Transition from graphic design to UX, overcome stakeholder subjectivity, make a big impact.

Transition from graphic design to UX. Overcome stakeholder subjectivity.

7-month program • Part-time • Limited seats

21 seats left for November 2021
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Since March, I've been taking this UX/UI design course, and like its name, it's been nothing short of kickass. My mentors, Ludovic and Colton have created detailed content that walks students through each step of the process, along with a workbook to track your project's research, interviews, story maps, wireframes, etc. On top of that, we meet weekly, have scheduled feedback sessions, and they are always available for questions. I'm only half way through the course and already I feel confident in my abilities to take on a UX project. 

I highly recommend giving it a try, if you're thinking of making the jump from graphic design to UX. ✨
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Brittney K.

The problems.

Tired of running into subjectivity?

How many times has this happened to you? You give your best and craft beautiful, pixel-perfect work only for your manager or client to tell you that they don’t like it…

Sick of constantly pushing pixels?

After countless iterations, you officially start to feel sick of taking orders, pushing pixels until your manager or client is happy… 

Done making things look “pretty?” 

You feel frustrated always making things look “pretty” and you’re wondering how to use your creative powers more broadly. 

Feeling stuck just creating visuals? 

You feel like just designing the visuals limits your creative freedom. You want more control over the outcome so you can make a bigger impact.

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Why transition to UX?

Graphic/visual designers are really well-equipped to transition to UX. Here are a few reasons why UX is such a great path—increased salary aside.
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Remove a lot of the subjectivity from your design practice.

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Create designs that are backed by data, and stop designing for preferences. 

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Go from just making things “look pretty” to beautiful, useful, and meaningful.

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Create solutions that actually help people and make a big impact.

Meet your mentors.

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Hey! We're Colton and Ludovic! This is us throwing axes with some of our UX peers.
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We’re here to seriously sharpen Graphic/Visual Designers’ UX skillset. 🪓
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We have over a decade of experience between the two of us and created solutions that helped millions of people.
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We'll help you fight subjectivity in design!
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Reach out to us if you have any questions. We'd love to hear from you!
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I’ve had the pleasure to work with Colton and Ludovic for many years. They’re both excellent human beings with tons of talent, and their passion for helping people reach their potential is inspiring. 

If you have the opportunity to learn UX from them, you’ll undoubtedly gain confidence in your abilities as a designer.
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Kit Unger, VP of Design at MURAL
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Say hello to the
UX/UI Expert program.

Graphic designers only? Check.
Two expert mentors that actually care? Check.
Small class sizes? Check.
Keep your full-time job during this program? Check.
Your own unique UX projects? Check.
Exceptional portfolio? Check, check.

Our 7-month interactive program will challenge you to create your best work, be receptive to new ideas, iterate, and effectively communicate your work to your peers. Like you would on the job.
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Our program will give you everything you need to become a kick-ass designer in just a few months.

Learn in-depth UX theory and apply it right away. Build your own unique case studies for your portfolio.

Our program is built around community. Learning UX is best when your mentors genuinely care.

Depth of a university in a fraction of the time & without the hefty cost.

Traditional education can be slow, theoretical, and pricey, leaving a lot of people in the dark. Our goal is to even out the playing field by providing the highest quality education at a reasonable price. The best way to learn is by doing, which is what you’ll be doing from day one onward.
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TIME
COST
8x
faster than a Bachelor’s degree
6x
more affordable than a typical
university degree ($36,000 baseline)
4x
faster than a
Master’s degree
2.5x
more affordable than General Assembly’s UX Design Immersive Seattle ($14,950)
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Their focus on teaching experienced graphic designers UX caught my attention first. The program itself has kept it, and I'm already feeling confident in my growing UX skillset. Colton and Ludovic are great instructors and great people. The curriculum they've developed, and their processes, are dynamic, and the support my classmates and I have received throughout this course has been inspiring. 

I highly recommend this course to any designer. UX is really exciting and this is the place to get rolling. 
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Chad K.

Specifically crafted for graphic/visual designers.

Mass education? That’s the old way. We believe that the needs of graphic designers are unique and require a tailored learning experience.
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Tired of subjectivity in visual design? We’ll teach you how to excel at articulating & defending your work.

Make an impact on the whole experience, not just visuals. Awesome UX + UI = powerful design.

