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Start Your UI/UX Designer Career with NIU CPE

According to the report by CNN Money, the demand for user experience designers will rise by 13% between 2017 and 2027. UI/UX designers enjoy high job satisfaction, great pay and the opportunity to work with technologies that drive innovation and growth.

The NIU CPE UI/UX Design Bootcamp, created and delivered by Springboard, will prepare you to learn the core principles, tools and best practices to secure a variety of roles in the design industry. You’ll learn design concepts through a curated curriculum pulled from some of the best resources available and then apply what you learn through hands-on learning activities and end-to-end projects that include UI practice exercises, a capstone project for your portfolio and three additional projects that are optional for you to complete. This 100% online program allows you to learn on your own schedule, and you can complete the course earlier if you put in more study hours per week.

Key Highlights of the Bootcamp

  • 100% online and flexible schedule, complete at your own time.

  • 400-hour course of industry-focused curriculum with recommended 10-15 hours of study a week.

  • Get 1:1 weekly guidance from an industry mentor.

  • Complete a capstone project.

  • Build an impressive portfolio that can be shared with hiring managers.

  • Hands-on support from our coaches to help you prepare for job interviews.

  • Certificate of participation upon completion.

Careers in UI/UX Design

There are a variety of different paths you can take when beginning your career in the design industry. Your chosen career path depends on your varied goals and interests, including choosing if you want to be more of a generalist or specialist or if you want to work for an agency or be a freelancer. Below are possible fields, titles and average salaries you may want to consider after graduating:

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Industry-Curated Course Curriculum

The UI/UX Design Bootcamp is designed for you to successfully land your first UI/UX design job. You’ll be guided through hands-on assignments like UI practice exercises that replicate the work that designers conduct on a daily basis. These projects are an invaluable addition to your portfolio and will help you demonstrate your ability to work end-to-end through a design project to potential employers. Preview some of the curriculum units below:

Intro to Design Tools

  • Explore the landscape of design tools and gain an understanding of how to use them.

  • Learn the essential elements of Sketch, Adobe XD, or Figma and practice using one of these tools.

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  • Incorporate learnings from user tests and iterate on your designs as you transition into digital wireframes.

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of designing for edge cases.

  • Begin considering transitions between screens.

High Fidelity Mockups

  • Learn about the importance of accessibility and the value of inclusive design.

  • Understand the fundamentals of accessibility, the WCAG guidelines and how to perform a basic accessibility audit.

  • Understand the fundamentals of grids.

  • Learn techniques to design high fidelity mockups of screens using your design tool of choice.

  • Learn how to facilitate critiques to quickly get and incorporate feedback as you build your designs.

  • Examine best practices to consider when communicating with other designers and stakeholders as you create high fidelity mockups.

Build a Unique Project Portfolio that Showcases your UI and UX Skills

You'll complete one required Capstone project and have the option to complete three more portfolio projects, including a design sprint—where you will rapidly cycle through the entire design process in one week. You'll also have the opportunity to be matched with a real company to complete a 40-hour industry design project. View a description of the portfolio projects below:

Capstone 1

This is a multi-month, end-to-end design project that includes each phase of the design process and will help you sharpen your new UX and UI skills you’ll learn throughout the course.

Design Sprint

This is a Google Ventures-style design sprint that will allow you experience working on a complete project in a short (1 week!) timeframe.

Capstone 2

This is another end-to-end project that incorporates each stage of the design process. You’ll apply all of the methods you’ve learned from the course while working with real-world constraints.

Industry Design Project

This is a ~4-week real-world project. You will be partnered with a company and use your design skills to help the company tackle a business problem. While working on this project, you’ll apply all of your course learnings and hone your professional and collaborative skills:

  • Identify a customer problem to solve.

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  • Conduct competitive research.

  • Sketch, design and build a prototype.

  • Perform usability testing and identify improvements.

Student Support

While you’re learning online, we’ll also offer several support nets to catch you if you are falling behind. These include:

Weekly 1:1 mentor video calls: Receive feedback on projects, discuss blockers, refine your career strategy and remain accountable.

