School of Design Certificate Program

UI/UX Designer Track

If your goal is to become a UI/UX designer who is strong both in visual designer and product thinking that prepares you for high-paying roles in the tech industry and beyond, this track will take you from 0-100, career-ready. 

Curriculum Overview

As a student (or prospective student), you will receive individualized guidance every step of the way. This page provides all the information you will need during your course of study and let you know what to expect; how much time to plan for each lesson and unit; who you can reach out to if there is a problem and how you can successfully move on to portfolio and graduation.

Part 1

Hone Your Design Crafts

Pre-Work

21 lessons and 5 projects.

 

You should complete these tutorials and exercises before beginning the course. 

Week 1: Color Theories

10 lessons, 3 projects and 1 quiz

3 lessons, 2 projects and 1 quiz

5 lessons and 1 project

Week 2: Typography

6 lessons and 1 quiz

2 lessons and 1 quiz

10 lessons and 1 quiz

3 lessons and 1 project

5 lessons and 1 quiz

Week 3: Layout

10 lessons and 2 projects

4 lessons and 2 projects

3 lessons and 1 project

2 lessons and 2 projects

Week 4: User Interface Design

4 lessons and 3 projects

6 lessons and 1 project

2 lessons and 1 project

3 lessons and 1 project

2 lessons and 1 project

Week 5: Design Accessibility

5 lessons

5 lessons 1 project

4 lessons 1 project

4 lessons and 1 project

2 lessons and 1 project

8 lessons and 1 project

Week 6: Design Systems

15 lessons and 9 projects

4 lessons and 1 project

Week 7: Interaction Design

4 lessons

6 lessons and 5 projects

2 lessons and 1 project

7 lessons and 1 project

Week 8: User Experience Design

6 lessons and 1 project

8 lessons and 1 project

4 lessons 

Part 2

Create An Outstanding Personal Brand and Portfolio

Week 9: Build Custom Websites with No Code

We will introduce the concept of no-code web building, including fundamental web terminology such as domain, hosting and SEO. 

Through extensive tutorials and targeted exercises, you will gain fundamental knowledge to Webflow, a flexible and easy-to-use no-code web building platform. This will lay down the ground work for your portfolio website. 

Week 10: Personal Branding

To establish your personal brand, we will help you explore your inner voice to help you craft your story as a designer. 

We will walk you through the personal branding logo design process. 

We will walk you through the personal branding color palette design process. 

We will walk you through the personal branding typography design process. 

In our unique approach, we help you explore your unique branding element that will set you apart from the rest of the crowd. 

Week 11: Portfolio Project 1

Through a live project kickoff meeting, you will set goals and action plans for the project you want to work on for Portfolio Project 1, which is a spec project that can either be your passion project or one of the projects from our library of briefs. 

After your project selection, you will meet with your instructor to determine the right strategies for this project. You will set deliverables and timelines before commencing work. 

You will work independently and reach out to your instructor to set up review sessions if you have questions. 

You will discuss your project progress with your instructor during check-in and troubleshoot any roadblocks. You will receive mid-way feedback from your instructor to ensure you are on the right track. 

Week 12: Portfolio Project 1 - Continued

You continue to work on your project work independently and ask questions as needed. 

You will receive another round of feedback to iterate on during check in. 

You will receive a final round of feedback from your instructor and take notes for future iterations. 

Week 13: Portfolio Project 2 (Client Project)

We provide several real clients for students to choose from. We introduce student to the client via a 3-way video conference where we sit in with the client and make the introduction. We discuss project objectives, deliverables and any logistical details. 

We meet with students one-on-one to discuss project requirements from the client based on the kickoff meeting and set strategies for the project. Students have the opportunity to do initial brainstorming and ask instructors for guidance before diving into client work. 

Students start independent client work. Students will reach out to instructor for guidance as needed. Students are also expected to reach out to clients as necessary. 

Instructor conduct check in with students to see the progress and help students stay on the right track with initial feedback for their work. 

Week 14: Portfolio Project 2 (Client Project ) - Continued

Independent client work continues. 

Instructor conducts 2nd round of check in with student. 

Week 15: Portfolio Project 2 (Client Project ) - Continued

Independent client work continues. 

Instructors conduct the 3rd round of check in with student. 

Week 16: Portfolio Project 2 (Client Project ) - Continued

This is the final week for the project. Students will continue to do independent client work. 

Instructor conducts final check in with student.

Student hands off work to client for feedback. 

Student receive feedback from client and take notes for future iteration. 

Week 17: Portfolio Project 3 (Client Project)

We provide several real clients for students to choose from. We introduce student to the client via a 3-way video conference where we sit in with the client and make the introduction. We discuss project objectives, deliverables and any logistical details. 

We meet with students one-on-one to discuss project requirements from the client based on the kickoff meeting and set strategies for the project. Students have the opportunity to do initial brainstorming and ask instructors for guidance before diving into client work. 

Students start independent client work. Students will reach out to instructor for guidance as needed. Students are also expected to reach out to clients as necessary. 

Instructor conduct check in with students to see the progress and help students stay on the right track with initial feedback for their work. 

Week 18: Portfolio Project 3 (Client Project ) - Continued

Independent client work continues. 

Instructor conducts 2nd round of check in with student. 

Week 19: Portfolio Project 3 (Client Project ) - Continued

Independent client work continues. 

Instructors conduct the 3rd round of check in with student. 

Week 20: Portfolio Project 3 (Client Project ) - Continued

This is the final week for the project. Students will continue to do independent client work. 