You’ll learn in-depth UX and UI theory. No compromise with UX/UI Expert.
All-inclusive.

The curriculum.

27 weeks packed with content, knowledge, techniques, community, mentorship, and more.

You’ll come out of this program with best-in-class UX case studies, a portfolio that really stands out from the crowd, and all the artifacts necessary to start applying right away: resume, cover letter, socials, etc.
Monday @7pm PST
10pm New York •  12am São Paulo • +1 day (Tuesday)—3am London • 4am Paris • 6am Moscow • 8:30am Mumbai • 10am Bangkok • 11am Kuala Lumpur • 12pm Tokyo • 2pm Sydney
PRE-WORK
Mastering the mental game
We start by getting to know each other. Then, we’ll show you the techniques that we've found to be the secret sauce to keeping yourself motivated, accountable, and on track. 
MODULE 1  •  1 WEEK
Communicating design decisions
Learn how to communicate your design decisions, which is a critical skill missing in UX education. Being a great communicator is a big part of the job.
MODULE 2  •  1 WEEK
10,000ft view of UX
To get you started on the right foot, we’ll first high-level UX methodologies. We’ll give you an intro to UX, share some of the most common UX misunderstandings.
MODULE 3  •  4 WEEKS
Research & understanding
Dive into the market, create a research plan, recruit participants and conduct a few user interviews to gain insight and clarity on the problem that you’re solving. Synthesize the information using an affinity diagram and create personas to gain empathy for the user.
MODULE 4  •  ON YOUR OWN TIME
Additional research methods
Additional research methods are methods that you’ll be expected to know as a UX designer but aren’t necessary to complete our program.
MODULE 5  •  3 WEEKS
IA & wireframing
Dive deep into Information Architecture (IA) such as Gestalt principles, site maps, etc. You’ll also create story maps to break down the problem you're solving, sketch many ideas to solve your user stories and create wireframes that you’ll turn into user flows.
MODULE 6  •  3 WEEKS
Prototyping & usability testing
Put everything together and create a usability test plan and a prototype to get feedback from users. Conduct usability tests to ensure that what you designed is useful, relevant, and meaningful. 
MODULE 7 •  5 WEEKS
Visual design & handoff
Practice the UI techniques that world-class companies use to make their products look beautiful, and learn how to create your own design systems from scratch. Finally, finalize your first case study!
SPRINT  •  5 WEEKS
2nd case study sprint
You’ll utilize all the knowledge you acquired during your first case study to create a second one. This is an intense sprint, which is why we added a break week before and after those 5 weeks in case you need extra time!
MODULE 8 •  4 WEEKS
The portfolio blueprint
Set the foundation by identifying and establishing what kind of UX designer you are. Then you’ll learn how to write compelling case studies that stand out. Finally, you’ll put together a stunning portfolio that’ll attract the eye of hiring managers time and time again.
MODULE 9 •  1 WEEK
Job prep & networking mastery
Define the type of company or role you’re looking for,  and learn the most effective way to apply to UX jobs. Then, craft a strong resume and know the tricks to write great cover letters. Finally, polish your LinkedIn account and use it to effectively network. 

Premium & Premium+ plan bonuses.

Students of the Core plan have the option to purchase these bonuses separately at a discounted rate.
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PREMIUM & PREMIUM+ BONUS
The art of the interview

Crush your interview by learning the techniques that will make you stand out. ($399 value)

PREMIUM+ BONUS
Your first 90 days

Successfully onboard at your new UX job, and set a strong foundation with your team/company. ($399 value)

And so much more...

EXTRA #1
Weekly
mentorship

Get feedback on your work and progress directly from us. We'll be there every step of the way.

EXTRA #2
Kickass UX
community

Join our community of designers. Help each other throughout your journeys into UX.

EXTRA #3
Case study &
portfolio workbooks

Apply what you learn in easy-to-fill-in workbooks, keeping you organized and saving hours of your time when you build your portfolio.

EXTRA #4
Kits

Take advantage of our prebuilt Sketch + Figma kits to enhance your speed and quality of execution.

EXTRA #5
Templates

Get access to Sketch + Figma templates to help you get started quickly and efficiently.

