UX Portfolio and Career

Turn your UX skills into a career advantage. Learn to present your UX knowledge to impress recruiters and stakeholders. Develop more advanced skills through real-world practice and mentorship. Prepare for a new job or promotion with expert help.

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Ideal for people with a prior working knowledge of UX design. The bootcamp is designed around your career goals and contains only practical components, no theory. Through it, you will convert your existing knowledge of UX into a portfolio that proves and presents your job-ready skills. It includes personal mentorship, fully customizable project briefs and interactions with recruiters from top design staffing agency, Creative Circle.

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Our Graduates Work For Top Employers

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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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Affordable

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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Part-Time

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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Meet Recruiters

Work with a recruiter from Creative Circle — one of the top design staffing agencies in the world — to build your unique career plan of action.

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Customized Projects

Create your own project brief to work on challenges and domains that you enjoy. Say no to cookie-cutter portfolios and stand apart.

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1:1 Mentoring

Meet with your mentor regularly to progressively improve your projects. With their help, perfect your job applications and resume.

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Industry Recognized

We’re the world’s largest online design school, with 112,143+ graduates since 2002. With IxDF certificates, employers worldwide will recognize your work.

Timeline

In just 12 weeks, gain confidence as a UX designer through practical project work and expert mentorship.

Fill gaps in your practical knowledge of UX. Develop and showcase your unique design process. Meet with a design recruiter 1:1 and in portfolio review sessions with your peers. Shortlist real UX jobs to apply to, and get expert help to put your best foot forward. Take a big leap towards a new or better UX job and improve your career.

Week 1

Mentor Introductions
  • Meet your mentor
  • Brief them about goals
  • Identify your project areas
Week 2-8

Portfolio Project Work
  • Build and iterate projects
  • Consult your mentor often
  • Turn projects into case studies
Week 9-10

Build Portfolio Site
  • Outline your portfolio site
  • Showcase it to your mentor
  • Add case studies and iterate
Week 11

Job Readiness
  • Shortlist jobs to apply to
  • Craft a pitch with your mentor
  • Perfect your resume
Week 12

Recruiter Calls
  • Group portfolio review with a recruiter
  • 1:1 recruiter session for guidance
  • Create your custom career action plan
We continuously update our curriculum based on ongoing student feedback and to keep up with big shifts and changes in the industry.

We’ll Find You a Mentor Who’s Right for You

You’ll be personally matched with a mentor from our curated pool of 200+ experts. We’ll match you based on your knowledge, skills and aspirations so you get the most out of your bootcamp experience.

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AJ Camara

Design Director, BentoBox

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Anthony Faria

Director of Product Design, Handshake

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Ari Krzyzek

Creative Director / Chief Designer, Chykalophia

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Sadok Cervantes

Lead Designer, Medal.tv

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Catherine Hicks

Freelance UX Consultant

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Christine Esoldo

Sr. UX Design Manager, CrowdStrike

How We’ll Match You With Your Mentor

Many mentors
Based on your knowledge, skills and aspirations, we’ll select 2-3 experts that suit you.
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You’ll choose 1 of your matches as your mentor.

Price

$2,592

Well begun is half done—give your UX career a promising start and make your way towards a high-paying UX role!

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Monthly installment plan

Pay for the bootcamp in affordable monthly installments.

$600/mo

Paid monthly for 4 months + $192 paid once for a 1-year Professional Membership to IxDF.

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Compare IxDF With Other Design Programs

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.

Platform Price(USD) Job Guarantee Additional Resources Years of UX Experience
IxDF $2,592 No Yes, free courses and discounted webinars. 19 yrs
Career Foundry $6,999 Yes No 8 yrs
DesignLab $6,749 No No 7 yrs
General Assembly $14,950 No No 10 yrs
Thinkful $12,150 No No 9 yrs
Google Starts from $300 No No 4 mos

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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.
Do I need any prior design skills or education to enroll?
If you're a beginner in UX Design, then the UX Fundamentals bootcamp is the one for you. You don't need any prior experience to take this bootcamp, and you can enroll right away to get started.

If you're interested in the Get a New Job In UX Design bootcamp, you should note that it is best suited for those who have a working knowledge of UX design. To enroll in the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp, you don't need prior experience working as a designer, and you don't need any particular educational qualifications. But to truly benefit from the bootcamp, you should know foundational design concepts, and have basic practical and technical UX skills.

If you're new to UX design:

If you’re new to UX design, we recommend that you start with the UX Fundamentals bootcamp.

If you're looking to learn the basics at your own pace without guidance from a mentor, you can take courses like Become a UX Designer From Scratch, How To Create a UX Portfolio and Human-Computer Interaction or Design Thinking to get started.

If you're already a Professional member, it means you already have access to these courses and you can take them all right away. If you are a Student member, or you plan to sign up for a Student membership, you can take 2 of the courses at a time.

If you're preparing to join the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp, we also recommend learning how to use some commonly used UI/UX design software, which you can learn from free official or online tutorials. This will prepare you for portfolio-work.

