Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp

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Classes begin quarterly

Online UX/UI Boot Camp in the San Francisco Bay Area

Any time you open an app on your phone or browse a website from your computer, you’re navigating an experience designed to be enjoyable, functional and intuitive. UX and UI designers, the individuals responsible for developing these interfaces, are increasingly in-demand across organizations, as nearly every business today relies on a digital presence to engage with customers.

In the United States alone, individuals spent an average of more than six hours a day on their internet-connected devices in 2018 — up from just under three hours in 2008.* In order for businesses to keep up with this rapidly changing digital landscape, it’s crucial that they enlist the expertise of skilled design professionals to optimize interfaces and develop seamless user experiences.

*https://ourworldindata.org/internet

Become a UX/UI Professional in 24 Weeks

  • Get hands-on training and instruction in high-demand UX/UI design methodology, user-centric design research, design thinking, visual prototyping and wireframing, interface design, storyboarding, visual design theory, web prototyping with HTML5 and CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery,and more.*
  • Maintain your work or college schedule by studying part-time, only three days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours.
  • Apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
  • Tap into our wide range of career-planning services to help you succeed in the field.

Why Learn at Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp?

  • Through a hands-on, project-based curriculum, you’ll learn the theory and tools to build engaging user experiences, employing industry practices to gain real-world design experience.
  • You’ll be supported both inside and outside the classroom, with live instructors and real-time feedback from a dedicated tutor network.
  • You’ll master the skills employers are looking for in user experience researchers and user interface designers, including strategies for collaboration and product management.
  • Career planning assistance is available to students pursuing a career change or advancement. Support services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, career content and practice sessions, 1:1 career coaching, soft skills training and more.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to attend virtual quarterly Tech Talks where you can gain industry insights from local industry professionals.
  • Upon program completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion from UC Berkeley Extension, demonstrating a mastery of the topics covered in the program.

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What UX/UI Skills Will You Gain?

Through this engaging, part-time program, you will graduate with the skills and confidence to join the ranks of industry-shaping creative professionals. The curriculum covers*:

User-Centric Design Research:

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Practices
  • Information Architecture and Flow
  • User Need Identification
  • User Experience Interviewing
  • Persona Creation
  • Insight Synthesis

Visual Prototyping and Wireframing:

  • Adobe XD
  • Figma
  • InVision
  • Google Slides
  • Storyboarding
  • Decision Mapping
  • Decision Flow Diagrams

User Interface Development:

  • Atomic Design
  • UI Grids and Composition
  • Color Theory
  • Heuristic Evaluation
  • Typography
  • Interaction Design and Iconography

Web Prototyping:

  • HTML/CSS
  • Github
  • Bootstrap
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
*The material covered is subject to change. Our academic team adjusts to the market demand.

How to Apply

  1. Form Submission. Fill out our boot camp contact form with a few of your key details so an admissions advisor can get in touch with you.
  2. Admissions Interview and Application. A member from our admissions team will contact you to discuss boot camp details, answer any questions and learn more about your personal goals. You’ll then fill out a quick application that will help us understand your reasons for applying.
  3. Assessment. Apply your logic-based skills to a critical thinking assessment that tests your problem-solving capabilities. You don’t need any prior industry experience to complete it, however in order to be accepted into the program, you must pass the assessment. You’ll then be able to move forward and enroll in the boot camp.
  4. Financial Options, Deposit and Enrollment Agreement. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to discuss financial options and approve your chosen payment method with your admissions advisor. Finally, pay your deposit and review and sign your enrollment agreement.

Start Your Journey. Congratulations on taking the first step to changing or advancing your career. You’re ready to start your program pre-work and get ready for your first day of class.

Part-Time Schedule

  • 24-week program
  • Classes held two weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuition

Berkeley Boot Camps provide competitively priced tuition costs. We offer 3- and 6-month interest-free payment plans for our full-time and part-time programs, and qualified students can apply for approval to take advantage of our 24-month, interest-free extended payment plan through EdAid. If you have questions about other possible financial options, such as scholarships or loans, please contact our admissions team.

Currently Enrolling

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  • Part-Time 10/14/21

» Tech Project Management Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time 11/02/21

» UX/UI Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time 11/09/21

» Cybersecurity Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time 12/06/21

» Digital Marketing Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time 12/13/21

» FinTech Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time 12/15/21

Careers

At Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp, you are supported by a career services team dedicated to your professional success. Through a series of career readiness milestones and support services — including feedback on job search materials, resume and social media profile support, opportunities for mock interviews and more — you’ll prepare to become employer competitive and stand out during your job search. In the classroom, you’ll learn the most in-demand skills and tools used in professional environments, applying what you’ve learned to projects you can add to your portfolio and showcase to future employers.