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As a graphic designer, the biggest reason I am interested in a UX career is to take some of the subjectivity out of my design work. It’s incredibly helpful to have Colton and Ludovic along for the ride. They make it fun and easy.
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This program provides the conceptual foundation required to become a UX Designer. It gives you the tools and know-how required to find user pains, understand the problem, and design experiences that delights users.
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Damon Y.

Get feedback
2.5x per week.

Move forward with certainty that you’re doing things right. There's no shortage of constructive feedback in UX/UI Expert.
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Every Monday, make the most of the weekly meeting to get feedback, share progress,  and ask questions.

Later in the week, meet with your peers to share your work, discuss your progress, concerns, etc.

Every two weeks, you’ll meet one-on-one with your mentor for in-depth feedback on your work.

A typical week
in our program.

UX/UI Expert is designed for people with busy lives in mind, even if you have a full-time job, kids, etc. We’ve packed in the right amount of work. 
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Monday @7pm PST
10pm New York •  12am São Paulo • +1 day (Tuesday)—3am London • 4am Paris • 6am Moscow • 8:30am Mumbai • 10am Bangkok • 11am Kuala Lumpur • 12pm Tokyo • 2pm Sydney
STEP 1
Content unlocked
Monday @7pm PST

Every Monday, we’ll unlock the weekly content. Ready. Set. Go.
STEP 2
Watch videos + Do homework
Tuesday-Thursday

Go through the course content and complete the weekly assignments.
STEP 3
Peer-to-peer feedback session
Any time on Friday

Meet in small groups of 4. Receive feedback on the work you’ve done and provide your perspective on your peer’s work.
STEP 4
Iterate (optional)
Saturday-Sunday

Based on what you learned during the week, and/or based on the feedback you received, iterate and finalize your weekly work.
STEP 5
Weekly meeting
Monday @9-11 am PST or 4-6pm PST

Everyone in the cohort meets to close the loop on the previous week’s work. As your mentors, we’ll answer questions and address any issues that came up.

Limited seats.

Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your application and, if selected, we'll secure your seat.
NOVEMBER COHORT
Nov 1st 2021 - Jun 17th 2022
10 seats left

Morning cohort

Monday @ 9am-11am PST
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11 seats left

Afternoon cohort

Monday @ 4pm-6pm PST
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I highly recommend taking this program. My experience with Kickass UX has been eye-opening, engaging, and hands-on. 

The amount of information I've received through their courses will definitely prepare me for the next chapter in my career as a designer. I've even been able to apply some of the practices in my current role as a designer. 
They provide one-on-one support, weekly classes, feedback every step of the way, and weekly peer sessions based around your schedule and availability. They keep you on track and also get you out of your comfort zone. 

Thank you, Ludovic and Colton, for reaching out to me and inspiring me to level up!
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Aurora D.

Get an inside look
at UX/UI Expert.

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Is this program
right for me?

As much as we’d love everyone to join our program, it’s not for everyone.
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This is for you if...
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You’re a graphic, visual, UI, and/or web designer and are looking to transition into UX.
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You’re just looking to add UX to your skillset but not fully transition into UX.
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You thrive in a remote learning environment and are self-sufficient.
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You enjoy working with others and helping your team members succeed.
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You’re passionate about helping others and want to make the world a better place, one experience at a time.
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You’re looking for a program that allows part-time and can afford to spend an average of 6-10 hours a week on the program.
This is NOT for you if...
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You’re looking for a magic pill to get into UX but aren’t willing to put in the necessary time and work.
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You absolutely need to learn in person and can’t handle remote learning.
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You seriously struggle with time management and aren’t willing to change.
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You always have to be right and have a tough time working with others.
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You’re not passionate about helping others and only care about a pay increase.
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You can’t dedicate at least 6-10 hours a week to completing assignments and attending meetings.
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This isn’t a bootcamp; it’s a personalized mentorship program by two experts in the field who understand what it takes to do UX. Your mentors care.
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Carlin M.
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I am a bit blown away. This is nothing like I’ve seen in Springboard or anywhere else... It’s just really well designed. It all feels honest which is really rad.
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Kyle P.

The application process.

Why submit an application? We review each application so we can foster an ideal learning environment to maximize everyone's results.
Step 1

Enter your first name and email and we'll send you the application.

Step 2

Submit your application. We'll review it and let you know if you made it in.

Step 3

If you're selected, pay your tuition and that's it. You're in!

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Our plans.

