How to Choose the Best Type of UX bootcamps for you

January 29, 2024

Before enrolling on a course, it is crucial that you have an understanding of what you want to achieve.

Even though some academies offer 30 or 40 hours in a whole course in a short time like 5 days or 10 weeks, these can only give you a little bit of a taster of each aspect of I’m hoping that you are here because you are interested in UX design. Then you might have heard the term ‘bootcamp.’ While bootcamps are meant to prepare you with required skills before you go into the field, there is not a one size-fits-all bootcamp.So you should be able to find one that suits your needs. Let’s discover what types of boot camps there are and which one is best for you.

The first option is recorded online courses.

They are self-paced with personal feedback from mentors. It could be the best option if you have a flexible schedule or live in a different time zone. But the disadvantage is it’s very long from 600 hours to 11 months without any pressure meaning it could be very hard to complete it and you have to be disciplined.But there is a bigger disadvantage you should know about this system: time discrepancy. When you submit an assignment and you progress your study, the feedback typically takes 2 weeks to be returned but by that time you would already have moved on to another chapter…

Full time boot camps could be your second option.

These usually take from 10 weeks to 3 months. It typically requires you to be there for 6 or 8 hours a day and it’s not just the time for class, but also for doing assignments. You don’t have to spare your personal time outside the bootcamp so interference with your personal life is kept to a minimum. But the tuition fee could be a deal breaker for you if you don’t have a spare $13K to $16K. Buyer beware!  There has been a controversy surrounding these kinds of bootcamps with some senior designers finding that these grads all have the same answers and think in the same way. If you study with us, Blossom UX School, we approach this with more flexibility so that you can show your personality.  

Are you looking for something more flexible and more affordable?

If so, the final option could be the type of bootcamp like ours where we define a class schedule only for teaching time so you can use the rest of the day as you wish. However, while these courses are generally cheaper, remember that you are responsible for dedicating your time for assignments.

UX design like psychology, cognitive science, product design or so. This doesn’t require long-term time commitment so if this is what you want, it could be a good option for you. But please remember if you want to apply for the job, this kind of course is not for you. You need at least 3 professional projects and a portfolio website that covers all job descriptions. Also, companies ask design challenges to see if the person is suitable. So having solid skills is mandatory for UX designers.  

To choose the best option, you should know what you want from the course, and what desired result you need to achieve.

There are so many options such as schedules, locations and course lengths. But don’t forget that if you're planning to apply for a job, you need a portfolio website with ideally 3 projects that cover all job descriptions and show solid UX skills.

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