How do I apply to UX Academy? Are there any prerequisites for the program?

Course Prerequisites

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
  • Keen motivation and fit for the program, based on communication with the Designlab team


Foundational Design Experience

Typically, applicants meet these requirements by taking our Design 101 course, and therefore demonstrate expertise in their final project within the course. 

You may skip Design 101 if you have both of the following:

  1. An online portfolio containing wireframes and hi-res images of landing pages or digital applications
  2. 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.

UI/Visual Design
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.

Color Palette
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.

Graphical Elements
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


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. You will also 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 approach mentor sessions and feedback during any short courses you take with us.
  • Interactions you have with other students, alumni, and members of the wider Designlab community.



Still have questions? Here are some next steps!

  1. Read more about UX Academy and confirm the program fits your goals.
  2. Book an admissions call.
  3. Attend our next webinar.