Already a member of the Interaction Design Foundation? Make use of these pro-tips!

1. To gain practical skills with UX design tools, you can benefit from exclusive discounts on design tools available through our Product Partners.

2. Want to take the preparatory courses at a faster pace? Skip the weekly wait for new lessons by requesting full access to the courses.

PLEASE NOTE—if you are already enrolled in any of these courses, then you need to drop them before you request full access, which will reset your progress in those courses.

To avail full access to these courses, just copy the following text and email it to rikke.friis.dam@interaction-design.org—easy peasy!
Hi Rikke, 

I'm interested in enrolling for the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp, and I'd like to prepare for it by taking some courses in full without waiting for each week's lessons. Could you please give me full access to these courses?
- Become a UX Designer From Scratch
- How To Create a UX Portfolio 
- Human-Computer Interaction 
- Design Thinking

Thanks so much! 
Can this bootcamp fit around my current job or studies?
The UX Fundamentals bootcamp is fully online and part-time, where you'll spend about 20-25 hours each week for 12 weeks. Live lectures and meetings with your mentor will be during weekdays at specific times, and you will need to be available at those times. If your job or studies are part-time or offer flexible hours, you will be able to take this bootcamp alongside them and your mentor can help you put together a plan that works around your schedule.

The Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp is also completely online, but since it is meant for those with an existing working knowledge of UX, it is self-paced. This means you can customize exactly how much time you'll be able to spend on it each day. Working with your mentor, you can put together a plan that works around your schedule.

How much time will I have to spend every day on the bootcamp?
In the UX Fundamentals bootcamp, you will spend about 20-25 hours each week for 12 weeks on bootcamp-related lessons, project work and more.

In the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp, the time you spend on the bootcamp per day will boil down to the specific projects on which you work with your mentor. You can customize exactly how much time you'll be able to spend on the bootcamp, and your mentor can put together a plan that works around your schedule
What are my chances to get a job in UX design with this bootcamp?
The UX Fundamentals bootcamp is designed for those who are just getting started with learning UX. Since its primary aim is to teach students essential concepts in UX, it is not focused on job readiness.

If you already have a working knowledge of UX and essential technical skills, then the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp can help you maximize your chances of success in the UX job search. This happens through:
  • Personal guidance for your career, including advice towards applying to your dream, real-life UX job postings
  • Lifetime access to resources that will help you improve your resume and interview skills
  • Lifetime access to project briefs, so that even after the bootcamp, you can continue applying what you learned towards expanding your portfolio
  • A consultation and networking session with a design recruiter where you will get advice from an actual UX hiring expert, and get your portfolio reviewed and critiqued by your peers who are taking the bootcamp alongside you
You'll emerge from the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp with a compelling portfolio, interviewing and negotiation skills, expert advice and most importantly—the confidence to sail through the UX job hunt. 
What kind of projects will I work on?
In the UX Fundamentals bootcamp, you will have practical project work that is deeply connected to the lessons you'll go through with your instructor and coach. Since the focus is on mastering essential and fundamental UX concepts, you will not focus on portfolio building at this stage,

The Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp is focused on portfolio building, so it naturally involves more advanced, portfolio-oriented project work, with 30+ project briefs for you to choose from. These briefs match the kind of projects real UX designers work on. You also have the option to create your own briefs to work with, and customize the scope of any project brief towards a specialization—so if you want to work on UI Design projects, User Research projects, Design Thinking projects and more, this is possible within the scope of the bootcamp.
What Return on Investment (ROI) can I expect from my investment?
UX designer salaries are soaring upwards of $110,000 per year in cities like San Francisco and New York, and even in other cities, designers earn a salary of around $70,000. You can therefore earn 85x the cost of this bootcamp in just your first year of employment!

Here are some job statistics for UX designers in the United States:
 Job statistics for UX designers in the USA
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, and you should have completed a maximum of 1 video session with your mentor. 

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 design tools will I learn in the bootcamp?
In the UX Fundamentals bootcamp, you'll learn how to use Figma and Miro. Since this bootcamp is meant for beginners, you'll learn these two tools in the bootcamp as a way to make further learning and practice easier for you.

In the Get a New Job in UX Design bootcamp, you are already expected to know how to use UX design tools before you begin. If you do not know how to use any UX design tools, we recommend that you learn how to use 1-2 design tools before you join the bootcamp. Fortunately, there are tons of free and official resources and tutorials you can use to learn design tools of your choice. This way, you can focus your efforts and valuable mentor sessions to focus on actual projects for your portfolio, rather than basic queries about using design tools. But, if you find yourself stuck while creating your portfolio, you can always ask your mentor for assistance.
Will I be able to take the bootcamp even if English is not my first language?
As long as you’re able to have conversations in English, you’ll benefit from the full extent of the bootcamp without a doubt. The skills the bootcamp will give you are not language-dependent. The skills and concepts you learn will be transferable across languages and cultures.