Design Thinking

Co-create, innovate and develop human-centered solutions for complex problems through powerful design thinking methods. Learn proven, industry-relevant methods through real-world projects, with the help of expert guidance from mentors and instructors.

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Ideal for people from any background, at any level of experience. You don’t need prior design knowledge or skills. The bootcamp is suitable for beginners; if you have prior experience in design thinking methods, you can opt for more advanced projects and outcomes.

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I can finally get all my ideas in order. In this Bootcamp I was able to apply all my knowledge using Design Thinking as a guide to connect concepts and discover new ones. Thanks for helping me discover myself.
Natalie Salazar / UX/UI Designer / Argentina

Why Choose an IxDF Bootcamp

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Priced 80% lower than the industry average, despite having more senior mentors and instructors. The difference? We’re focused on you, not on profits.

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All you need is 8-10 hours/week. Choose timings that work best for your schedule. Designed with full-time students and professionals in mind.

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Fully Remote

Learn from anywhere—all you need is a computer and internet. Join students from around the world. Expand your horizons from wherever you are.

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Focused Learning

Each IxDF bootcamp teaches you real-world skills to help you show both depth and variety in your portfolio and impress recruiters.

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Job Guarantee

Each individual bootcamp already gets you closer to your dream job and you can apply for a job guarantee and UX certification if you complete 3 bootcamps.

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Capstone Project

Work on a Capstone Project with your mentor’s guidance via a series of smaller Capstone Assignments. You’ll perfect your approach and enhance your portfolio.

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1:1 Mentoring

Meet with your mentor each week, through 1:1 sessions, group critiques and workshops. Your mentor will also give you continuous feedback on projects.

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Industry Recognized

We’re the world’s largest online design school, with 116,957+ graduates since 2002. With IxDF certificates, employers worldwide will recognize your work.


In just 12 weeks, you’ll learn to solve problems first-hand using the most preferred Design Thinking methods and tools in the industry, aided by expertly-crafted theory lessons.

Learn how to develop effective, evidence-based solutions and present them with confidence. Hone your unique strengths through self-reflection and expert mentorship. Get valuable skills that can give you a serious advantage in any career path or industry.

Week 1

Introduction to Design Thinking
  • Learn what Design Thinking is
  • Complete research planning activities
  • Form a team and collaborate online
Week 2

  • Learn why User Research is Important
  • Frame and present your Design Challenge
  • Understand your audience
Week 3

  • Learn to frame interview questions
  • Design a cultural Probe
  • Conduct user interviews
Week 4

  • Learn to analyze and synthesize research
  • Create Personas and Affinity Diagrams
  • Define the problem you’re working on
Week 5

  • Understand Empathy Mapping
  • Create a Point of View Statement
  • Develop How Might We questions
Week 6

  • Build frameworks and journey maps
  • Understand and identify touchpoints
  • Create experience maps
Week 7

  • Learn how to prepare for ideation sessions
  • Explore brainstorming methodologies
  • Sketch your ideas
Week 8

  • Learn how to select your best idea
  • Use analogies and assumption
  • Get started with prototyping
Week 9

  • Make your solution feasible and viable
  • Build a Business Model Canvas
  • Conduct Viability Assessments
Week 10

  • Test your Rapid Prototype
  • Gather feedback
  • Learn about usability test types
Week 11

  • Learn how to pitch an idea
  • Create Stakeholder Maps
  • Prepare to release your idea
Week 12

Final Presentations
  • Work on your final project
  • Reflect on your progress
  • Present your Capstone Project
We continuously update our curriculum based on ongoing student feedback and to keep up with big shifts and changes in the industry.

Learn From Expert Mentors and Instructors

Thanks to a strict vetting process and uncompromising quality standards, we hire only experienced mentors and instructors with a proven track record. When you learn from the best, you'll stand out from the rest.

Your senior instructor will have industry and teaching experience of at least 10-15 years each. Your expert mentor will have at least 5 years of industry experience and is trained to guide and inspire you every step of the way.

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IxDF Bootcamps don't just lead the industry in affordability—when it comes to all other aspects of the bootcamp experience, we're at par (and sometimes ahead) of others. All this while continuing to provide you with high quality at low costs.

