UX Design Bootcamp

A 14-week, part-time comprehensive user experience program in Boulder, CO Talk to AdmissionsApply Now

UX Design Course Overview

In tech, and beyond, businesses are trying to perfect their user experience, and they’re putting their money where their mouth is. CNN Money includes UX Designers and Researchers as two of its “Best Jobs in America” in 2017 because of the averaged 16% growth rate and $95,950 median salary.* Launch yourself into the field with our UX design course.

Our UX bootcamp is a personalized learning experience with instructors who have the likes of Google on their résumé and are national thought leaders in the industry. They’ve designed this program themselves because they saw a lack of practice focused UX courses in the bootcamp world.

The program is built for individuals who come from a variety of disciplines, whether that’s graphic design, coding, product design, or psychology. For example, if you’re an experienced graphic designer trying to keep pace in the job market, adding UX design expertise makes you extremely attractive to employers — you’ll be able to leverage your design/aesthetic experience in your UX design projects.

With our amazing instructors and experience based course format, you’ll be immersed in the best practices of behavioral economics to help transform your UX design career.

Instructors

Nikki Pfarr

Nikki has been a leader in the UX design space for the last decade. After absorbing cutting edge practices in her education at MIT and Carnegie Mellon, she has brought a sharp behavioral economics lens to her career, which includes innovative work for the likes of Google and Microsoft.

Chris Alvarez

Chris has a unique perspective on UX Design that he’s gained from his diverse career that spans from experiences for CPS Energy to being a Lead UX Designer for a startup. Locally, he also leads a UI/UX Design Meetup and loves the design process.

Jason Walzer

Jason is a UX design leader who enjoys strategy, product & service innovation, interaction design and communication design. His experience includes working with start-ups to multinationals. Jason is currently leading a multidisciplinary team at Google to design meaningful products and services for home, work, or on the go.

Career Placement

While we teach you everything you’ll want to know about job hunting, we also know that each student’s goals are different. We tailor our approach when we’re helping build your portfolio, updating your résumé, connecting you in our employer network, and suggesting networking events. 


Meredith Rafter

Meredith Rafter

Director of Career Services

“My goal when working with students is to guide them through the process of finding their next great job. I’m responsible for developing student’s job search skills and networking skills through classroom presentations, workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, mock interviews, and encouraging participation in career development courses.”

Bonus Benefits

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Free Boulder Digital Arts Classes

Desirable UX designers are well-rounded with complementary skills such as web development, photoshop, and typography, which make them more valuable to employers. All UX design course students can take FREE classes at Boulder Digital Arts before, during, and up to three months after graduating from our bootcamps. 

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Housing Available in Boulder

Boulder has one of the most vibrant tech scenes in the country. It has a higher density of start ups than Silicon Valley, which means it’s a great place to start a tech career but a competitive housing market. Luckily, we’ve arranged for affordable housing for enrolled students to keep you in the heart of the action. 

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Financial Assistance Options

Our tuition is only $10,500 and includes 24×7 access to our campus, full career services, and BDA workshops. CodeCraft is an eligible source of training with Workforce Colorado, certified with the Department of Higher Education, and works with a variety of trusted, third-party lenders. Learn more.

What you’ll learn

The UX design course is a part-time yet immersive UX bootcamp. It’s class schedule is only nights and weekends, so you can keep your day job. The course structure leans heavily on applying what you learn in the ‘real world’. It’s 65% supervised studio/lab time and live workday sessions in the field. Below is a chronological breakdown of the course work.

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Section 1: Level up your skills

In the first two weeks, you’ll ease into the class’s collaborative style while working remotely on our pre-work to get you comfortable with basics, and with programs such as Invision and Sketch. You’ll then learn how you’ll apply these in practical settings throughout the course when choosing a project and structuring a plan.

Section 2: Human Factors & Design Thinking

After arriving on our bright and sunny campus, you’ll dive into a dark place: human mind. The instructors will go through human psychology concepts, and how you can create a human centered design to tip the behavioral economics scale in your favor. You’ll also learn and practice design thinking, a thought process to be practiced throughout the course.


Section 3: In the Weeds of Research & Concept Development

The body of the bootcamp will cover not only research theory, but live research practice with deliverable content for a local client, as well. You’ll cover how to organize your primary research, concept validation, data analysis, identifying personas, creating storyboards, and information architecture for presentation.

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Section 4: Design Implementation – Some Assembly Required

Now that you’ve assembled your research and findings, it’s time to put it into action. You’ll gain an understanding of wireframing and how to design effective User Interface (UI). After presenting your assembled product plan, you’ll build a prototype and conduct proper usability testing.


Section 5: Building a Portfolio & Career Prep

You’ll be receiving top-notch feedback while building your portfolio, the cornerstone stone tool in your bat-belt. Together, we’ll spend time exploring the different roles of UX within organizations, and how UX professionals fit into different types of project teams. And no one operates in a vacuum, it takes exemplary communication skills to get things done in UX design, so you’ll learn how you’ll fit into an organization from those who have been there and done that. You’ll also get connected in our employer network and benefit from local UX/UI panels and our Demo Day.

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Section 1: Level up your skills

In the first two weeks, you’ll ease into the class’s collaborative style while working remotely on our pre-work to get you comfortable with basics, and with programs such as Invision and Sketch. You’ll then learn how you’ll apply these in practical settings throughout the course when choosing a project and structuring a plan.


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Section 3: In the Weeds of Research & Concept Development

The body of the bootcamp will cover not only research theory, but live research practice with deliverable content for a local client, as well. You’ll cover how to organize your primary research, concept validation, data analysis, identifying personas, creating storyboards, and information architecture for presentation.


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Section 5: Building a Portfolio & Career Prep

You’ll be receiving top-notch feedback while building your portfolio, the cornerstone stone tool in your bat-belt. Together, we’ll spend time exploring the different roles of UX within organizations, and how UX professionals fit into different types of project teams. And no one operates in a vacuum, it takes exemplary communication skills to get things done in UX design, so you’ll learn how you’ll fit into an organization from those who have been there and done that. You’ll also get connected in our employer network and benefit from local UX/UI panels and our Demo Day.

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*CNN Money is an external source that published these numbers, but these are industry wide and may not reflect personal experience. Full report found at http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2017/list/index.html