UI / UX Design Bootcamp

Launch your design career with job prep included up to 6 months after graduation.

  • 100% online, beginner-friendly, project-based curriculum

  • 1:1 mentorship + career coaching + four-week externship

  • Graduate in 9 months, part-time

  • NEW! AI for Design Professionals learning units


Reyna Martinez

UI/UX Design Graduate

From Student Advisor

To Associate UX Designer @ ServiceMax

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Average salary increase of Springboard UI / UX Design students who provided pre- and post-course salaries

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In this UI/UX bootcamp you will:

  • Conduct user research and identify design problems
  • Sketch solutions, wireframe, build high-fidelity mockups, and create prototypes

  • Use UI elements to create designs that delight users and increase usability

Plus, you’ll learn the tools designers use, like:

Learn how to build a better world for users, while building a better future for yourself in just 9 months.

Learn with a hands-on curriculum

Speak the language of design, build skills and test them with a curriculum designed by UI/UX experts.

Get an edge with human support

Work with a mentor, career coach, and more. They have your back and will hold you accountable.

Launch your career with 6 months of job prep

We'll help you build a portfolio, craft a design resume, polish your LinkedIn profile, and do mock interviews—up to 6 months after graduation.

What you'll learn in this UI / UX design bootcamp

In this UI/UX bootcamp, you’ll adopt a design-thinking mindset, become AI savvy, and learn how to create more personalized, intuitive, and engaging user experiences. 

We’ve incorporated AI learning throughout our UI/UX Design Career Track, so you’ll learn how to harness the power of AI to maximize your time, your creativity, and your job prospects.

Topic 1: Introduction to UX and UI Design

In this introductory unit, you’ll learn design fundamentals and gain a foundation for UI/UX best practices while exploring the various roles within the industry.

  • Learn the differences between UI and UX

  • Learn the skills needed to be successful as a UI/UX designer

  • Discover the range of UI/UX design roles and their responsibilities

Topic 2: Introduction to AI and Its Relevance to UX

Artificial intelligence plays a crucial role in enhancing user experiences, from personalized recommendations to intuitive interfaces. In this unit, you’ll learn the fundamentals of AI in design. 

  • Explore AI concepts, terminology, and applications

  • Differentiate between narrow AI and general AI

  • Understand the significance of the intersection between AI and UX

  • Receive an introduction machine learning and its application to UX

Topic 3: Intro to Design Tools

Before working on a hands-on project, you'll get comfortable with the design tools that will make up your arsenal. 

  • Explore and use design tools like Sketch, Adobe XD, or Figma 

  • Gain an understanding of how you will use each design tool in your work

  • Complete your first UI practice exercise by recreating the UI of a few screens

Topic 4: Design Thinking

Design thinking is the mindset designers like you will use to create effective user experiences. This unit will walk you through the stages of design thinking while highlighting an empathetic, hands-on, interactive approach to problem-solving.

  • Gain an understanding of design thinking stages: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test

  • Develop an awareness of divergent and convergent thinking

  • Learn the techniques of brainstorming, gamestorming, and affinity mapping for idea generation

Topic 5: Intro to UX Research

Design is about solving problems for your users, and user research uncovers why a problem exists. In this unit, you’ll walk through different types of user research in the design field and then learn how AI can be used for more efficient and effective user research.

  • Become familiar with various design-based research methods

  • Determine which research method to use at various stages in the design process

  • Learn how to interpret data usage from an app or website 

  • Utilize Chat GPT in user research

  • Explore automated data collection and analysis

Topic 6: Conducting Research

This hands-on unit will tailor your learnings about user research to your first capstone project. 

  • Learn how to conduct research for your capstone project

  • Develop a research plan

  • Learn how to recruit and screen participants

  • Explore interview best practices to collect meaningful data

  • Learn how to synthesize data to draw insights about your user to create a successful solution

Topic 7: Synthesizing Your Research

You’ve conducted your research, but now it’s time to put your findings down on paper. You’ll learn to synthesize your research through various methods to make your data more cohesive and then enhance persona creation and journey mapping through AI tools

  • Explore the different methods you can use to synthesize research, including empathy maps, personas, jobs-to-be-done framework, etc.

  • Understand how synthesizing will help your team focus on the user experience

  • Learn how to present your synthesized research to stakeholders

  • Utilize AI for persona-creating and updating

  • Create AI-powered journey mapping techniques and tools

Topic 8: Product Types: Typical Problems and Solutions

Some of the best designers often don’t invent their solutions but improve on existing ones. This unit unveils the most common types of products to help you become a successful designer.

  • Explore common product types: e-commerce/browsing, social media and messaging, dashboards and data design, media, and B2B vs. B2C products

  • Familiarize yourself with common problems and solutions related to each product type

  • Begin thinking about designing solutions for your capstone  

Topic 9: Design and Ideate

You are now entering the design phase where you’ll make design decisions and ideate a variety of solutions you identified. In this unit, you’ll leverage user stories to identify the needs of your product. 

