

Do you provide job support?

Of course! That is our main goal, after all. The program is designed to make you competitive for design jobs in 18 weeks. Our entire program is set up so that you will find a job. We have over 75 connections to companies across the country that need your help. If you are proactive, diligent, determined and continue to work with our team, we will work with you for as long as it takes find a job (typically a period of no more than three months).



How long does it take to get a job after I graduate?

Many students get a job either during our program or shortly after their graduation. Other students may take another 1-3 months of portfolio development to achieve their goals.



How is the alumni hiring rate determined?

Graduates who are included in our success and hiring metrics meet all of the following criteria:
• Graduate is looking for hiring opportunities in UX, UI, and/or design-thinking
• The statistics are within a six-month window of when a cohort graduated
• Graduates that go on vacation/travel at any time during the six-month window aren't included (but we pick up working with the graduate as soon as they come back)
• Graduates have to be in communication with us a minimum of once per month, with additional progress at each check-in
• Graduates have to have fully participated in the program for 18 weeks (having no unexcused attendance for classes and workshops)
• Graduate met accountability points (portfolio site, 2-3 pieces, hiring partner introductions) and worked with us during the graduate's job application process
• The statistics do not include self-employed graduates



International Students

Do you help with the visa process for international students?

Although we accept students from anywhere in the world, we're not able to provide any visa assistance. You will be solely responsible for obtaining your student visa to participate in the program, as well as obtaining a working visa to accept a job afterward, if that's a road you choose to pursue.



General

How do you pronounce DESIGNATION?

DESIGNATION is one word, pronounced just the way it looks: des·ig·na·tion.



What's up with the names of each cohort?

Each cohort is named in alphabetical order after unique colors. So far, we've had Amaranth, Bronze, Celadon, and Diamond.



Where can I read reviews of your program?

View our online reviews on Quora, SwitchUp, and Course Report. We also recommend that you reach out to our alumni to discover first-hand if our program is right for you.



Contact

How do I contact you?

You can email us at team@designation.io or call us at 312-625-1632.



Where are you located?

We currently run our program out of 1871 in downtown Chicago. We're located at:


DESIGNATION in 1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654


For more information or for directions, please visit our locations page.



Apply To The Next Class


Xenon Cohort

Available in:

Chicago, IL

Design Essentials -

Weeks 1-6 (virtual) -

Weeks 7-18 (in-person) -

Note, there will be no class 12/24 - 1/8.


Yucca Cohort

Available in:

Chicago, IL

Design Essentials -

Weeks 1-6 (virtual) -

Weeks 7-18 (in-person) -



Zinc Cohort

Available in:

Chicago, IL

Design Essentials -

Weeks 1-6 (virtual) -

Weeks 7-18 (in-person) -



Amethyst Cohort

Available in:

Chicago, IL

Design Essentials -

Weeks 1-6 (virtual) -

Weeks 7-18 (in-person) -



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