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About Designlab

Designlab is a bootcamp that trains students for careers in UX and UI design. Designlab programs cover all aspects of the design process and essential design tools. The Designlab online bootcamp can provide beginners the practical skills they need for a successful career. This Designlab review will provide all the information you need about the school’s offerings. There are several Designlab payment options. For the UX Academy bootcamp program, you can make monthly payments or use student loans from Climb Credit if you don’t want to make an upfront payment. There is also a Designlab scholarship for qualifying students. There is no Designlab deferred tuition option. The exact Designlab job placement rate is not available, but it reports the median time for graduates to find work is less than 14 weeks. Designlab UX Academy students have access to 24 weeks of career support with 18 coaching sessions with a personal career coach to give them the best chance at success on the job market. The UX Academy program can be taken part-time or full-time, allowing students to complete the course work in three months or six months. The required Designlab bootcamp prep work includes a UX Academy Foundations course. Designlab also offers four short courses covering UX and UI design essential topics. These can be completed in four weeks.

Designlab Application Process and Interviews

Designlab’s application process involves several steps. It is recommended that prospective students attend one of its open house webinars to learn more about the program before applying. If you don’t have design experience, the next step is to attend a four to eight-week design foundation course.

Prospective students then fill out an application on Designlab’s website including a sample of their work. If the admissions committee feels you would be a good fit for the program, they will let you know and you can proceed to finalize your payment method and enroll in the next cohort.

How do you prepare for the Designlab interview process? According to a majority of user reviews, the admissions process at Designlab is a experience. Further, reviewers reported that the Designlab interview process didn't take long to complete before receiving a decision.

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DesignLab UX Academy Application Process
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I've had a very positive experience so far in the application process for DesignLab's UX Academy. They have you take a foundational prerequisite course first (which I just completed). My Admissions rep has been super proactive, helpful and responsive to all of my questions throughout the entire process. I plan to join the September cohort for the full immersive academy course.
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The best thing about DesignLab is the mentor support component. Your mentor is available on a weekly basis to discuss not only the course content, but also to advise and support you on any industry related questions that you may have.
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The coursework is very much rooted in self-study. So if you prefer a classroom type of setting with a teacher, then this is not the appropriate course for you.

Designlab Reviews: Is Designlab Worth It?

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Yes, Designlab reviews show it is worth it for aspiring UX designers. Designlab’s UX Academy review by Dominic Ong reports, “The mentorship that I got was amazing. The course is very hands-on and practical which helps build a good portfolio.” Many students also said Design 101 was an excellent design introduction course and they found enrolling in Designlab worth it.

Designlab bootcamp reviews show that students have learned all the essential skills they need to start a design career. Many students went on to become product designers with the help of Designlab’s job search services.

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Curriculum is lacking and limited customer support

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Toni Williams graduated Designlab
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Created 5 months ago
I recently completed UX/UI Foundations. I will say I did learn a lot doing the course, I just did not like the delivery format. There are no lectures, not actual teachers, just written material on a screen. UX/UI is visual medium, but the course did not provide many visual examples. It would have been great to have some actual lectures. You are assigned to a mentor, whose role is not to instruction. They are there to assist with assignments and provide feedback. You are only assigned...
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The ability to try out the platform with the foundations course. The projects were fun to do.
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No lectures or real teachers. Mentor time is limited, and your experience is only as good as the mentor you're assigned to. No videos examples. Requires a lot of reading, as the course material is just in written format.

Poor curiculum

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Toni Williams student at Designlab
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Created 6 months ago
I recently completed Design Labs UX/UI Foundations course. It's a prerequisite for people who do not have any previous design experience. I was really excited about enrolling in the course, but quickly realized that the lessons just consist of readings on their website. There aren't any real lectures or teachers. They don't even have videos of lectures or instructors. You are basically just reading content on a web page. You are provided with a mentor and you are allotted 8 one hour...
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Mentors are real UX professional and very responsive.
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No video lectures. No real classes or classmates. Expensive for what they're providing and all course material is in text format online. Mentor sessions have an expiration date. You only have one mentor, so you really are only getting...

It changed my career course

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marcella winograd graduated Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
DesignLab was one of the smartest decisions I have made I worked full-time while taking the course and if you can manage well it was quite easy. My mentor was the best part. She guided me through industry and my work. Gave me insights and answered all my questions.
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I loved having my own time to come home from work and work on the course. I found the materials thorough and helpful. A helpful part was seeing what my peers where creating as well.
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I wish I had a bit more help in the career services portion but it was Avery positive experience over all.