Job Outcomes

  • UI Developer: Tasked with transforming user interface designs into working technology, user interface (UI) developers walk the line between visual thinking and software engineering, bridging the gap between creativity and practicality. To do so, these design professionals should have in-depth experience using both front and back end programming languages and frameworks like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React.js and more. Like many technical roles, UI developers should also be able to communicate their thought processes and intentions clearly to internal stakeholders, as well as collaborate across teams.
  • UX Writer: To be effective in their role, a user experience (UX) writer should have a solid understanding of the user of any given product and is often tasked with conducting user research to do so. They use the knowledge gathered from their findings to then create copy within the digital product — text on buttons, menus, error messages — in a way that contributes to a positive and intuitive user experience. Many UX writers are former or current copywriters, so individuals with copywriting experience make excellent candidates for this role.
  • Visual Designer: Although it can be confused with graphic design, visual design is a unique discipline that requires the work of skilled professionals. Visual designers focus almost exclusively on the visual aspects of a digital product, app or website — and contrary to popular belief, the role doesn’t require knowledge of basic coding languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Instead, these professionals rely on tools like Adobe XD, Illustrator and Photoshop to perform their responsibilities with the goal of creating a visually appealing user experience that is appropriate for the product and aligns with the greater brand.
  • Product Manager: Product managers are big-picture professionals in the world of UX, offering a critical eye to the overall process while deferring to UX designers when it comes to design principles and user research. That said, in small companies and startups, it’s common for the two roles to overlap into one. When the role is specialized, the product manager relies on soft skills like organization, coordination between teams and stakeholders, feature prioritization and clear communication. Ultimately, these individuals have the goal of delivering the best possible product.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our UX/UI Boot Camp in San Francisco is being held via our tried and tested virtual classroom experience. Call us at (510) 455-4065 for more information on how to apply, or visit our Online Experience page to learn more.

No prior UX/UI knowledge or experience is required. Our pre-course tutorials will get students prepared before classes begin.

No, applicants to Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp do not need to be Berkeley students. This program is offered through UC Berkeley Extension.

While becoming a professional UX/UI designer takes hard work and dedication, you can gain the fundamental skills needed to take the first step into this high-demand workforce in just six months through Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp. In addition to receiving expert instruction from industry professionals, you’ll also receive dedicated career support to help you become competitive in the job market.

Just like any educational endeavor, those who attend a UX/UI boot camp get out of it what they put in. These rigorous programs require a significant time commitment and cover an intensive curriculum to teach a wide variety of skills and tools for user experience research and user interface design and development. Any previous experience in digital design or web development can be beneficial, as well as completing free online tutorials. That said, all admitted students will get access to pre-work learning materials to help prepare them for the boot camp.

With businesses becoming more reliant on their digital presence to engage with consumers, the demand for UX and UI professionals is likely to persist. From the conceptualization of a website or mobile application to wireframing, development and product management, there are a variety of roles available to individuals eager to pursue a career in this high-demand field. If you have an eye for design and a knack for creative problem solving, user experience and user interface design could be a great fit.

Yes! Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp is delivered through our unique virtual classroom format that emulates a real-world professional environment, allowing you to attend classes from anywhere. All you need is a working laptop and a desire to learn. Learn more about the classroom experience.


Ready to learn more about Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp? Contact an admissions advisor at (510) 455-4065.


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UX/UI Curriculum

In today’s digital landscape, employers across industries are looking for innovators and creative thinkers with the skills to transform businesses through imaginative interfaces and engaging user experiences.

Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp will help train you on the necessary skills to enter the exciting fields of user interface (UI) design, user experience (UX) research and product management.

Throughout the program, you will be challenged to employ user-centric design and a wealth of creative tools to build engaging designs and user experiences. You will also walk out with an impressive professional portfolio and the confidence you need to succeed as a UX or UI professional.

UX/UI Part-Time

Learning Module: The “U” Of UX/UI


Description:
The common theme throughout this course is that we will be designing with users in mind. That being said, how do we know who our user is? What do they do? How do they act? Those are the questions we will strive to answer in this module as we dig into popular research techniques and methodologies.

