We accept a limited number of students per cohort of UX Academy, and evaluate applicants based on the following prerequisites:
- A foundational level of visual design experience, demonstrated through samples of your work
- Strong English language skills
- A minimum weekly time commitment, depending on your track
- Timely completion of any relevant preliminary course
- Keen motivation and fit for the program, based on communication with the Designlab team
Foundational Design Experience
Typically, applicants meet these requirements by taking Design 101 and demonstrating expertise in the final project of this preliminary course (although admittance is not guaranteed even if you complete it).
You may skip Design 101 if you have both of the following:
- An online portfolio containing wireframes and hi-res images of responsive landing pages or digital applications
- Previous experience in Web Design, Graphic Design, UX Design, UI Design or Product Design
Print, illustration, and architecture portfolios will not be considered.
Evaluation of Design Work
All design work submissions will be evaluated and scored on the principles below:
The concept is original and thoughtful, almost on par with a solid design intern's work.
The UI design is on trend, beautiful and original. The visual layout adapts balanced spacing and placement of elements.
UX Design Pattern
The final design is crafted with up-to-date design patterns with correct navigation, form fields, and button usage. The student work is almost on par with a solid design intern's work.
The color choice, contrast, or hierarchy are not only on trend but appropriate for the subject matter.
The type choices, hierarchy, spacing are implemented beautifully with optimal readability.
All graphics, icons, illustrations are expertly chosen, crafted and implemented.
The branding is on point and appropriate for the subject matter. It not only grounds, but also adds more depth to the project.
English Language Proficiency
Clear and effortless communication between students and mentors is a vital part of the UX Academy experience. We require all students to have a minimum CEFR level of C1 or greater.
If you are not sure of your fluency level, please take the free assessment test here.
Timely completion of any relevant preliminary course
If you take a course with Designlab prior to applying for UX Academy (Design 101 for example), your progression through this preliminary course will be taken into consideration during the application review process. You will need to ensure you:
- Complete the course within the allocated time frame.
- Attend all mentor sessions on time (with none being forfeited).
- Visibly show you can take mentor feedback on board and iterate through multiple versions of your project pieces.
Motivation and fit for the UX Academy program
Competition for UX Academy places is fierce and therefore, on top of the above, you'll also need to show keen, positive motivation to be admitted to the program. While we appreciate and are always happy to receive constructive feedback from students throughout their learning journey, you will need to be deemed a good fit for the way the program works and the wider UX Academy community.
This will be assessed based on:
- Your communication with the Designlab team via email and phone.
- The way you communicate with your mentor during any short courses you take with us.
- Interactions you have with other students, alumni, and members of the wider Designlab community.
The UX Academy program has the overall goal to help students create a professional UX/UI portfolio and land a job in the industry, and it would be a disservice to an applicant if we were to admit them into UX Academy when we truly believe the program and the community around it was not a good fit for them based on the criteria above.
Still have questions? Here are some next steps!
- Read more about UX Academy and confirm the program fits your goals.
- Book an admissions call.
- Attend our next webinar.