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* Please visit our Certification with Job Guarantee page for the steps to a Job Guarantee!

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between taking an IxDF course and taking an IxDF bootcamp?
The IxDF courses are self-paced and designed for independent study without the assistance of a mentor or instructor.

Whereas, with an IxDF bootcamp, you’ll have:
  • An in-depth curriculum + recommended schedule of daily and weekly activities
  • Live class discussions with an instructor
  • Personalized feedback on projects and peer critiques from your mentor
  • Discussions and forums with your fellow students
  • A virtual classroom and common room environment
Will I be able to take the bootcamp if English is not my first language?
You can take the bootcamp as long as you are comfortable with reading, writing and speaking English—even if it isn't your first language

We welcome students from around the world, and in recognition of the fact that English will not be everyone’s first language, we’ve maintained a simple level of English in all our materials. And if you occasionally do get stuck, don’t worry—your mentor will be able to help you!
How many hours per week do I need to spend on the bootcamp?
You’ll spend 8-10 hours per week on the bootcamp, which includes project work, lessons, class discussions with the instructor and meetings with your mentor.
What makes an IxDF bootcamp different from the others?
Over the 19 years that we've been helping people start their careers in UX and related fields, we've constantly worked to understand what employers expect from aspiring designers, and where conventional bootcamps fail to deliver. Time and time again, employers have reported the same concern to us—that many popular bootcamps fail to produce students with the adequate depth and breadth to work effectively in a real UX or product team.

Many bootcamps pack introductions to UI, User Research and Design Thinking into a single bootcamp, often leaving students without enough time or opportunity to really master each area. Since these bootcamps do not offer enough depth and breadth in these areas, their students are often unable to showcase the expected variety and mastery of concepts to employers.

At IxDF, each bootcamp will give you exactly the kind of breadth and depth employers expect in each area. You'll devote an entire 12-week bootcamp to learning about a specific domain, and you'll create a Capstone Project with tons of real deliverables for your portfolio. At the same time, because each specialisation gets its own bootcamp, you still have the freedom to pick only those that are relevant to your goals.

Even better—once you complete 3 of these specialized bootcamps, you are eligible to join the elite IxDF UX Certification Program where you'll be certified by an expert panel as a professional UX designer, and you'll get a 6-month job guarantee along with comprehensive help with job applications, interviews and presentations.

In a nutshell: Employers want to see depth and variety in portfolios, which students struggle to achieve through conventional bootcamps that are also longer and more expensive. IxDF offers shorter, specialized bootcamps for a fraction of the price which help students to achieve mastery over UX and related fields, making them better prepared for the demands of a real job and giving them an advantage even in a competitive job market.
What kind of projects will I work on?
Practical project work accounts for about 60% of what you'll do in the bootcamp. This will be a combination of standalone practice activities, as well as Capstone Project Work, which refers to a series of individual assignments connected to the Capstone Project Brief you choose at the start, ultimately forming your Capstone Presentation at the end of the bootcamp.

Whatever the type of practical work, you’ll create real deliverables that you’ll encounter when you work in a real design or product team. Each of these deliverables will make perfect additions to your portfolio.
Can the bootcamp fit around my current job or studies?
Absolutely! We believe no one should have to put their life on hold to learn and improve their careers, so you can rest assured that with IxDF bootcamps, you'll never have to.

The bootcamp is fully online and part-time, where you'll have the flexibility to learn across 12 weeks. While you will need to be available at specific times for live lectures and meetings, these will be during weekdays at specific times that you will know well in advance.

To make it even easier for you to plan your schedule, we've maintained these activities on the same day most weeks. For example, live class discussions may always fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time, allowing you to plan other meetings and errands around it easily.

You can also work on lessons and project work flexibly based on your schedule. Deadlines, while strict, are spaced well enough to give you time for your job, studies or busy home life.
Can I get a refund if I’m not satisfied?
If you're unhappy with your bootcamp experience, you can inform us at any time and we'll do our best to find a resolution for you. If despite our best efforts, you still wish to quit the bootcamp, you can request a refund. To be eligible for the refund, you should request it within the first 14 days of the bootcamp.