Well Rounded Approach to getting into UX

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Tiffany Clarke student at Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
I am 5 months into the UX Design program at DesignLab and it has been a good experience so far. You get the chance to work on 4 projects, portraying different skills within UX. The first project takes you through the entire design process, while the others may focus on a redesign or adding a new feature onto a product. I really enjoy being able to discuss things with my mentor on a weekly basis. I feel as though I have really grown.
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I enjoy the mandatory weekly meetings with my mentor and the mandatory group crit meetings. I get feedback from multiple sources throughout my design process. I was really happy that building my portfolio was something that was built into...
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It can be easy to fall behind in the course, especially if you are leading an independent project (not within the curriculum). As a part-time student, you need to complete 20 hrs weekly minimum. You cannot fall more than 40 hrs behind, or...

Pretty excellent program for a fast and inexpensive career change

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Mariana Ruiz graduated Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
If you're looking to make a career change or dive into more UX related field, DL was great for getting a broad and deep understanding of the philosophies and design skills in a quick and much more inexpensive manner than say other programs in colleges. It's quite intense you definitely need to be self disciplined in order to achieve your goals.
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-Inexpensive compared to other UX programs -Fast -Great mentors -Exciting projects that make your portfolio standout -Career services -If you've met all the requirements and have not found a job in six months after your portfolio review...
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- Because it's so fast, there are times you skip over bonus projects or reading material to make deadlines -Some mentors have very unbalanced schedules and do not make their appointments. You can always ask for a new mentor but it can be...

Excellent program

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Dominic Ong graduated Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
The part time program really helps individuals who are looking for career switch not lose much income as it's quite flexible. The mentorship that I got was amazing. The course is very hands on and practical which helps build a good portfolio
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Loved the mentorship program Group critics was really useful and replicates what happens at work Program was very structured and good case studies to work on
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Timing for group crits are us timezone focused Career support and familiarity is not strong in Asia

Good choice for a design bootcamp

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Michelle Kim graduated Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
Overall, I am happy that I chose DesignLab to learn UX design. The curriculum is pretty thorough and flexible, lots of resources available and have many opportunities to learn from other people (ex: mentors, designer peers, speakers etc).
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The curriculum is well put together. You start the course enrolling in design 101 to ramp up some visual designing skills. After the admissions confirm your work, you get access to the main UX design course. It's all project-based...
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When I think of mentorship, I think of someone who is also committed in my career success. My mentors were all very talented in their own fields, but I found it difficult to really connect. When DesignLab asks what you need from a mentor,...

Bootcamp Graduate - Great for people without any design background

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Cassie Parco graduated Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
Overall, I had a good experience with DesignLab. Could it have it been better? Yes, but you also get what you put in. I've currently been in my UX job for almost a year now and while the bootcamp did provide a great foundation curriculum, it's difficult for a curriculum to be a universal experience for the different types of UX positions out there. It took me close to 6 months to find a UX internship, which later transitioned into a full time position. The bootcamp is good for those who have...
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I had a great relationship with my career mentor. She always challenged me into finding new ways to improve my job search while providing mental support because it did get draining. It was also great to meet various UX designers...
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My mentor was based out in Australia and the time difference wasn't ideal. Though my mentor was nice, they didn't provide as much help during the program and I felt like I could've improved had I were assigned someone that was more...

Best "affordable" option

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Xiomara Linares graduated Designlab
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Overall I had an okay experience. The one thing that would've made my experience better was if we were able to work on a client project with other designers and/or developers.
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- It would take a lot longer for me to transition to a career in UX design if I didn't attend Designlab - Having a mentor was super helpful and helped me stay motivated during my time in the program. - My mentor was very knowledgeable...
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- I wish there were videos of someone lecturing instead of having to read all the material. I personally am a visual and auditory learner so this option would have been great for me. - Sometimes my mentor would take more than 48 hours to...

UX Foundation Course!

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Kaity Kuo student at Designlab
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Please take this course! If you are new to UX and you really need some guidance, this course is for you! Not only is it really cheap but you also get a 1:1 mentor! The best part is that if you get matched with a mentor that you don't agree with, definitely request a mentor switch at anytime during the course. Although, I really won't recommend doing it too late. My mentor that I was assigned to was extremely detailed and hard on you for a good reason. He strives to push you even when you think...
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1:1 private mentor scheduled once a week. Can request a mentor switch if it doesn't work out. Extremely organized lessons.
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Some of the readings can get too lengthy!