  • Learn to brainstorm solutions to the problem you’re trying to solve for your capstone

  • Begin to write and map user stories based on personas

  • Create how might we statements (HMW) 

Topic 10: Information Architecture

Information architecture (IA) helps you map out how users will experience your product.  This unit will introduce many concepts to help you organize your information around your user. You’ll also use AI to help with categorization and personalization.

  • Learn the core concepts of information architecture 

  • Explore site navigation and learn best practices

  • Create deliverables such as site maps, user flows, and card sorts

  • Explore AI Ethics and dark patterns in machine learning

Topic 11: UI, Interaction, and Mobile Design Principles

This unit expands on the principles behind the UI practice exercises you’ve been working on up to this point in the bootcamp and also focuses on the specific application of AI for UI.

  • Identify common UI elements and learn about their functionality and typical behaviors

  • Learn about common and current UI patterns

  • Learn about designing for different user states

  • Apply AI in Voice User Interfaces (VUI) and chatbot design

Topic 12: Sketching and Guerilla Usability Testing

Sketching is the first step to getting your ideas out of your head and into reality.  With sketching, you’ll learn to use the general design rule of “test early and test often,” bringing your ideas to life through low-fidelity designs.  

  • Develop an understanding of mobile-first design 

  • Learn why sketching is such an integral skill for UI/UX designers

  • Learn best practices for guerilla usability testing

Topic 13: Wireframing

Wireframes are digitized versions of your sketches and sit between sketching and high-fidelity mockups. This unit prepares you to map your product’s content while also teaching you that there is room for flexibility and innovation. 

  • Create wireframes for mobile and desktop

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

  • Learn about and create wireflows for multiple states of the same screen

Topic 14: Designing Systems and Brand Platforms

Design systems set the visual language of your product, including what fonts, colors, UI elements, and imagery will be used. This unit will help you lay out the building blocks for your product’s own visual language. You’ll also understand how your UI and UX should also align with the company’s brand platform.

  • Develop an understanding of design systems and their value in the industry

  • Learn how to understand a company’s existing design system

  • Analyze how designers translate a brand platform into visual style

  • Understand how you will interact with brand platforms throughout your career

Topic 15: Building a Style Guide

A style guide ensures consistency and uniformity across platforms, especially when there are many designers working on various parts of the product. In this unit, you’ll learn why and how style guides keep you honest.

  • Learn the process of developing a style guide

  • Understand the fundamentals of color theory

  • Learn how to effectively choose fonts for your designs

  • Learn how iconography is used in UI design and how to incorporate photography and imagery in your designs

Topic 16: High Fidelity Mockups

High fidelity mockups not only make your designs look pleasing to the eye, but they should aim to make your designs accessible and inclusive to your user. In this unit, you will:

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

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

  • Understand the fundamentals of grids

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

Topic 17: Prototyping and Animations

Prototyping is the stage when you are closest to your final product. In this unit, you’ll identify aspects of your final product that can be improved, then learn how to use animation and interaction best practices. You’ll then explore AI tools to bring prototypes to life.

  • Learn how to create a clickable prototype.

  • Understand the purpose of animation and interaction patterns with UI/UX Design.

  • Familiarize yourself with current animation and interaction patterns and guidelines.

  • Learn prototyping tools for AI-based systems

Topic 18: Testing

Usability test sessions are integral to synthesizing your findings and determining if you need to redesign your prototype. You’ll also pick up how to evaluate AI-driven interfaces.

  • Understand the benefits of usability test plans and practice writing one

  • Learn how to identify and write tasks for a usability test

  • Learn how to facilitate usability test session

  • Adapt traditional usability testing tools for AI systems 

Topic 19: Collaborating with Developers

As a UI/UX designer, you’ll be in frequent communication with developers. This unit will give you the tools to navigate this special relationship, reduce friction, and learn to speak their language.  

  • Learn best practices for partnering with developers throughout the design process

  • Become familiar with the process of handing off projects to developers

  • Learn about best practices and tools used to make handoffs efficient

  • Learn lightweight coding skills

Topic 20: Presenting Your Work

Learning how to tell a compelling story about your designs can go a long way to ensure alignment across business functions. 

  • Learn about different presentation styles

  • Develop the necessary skills to effectively communicate your ideas to a variety of audiences

  • Explore what makes an effective presentation

Topic 21: Current and Future Trends in AI and UX

Uncover the latest trends in AI-integrated UX in order to remain competitive.

  • Understand the integration of AI and UX principles in the design process

  • Explore future projections in AI-integrated UX

  • Analyze the latest AI trends

  • Learn how to anticipate users’ news through AI

Topic 22: Psychology Principles and Special Topics

What happens when psychology meets design? Understanding human motivations can help persuade users to engage with your product.

  • Understand how persuasion, emotion, and trust increase engagement and conversion

  • Learn how gamification can engage and motivate users

  • Study new innovations like wearables emerging in the UX space 

Topic 23: The Business of UX

Knowing the inner workings of a product lifecycle and the business requirements that your product will need to be considered successful can help you stand out from the pack of hiring candidates.