Beyond the 14 days, we don't process refunds. However, if there's anything we can improve or fix for you, you will have our dedicated support right through the bootcamp.
What’s the difference between the Design League Membership and doing a Bootcamp?
The Design League membership is a monthly membership that gives you 2 hours of non-structured discussion time with a mentor each month. However, the Design League does not include mentor participation outside of the 2 hours of calls.

If you’d like more hands-on guidance than what the Design League offers, the bootcamp could be right for you. In contrast to a Design League membership type, the bootcamp is a full-fledged program packed with guidance from a mentor and instructor.
  • As you learn fundamental theory and concepts, you'll be guided by experienced instructors.
  • When you work on practical projects, your mentor will help you every step of the way.
  • Moreover, if you enjoy learning with your peers, the bootcamp also includes peer reviews and discussion forums.

In short, as compared to the Design League, the bootcamp offers a more structured approach to learning, and more opportunities to interact with mentors, instructors and fellow students.
Can I take the bootcamp even if I'm not based in the US?
Absolutely, the bootcamp is open to students from around the world! After you sign up, you'll also get to choose from at least 2 options of timings for live class discussions, and you'll be paired with a mentor in a time zone that's suitable for you.

You'll learn alongside students from all over the world, and our team of mentors and instructors is similarly global and diverse.
Can I specialize in a specific area of UX, UI or research in the bootcamp?
Every IxDF bootcamp is inherently specialized in nature. IxDF offers bootcamps specializing in UX Design, Design Thinking, User Research and UI Design (releasing in October 2021). In each of these bootcamps, you will dive very deep into conceptual and practical work and emerge with a solid foundation and the skills to put that foundation to use in the real world.

Within each bootcamp, you can customize many aspects of your project briefs and choose to work in a domain that interests you.

Employers want to see depth and variety in portfolios, which students struggle to achieve through conventional bootcamps that are also longer and more expensive. IxDF offers shorter, specialized bootcamps for a fraction of the price which help students to achieve mastery over UX and related fields, making them better prepared for the demands of a real job and giving them an advantage even in a competitive job market.
I have absolutely no prior experience related to UX. Will I be able to take the bootcamp?
Definitely! The bootcamp is designed with complete beginners in mind. You don’t need any prior conceptual or practical knowledge in the field to take this bootcamp. You will learn by doing and your work will be continuously evaluated by your expert mentor to keep you on the right track. You will also learn the most essential theory aspects through lessons and through class discussions with your instructor.
Is there any placement or career support with the bootcamp?
This bootcamp by itself does not come with placement or career support. That said, the bootcamp will train you in many areas that will make it much easier for you to find and land your dream job. You'll learn to:
  • Create and present real deliverables in a compelling way
  • Work with peers in a group to give and receive feedback in a team-like environment
  • Think like a designer and solve real-world problems
  • Manage and meet deadlines
  • Present your process like real professionals do
Will I get a certificate once I complete an IxDF bootcamp?
Yes, you’ll get a digital certificate that’s displayed on your IxDF profile, and you can also share it on LinkedIn like all our course certificates. You'll also receive a downloadable copy that you can print and share if any employers or recruiters need you to.
What is the quality of IxDF bootcamps compared to other UX bootcamps?
The content in IxDF courses and bootcamps are developed by and with industry-recognized leaders in UX Design. Just like in our self-paced courses, the content in the bootcamp is created by people who have both worked in the industry and taught UX academically. This means that you’ll learn from people who are experts at teaching UX concepts and are also extremely well-versed with the nuances, demands and responsibilities of a real UX job.

Our selection process for mentors and instructors is extremely rigorous and selective. We go the extra mile to ensure that all our bootcamp teaching staff are equally skilled as educators and practitioners, with a proven track-record and 5-15 years of experience. In this aspect, IxDF bootcamps are ahead of the industry—many other bootcamps hire their own recent graduates as instructors. At IxDF, we insist that our instructors have worked on varied projects and held leadership roles in the industry.
If I purchase one bootcamp, will I get access to all other bootcamps?
When you sign up for a bootcamp, you get access just to the specific bootcamp that you signed up for. If you'd like to join other bootcamps, you will have to sign up for them individually.