Want to get a 5% discount? Refer your friends or colleagues, and if they join the program with you, each of you get 5% off the tuition fee.  Contact us to learn more.
Core
1 payment
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Premium
1 payment
of $6,799
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Premium+
1 payment
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Lifetime content access
Learn in-depth UX & UI
Community access
Master design systems
Create 2 case studies
Build resume & cover letter
Optimize your LinkedIn
Get career advice
Craft your UX portfolio
Access to kits & templates
Ready-to-fill workbooks
Weekly mentorship
Art of the interview module
($399 value)
Bi-weekly 1-on-1
Your first 90 days module
($399 value)
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The key dates.

February 1, 2021: Applications open
March 1, 2021: Applications close
March 2-12, 2021: We’ll let you know if you made it in
March 2-14: Tuition due*
March 22, 2021: Early-access cohort starts!

*Once your application is accepted, you have 48 hours to pay your tuition. We charge a $300 fee for payment received after these 48 hours. Payments officially close at midnight EST on the 14th.
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Next cohort in November 2021

One-year guarantee.

At Kickass UX, we stand behind our program to help you become a confident, kick-ass UX designer.

If you spend the time practicing and implementing what you learn, the UX/UI Expert program has the potential to change your career profoundly.

We obsess over our program material quality and tested everything with students first to make sure that our content is awesome.

Don’t get us wrong; this is not a job guarantee.

If you enroll, watch all of the videos, attend the weekly calls, do all of the work, and don’t feel you’ve improved as a UX designer within 365 days, we’ll provide you a full refund and give you an extra $200 out of our own pockets. We’re that confident.
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FAQ

Is UX right for me?
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Graphic designers are incredibly well-positioned to become top-performing UX designers. Yet, UX isn’t for everyone. To find out if it’s right for you, try our free 7-day UX design course and see what you think!

Who is this program for?
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UX/UI Expert is specifically designed for graphic, visual, and UI designers.

What will I come out with at the end of the program?
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You’ll come out of this program with best-in-class UX case studies that you can wholly call your own. You’ll work on the projects that genuinely interest you and not pre-canned projects.

You’ll also have a portfolio that stands out from the crowd. So many portfolios out there look the same. In that sea of sameness, you’ll be able to attract the attention of hiring managers and recruiters successfully.

Finally, you’ll have all the artifacts necessary to start applying right away: resume, cover letter, socials, and the strategies to get seen by employers.

Are there any prerequisites?
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Yes.

First, you must be a graphic/visual/UI designer.

Second, you need consistent access to a computer.

Third, if you don’t already have one, you need a Google/Zoom accounts to participate in meetings and get access to course materials like Workbooks. Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate students in countries that don’t allow Google/Zoom accounts.

Fourth, fluency in English.

How long is the program?
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Total of 33 weeks (7.6ish months)
1 week of pre-work
27 weeks of work
5 weeks of break

Can my employer pay for the program?
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Absolutely! Many companies are willing to invest in your continued education.

And, if you need extra help convincing them to pay, you get to choose the projects you work on during our program. That means you could work on a company project starting day one.

Can I get a refund?
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Before applications close: Yes. You can get a full refund up until the day applications close.

After applications close: Yes, you can still get a refund. After enrolling in one of our courses, you'll get a "One-year guarantee." Put simply, if you enroll, watch all of the videos, do all of the work, and don’t feel you've improved as a UX designer within 365 days, we’ll provide you a full refund and give you an extra $200 out of our own pockets. See our guarantee details

How much work should I expect to put in per week?
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On average, across the entire program, expect to dedicate 6 to 10 hours per week for videos and assignments.

For intense weeks, expect to spend at least 8 to 12 hours.

On lighter weeks, expect to spend anywhere between 1 to 4 hours.

What if during the program I fall behind?
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To ensure that no one gets left behind, we’ve purposefully made some weeks lighter than others. Sometimes you won’t have assignments, and your only task will be to watch and internalize content.

Also, every 4 to 5 weeks, and for everyone’s mental health’s sake, we included break weeks. Relax and watch movies. If you’re falling behind and need to catch up on assignments, go for it.

What is mentorship like?
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With UX/UI Expert, there are 3 tiers of mentorship.

With all 3 plans, you’ll get access to us every single week during our Monday meetings. We’ll address any concerns you may have, answer your questions, and help you to go through the program successfully. We'll also be available to answer questions through our chat.