Unlimited mentor calls: Get additional 1:1 help from other mentors in our community, at no extra cost.

Online community: Start discussions with your fellow peers about the work you're doing and receive feedback.

Student advisors: Call upon your student advisor for questions regarding accountability, time management or anything else that comes up throughout the course.

1:1 career coaching sessions within the optional career units will hold you accountable for your job search.

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Meet Our Mentors

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Angelo Lo Presti

Sr Product, UI/UX Designer

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Meg Clayton

Sr UX Designer

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Deb Howell-Novak

Sr UX Designer

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Matthew Weprin

Sr Manager, Design & UX

Is This Program Right for You?

Do you have an eye for design? Do you like to make things beautiful, organized and user-friendly? If so, this program is right for you!


All backgrounds are welcome as long as you can demonstrate strong visual skills, creativity and clear communication.

Tuition and Scholarships

There are many options for payment, such as scholarships and discounts.

Upfront Discount: $9,900

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The full tuition of the program is $13,950. Pay upfront and save up to 29% on tuition.

Month on Month Plan: 5 Payments of $2,790

Pay 5 payments while in the program, totaling $13,950.

Climb Credit Loan

  • Pay a deposit at the time of enrollment.

  • Make payments for a duration of 24 - 42 months depending on loan type.

  • 0% APR options may be available to those who qualify.

Apply and speak with an enrollment advisor to learn more about your specific financing options.

Please note: lending might not be available in all 50 states - click here for the current full lending list.


The following scholarships are available to make a career in cybersecurity more accessible:

  • $750 Women in Tech Scholarship

  • $750 Veterans & Active Military Scholarship

Speak with an enrollment advisor to confirm your eligibility. Only one scholarship can be applied and scholarships cannot be combined with other discounts.


What is UX?

UX Stands for User Experience. According to prolific designer Don Norman, "User experience encompasses all aspects of the end user's interaction with the company, its services and its products."

What is UI?

UI stands for User Interaction: It focuses on the aesthetics or the look of the product a user interacts with.

What does a UX/UI designer do?

UX designers are responsible for a user's overall experience as they interact with every aspect of a product or service, such as an app or multi-step form.

UI designers are responsible for determining the visual elements (e.g. menus, buttons, icons, etc.) that a person uses to interact with a product or service.

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What skills are needed to become a UI/UX designer?

You’ll need a mix of design skills we’ll teach you, such as wireframing and prototyping, as well as a strong research acumen. You’ll also need a set of soft skills that you can develop over time, such as empathy (understanding users’ pain points), the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders and collaboration across all parts of the company.

What type of jobs can you do after a UI/UX design bootcamp?

There are a variety of jobs that you can take based on your interests and career goals. The above listings in the Careers section are some of the most common titles (UX Designer, UI Designer, Motion Designer, UX Researcher and Information Architect).

As you move up in your career, you’ll find more advanced specialties or ones that require technical proficiencies, such as coding:

  • UX Strategist

  • UX Architect

  • UX Product Manager

  • UX Analyst

  • UX/UI Engineer

  • UX/UI Developer

  • Product Designer

How long does it take to become a UI/UX designer?

In 9 months, our bootcamp will equip you with the technical skills you’ll need to build an impressive UI/UX portfolio and launch a successful career in UI/UX design. If you are motivated to power through the material at a faster pace, we allow you to study on your own time and finish the course earlier.

What is the salary of a UI/UX Designer?

The average UX and UI designer salary in the US is around $79,716 according to Glassdoor.

Are UI/UX designers in high demand?

Yes, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs will grow 23% over the next 10 years, faster than the average for all occupations.

More Questions About the Program?

Speak to our enrollment team by completing an application, email Carolina,our enrollment assistant or explore morefrequently asked questions.

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UI/UX Design Bootcamp | Become a Designer in 9 Months | 100% Online? ›

Bootcamps include around 30 hours of instruction, while certificate courses are longer. You should be able to complete the courses and be looking for your first job in UX/UI Design in a few months to a year.

How many months does it take to learn UI UX design? ›

Bootcamps include around 30 hours of instruction, while certificate courses are longer. You should be able to complete the courses and be looking for your first job in UX/UI Design in a few months to a year.