  • Become familiar with a product’s lifecycle

  • Learn how to gather requirements and collaborate on project goals

  • Develop an understanding of success criteria, including metrics, KPIs, and analytics

Topic 24: Collaboration and Professionalism

Soft skills build collaboration and trust and set the tone for your career. This unit explores techniques for shoring up these skills in your day to day.

  • Learn best practices for email, remote, and in-person communication

  • Understand best practices for building relationships when you join a new company

  • Learn how to receive and incorporate feedback

  • Understand how to use design storytelling to gain influence

Topic 25: Projects

Building a UI/UX Portfolio
While working through this bootcamp, you will complete four projects that you can showcase in your design portfolio. You will also learn how to build a portfolio. A breakdown of core projects:

Capstone 1: A self-defined project working through all phases of the design process

Design Sprint: A Google-Ventures style design sprint on agile methodology

Capstone 2: Apply the skills you’ve learned in a business brief and solve business problems under a tight deadline.

Industry Design Project: 4-week remote externship with a company to develop new products.

These projects will be a part of a portfolio site that you build, complete with an engaging bio and personal logo. A design industry expert will also review your portfolio at the end of the bootcamp.

Topic 26: Career Support

Career units throughout the bootcamp will help you create a tailored job search strategy based on your background and goals. Topic include:

  • Types of Industry Roles.

  • Job Search Strategies

  • Building a Network and Using It to Land Interviews

  • Creating a High-Quality Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and Cover Letter

  • Preparing for Technical and Nontechnical Interviews

  • Successful Negotiation

NEW! AI learning units added to design curriculum

Learn to harness the power of AI with new learning units throughout your UI/UX Design curriculum. You’ll explore AI’s practical applications and how to leverage them to create a more intuitive and engaging user experience. Learn how to use AI to gather research, create user personas, and quickly access Information Architecture templates, so you have more time to unleash your creativity.

Build a portfolio that proves your skills to hiring managers

The best way to learn UI and UX design is to get hands-on experience. Complete two capstone projects and a design sprint. Build an interview-ready portfolio you can show to future employers.

While working on projects, you will:

  • Identify a user problem to solve

  • Conduct competitive research

  • Sketch, design, and build a prototype

  • Perform usability testing and identify improvements

Past projects from Springboard students

Lynette May

Capstone project: An app that enhances the relationship between therapist and patient

Annie Nguyen

Capstone project: An efficient and engaging process to find furniture

Get real-world experience with an external client project

Complete a four-week remote externship with a startup. It’s an exclusive experience that will set you apart from others. During this Industry Design Project you’ll get:

  • Exposure to the industry by working with a company

  • An opportunity to dive deeper into an aspect of the UI/UX design process

  • Experience working in collaboration with a design team and directly with a client

  • Mastery from your mentor

    Build skills faster with an expert in your corner. Your mentor will keep you accountable and give you an insider's view.

  • Counsel from your career coach

    Get prepared for the job search. Your career coach will help you gain confidence and know-how to land the role.

  • Support from your student advisor

    Stay on track and achieve your goals. Your student advisor has your back and will keep you on track to graduation.

  • Collaboration from your community

    You’ve got a built-in community — students who, just like you, are betting big on themselves.

Mentor: Karen Ko

UX Designer

Mentor: Earl Friedberg

UX Manager

Mentor: Ali Rushdan Tariq

Principal and Associate Director

Learn why Sharon enrolled in Springboard while still in design school

Sharon Kim landed a prestigious scholarship to the Parsons School of Design in NYC. While completing the program, she found she lacked the opportunity to work on hands-on projects. Since enrolling in Springboard, Sharon has landed internships at Colgate-Palmolive and Amazon.

Springboard UI/UX design grads have achieved life-changing growth. You can too.


Average salary increase of UI/UX Design students who provided pre- and post-course salaries.

December 2023


Average starting salary of job-qualified individuals who reported an offer.

December 2023


Enrolled students in the UI/UX Design Career Track since November 2019.

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  • All backgrounds are welcome as long as you can demonstrate strong visual, creative, and communication skills

  • Pass an evaluation of baseline visual skills, analytical thinking and the ability to empathize with users

Apply to the next UI/UX design bootcamp

This UI/UX design bootcamp is a nine-month program. Most students devote 15 - 25 hours per week to complete the course.

3 ways to fund your future

Everyone should have the opportunity for growth. That’s why we offer a range of payment options.

What are UX designers earning?

These are the average salaries of UX designers in the US.


Data as of November 2022; cross-referenced with Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Indeed, Payscale, Salary.com, BuiltIn, and Comparably.

Why Springboard vs. other bootcamps

We're the only bootcamp to offer all the features below. Plus our program is designed to fit your schedule — all at an affordable cost.

(data as of December 2022)




General Assembly

1:1 Mentoring



Real Client Project



Job Prep for 6 months after graduation







$12,150 FT / $9,500 PT


*Total cost varies based on approved interest rate. Financing only available for U.S. residents

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