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Full-Stack Design


Get ready for the most intense experience of your life. Students come from all over the world to participate in the DESIGNATION Full-Stack Design bootcamp. Intended for aspiring designers, developers and UX practitioners, our 18 week program is perfect for people who possess a natural curiosity about the way things work, and are constantly looking for ways to make them better.

Join us in our immersive, intensive and vibrant classroom environment and get ready to start making things that make a difference. Because while good design can change the conversation, great design can change the world.

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Learn the full-stack of design skills


Whatever you bring to the table when you come to the program, you'll leave with a solid understanding of the full-stack of design skills:

  • User Experience (UX) Research
  • Interaction Design (IxD)
  • User Interface Design (UI)
  • Front-End Development (HTML/CSS/JS)

Who is it for?


  • Print designers looking to beef up their digital skills
  • Developers who want to create pixel-perfect interfaces
  • Visual designers that want to be able to code their comps
  • Aspiring designers trying to find their place in the industry
  • Anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of good UX design

What to expect


  • Learn the fundamentals of UX, UI and front-end development
  • Craft a killer portfolio custom tailored to your interests
  • Collaborate with peers on real projects for live clients
  • Develop a network of other designers, developers and industry leaders
  • Make contact with companies looking to hire new talent

Weekly Breakdown


Virtual Classroom

 
Weeks 1-6
+

These prep-sessions and pre-class exercises set the table for what's to come. Because the material in the main program moves quickly, it's critical students be ready to start building interfaces right from the first day of the in-class session.

Week 1: Intro to Design, Tech and Branding
Week 2: Intro to HTML/CSS, jQuery and JavaScript
Weeks 3-4: Intro to User Experience (UX) and Digital Design
Week 5: Team Project (Branding)
Week 6: Team Project (Product Development)

Details:
  • Virtual coaching and feedback
  • Weekly check-ins
  • Online peer collaboration
  • Tailored prep work

Design Immersion

 
Weeks 7-11
+

After mastering the basics in the virtual session, the middle portion of the program is where we concentrate the majority of our traditional classroom sessions. Cumulative classes build and expand on one another in successive weeks, with special emphasis on problem solving, analytical thinking, and team collaboration guided by experienced professionals.

Week 7: UX Research Methodology
Week 8: Front-End Development
Week 9: Interaction Design
Week 10: User Interface Design
Week 11: Applied Production

Details:
  • Mon - Sat @ 10AM
  • Weekly evening classes
  • Mentorship
  • Guest speakers
  • Hands-on and group learning

Portfolio Development

 
Weeks 13-18
+

You've learned the tools of the trade. Now it's time to apply them in a live client environment. We partner with a wide variety of outside companies to give students an opportunity to collaborate in teams and create real world deliverables.

Week 12: Individual Exploration
Week 13: Live Client
Week 14: Team and Individual Projects
Week 15: Portfolio Work
Weeks 16-17: Final Project
Week 18: Career and Portfolio

Details:
  • Career guidance
  • Passion projects
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Portfolio and resume construction
  • Hiring Partner introductions

Post-Graduation

 
Weeks 19+
+

Although the Full-Stack Design bootcamp is 18 weeks long, the support and mentorship doesn't end there. We're personally committed to working with every one of our alumni for as long as they need to continue evaluating work, providing mentorship and guidance, and facilitating job placement through our recruiting arm, DESIGNATION Black.

Weeks 19+: Post-graduation assistance

Details:
  • DESIGNATION Black
  • Monthly checkins
  • Continued mentorship
  • Unlimited email correspondence
  • Discounted group work space at Design Cloud

Alumni


Michael Pare
Amaranth Cohort '14

Front-End Developer at 

"The skills that make you successful at DESIGNATION are the same ones that will make you successful in the real world. If you’re willing to learn, DESIGNATION will teach you everything you need to know to get the career you want."