Can I become a UX designer in 6 months? ›

A quick google search of “UX design bootcamps” will yield dozens of options—no two bootcamps are exactly alike. UX Bootcamps can take anywhere between 2 to 10 months to complete. In general, UX bootcamps introduce students to basic UX concepts and guide them through projects so they can begin building a portfolio.

Can I learn UI UX in 6 months? ›

Now for the pragmatic answer: Absolutely Not. Not only are you competing against graphic designers who have 7 years experiences who upskill into UX Design, there are plenty of Masters of HCI or IxD students who have 2 years of experience to offer.

How fast can you finish Google UX design course? ›

The Google UX Design Professional Certificate consists of seven courses, which you can complete in about four months. To get certified, you need to complete all courses and pass all graded assignments.

Is 30 too late to become a UX designer? ›

There are challenges, of course, but you're never too old to become a UX designer.

Can I become a UI UX designer in 3 months? ›

The short answer is: yes. You can acquire the fundamental skills to become a UI Designer in just three months. This is achieved through bootcamp courses in UI design that feature comprehensive learning designed to jumpstart a new career.

Is Google UX design certificate worth it? ›

Our Verdict: The Google UX Design Certification program gets A LOT of things right! The design certificate offers a reputable, high-quality UX curriculum that builds applicable, real-world professional skills that students can use to build a portfolio and immediately make a difference in the tech industry.

What is the fastest way to become a UX designer? ›

How to become a UX Designer in five steps:
  1. Learn UX design fundamentals.
  2. Learn key design tools.
  3. Work on your own projects to develop your UX design skills.
  4. Develop a portfolio to showcase your UX design work.
  5. Apply to relevant UX design jobs.

Is UX design hard to break into? ›

Changing to a career in user experience (UX) design isn't difficult, but it does take some time, resources, and effort. To change jobs and become a US Designer, take an inventory of your skills, get some training, and build a great-looking portfolio to demonstrate your design skills.

Can I complete Google UX course in 3 months? ›

This is your path to a career in UX design. In this program, you'll learn in-demand skills that will have you job-ready in less than 6 months.

Is UI UX design easy or difficult? ›

UX design can be challenging to learn for several reasons, including: Degree of difficulty. The skills needed to become a successful UX designer are fairly advanced, even for people who have a bachelor's or master's degree in design-related subjects.

Is UX design a stressful job? ›

Key Takeaways. UX/UI design is among the top 30% of careers in terms of happiness, but it can also be a source of stress due to lack of company awareness about UX, imposter syndrome, long hours and tight deadlines, challenging problem-solving and constant learning.

How long is Google UX bootcamp? ›

You'll learn these job-ready skills in our certificate program through interactive content (discussion prompts, quizzes, and activities) in under six months, with 5-10 hours of study a week.

Does Google UX certificate expire? ›

All Professional Google Cloud certifications are valid for two years from the date an individual certifies.

Can I be a UX designer if I'm shy? ›

Summary. Introverts and shy people can most definitely become UX designers. They can even thrive at the job and have a great time while doing it. That's because UX is so much more than just social activities, talking to users, and facilitating workshops.

How hard is it to get your first UX design job? ›

It is hard to get a job in UX because of several reasons. First of all, many designers are looking for a job. Because of that, competition is fierce, and companies know it. They can go for someone with a lot of experience, even if the job doesn't require it.

Is UX design in demand 2023? ›

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Web Developer and Digital Designer roles (including UX roles) will rise by 23% between 2021 and 2023 (which it describes as “much higher than average”)

How long do you study for UI UX? ›

With the Professional Certificate in UI Design course offered by The UX Design Institute, you'll learn fundamental UI design skills and get a professional qualification in 12 weeks.

Should I learn UI or UX first? ›

If you're interested in making sure your products look good and are appealing to users, then you should focus on learning UI design first. If you're more interested in making sure your products are effective and easy to use, then you should focus on learning UX design first.

Can I be a self-taught UX designer? ›

While some designers choose to join a UI/UX design course or a bootcamp program, a lot of phenomenal UI/UX designers are self-taught, at least in the beginning.

