Online vs. In-Person: Which Type of UX/UI Course is Right for Your Career Goals?

There are many reasons why people choose to transitions into a career in design: money, a fresh start, opportunities to work remotely…the list goes on. For many, when deciding to take that leap into the industry, they want to choose a design course that ultimately reflects their career goals. At Experience Haus, we offer a number of different UX/UI courses that are taught in different formats, in order to match with a student’s preferences.

In this article, we look at the different courses offered at Experience Haus and which is most suitable depending on your career goals.

Product Design (including UX & UI Design)

Starting with our most popular course, the Product Design (including UX & UI Design) course is a 12-week, part-time course that is taught in-person from our studio in Shoreditch. You will learn the entire end-to-end design process used for designing digital products, including design thinking, product strategy, user research, journey mapping, ideation and UI with Figma. All the while you are applying what you are learning onto a real-life design challenge, set by a local start-up.

Students get to work on real client briefs on all of our courses, but the stand out feature of the brief on this course is that it is your own individual brief, and you also get more of an input on the type of company or industry the brief comes from. This isn’t something that is offered on another course! At the end of the course, you will stand up in front of your classmates, instructor and stakeholder to present everything back that you will have worked on in the 12 weeks, including your high-fidelity prototypes. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on an entire project by yourself.

Therefore, if your goal is to work in a particular industry in the future, or maybe to work in a small design team where you will have a lot of autonomy over projects, then this is the course for you.

UX & UI Design (Online)

Next up, we have our online UX & UI Design course: a 10-week, part-time course held over Zoom. There is no pre-recorded content for this course (something that is quite prominent in other online courses delivered by other course providers!) All the sessions are held live, however rather than sitting in one of the rooms in our studio, you will be learning from the comfort of your own home.

The UX and UI content covered on this course is very similar to the Product Design (inc UX & UI) course, and students will learn things such as design thinking, user research and how to prototype on Figma. Students still get the chance to work on a live client brief but this is done in groups of 3 or 4, rather than on their own. This is a great opportunity to gain experience working as part of a design team, and learning how to do this all remotely.

This course is the perfect option for those who are passionate about developing themselves but prefer to learn online, as opposed to an in-person setting. For those who are interested in remote working, the opportunity to work on a client brief when your group are all in different places is a good chance to learn how to collaborate as a team, when you’re all working remotely.

UX & UI Career Development Bootcamp

Finally, we have our flagship course, the course designed to help you land your first design role: our 12-week, full-time UX & UI Career Development Bootcamp. Based in our studio in Shoreditch, we work through the design process and apply learnings to three real-life client briefs. This allows students to go over the design learnings multiple times and just solidifies their understanding of the entire process, giving them the confidence when talking about their own process in interviews. 

Sprinkled within the course are sessions on building portfolios and interview workshops with recruiters. We want to give our students the best possible chance of landing a role as soon after finishing the course as possible. 

This bootcamp is the perfect choice for those who are ready to immerse themselves within the industry, with the aim of landing a role within a short timeframe. Students leave the course with a portfolio full of case studies, ready to chat through in interviews. Previous students have gone into roles at a variety of different companies, from startups to well established companies, working in-house or for agencies, working remotely as well as from the office. Whatever your career goals for the future are, this is the perfect course choice to kickstart your design career.

We regularly have conversations with prospective students  about their experience and career goals and make recommendations on which course would be best suited to them. If you are interested in having a call with our team about what course is best suited to your current skillset and future goals, book in a time that works for you here. Alternatively, check out our list of free workshops and information sessions that will give you a good insight into our courses and how we teach at Experience Haus.

Posted on : Monday December 4, 2023