Erika O'Neill
Amaranth Cohort '14

UX Researcher at 

"Not only do I feel confident in my skills pursuing a career in UX, but I have gained a network of many professionals in the industry and life-long friends! The instructors are mentors and truly care about your success. I would do it over again in a heartbeat!"

Erin Dunn
Amaranth Cohort '14

UX Apprentice at 

"By being immersed in DESIGNATION and learning about the various roles within digital design, I was able to bridge my skills, my degree, and my goals and I left DESIGNATION feeling confident to pursue the career that I want."

Program Details


Available Cohorts
Amaranth Cohort

FULL


Bronze Cohort

FULL


Celadon Cohort

FULL


Diamond Cohort

Sep 15, 2014


Emerald Cohort

Oct 27, 2014


Fire Cohort

Jan 5, 2015


Program Duration
18 weeks

6 weeks virtual
12 weeks in-person

Weekly Commitment
60+ hours

Open 9 AM - 2 AM

Tuition

$6,000

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
Enroll before August 1st and get $500 off your tuition

Software


Our students get access to the most cutting-edge design tools in the industry, and more.

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When you participate in DESIGNATION, you become part of the lifelong DESIGNATION network. For however long it takes for you to find a job, we will work with you to make it happen.


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View Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition is $6,000.

A deposit of $1000 is due within one week of your acceptance, with the remaining $5,000 due two weeks prior to the start date of your cohort.

Nothing but a willingness to learn and work hard.

You will need to bring your own laptop (PC or Mac, but we strongly recommend a MacBook Pro with Retina display), with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator already installed.* We'll provide you with tools, textbooks, resources, and more during the program.

*If you don't already have Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, we recommend the Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives you access to these two software programs.

One of the greatest strengths of the Full-Stack Design bootcamp is its ability to become whatever any individual needs it to be. Because the range of topics it covers is so broad, different people will naturally gravitate to different parts of the curriculum. We encourage students to explore and discover which aspects of the program they’re most passionate about, and embrace those moving forward.

That depends on what you mean. There’s no doubt that the internet is the single most powerful educational tool of all time. And while a lot of our curriculum is accessible in one form or another, we think the ability to work with a live instructor, collaborate with peers, and do live client work are invaluable and irreplaceable.

Although we accept students from anywhere in the world, we're not able to provide any visa assistance. You will be solely responsible for obtaining your student visa to participate in the program, as well as obtaining a working visa to accept a job afterward, if that's a road you choose to pursue.

No. But we love it if you do.

Although some students find jobs during or immediately after the program concludes, we ask everyone to plan on spending anywhere from one month to eight months after graduation refining their portfolio and searching for a job. Throughout this period, you will be assisted through our recruiting arm, DESIGNATION Black.

During the program, you should expect to dedicate at least 60 hours a week to the program, for assignments, projects, and portfolio work. And for what it’s worth, in our observation, those that dedicate more typically do better.

Yes, for example, if our Diamond Cohort starts on September 15, 2014, the program begins on that date with six weeks of virtual learning. The first in-class day would be six weeks later on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Three-Day Cancellation: If you provide written notice of cancellation within three (3) days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and federal and state holidays), you will be entitled to a full refund of your deposit payment of $1,000.00. No refunds will be granted after this period, but your deposit may be applied towards any future Cohort or program.

Withdrawal: If you are accepted and choose to withdraw from DESIGNATION within twenty-four (24) hours after the commencement of the first class session, you are entitled to a refund of all tuition less the $1000.00 deposit payment. No refunds will issued after the first twenty-four (24) hours after the commencement of the first class session.

All refunds will be issued within thirty (30) days of the determination of your cancellation or withdrawal date.

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Available Cohorts
Amaranth Cohort

FULL


Bronze Cohort

FULL


Celadon Cohort

FULL


Diamond Cohort

Sep 15, 2014


Emerald Cohort

Oct 27, 2014


Fire Cohort

Jan 5, 2015


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