How much does a UX design Google certificate pay? ›

How much does a Google Ux Design make? As of May 28, 2023, the average annual pay for a Google Ux Design in the United States is $120,551 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $57.96 an hour.

Do people get jobs with Google UX certificate? ›

Jobs you can pursue with a Google UX design professional certificate include user experience designer, web designer, and user experience researcher.

Is Google UX certificate free? ›

How much does it cost? The Google UX Design Certificate costs as much as a Coursera subscription: $39 per month.

Can I get a UI UX job without a degree? ›

No, you do not need a specific degree to be a UX Designer, but you do need the right hard and soft skills to be considered for a role in UX design.

Can I learn UX design in a month? ›

While it's possible to learn the fundamentals of UX design in three months, UX design requires a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and this will likely take some time and practice to master.

Is UX design good for introverts? ›

Introverts have a number of strengths that make them well-suited for a career in UI/UX design. As previously stated, their analytical and detail-oriented personalities can assist them in creating designs that are simple for users to understand and use.

What is the downside of UX designer? ›

Cons of a UX UI Career: * Some companies look at you as a “unicorn-designer” who can do anything… which means they might assign you tasks outside your skill set. * Since “Design” and “research” don't usually co-exist, some organizations will take your other skills for granted and assign you just design works.

What was the most difficult thing to learn in UX? ›

Understanding how to use data and qualitative feedback to help underline the importance of user experience problems and how to then use this information to tell a great story that convinces stakeholders is an art.

How do I land an entry level UX job? ›

How to Get a UX Job with No Professional UX Experience
  1. Take at least one UX course. There's a ton of UX courses to explore. ...
  2. Shape your existing experience. Most UXBs come into this field thinking they have absolutely no UX experience. ...
  3. Fill in the Gaps. ...
  4. Gain UX experience. ...
  5. Finish your UX Portfolio and Apply.

Is Google certificate worth it? ›

The simple answer: Yes. These certificates are a great way to boost your resume and give you the tangible skills required for entry-level positions in these competitive fields. Google Certificates are a great choice to add skills to your resume, as: They are designed for beginners.

Can I finish Google UX course in a month? ›

it is a 200 hours course, plus a lot of reading and video support material. If your study for around 10 hours per week you can finish in 6 months.

Does UX design require coding? ›

Do UX designers need to know how to code? User experience design does not require coding. However, understanding the basics of coding can help you as a UX designer. Understanding how software development works gives you a better understanding of what's possible, allowing for more efficient work and better designs.

Can a beginner learn UI UX design? ›

Anyone can become a UX designer—regardless of previous experience or current career. And you don't need a university degree to succeed in this field! In fact, it seems that no two UX designers have the same background: just look at Claire, a former nurse, or Kaya, who retrained at thirty after traveling the globe.

What is a UI designer salary? ›

The average salary of a UI designer in the United States is $98,795 /yr.
New York, NY$98,605 /yr
Los Angeles, CA$93,159 /yr
Chicago, IL$89,340 /yr
Houston, TX$94,580 /yr
May 15, 2023

How much does a UI UX designer make? ›

Ux Ui Designer Salary
Annual SalaryMonthly Pay
Top Earners$155,000$12,916
75th Percentile$132,500$11,041
25th Percentile$89,500$7,458

Can I do UI UX without coding? ›

UI Designers do not need to code, but it is extremely beneficial if you have programming skills. Depending on the nature of the product, it's also not unusual for UI/UX design and development to be intertwined into a single process.

Can you learn UI UX without coding? ›

The answer is no. UI/UX design is one among numerous non-technical roles in tech that doesn't require any coding or programming skills. However, having previous experience in coding or programming skills is beneficial as communicating with developers is made easier.

How many hours a day do UX designers work? ›

Generally, UX designers work 8-10 hours per day, but this can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. They may also work evenings or weekends as needed. UX designers typically have a degree in graphic design or another related field and have experience designing user interfaces.

