School of Visual Design

Learn visual design principles and foundations, technical tools and programs, and prepare for the creative career of your dreams. From branding to digital design, and everything in between. All with the help of our industry professional instructors and launch your design career within six months.

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Career Outcomes of Our Graduates

$30K

Average Salary Increase

$100K

Average Starting Salary

92%

Employed Within 6 Months

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Curriculum Overview

Our School of Visual Design Course was developed because we want to make comprehensive Visual Design education more accessible to more students globally. We know how out of reach a traditional two or four year college education can be, and we also know that most design bootcamps today have a narrow focus in UX/UI.

That’s why our School of Visual Design curriculum provides a comprehensive introduction to all design principles and foundations — from color theory to typesetting to brand development and everything in between.

By the end of our six month course you will graduate with the skillset, tools, and design industry savvy you need to land your first design job. Here’s a preview of what you’ll be learning:

16

Units

36

Exercises

12

Projects

9

Quizzes

4

Technical Programs

5

Advisor Meetings

20

Instructor Sessions

6-8

Months
Unit

Introduction to Design

You’ll dive into design and design thinking, and begin to observe how it impacts the way we experience the world around us. You’ll look at examples of design and identify design principles.
Unit

Color Theory

You will learn about color models, how to choose and apply color, and the psychological impact it has on your designs.
Unit

Typography & Typesetting

You’ll learn the history of typography as well as the different classes, the anatomy of type, and how to choose and pair fonts in your work. For typesetting, you’ll learn the technical side of laying 
 out large amounts of text, and tips and tricks for encouraging readership.

Unit

Layout & Grids

You’ll master the art of using columns, rows, guides, and margins to create neat and orderly pieces of design.
Unit

Figma

You’ll learn the fundamentals of navigating and using Figma as a designer and then directly apply your new skills in your first creative brief.
Unit

Illustrator

You’ll learn the basics of shape and type creation and how to manipulate them into illustrations, graphics, and icons.
Unit

Photoshop

You will dive into the basics of Photoshop and learn how to best use and edit imagery.
Unit

InDesign

You will dive into the basics of InDesign and learn how to best typeset and create print layouts.

Unit

User Interface Design

You’ll build off of all the visual design skills you’ve learned thus far and apply them to digital experiences like websites and apps.
Unit

Brand Design Foundation

You will learn about the fundamentals of establishing a brand identity, including brand personality, touchpoints, brand story, tone of voice, how to conduct brand research, how to use moodboards and more.

Unit

Logo Design

You will learn what makes a logo successful, the differences between letterform marks, pictorial marks, emblems etc. You will also be learning the logo design ideation process and how to design them for responsiveness.

Unit

Brand Case Studies

You will review some of the most successful branding design in recent history as case studies and contribute your thoughts on what you’ve learned from these success stories.

Unit

Design Systems

You’ll learn how to approach creating a design system and applying it in your own designs.
Unit

Design Accessibility

You’ll learn how to approach design accessibility and implement some techniques to increase accessibility in your own designs.
Unit

Designing with AI

You will gain insights in how best to begin experimenting and using AI in your design work.
Unit

Working with Clients

You’ll learn about presenting concepts, receiving client feedback, and handing over final design assets.
Unit

Developing a Design Portfolio

You’ll spend several weeks working 1:1 with your instructor to refine your work and curate a portfolio that best represents you.

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Our Expert Instructors

Our team of instructors are great at what they do and teach well, too

Aneri Patel

Lead agency visual designer

Nina Shahriaree​

UI/UX & Visual Designer

Sam Jacobs

UI/UX Designer​

Silvia Script

Senior UI/UX Design Lead

Tools To Help You Succeed

1

Flexible

Self-Paced Learning

Work with our Admissions Advisors to establish a timeline that works for you based on your lifestyle and other time commitments. Our students typically complete the coursein six months or less.

2

Weekly

1-on-1 Instructions

Receive 1-on-1, weekly, live online instructions from our expert team of instructors who are successful working designers and have passed rigorous instructional screening process.

3

Engaging

Multimedia Lessons​

We know everyone has different learning styles, that’s why it’s important to us to provide multiple ways to learn. Path Unbound course content is offered in written, audio, and video formats to help you learn in ways that work best for you.

4

Work On

Real World Projects

Many design bootcamps today give cohorts of students the same projects, resulting in cookie-cutter portfolios. Our portfolio incorporates real client work to help students showcase a unique body of work with business value.

