tl;dr - Designlab UX Academy changed my life for the better and I highly recommend it!
I believe I can weigh in on Designlab's UX Academy. I was part of their first cohort and now I have a job as a UX designer for an extremely large and well-known company. The program was everything that I expected it to be. This is probably going to sound like paid advertisement but I assure you I'm writing this on my own will. I truly felt like I would not be as successful as I am now if it wasn't for this bootcamp.
I have a background in customer service and graphic design (self-taught). When I decided that I wanted to do UX full-time, I only had a little bit of work experience doing it (no title, but had a lot of related duties at a startup). I finally decided to research UX bootcamps and like you, found a lot of different options.
The 6 month job guarantee that Designlab offers really appealed to me. It lets me know their goal aligns with mine. Also, the price was right - not too expensive and not too cheap (I get suspicious of those).
When I reached out to them, Harish (co-founder) called me directly to learn more about my needs and answered ALL the questions I had. I'm typically a fairly skeptical person (e.g., I just spend 3 hours last night looking for the perfect backpack to buy) but I signed up immediately afterwards.
What I loved about the program:
* Access to mentors on a weekly basis and to the other students through Slack.
* Direct access to people who created the curriculum and to the founders themselves.
* Self-guided curriculum with semi-flexible deadlines (you work it out with your mentor)
* Career guidance and access to recruiters and the like
* End product includes a portfolio with 2-3 capstone projects to be hire-ready
Onto the curriculum. I imagine all the bootcamps cover the basics:
* Fundamentals of design (including a special focus on visual design)
* Design tools
* Research and ideation
* Interaction design
* Usability testing
* UI Design
Designlab also presents guided optional material that's not required but definitely worth exploring. I just love that they provide as much material as they can and you can decide what to do with it.
The most awesome part are the capstone projects. They give you a few design briefs you can work off of but you're pretty much free to work on whatever projects you want. These are products that you would take from research all the way through prototyping. You really have to hustle, but I feel like I came out of it as a friggin' pro. The confidence I had from completing 3 capstone projects in the span of 2 months (I took the 6-month track) really propelled me forward into the job hunt. I immediately started to look for jobs after that and through several contacts (including one through Harish), I received several interviews and a few offers in just a month of job hunting. I'm not saying this is the average. Actually, I have no idea since the program is relatively new. I just know that it was pure confidence in my skills and my portfolio pieces that got me the amazing job I have now and I would not have gotten that if it wasn't for UX Academy.
I wrote a lot but I still feel like I didn't cover everything so feel free to reach out if you have any questions!