DesignLab prepared me well to get a job in UX

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Karen Chang graduated Designlab
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Created 7 months ago
I have mostly wonderful things to say about Designlab. For starters, it definitely prepared me well enough to nail a job soon after graduating. The curriculum was extensive - I don't think I've ever worked harder in my life, but I learned so much. I enjoyed the mentor I had, that I had a lot of flexibility in the projects I chose to work on, and attending group crits every week made this virtual community feel a bit more tangible.
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- I personally had a great mentor in UXA (shoutout to Patrick!) - cheaper than other bootcamps (I.e. GA) - very supportive staff - graduated with a full blown portfolio (your portfolio is reviewed by a panel before you graduate) - group...
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- experience really depends on the mentor you get, so make sure you really like your mentor, if not, request a switch - my career services mentor was not helpful and I personally didn't find career services particularly helpful

Challenging but definitely worth it

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Aaron Montanez graduated Designlab
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I was a part-time UX Academy student and overall I am happy my experience. I had to switch mentors a couple times and had some logistic issues with timelines, but the support staff was very helpful. Career services and mentor pairing are some invaluable resources they offer.
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Working close with mentors who are currently in the industry and the mandatory group critiques helps simulate working with a real design team, especially in a time where we can't really meet in person.
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The curriculum is very demanding and time consuming. It was tough to balance working full-time and being a UX academy student, but the support staff was understanding and helpful when I needed them.

Designlab Courses and Curriculum

Students without a design background who wish to enroll in the Designlab online UX Academy program begin by taking a short foundational course to pick up basic skills. Designlab also provides several four-week courses for students who wish to learn design fundamentals. Designlab courses are self-paced and beneficial for web developers, aspiring designers, and mobile app developers.

The Designlab bootcamp is not free. The total cost of the UX Academy program is $7,249. The shorter courses all cost $399. Designlab is good for beginners. If you aren’t an experienced designer, the Designlab prep course will help you learn all the design basics you need to keep up with the main design bootcamp.

UX Academy (Part-time)

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UX Academy is a rigorous online program that has helped thousands of people land a job in UI/UX/product design since 2015. You'll work with an experienced mentor 1-on-1 to complete over 480 hours of coursework (majority produced in-house) in topics that cover the full breadth of UI/UX design, including: UX research, information architecture, interaction design, UI design, prototyping, testing, and handoff. UX Academy has just been updated this year to build on all of the things that make the program an industry-leading UX/UI design bootcamp—1:1 mentorship, 4 portfolio projects, and a supportive design community—and also delivers a new, updated, and improved course experience for students. This updated experience includes brand new video tutorials to help students visualize and immerse themselves in UX techniques, updated curriculum and lessons that reflect the latest industry trends and practices, and more than 50 new projects to help students put theory into practice and build a unique, diversified portfolio that contains 4 stellar case-study projects. Upon completion, you'll not only have a certificate of completion but also, more importantly, a professional UI/UX portfolio containing 4 in-depth projects to showcase your skills and share with future employers. Along the way, you'll participate in weekly Group Critiques where you'll share, discuss, and analyze design work live with a group of students and an experienced facilitator. The support will continue into the Career Services phase of the program, where we'll pair you with a Career Coach who will guide you through interview practice, networking, salary negotiation, and other elements of the recruitment process until you find a job in the industry. If you'd like to learn more, you can chat to one of our friendly Admissions team (https://calendly.com/designlab-admissions/schedule-call) or attend a free Admissions Open House webinar (https://designlab.com/webinars/).
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In this 4-week online course built for design beginners, you'll learn about the fundamentals of color theory, typography, and layout in web design. You'll have 4 weekly sessions with your mentor and receive additional written feedback from them on all your project pieces and assignments.
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Designlab Job Placement Rate and Outcomes

The exact Designlab job placement rate is not available. However, according to Designlab’s website, 1343 of its graduates have found work with highly reputable organizations with the help of mentorship from expert designers. Many graduates are career changers that have learned in-demand skills that have led to an increase in salary. Designlab career services are extensive.

All UX Academy students have access to multiple one-on-one mentoring sessions. These mentor meetings are the perfect time to polish your resume, work on a cover letter, practice for job interviews, and sharpen your networking skills. Your mentor will be an industry expert with real-world experience. Designlab does all it can to help you land a design job.

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What Projects Do Designlab Students Work On?