Depending on your plan, you also get different tiers of 1:1 mentorship:

- Students with the Core plan will have 30-minute, bi-weekly 1-on-1 mentorship sessions.

- Students with Premium will have 1-hour, bi-weekly 1-on-1 mentorship sessions.

- And students with Premium+ will have 1.5 hours, bi-weekly mentorship sessions.

I don’t live in the United States, can I still apply?
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UX/UI Expert is 100% online. We welcome everyone, wherever you are in the world.

Yet, there are two exceptions.

First, you’ll need to have Google/Zoom accounts to participate in meetings and get access to course materials like Workbooks. If you live in a country where you can't access Google/Zoom accounts, unfortunately, you won’t be able to join our program.

Second, the program and meetings are taught/facilitated in American English. With that in mind, you must be fluent in English to get the most out of this program.

If you get into the program, we’ll let you select your time preferences for Monday and Friday meetings so that it’s easy on you and your peers’ schedules.

What if I can’t attend some of the weekly meetings?
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While we encourage you to attend as many of them as possible, we understand that you won’t be able to participate from time to time. We recommend that you follow at least 19 of the 24 meetings.

Monday meetings are with your entire cohort. You’ll be able to select between a morning or afternoon class (9am-11am or 4pm-6pm Pacific Standard Time). Monday meetings are with the entire cohort and are recorded. If you can’t make it, you can still watch it later.

Friday meetings are peer-to-peer only and are in small groups of 4. You’ll be able to select the time that suits you best on Fridays, and we will match you with people who have similar time preferences as you. These smaller meetings aren’t recorded; think of them as breakout rooms.

How is UX/UI Expert different from bootcamps or universities?
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We’ve designed UX/UI Expert to be the best of both worlds. It’s the speed of a bootcamp with the depth of a university program.

Bootcamps tend to glance over subjects that are critical to becoming a true UX designer. For example, while most of them teach you UI theory, it’s so basic that it’s not actionable enough.

On the other hand, university programs can be theory-heavy and less focused on applying design in the real-world. It’s common for these programs to teach you concepts that you put into practice many months later… once you’ve forgotten most of it.

With UX/UI Expert, we’re taking a completely different approach.

We’re not a mega-corporation and proud of it. As our student, you are treated as a real person, not just a number.

We keep class sizes small (up to 12 people per class).

We personally provide mentorship every week of the program. And we genuinely care; we’re not just saying that for marketing purposes.

We strongly believe in giving/receiving feedback, in exposing yourself to new ideas. That’s why we allow you to go through peer-to-peer feedback sessions every week.

You work on case study subjects that you care about instead of giving you pre-canned case studies.

We teach you in-depth concepts using a learn-by-doing teaching style. Rapidly applying what you just learned is one of the best ways to understand and internalize concepts.

Lastly, we give you lifetime access to all the program materials so that you can keep watching videos and practice. At a bootcamp or university, once the program is done, it’s done. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the slides of the lessons you took. Yay.

Do I get a certificate of completion?
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Yes! At the end of the program, we’ll send a certificate of completion as proof that you went through UX/UI Expert. Print it, marvel at it, show it off to your friends or not. Up to you!

What if I need more time to purchase?
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We're happy to offer a 7-day extension only if you’ve reached out to us before applications close. If you’re waiting on your company’s budget or something similar, reach out to us, and we’ll work with you.

Do you provide a job guarantee?
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Put simply, no. In our opinions, job guarantees are… SHADY. Instead, we decided to offer a rock-solid one-year guarantee. We obsess over our program quality, and we tested everything with students to make sure that our content works.

We’re confident that you’ll achieve the results you’re looking for if you do the work. If you’ve taken part in the weekly meetings, done the work, and didn’t get results, we’ll refund you. No problemo.

On the other hand, large corporations often choose to offer job guarantees to reduce the mental barriers of potential buyers (and increase their revenue).

The problem... Have you ever looked at the stipulations on their job guarantees? The lists are a mile long. If you miss one of the stipulations, you’re no longer eligible for the guarantee.

That type of legal mumbo-jumbo is not our style. Goodbye job guarantees, hello money-back guarantees.

Transition from graphic design to UX, overcome stakeholder subjectivity, make a big impact

7-month program • Part-time • Limited seats