Week 1: Say Hello to Your Mentor
Meet your mentor over video calls and complete introductory exercises.
Work with your mentor to identify a series of portfolio projects to work on over the next 5–6 weeks, which will be key to landing a great job.
Weeks 2-5: Work on Portfolio Projects
Each week, you’ll upload 2-3 drafts of your current portfolio project to get written feedback from your mentor.
You’ll finish each week with a video call to review progress and discuss next steps.
In total, you’ll receive 12+ rounds of feedback on your portfolio projects.
Week 6: Finalize Your Personal Portfolio Site
Work with your mentor to finalize your projects.
Polish, structure and utilize your personal portfolio site to showcase your project work in the best possible way to your future employers.
Week 7: Job Application Prep
Start to look for jobs you want to apply for, and work with your mentor to create impactful applications and a unique elevator pitch.
Optimize your resume and cover letters so you stand out from the crowd.
Week 8: Design Recruiter Call and Interview Prep
Have a call with a real design recruiter from Bamboo Crowd or Creative Circle and ask questions about how to get a job in UX design.
Do a mock interview with your mentor. You’ll learn how to present your work to impress your future employer.
Get a deeper understanding of the questions you’ll be asked in an interview.
Week 9 & Beyond: Congratulations!
You’ll have completed the Bootcamp and given yourself the best possible chance to get a job in UX design! Continue to take courses at the Interaction Design Foundation for the rest of your membership to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
What You’ll Receive & What You’ll End Up With
1 year of membership to IDF courses and community
5 hours of video chats with your mentor
A Bootcamp curriculum tailored to get you a job
12+ rounds of feedback on projects for your portfolio site
Guidance to create a polished portfolio site full of comprehensive projects
Recruitment call with Bamboo Crowd or Creative Circle, two of the world’s top creative staffing agencies
Curated resources with 100s of hours of articles and videos
Exclusive perks and discounts from partners like Balsamiq, Skillshare, and InMotion
A highly polished personal portfolio site with 3+ UX case studies
A personalized elevator pitch tailored towards your career goals
A refined resume and cover letter for your job applications
Amélie Kiefer, Oracle "I have recently completed the Bootcamp and been offered a great Product Design role. I am really glad the Bootcamp helped me secure this great job opportunity!"
Shaun Whitworth, USAA "The Bootcamp really did help me clean up my portfolio and land a great opportunity with USAA."
Alex Carter, Changing Futures Northeast "The Bootcamp helped me refresh my design skills and gave me the springboard I needed to change direction in my career."
UX Design Bootcamp Interaction Design Foundation
Interaction Design Foundation’s UX Bootcamp is an online 8 week, self-paced, mentor-led portfolio-building, focused on job-readiness and student set schedule.
Mentors are experienced UX design professionals, and the Interaction Design Foundation matches each student with their personal mentor. Under the mentor’s guidance, each student creates, finalizes, and learns how to present a design portfolio. This portfolio includes practical and guided projects and can be a mix of the student’s own personal projects and real-world project briefs provided by the Interaction Design Foundation.
Other online Bootcamps aim to teach you the full spectrum of UX design, in theory, and in practice, within the span of a few months. Unfortunately, this means that your learning curve is usually very steep, and you'll have so many different things to learn, but not enough time or opportunity to dive deep enough into important areas.
In this Bootcamp, you'll focus exclusively on your portfolio and on developing important skills that will help you land a UX design job. No fluff, no compulsory lessons—just deep focus on portfolio and career-building for 8 weeks or more. With this unique focus, you'll be less distracted as you build a fantastic new portfolio.
Another key feature of the Bootcamp is that you're always in control—you choose your mentor from our shortlist, you choose the project briefs you want to work on and you decide how much time you can spend on the Bootcamp. We'll tailor the Bootcamp based on your own unique goals, so you'll never be the victim of a one-size-fits-all-approach. And once you've decided exactly what you want to gain from the Bootcamp, you can use our detailed project frameworks that will guide you every step of the way.
If you want to pause the Bootcamp and resume it later, or defer to a later session, or pace yourself over more than 8 weeks—you've got the option, without any additional costs.
In the last two weeks of class, mentors help participants prepare for job interviews and practice presenting their portfolios. Students also do design interviews with recruiters from creative staffing agencies like Bamboo Crowd and Creative Circle to ready them for job interviews. An Interaction Design Foundation certificate is issued upon completion of the Bootcamp.
Are UX design Bootcamps worth it?
If UX Design is your calling, Bootcamps can quickly get your skills up to speed and prepare you for a job within a few months of graduation. Bootcamps can be very helpful in giving you the skills you need to get a job in UX Design, but they are not the only route and they are not for everyone.
To see if a Bootcamp is for you, answer these questions:
Are you good at deeply learning new skills by yourself?
Can you find real projects to work on that incorporate the UX Design process?
If not, do you have the will power and patience to put yourself out there and create a professional network and opportunity for this?
Do you excel in public speaking and debate?
Are you confident in your ability to be creative?
Do you have the drive and patience to apply what you’ve learned into 2–3 projects and build a portfolio showcasing your processes?