The UX Academy program requires students to work on multiple projects to build their portfolios and hone their skills. For example, one student built a responsive site called Moonlight Cinema that provides users with information about outdoor movie screenings in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Designlab Questions

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So Career Karma was started by Artur, Ruben and myself out of our own struggles career transitioning into Tech. Our journey took place in 2014-2015 and if it wasn't for the three of us doing it together we wouldn't be here today. Once we got our high paying jobs in tech and I was working as a Software Engineer ... I say an incredible opportunity for others like me who were trying to learn how to code on their own but failing to complete their transition. Three years into us...

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How much can I make if I become a software engineer?

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I recommend checking out our article about Full Stack developer salaries: https://careerkarma.com/blog/entry-level-full-stack-developer-salary/

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How do you successfully pass the technical interviews for Flatiron and Hack Reactor (Software Engineering and Cyber Analytics) ?

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Good question. They are very different so I would recommend doing prep courses for both to try it out. However, then decide which specialty you're most interested in and go for those technical interviews. In preparation, definitely complete the prep course. The next steps for you should be to ask the admissions officer about the type of questions that are going to be on the technical interviews. What resources do they recommend you review to get accepted? What they think will...

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Designlab FAQs

How Much Is Designlab Cost and Tuition?

The Designlab tuition for the UX Academy bootcamp is $6,850 if you pay upfront. There is also a course deposit of $399, so the total Designlab price is $7,249. The Designlab bootcamp cost is reduced by $500 if you complete the foundational course first. Designlab’s short four-week courses all cost $399. Designlab does not offer any free courses.

What Is the Designlab Acceptance Rate?

The Designlab acceptance rate is not available publicly. Designlab online programs do have limited capacity, however, so Designlab cannot accept every student. Students with a passion for product design and a drive to succeed have the best chances of being accepted into the program.

How Can I Pay for Designlab?

You can pay the Designlab tuition for the UX Academy bootcamp with several payment options. If you sign up for the short courses, you will need to pay $399 upfront. There is no Designlab deferred tuition option. Designlab payment options include:

  • Upfront payment. If you take the foundational design course, you can pay the UX Academy tuition with an upfront payment of $7,249.
  • Monthly payments. Students also have the option of making monthly payments of $1,208. This adds up to a total of $7,649, including the $399 course deposit.
  • Climb Credit loan. Students can also create an interest-only payment plan from Climb Credit. The total cost for this payment method will vary for each student.
  • Scholarships. Designlab scholarships aim to help underrepresented communities in the tech field. Every month one student receives 50 percent tuition off and three students receive $1,000 off.

How Do I Apply to Designlab?

You can apply to Designlab by filling out an online application through the official website. Because it does not require any interviews or assessments, Designlab is not as difficult to get into as some other bootcamps. The steps of the Designlab applications process are listed below:

  1. The Designlab admissions team recommends interested students attend an open house webinar to learn more details about the program and ask any pressing questions.
  2. Design beginners should complete the UX Academy Foundations course. This takes four weeks if you study 20 hours per week.
  3. Complete the three-minute application on the Designlab website. If you did not take the foundational online program, you will need to include samples of your work so the team can assess your graphic design background.
  4. If the Designlab admissions team feels you will be a good fit for the program, they will let you know. You can then proceed to finalize your chosen payment option.

How Do I Get Accepted Into Designlab?

To get accepted into Designlab, you will need to include an example of your work in your application. If you have no background in design, you will have to take its foundational course to learn the basics before you apply. UX Academy is looking for students with a passion for design and strong creative thinking skills.

What Is the Designlab Admission Process?

The Designlab admission process starts with a foundational course to gain basic knowledge if you don’t have experience with design. To apply, you will need to fill out an application on the official website. After this, the team will contact you to let you know if they feel you would be a good fit.

What Designlab Interview Questions Should I Expect?

There is no Designlab interview during the admissions process. You do not need to prepare for any Designlab admissions interview questions. If you have any questions regarding the design coursework, payment options, or anything else, you can set up an informational chat with admissions.

Is Designlab Hard to Get Into?

No, according to the majority of Designlab reviews, Designlab is not difficult to get into. However, Designlab limits the number of students it allows into its courses, so you will want to make sure you put your best foot forward during the application process.

Does Designlab Offer Prep Courses?

Yes, Designlab does offer a prep course. The Designlab prep course is for students who wish to apply to its UX academy program. This course takes four to eight weeks to complete and helps students build introductory skills.

The prep program is not necessary if you already have relevant experience. However, the coursework is a great way to prepare for design school if you are concerned about keeping up with the curriculum.

