Since we launched our UX Design Course in 2014, we’ve helped thousands of students learn user experience fundamentals and create strong portfolios, with support from industry mentors.

Almost 50 percent of these students indicated that they wanted a career in UX, which we know requires additional support. So we recently launched the UX Career Track, a more advanced course with a full career services component—and a job guarantee.

With two different UX design tracks, some prospective students may not be sure which program is right for them. If you’re one of them, keep reading.

UX Design Course vs. UX Career Track

The original UX Design Course has no pre-requisites and is meant to be foundational, giving students an overview of what UX design is. They typically finish in three to five months. During that time, students learn design processes they can use throughout their career, gain comfort with the language of UX design, and develop a portfolio of work to draw upon. They work one-on-one with a mentor throughout their Springboard journey and gain access to an engaged, global community of fellow students and alumni. 

The UX Career Track is a much more intensive program with a career-focused curriculum that prepares graduates to get hired for entry-level UX jobs. Taking about six months to complete, the program helps students master design thinking, develop cross-functional communication skills, and create real-world projects that they can show off in a unique portfolio.

While there are no pre-requisites for the UX Design Course, the UX Career Track was designed for people with adjacent skills, typically from the following backgrounds:

  • Visual design (e.g., graphic designer, web designer)
  • Coding (e.g., web developer, frontend developer)
  • Marketing (e.g., digital marketer)
  • Research (e.g., behavioral researcher)

If you don’t come from one of these backgrounds, we recommend that you take the UX Design Course to learn the foundations of user experience.

If you’re ready to begin your Springboard journey, you can enroll in the UX Design Course or apply to the UX Career Track now. Not sure whether your background is a fit? Write to us at nicole@springboard.com and our admissions manager will help you think through the decision.