Design Leadership course | Advance your design career and path forward

Design Leadership

  • A 6 week, part-time course based in our design studio in Shoreditch, London.
  • Ideal for creatives and designers looking to push their design career forward into leadership roles.
  • Covers business strategy, work culture, team building, delivering feedback, setting goals and more.
  • Learn through a series of reflective workshops and individual exercises throughout the course.
  • Understand how to position yourself as a better manager and leader within your organisation.

  • 6 Weeks
  • Part-time
  • In-Person

Design Leadership

Course Type: In-Person, Part-Time

Next Start Date: September 12th, 2022

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Course Fee: From £990

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Course Highlights

Based in a design agency, not a school.

Our studio is shared with one of London’s leading design and branding agencies. Students come into class inspired by the highly dynamic creative environment, and are encouraged to network to agency staff to help with their own professional development.

Relevant homework and activities

Students will work independently on a series of reflective exercises throughout the course. These activities will form a basis to create the necessary thinking, reflection and action points needed to move further in a design career.

Classes capped at 8 students.

Our small class sizes allows the instructor to spend more time with each student discussing key concepts, providing feedback on workshop and homework exercises, answering specific questions, and sharing the wealth of experience they have to offer.

Our alumni have gone on to join some of the most exciting, biggest and best names across various industries and sectors.

Huw Sambrook, Junior UX Designer, Deloitte

Product Design 020 Grad

Yulee Foster, Product Designer, accuRx

Product Design 0010 Grad

Oliver Jones, Product Designer, vector.ai

UX & UI Career Development Programme 001 Grad

Course Overview and Curriculum

Navigating your design career into a more senior role can be daunting. This 6 week, part-time, practical course will equip you with everything you need to know about building and managing product and design teams, how to deliver and perform design critiques, the art of communication and effective delegation, battling imposter syndrome, and how to best represent design in the boardroom.

Classes are held twice a week in our Shoreditch studio (from 6:30pm-8:30pm London time) either on Monday and Wednesday evenings, or Tuesday and Thursday evenings, depending on your chosen start date.

Pre-Course Work

  • Complete Student Profile
  • Sign up to community platform
  • Pre-course reading

Week 1

  • Course Orientation
  • What leadership means, to you and others
  • Storytelling, articulating the value of design)
  • Introduction to Workbook activities
  • Reflect on your leadership journey
  • What is your leadership brand?

Week 2

  • What does it mean to be a strategic leader?
  • Understand competitive arenas in which you operate
  • Understand how competitors create value
  • Shaping business insights.
  • Build a broader strategic mindset

Week 3

  • How to define culture in your workplace
  • Fuel your people's performance
  • Navigating change and disruption
  • Empowering employees
  • How to take and give criticism

Week 4

  • Bringing together people with diverse skills and experiences
  • How to build a successful team to achieve organisational goals
  • Writing job specifications
  • Interview preparation and techniques

Week 5

  • The importance of goal setting & appraisals
  • Introduction to OKRs
  • Identify/Define your organisation's OKRs
  • How to appraise your own performance
  • Appraising your team

Week 6

  • Leveraging the insights and experiences to inform vision and future journeys
  • How to share the knowledge with your wider team - Know how to network and influence those around you to achieve your vision

Post-Course Support

  • Portfolio Clinics
  • Q&A Sessions with Recruiters
  • Workshops with Industry Experts
  • Career Advice and Support

Hands-on workshops and activities.

Preparing you for a leadership role.

Over the duration of the course you will work on a set of practical and hands-on exercises (all set in a specially designed Experience Haus workbook) and use these tasks to reflect, think and prepare on life as a design leader in you organisation.

Team discussion and collaboration.

Present your ideas and thoughts.

Learn alongside like-minded individuals.

The Experience Haus Approach

We provide applied learning and hands-on courses for organisations and individuals covering an abundance of high-demand design disciplines.

Based in a global design agency.

Our studio is shared with one of London’s leading design and branding agencies, Matter of Form. We have created an unique learning ecosystem.

Students come into class inspired by the highly dynamic creative environment, and are able to talk to agency staff as they come and go.

Hands-on & working with real clients.

Our ‘learn by doing’ practical approach gives our students the perfect opportunity to apply what they have learnt straight away in the real world.

Our professional instructors.

Our quality course design and content is led by experienced design professionals.

They are all equipped with industry experience of helping students to develop their knowledge, improve and prepare them for new opportunities.

Hear from our recent alumni.

Real People. Real Companies. Real Careers.

"It really feels like EH is building a community rather than just churning through students. In-house team and instructors are genuinely interested in your success."

Brendan Murray | UX Designer, British Red Cross

"There were a few things that attracted me to it like the small classes, the constant support and contact with your tutors and different teachers throughout the course, and also the fact that it was a live start up, now just a concept start up"

Sam Dodd-Noble | Product Designer, Freelance

Course Instructors

Our experience design instructors have all worked with various sized teams, from small startups to leading agencies and organisations such as Amazon, John Lewis, Deliveroo, Meta, Huge, ustwo and more. You will be learning from the very best in the design field.

