I’m considering a career change to UX, and after watching the UX Basics course on Treehouse and reading How to Get Started in UX, I’ve been comparing my options for further education.
As a part of my research, I began corresponding with Harish Venkatesan, the co-founder of Designlab, about Designlab’s UX courses. I asked him if the courses provided any job assistance, and he said that their short courses don’t, but their new longer UX Academy program would.
After speaking to Harish on the phone, I learned a lot more about this new program. It combines their current Design 101, UX Research, and Interaction Design courses and adds units on Intro to UX, Prototyping and Testing, and Professional Skills as well as capstone projects that help build your portfolio. Job preparation includes portfolio review, mock interviews, and a job network.
The program is 400 hours long with 40 mentor sessions and can be completed in as little as 10 hours/week (great for someone working full time like me) or as much as 40 hours/week. It costs $2,799, but Harish said both the price and the curriculum can be adjusted if you’ve already taken any of their shorter courses.
I think the program sounds good, but I’m a little leery because it’s brand new. It’s currently in its first session with a second to start in December and plans to have new sessions starting every month by February. Harish recommended taking their Design 101 course first to see if I like the program before committing to UX Academy.
Before even doing that, though, I’d first like to get the opinions on this program from anyone that might be taking it right now, anyone who has taken any of Designlab’s shorter courses, or any UX professionals in general.
Here are links to the program [description and outline](http://trydesignlab.com/ux-academy/) for more info.