Does Designlab Offer Workshops?

No, Designlab does not offer workshops. Though there are no Designlab workshops, the school does offer four shorter courses for students who don’t want to commit to the full bootcamp program. Designlab courses teach students all aspects of UX and UI design.

Are There Any Designlab Scholarships?

Yes, you can apply for a Designlab scholarship. The Diversity Design scholarship is awarded to students from underrepresented groups in tech. It is awarded to four students on a monthly basis.

You can get a scholarship for Designlab if you are a member of a historically disadvantaged group and are passionate about design. Here is how to get the Diversity Design scholarship for Designlab:

  1. Fill out an application with general information about yourself on the Designlab website.
  2. Answer several short written questions about why you are interested in the program and this scholarship.
  3. Create a short video explaining why you are a good candidate for the Designlab scholarship program.
  4. The Designlab team will review all applications and let you know of their decision.

Does Designlab Have a Refund Policy?

Yes, Designlab does have a refund policy for deposits and tuition. The Designlab refund policy states that you can receive a full refund for tuition and your deposit if you cancel enrollment within the first two weeks of the course. After two weeks, the deposit becomes non-refundable.

In addition, if you do not receive a job offer within six months of graduation, you may be eligible for a tuition refund. This is because of Designlab’s job guarantee for students in the UX Design bootcamp.

How Much Do Designlab Graduates Earn?

Designlab does not currently provide information about how much its graduates earn. However, ZipRecruiter reports that the average salary of a UX designer is $98,816, while the average salary of a UI designer is $98,780.

Does Designlab Offer a Job Guarantee?

Yes, Designlab does offer a job guarantee. If students don’t receive a job offer within six months of graduation from the UX Design bootcamp program, they may be eligible for tuition reimbursement.

What Companies Hire Designlab Graduates?

According to its website, graduates of Designlab can be found working at large tech companies like Samsung, Microsoft, PayPal, Facebook, Deloitte, Cisco, and Adidas. Working with an expert mentor helps Designlab students succeed in landing their dream job.

Is Designlab Accredited?

No, Designlab is not accredited. It does report on its website that it has helped students land over 7,900 job interviews since 2019. Of the students who use their newfound knowledge to work in the design field, 86 percent work in full-time positions.

Is Designlab Worth It?

Yes, Designlab is worth it if you want to gain the skills you need to get a job in web design. Based on several positive Designlab reviews, Designlab is worth the money if you are passionate about joining the field of UX design. Designlab is a good bootcamp that provides mentorship opportunities with industry professionals, portfolio-building projects, and in-demand skills.

The short courses offered by Designlab are worth it if you are looking to gain a more specific skill set in a short period of time. These courses are self-paced and you can fit them in around your busy schedule. They are also more affordable than the full bootcamp program.

Designlab Reviews: Is Designlab Legit?

Yes, Designlab is legit. Designlab reviews praise the school’s career services and comprehensive curriculum. According to LinkedIn, Designlab alumni work in companies like Microsoft, Accenture, and Deloitte. Though Designlab is not accredited, Designlab UX Design reviews show the school provides students everything they need to succeed.

You can put Designlab on your resume and stand out from the field of applicants while you’re job hunting. Designlab bootcamp reviews report that students learn the tools needed to build attractive online and mobile products through hands-on projects and one-on-one coaching from expert designers.

Is Designlab a Scam?

No, Designlab is certainly not a scam. Designlab is safe and hundreds of students have utilized the school to launch successful careers. Designlab graduates work at some of the largest tech companies in the world, such as Netflix, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. There is no Designlab scam. If you choose to enroll, you will receive all the content it promises.

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Answers to commonly asked questions

Which companies hire Designlab graduates?

There are graduates from Designlab working at a number of tech companies. This list includes companies like Academy of Art University, San Jose State University, Foothill College

How many students does this school have?

Designlab has over 544 students and graduates as of 2022. This number will only continue to grow as more and more students take advantage of the courses offered here.

What courses are offered at Designlab?

Designlab offers several courses in different tech subjects, including: UX Academy (Part-time), Design 101, UX: Interaction Design, UX Academy (Full-time), UI Design.

What types of programs are available at Designlab?

Designlab currently has Online, Full-time and Part-time types of programs available to new students.

What financing options are offered by Designlab?

This school offers a variety of different financing options, including: Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing. With these payment methods, nearly anyone can attend Designlab.

Where is Designlab available?

Designlab is an online program. Check out its student reviews to figure out if its the right program for you.

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