In the three years since the program began, we’ve graduated over 400 designers. And among them, we’ve seen graduates go on to get jobs at companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.
As Program Director, I’ve personally interviewed every single designer that’s ever completed the program and plenty more who haven’t. All told, it’s no exaggeration to say I’ve probably interviewed upwards of 2000 aspiring designers in the past three years.
All of which is to say, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to take notice of the questions we get asked over and over again. So there they are, the top five most common questions we receive about UX/UI design:
#1. Do I need prior experience to become a designer?
Nope! Not only do the vast majority of our participants have no relevant prior experience, but we discussed in our last article how your diverse professional experience may actually be a major asset and more applicable than you realize.
#2. Do I need to know code?
No. While there are some designers who eventually become hybrid developers, we have not found entry level jobs to typically require coding knowledge. After all, that’s what developers are for. That’s why our program focuses exclusively on the core UX/UI design skills that will actually get you hired, and coding is not part of our curriculum.
#3. What companies have your grads gone on work for?
As I mentioned up above, we’ve not only got grads at major tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon, but we’ve also had grads join emerging startups, boutique agencies, and every size company in between. With huge alumni communities in places such as New York, San Francisco, and Chicago (of course), if you think of a big-name, blue-chip tech company, and we’ve probably got someone there.
#4. Why is your program longer than other bootcamps?
At 24 weeks long, DESIGNATION is by far the longest bootcamp we’re aware of. That’s because we feel that it’s not enough to learn design skills in a vacuum; you actually have to practice them and put them to use! For that reason, our program has two halves: 12 weeks of skill acquisition, and 12 weeks of real-world, on-the-job experience working with live clients in lab space in 1871.
#5. When will you open a campus in my city?
At this time, we have no immediate plans to open up another location beyond our Chicago headquarters. Keeping the program close to where it started means that when you join DESIGNATION, you’re working with the people who founded and built this program, not a pool of hired hands. That means the people running and evolving the experience are the same ones who have been here from the start.
In addition, the first 12 weeks are entirely virtual, giving you plenty of time to make living arrangements, and the first six weeks are part-time so you don’t even have to quit your job.
We believe UX and UI design are an amazingly rewarding and creative career choice and hope you’ll consider joining us for an upcoming cohort.
To learn more about the opportunities a design career has to offer, email me at email@example.com.