If you work or study full-time, we recommend taking only 1 bootcamp at a time so that you can manage the workload and time commitments without getting burnt out. We have rolling enrolments for all bootcamps, so you can always start with one bootcamp and make your way through the others without waiting too long.
What live classes and meetings are in the Design Thinking bootcamp, and at what time?
The bootcamp includes mandatory live interactions such as:
  • Online classes with your instructor (1-2/week for 1 hour each)
  • Mentor workshops or Group critiques (1/week for 1 hour)
  • 1:1 meetings with your mentor (1/week for 30 minutes)
Additionally, you can book OPTIONAL office hours with your instructor for 20 minutes. This is not mandatory, and is available once per week on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Available time slots

For the Design Thinking bootcamp, these are the time slots you can choose from:
  • 9 AM Central European Time (CET)
  • 8 PM Eastern Time (EDT)
To help you visualise this, here's how a typical week in the Design Thinking bootcamp would look if you choose the 9 AM CET time slot.
  • Monday: No mandatory live classes or meetings (Optional office hours with the instructor—20 min slots available from 9:00-11:30 AM CET)
  • Tuesday: Live Class (Mandatory)—9-10 AM CET
  • Wednesday: Live Class (Mandatory)—9-10 AM CET
  • Thursday: Mentor Workshop (Mandatory)—9-10 AM CET
  • Friday: Mentor 1:1 (Mandatory)—30 min slots available from 9:00-11:30 AM CET

Attendance and Re-watching sessions

Live classes with the instructor and mentor workshops will be recorded and available to watch again. However, you still need to maintain minimum attendance requirements for these sessions.

  • Live Classes: 65% minimum attendance
  • Mentor Workshops and 1:1s: 75% minimum attendance

How to fit the bootcamp into a busy schedule

Most weeks, these events will occur on the same day at or around the same time slot you have chosen, giving you consistency, flexibility and visibility to plan ahead.

For instance, if these time slots occur in the middle of your work day, you can block out 9-10 AM CET or 8-9 PM EDT and request your manager and colleagues not to book meetings with you during this hour.

The bootcamp also includes project work and theory lessons—you can do them whenever your schedule permits (before work, after work, on weekends, etc.). These components do have deadlines, but they're very well-spaced and generous so as to take the pressure off you.
What is the attendance criteria in the bootcamp?
Live classes with the instructor and mentor workshops will be recorded and available to watch again. However, you still need to maintain minimum attendance requirements for these sessions.

  • Live Classes: 65% minimum attendance
  • Mentor Workshops and 1:1s: 75% minimum attendance
What do you mean by "part-time" bootcamp? Can I study at my own pace or only when I'm free?
Part-time in the context of the bootcamp means that you only need 8-10 hours per week to do the bootcamp; this means you don't need to study full-time (usually equal to 40 hours/week), and you can do the bootcamp even if you work full-time or have demanding commitments like being the primary caretaker to children and family.

That said, because the bootcamp is a more immersive and intensive learning experience than a regular online course, there are certain events you have to be present for at a specific time. And there are deadlines for your coursework.

You can do the project work and theory lessons whenever your schedule permits (before work, after work, on weekends, etc.). These components do have deadlines, but they're very well-spaced and generous so as to take the pressure off you.

When it comes to live classes, live workshops and mentor 1:1s, you have some flexibility when it comes to choosing from the available time slots—but once you have chosen a time slot, you are required to be present for these sessions and meet minimum attendance requirements.

These sessions usually happen at the time slot you have chosen. They occur 3-4 times a week, for a maximum of 1 hour. Because of this, you can easily plan around them and fit them into your schedule by simply blocking your chosen hour out for the bootcamp during the week.
My working hours conflict with the available time slots for classes in the bootcamp. What can I do?
Sometimes, the 1-hour time slots available for class discussions and mentor workshops can fall within your work timings. In this case, you could benefit from speaking to your manager and colleagues and requesting them to excuse you for just this 1 hour period. In such cases, you could work an extra hour of the day to compensate, and schedule your meetings around the bootcamp. And since one bootcamp takes only 12 weeks, so it is a minor, short-term adjustment for you and your colleagues.

Many of our students have used this approach and found that they not only got the space they needed to accommodate the bootcamp, but they were also appreciated for taking the time to up-skill themselves.