Joe Dollar Smirnov

Joe is an experienced UX and Design Thinking instructor with a lot of experience in the technology space having been involved with many organisations from early-stage startups to established blue chips.

Dimitri Hadjichristou

Dimitri is a Product Designer with over four years experience primarily designing kids digital products.

Oli Puttick

Oli relocated to London from Australia in 2019 and has been working as a Senior Product Designer at a small travel startup called Seafrog. During his career, he has been lucky enough to collaborate with early stage startups, agencies and big established corporates across a range of industries including Fintech, education, hospitality and travel.

Valeria Ippolito

Valeria is a Designer based in London crafting experiences and solving design problems by blending skills in visual, motion, and end-to-end Product Design. She is currently working as a Lead Interaction Designer at Sky, designing across different mediums and ideating solutions that enhance the product experience.

Paavan Buddhdev

Paavan is currently a senior digital product designer at AND Digital, designing apps and websites for innovative UK startups and large global brands. Prior to that he attained degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from Oxford, and is currently studying for an MA in Art History from the Open University. He speaks and writes regularly about UX and UI.

Admissions Process

Are you eligible? Of course you are.

Our mission is to make our training fully accessible for everyone. So with Haus there is no application process as such, no interview and no waiting to find out if you’ve ‘made the cut’.

There are no pre-requisites to take the course, but having a keen interest in design definitely helps.

The course is perfect for anyone who is looking to add digital product design skills to their existing skillset. Previous students include account managers, front-end developers, graphic designers and brand consultants.

There is no need to have any knowledge of particular software as you will be taught everything along the way.

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Select the course dates that fits best with your schedule

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Choose your preferred payment option

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Receive your pre-course work and get started!

Fees & Finance Options

Design Leadership

  • 6 Weeks
  • Part-time
  • In-Person

Pay Now and Save 10%

Reserve your space today by paying your course fees in full. You will save 10% off the regular price.

Monday and Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (GMT)

£990.00 (inc. VAT)

Spread The Cost

Pay a deposit of £110 (inc. VAT) today to secure your space on the course. Three further payments of £330 will be taken via direct debit during the course.

Monday and Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (GMT)

Deposit: £110.00 (inc. VAT)

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Spread the cost of your course over up to 12 months by applying for an interest-free loan.

Choose whether you would like to pay a deposit, choose the length of repayment and apply.

(Available for UK residents ONLY)

£1100 (inc. VAT)

FAQ

You have questions? We have the answers.

A specially designed short course to help anyone in the creative field advance their career into leadership roles. You could be a junior, midweight or senior creative, and as you plan your next career step, gain the relevant skills and ways of working that will help succeed. Learn how to build teams, provide useful feedback, develop a strategic mindset and more.

No, this course will touch upon building teams including User Experience and User Interface designers, but we do not go into UX and UI principles and methods on this course.

This will change depending on the stage of the course but we say on average there will be 4 hours of individual homework each week.

We offer three payment options for all of our courses. You can pay in full and save 10% off the regular price; you can spread the cost by paying in 3 instalments taken during the course; or you can apply for an interest-free loan through our finance partner, Knoma.

If you have taken any courses with us before, you will save 20% off the regular price.

Ideally, yes. You should be in a junior, midweight or senior role, and looking to prepare to lead teams, build teams and generally advance your career.

There isn’t one! To secure your space on a course all you have to do is book via our website or by contacting enrol@experiencehaus.com and telling us which programme you’d like to do. For those doing our larger courses, you’ll then get the chance to speak with one of our instructors and talk through your objectives, previous experience and how we might best support you during your time with us.

This course will definitely prepare you well for your job search and give you the confidence to move forward in your career. A course is only half of the work, the other half will come from your own determination, hard work, networking and desire to succeed.

Courses can be taken with standard Windows PC or Apple hardware. The only programs that you will almost definitely need to use at some stage are Mural and/or Miro (for capturing ideas, thoughts, and notes. these can be run through your internet browser with no need to download their desktop applications unless you want to work offline. Many other programs may be discussed throughout our courses, but none are essential.

Yes, most definitely. This course will only benefit you more if you attend with a colleague or your wider team. If you are looking to run a course just for your time, we can help with that too – just email enrol@experiencehaus.com and put in your request.

Purchases are non-refundable, except at the discretion of Experience Haus Ltd. Typically, cancellations or refund requests received 14 days prior to the start of a course or workshop will be honoured. However, due to the complex nature of the service being provided this cannot be guaranteed, and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This policy does not include deposits, all of which are non-refundable.

Provided you give us enough notice, we are happy for you to change courses once you’ve booked.

All students receive an Experience Haus course completion certificate at the end of the course. The course is recognised in regards to Experience Haus being an industry recognised brand.

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