Is UX UI design a stable career? ›

Almost every industry has an online presence; and a growing number of companies are recognising that good UX = higher revenue. Increased investment in UX design across the board has landed the role on LinkedIn's list of the 10 most in-demand tech jobs in 2022, and Glassdoor's top 50 best jobs in America list for 2022.

Do most UX designers work from home? ›

While a large number of UX designers work from home, many still work in a traditional office.

How hard is UX bootcamp? ›

Reality: UX bootcamps require lots of hard work

You'll have to be extremely organized about your schedule, and ensure you can dedicate a minimum number of hours to your studies every week. Alongside the course, you'll also be expected to immerse yourself in UX design through networking and independent projects.

Can you get a UX job after bootcamp? ›

If you're interested in getting hired after a bootcamp, it's important to understand the basics of UX design. You should learn about the different types of UX designers and what they do on a daily basis. You should also learn about the different tools and methodologies used by UX designers.

Will UX Boot Camp help me get a job? ›

Most UX bootcamps cannot 100% guarantee that you'll land a job. However, they can give you a huge head start! By choosing the right program and completing the required work, you can guarantee your own success in the job search.

Can you finish a Google certificate in a week? ›

How long does it take to earn a Google certification? Most certification courses and assessments take between three and six months to complete. Depending on the subject, Google estimates that most learners take about 10 weeks on each course. Users can work at their own pace, so completion time varies.

How much does a Google certificate cost? ›

Affordability: Google certificates cost $49/month by subscription on Coursera, the online learning platform that's providing the official Google certification training. Scholarships and financial aid are available too.

How long should a UX design take? ›

Your project plan should include three months for UX

But in most cases, implementing a user experience process adds about three months to the front end of your project—and UX saves you from tremendous amounts of development rework typically found after release.

How long does it take to get a UX design certificate? ›

How long does it take to complete? The course takes six months to complete, with most students devoting 15-20 hours per week.

Can a UX designer make 6 figures? ›

The average UX designer's salary is $90,000. However, there are ways to earn much more than that. If you are able to land a job in one of the most expensive cities in the United States — like San Francisco or New York City — you could make up to $200,000 per year.

Can you learn UX with no experience? ›

Can You Become a UX Designer With No Experience? Yes! Organizations embracing digital transformation are building their UX capabilities, and are hiring entry-level UX designer jobs. This has also given birth to boutique UX design agencies that recruit entry-level professionals to build products for their clients.

How do I get into UX design without bootcamp? ›

Become a UX Designer Without a Degree: Where To Start
  1. Use Free Resources To Build Your Foundation.
  2. Work on Personal Projects As Soon as Possible.
  3. Build Your Portfolio As You Go.
  4. Network Regularly.
  5. Consider a Course To Refine Your Skills.
  6. Look for an Entry-Level, Agency, or Related Position To Get Your Foot in the Door.
May 19, 2023

How many days does it take to learn UI UX design? ›

With the Professional Certificate in UI Design course offered by The UX Design Institute, you'll learn fundamental UI design skills and get a professional qualification in 12 weeks.

Can I get a UX job with just a certificate? ›

It's possible but don't concern yourself with the certificate. The paper is meaningless. It's the skills you get from taking on certificate courses that can give you what you need to succeed in UX. Any cheap or free UX course will do the job.

Is UX design school hard? ›

UX design can be challenging to learn for several reasons, including: Degree of difficulty. The skills needed to become a successful UX designer are fairly advanced, even for people who have a bachelor's or master's degree in design-related subjects.

Can you be a self taught UX designer? ›

Luckily, it's not impossible to teach yourself UX design. After all, the original UX designers that pioneered the field did something very similar to the self-taught designers of today, but with even less resources than are available now.

What is the lowest UX designer salary? ›

Entry Level Ux Designer Salary in the United States. How much does an Entry Level Ux Designer make in the United States? The salary range for an Entry Level Ux Designer job is from $87,973 to $113,996 per year in the United States.

What is the entry level salary for a UX designer? ›

How much do UX designers make? The average income for an junior-level UX designer is $91,027 a year. For mid-level designers, the average salary is $100,559 a year, while senior UX designers make $134,395 a year.

Can a UX designer make 300K? ›

The salary range for a UX designer is $45K-$300K.


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