What You Will Learn:
  • UX / Design Thinking
  • User Centered Design Research
  • Empathy & Users
  • UX Interviewing
  • Insight Synthesis
  • Persona Creation
  • Decision Mapping
  • Prototyping
  • User Testing

Learning Module: Interface Design


Description:
Interfaces need to be both engaging and intuitive in order to craft solid user experiences. Over the course of these few weeks, we will cover many of the necessary skills, technologies, and frameworks designers should know in order to make immersive applications.

What You Will Learn:
  • User Interaction
  • User Interface & Affordance
  • Invision
  • Project Management & Tools
  • User Centered Design
  • Accessibility & Usability
  • UI Patterns & Libraries
  • Atomic Design
  • Adobe XD

Learning Module: Visual Design Theory


Description:
While an interface that functions is a distinct necessity, an interface that draws the eye of its user is just as important. During this module, we will cover color theory, iconography, typography, and the many other crucial aspects of visual design that modern UI/UX developers need to provide a high-class, hands-on experience.

What You Will Learn:
  • Typography
  • Heuristics, Usability & UI Iterations
  • Continuity & Branding in UX & UI
  • Iconography

Learning Module: Web Prototyping and Interaction Design


Description:
What good is a solid interface if no one can use it? You will learn how to apply all of the knowledge you've acquired to create live applications on the web as full-fledged visual prototypes. Next, you will apply JavaScript and jQuery to your creation to incorporate more complex user interactions.

What You Will Learn:
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • GitHub
  • Bootstrap
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery

Learning Module: Final Project


Description:
You will work in small groups to leverage the software, skills, and techniques learned throughout the course in this final project to showcase to the world what you've achieved.

What You Will Learn:
  • Dreaming up something fantastic and pushing the bounds of what is reasonable and achievable

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The UX/UI Industry

What Are the Most In-Demand UX/UI Skills in 2021?

While specific responsibilities vary significantly depending on the role, UX/UI professionals share the same core set of skills. Some of the most important analytical and technical capabilities for UX designers include qualitative and quantitative research, user need identification, persona creation, decision mapping, InVision, color theory and HTML/CSS. Berkeley UX/UI Boot Camp offers a market-driven curriculum that is designed to give you these skills and more.

In addition to technical skills, a successful UX/UI professional should demonstrate competency in a number of soft skills, communication, curiosity, empathy and collaboration. Since UX/UI professionals’ success depends on understanding users, having some familiarity with psychology principles like reciprocity, negativity bias, priming and The Decoy Effect may help offer insights into the thoughts, motivations and behaviors of consumers.

UX Researchers vs UI Designers: What’s the Difference?

User experience, more commonly referred to as “UX,” is an approach to product development that incorporates direct user feedback and human-centered design in order to reduce costs and create products and tools that meet user needs and have a high level of usability. UX describes how people feel when they interact with a system or service and encompasses several factors including usability, design, marketing, accessibility, performance, comfort and utility. User interface, or “UI,” is concerned with a website’s appearance, how it’s laid out, where things should go and any elements that visually impact the website or app. Simply put, user interface includes what you see, whereas user experience is what you feel. At the end of the day, UI design can’t create meaningful visuals without the intention of the UX design components, and a UX designer can only take their human-centered approach so far before the experience must be digitized for usability.

How to Prepare For Your First Job as a UX/UI Professional

One common misconception about UX/UI: you need to have years of experience in tech. In fact, there are skills from a number of other industries that can be applied to a career in UX/UI. Those in the social sciences, for example, are well-suited to UX research because the core competencies in both sectors overlap. Similarly, professionals in marketing and communications fields often already have the user response and interaction training necessary to segue into UX research. Regardless of whether you’re just starting out or want to change your professional path, expanding your knowledge and skill set is essential to kickstarting a new career in UX research. In addition to acquiring in-demand skills, you should also work to gain real-world experience and build out your portfolio so that potential employers can see your skills in action. Networking with UX/UI and web design professionals is a great way not only to potentially find employment, but also to learn more about the industry and what the expectations will be for your first job as a UX/UI professional.

The Market for UX/UI Professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area has long provided a multitude of promising career prospects for technically trained professionals. According to recent data from CareerOneStop, skilled user experience designers, developers and researchers in the region typically out-earn their counterparts in other areas. What’s more, listings on Indeed reveal that there is a wealth of open remote roles for user experience professionals looking to enter the industry or advance their current career. Individuals seeking entry-level roles can do so without previous experience through the help of a UX/UI boot camp, provided they are willing to put in the necessary hard work and dedication.

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