Tuition

Upfront

Pay now, learn today
$ 6,800* one-time upfront
  • Available to students worldwide
  • Lowest total tuition
  • Pay one-time and enroll directly
  • No interest rate to worry about
Global

Split

Make smaller payments
$ 700* $1,200 down then $700/m for 8 months
  • Available to students worldwide
  • Non-refundable downpayment of $1,200
  • Evenly split your tuition into 8
  • No interest rates to worry about
Global

Are you from the U.S.?

If you are a legal resident of the United States, you can apply for a student loan through our financing partner Meritize. However, you must apply and receive approval first before applying for enrollment.

Deferred Tuition Agreement

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Meritize is a trusted student loan lender that provides deferred tuition financing based on students’ “merit scores”.

Cohorts

Our courses run in cohorts four times a year and deadlines apply to all programs

Now Enrolling

Spring Cohort '24

Apply by March 10th, 2024 to begin our Spring 2024 cohort. 5 spots left!

Summer Cohort '24​

Apply by June 9th, 2024 to begin our Summer 2024 cohort.

Fall Cohort '24

Apply by September 8th, 2024 to begin our Fall 2024 cohort.

Winter Cohort '24-25

Apply by December 6, 2024 to begin our Fall 2024 – 2025 cohort.

Why Path Unbound

Is this the program that will take you all the way to your next design job?

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Is this the program that will take you all the way to your next design job?

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Career Paths After Graduation

Take a look some of the career paths you 
could choose to pursue after graduating

Visual/ UI Designer

Visual or UI designers are hybrid designers who are skilled in digital product design, user interface design, design systems, brand design and any other sub-disciplines that handles creating beautiful and enjoyable graphics. Every company that produces digital products need visual designers.

Brand Designer

Brand designers are especially in demand at creative agencies and in-house creative departments where branding is an ongoing initiative. Brand designers can also freelance as there is always a demand from small businesses that are establishing their brands for the first time.

Art Director

Art directors used to work exclusively in advertising agencies, broadcast and film, but the relevancy of the role has expanded significantly, including to the technology sector. A quick search on job sites will generate results from top technology companies looking for art directors because they need their skillsets for creative marketing campaigns as well as focusing more in-house efforts on developing products with messaging that resonate with customers.

Merit-Based Scholarship

At Path Unbound, we provide scholarships to students with demonstrated financial needs as part of our mission to make design education accessible. You may apply for merit-based scholarships by completing our creative challenge.

FAQs

Yes! Our School of Design program (both the Visual Design track and UI/UX Design track) is designed for students without any prior design knowledge. Our admission interview is to make sure scheduling and career goal fit between yourself and our program. Come with zero knowledge and graduate 100% ready for design jobs.

It depends on how much knowledge you already have in each topic. We recommend filling out our email form above to obtain the full syllabus and schedule a call with us if you want to get the full picture of the entire course. We make every effort to recommend the right level of courses to each student so that they get the most out of the learning experience.

We design each individual course with multiple levels in mind. We start each course with introducing the foundation, which provides a much-needed refresher for even the seasoned designers if they have been away from theory for a while.

 

We then go into intermediate to advanced topics for deep dives, where multiple levels of designers might find them helpful.

 

Our goal is to make the course as approachable as possible while still getting into advanced topics for students who are ready to take the leap.

Books are great! We will never say don't buy a book. However, design is a highly practical field. Reading books will give you the surface level understanding. You need more examples, interactive demonstrations, exercises and personalized feedback from expert designers to achieve the level that you need for your career. These other components can only be obtained from a well-designed educational program. Books are great supplements for your courses.

YouTube is a great platform. We say go watch as many YouTube videos as you'd like, but we have yet to find a complete series of courses that go in to so much details and depth as our course on YouTube. While YouTube can provide a surface level foundation for you, it isn't likely to help you get to the level you need for your career. We recommend scheduling a call with us if you are interested and ask questions to make your informed decisions.

Absolutely! We believe in learning by doing. That's why we designed exercises for each unit with intention. Students are expected to complete every exercise and quizzes in order to complete the course. This is not a passive learning experience - it's active. We also wrap up each course with a portfolio-level project, so you can be sure to take away with you a polished piece from every course you finish. If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program with the 9 full course workload, you will have 9 portfolio projects at the time you graduate - a portfolio project number unmatched by any other programs.

We do not provide job guarantees for one reason only - there is no such thing as guarantee in life. 100% of "job guarantees" that exist elsewhere are marketing gimmicks - we do not like or do gimmicks. We are proud of our student results and confident that with the right amount of effort and persistence, our students will land the design job of their dreams.

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