Financing

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Make the best investment in a design program

Designation is the best investment for switching to, advancing in, or starting your career in UX or UI design. Compare our tuition to other prominent design programs.

 
Designation
General Assembly
Base enrollment fee
$15,800
$13,950
Duration
24 weeks
10 weeks
Cost per week
$659
$1,395
In-person or remote
Both
In-person
 
 
Designation
Startup Institute
Base enrollment fee
$15,800
$9,100
Duration
24 weeks
8 weeks
Cost per week
$659
$1138
In-person or remote
Both
In-person
 
 
Designation
Tradecraft
Base enrollment fee
$15,800
$14,000
Duration
24 weeks
12 weeks
Cost per week
$659
$1167
In-person or remote
Both
Remote
 
 
Designation
Bloc
Base enrollment fee
$15,800
$9,800
Duration
24 weeks
24 weeks
Cost per week
$659
$408
In-person or remote
Both
Remote
 
 
Designation
Center Centre
Base enrollment fee
$15,800
$59,880
Duration
24 weeks
90 weeks
Cost per week
$659
$665
In-person or remote
Both
In-person
 
 
Designation
General Assembly
Startup Institute
Tradecraft
Bloc
Center Centre
Base enrollment fee
$15,800
$13,950
$9,100
$14,000
$9,800
$59,880
Duration
24 weeks
10 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks
90 weeks
Cost per week
$659
$1,395
$1138
$1167
$408
$665
In-person or remote
Both
In-person
In-person
Remote
Remote
In-person
 

Designation’s total program cost is $15,800, which includes:

  • 900+ hours of intensive digital design training
  • Live client project experience
  • A polished design portfolio reflecting your career path
  • 10+ guest speakers per cohort
  • 5+ creative directors per cohort
  • Full access to WeWork membership and networking events
  • Career-focused workshops
  • 1-on-1 mentorship and feedback
  • Discounted or free access to 9+ top design software tools
  • Hundreds of connections to technology companies looking to hire design talent
  • Post-grad job placement support
  • Studio tours of design and product companies
  • Lifetime access to Designation’s global Slack network

Kelsey Fiegle

“Going to Designation was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. They did far more for preparing me for the job search than my four-year college did.”

Kelsey FiegleAssociate UX Designer, Rise Interactive

The details

After a $1,000 deposit for Design Essentials (DE) is paid, you’re officially enrolled in Designation. At the end of DE, you’ll choose one of the following options to pay for your remaining enrollment fees:
  1. Payment of remaining fees in full ($14,800)
  2. Designation’s internal financing plan
  3. A loan facilitated by one of our lending partners: Skills Fund, Climb Credit, and Meritize


Frequently asked questions about financing

  • When are program fees due?

    For Design Essentials, the $1,000 deposit is required to reserve a seat in a selected cohort. During Week 5 of DE, each designer has a mandatory performance evaluation with the instructor, who makes a determination of the designer’s ability to continue to the rest of the program. When accepted, the balance of $14,800 is due before the start of the Virtual Phase.

  • What is Designation’s refund policy?

    Cancellation: Any applicant who wishes to cancel their acceptance into the program after paying their $1,000 Design Essentials deposit must provide written notice of cancellation to the admissions team within three (3) business days of payment. A full refund, less processing fees, will be issued. No refunds of the deposit will be granted after this period.

    Withdrawal: Any designer accepted to the program who chooses to withdraw from Designation within 24 hours after the first session of DE is entitled to a refund of the $1,000 deposit, less processing fees. No refunds are issued after the first 24 hours after the first session of DE takes place.

    Deferral: Any designer accepted to the program who chooses to leave DE for personal reasons and return for a later cohort may do so within six months to avoid paying anything beyond the $1,000 deposit. Returning after the six-month window requires another $1,000 deposit.

    Ejection: Designation reserves the right to terminate a designer’s status in the program at any time, if the work, effort, or professionalism they put forth is incommensurate with expectations outlined by Designation. When this occurs, Designation will provide a prorated refund on program fees paid, less processing feed. 

    All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the determination of your cancellation, withdrawal, or ejection date.

  • ​Do Designation’s fees count as qualified tuition for tax purposes?

    No. Designation is not an educational institution as defined by the IRS in its guidelines, so fees paid to attend are not tax-deductible. Designation also does not give copies of Form 1098-T to graduates.

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