Instructor conducts final check in with student.

Student hands off work to client for feedback. 

Student receive feedback from client and take notes for future iteration. 

Week 21: Case Studies

Apply storytelling techniques and write compelling case studies for your 3 portfolio projects under the guidance of your instructor. 

Receive feedback for your case studies from your instructor and make revisions. 

Week 22: Portfolio Website Design

Craft the information architecture of your portfolio site. Plan your site before you start designing. 

Gather visual inspiration for your portfolio website and create a mood board. 

Design your portfolio website.

Receive feedback from your instructor regarding your portfolio website design and make revisions before building. 

Week 23: Portfolio Website Build

Build your portfolio website using a no-code tool such as web flow. 

Discuss technical challenges with your instructor and trouble shoot before going live. 

Receive feedback from your instructor regarding your portfolio website build, make revisions and publish it live. 

Week 24: Career Coaching

Receive feedback and guidance for your resume.

Receive interview preparation training, including mock interviews, from your instructor and other industry professionals. 

Craft a tailored design career strategy that works for your goals with your instructor. Ask any career-related questions to prepare yourself for the job market. 

Tuition

Our Star Instructors

Meet our growing team of star instructors with years of experience working in the industry as well as actual classroom teaching experience.

Silvia Script

Senior Experience Design Lead

Daniel Anguiano

Design Professor

Sydney Ligouri

Art Director, Designer, Design Educator

Stella Guan

Award-Winning Multidisciplinary Designer

Ethan Kaplan

Senior Designer

Nathan Pieratt

Design Professor

Elaine Chew

Digital Designer | Studio Owner

Torian Parker

Senior Product Designer

Oren Dayan

VP of UX Design, JP Morgan

FAQs

Extended programs include School of Design (both live classes and self-paced) and Portfolio School (only the Kickstart track) are eligible for financing. Individual courses are not available for financing or scholarships.

We partner with Meritize, a trusted provider for deferred tuition agreement for students in the US. For UK residents, we have partnered with Knoma, a provider of 12-month split payment plan with 0 interest.

If live outside of the US or UK, or you'd like to simply make even monthly payments, you have the option of choosing our in-house Monthly Payment plan financing method. Your method of payment will be charged a recurring monthly payment (see monthly payment column in the financing table for your program on this page). If your payment fails for any given month, your enrollment may be terminated. You will be given a 5 day grace period to resubmit your payment after our courtesy notice to avoid enrollment disruption.

Deferred Tuition Agreement is a form of tuition financing that allows students to attend educational programs without upfront payment. The agreement is that once a student secures employment or hits a predefined grace period after graduation (60 days in our case), they will start making the agreed-upon monthly payment until the maximum payment cap is reached.

 

Our deferred tuition agreement plan is designed to maximize benefits to students without the exploitative nature of similar plans from other schools. There is a down payment required to mitigate our financial risks. In turn, you will not be paying more than the maximum payment cap, nor will your payment amount be based on a percentage of your salary.

 

Due to the nature of this type of financing, students will be paying the most amount in total using this option compared to upfront payment or even-split monthly payment.

 

This financing option is currently only available to students in the U.S. To apply for Deferred Tuition Agreement financing for either the School of Design certificate program or the Portfolio School Kickstart Track, please submit your application here.

Monthly payment plans work like subscriptions that have an expiration date. You are splitting the total amount of tuition evenly over a number of months. Auto payment setup is required and failure of payment methods in any given month will result in termination of enrollment after 5 days of grace period has passed. This financing option is available to students worldwide.

 

Compared to deferred tuition agreement, students will be paying less with this option in total but will be paying more in total compared to upfront one-time payment.

 

Students on deferred tuition plans make a down payment on their tuition. No other payment is required until they graduate with a job and that the job hits the minimum salary floor or once they hit the predefined grace period (in our case, it is 60 days after graduation).

 

Students on a monthly payment plan immediately starts making even-split monthly payment as soon as they enroll.

The monthly payment plan option is available to all students worldwide while the split plan is serviced by our U.K financial partner and only available for U.K. residents.

If you choose to use the "Deferred" or "Split" financing options, you do not qualify for scholarships due to increased financial risks for us. If you choose to enroll with upfront payment or monthly payment, you may still qualify for scholarships if you meet the criteria outlined in our Scholarships page. 

We partnered with trusted financial providers to provide deferred tuition agreement solution to our students. They will reach out to you regarding all the financial documents you need to provide.

Due to the fact that monthly payment plan is available to students worldwide, we do not conduct credit check as each country has its own system. However, as it works like a subscription plan with an expiration date, if payment is not submitted on any given month, enrollment will be terminated after a 5-days grace period.

We partner with trusted financial providers for your deferred tuition plan process. We have no access to your financial information. Our partner has their own privacy policy - please discuss with representatives from our financing partner to learn how they handle your financial information.

If you fail to make a monthly payment for the Deferred Tuition Agreement (U.S. students) or the Split Plan (U.K. students), you will need to refer to the terms listed on the contract when you apply with our financing provider. They will list the options in the contract - make sure you read through them carefully and arrange a call with them in case anything is confusing. We do not get involved in the collection process directly.

If you fail to make a monthly payment for the monthly payment plan financing, you will be given a courtesy notice. After 5 days of grace period, your enrollment will be terminated until your payment is provided to us again.

For sure, we are always happy to answer questions! Simply reach out to us to set up a discussion.

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