UX Academy is a competitive course. While we highly value candidates from varied design backgrounds, if you don't have an existing portfolio which includes digital product images and wireframes, you will not be eligible to receive a prerequisite waiver in lieu of taking Design 101 at Designlab.
That said, Design 101 is an excellent way to apply your existing design skills in the world of UX Design. Your previous experience will certainly help you navigate the course!
Once you've completed your final project you'll be ready to submit your application for UX Academy.