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93% Hiring Rate within 3 months of graduation
42% Salary Increasereported by graduates
40% Less Tuitionthan the average tech bootcamp

Become A Designer

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, front-end developers and UX practitioners, our 6 week virtual, 12 week in-person 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?

  • Aspiring designers trying to break into the industry
  • Visual designers who want to be able to code their comps
  • Print designers that want to beef up their digital skills
  • Developers looking to create UX-driven, pixel-perfect applications

What to expect

  • Learn UX, UI and front-end development in a 6 week virtual, 12 week in-person, immersive program
  • 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 (online)

Weeks 1-6

These virtual 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 Technology, UX and Design
Week 2: Prototyping, UI, and Branding
Weeks 3: UI Project
Week 4: HTML/CSS and Responsive Web Design
Week 5: JavaScript and jQuery
Week 6: Website Project

  • 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: Review

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

Portfolio Development

Weeks 12-18

You've learned the tools of the trade. Now it's time to apply them in a live client environment. You'll be working with a wide variety of outside companies to collaborate in teams and create real world deliverables. We've partnered with organizations that are leaders in the Chicago tech community:
1871 Founder Institute

Weeks 12-18: Team and Individual Projects

  • Career guidance
  • Passion projects
  • Portfolio and resume construction
  • Hiring Partner introductions


Weeks 19+

Although the Full-Stack Design Bootcamp is 12 in-person 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

  • Monthly checkins
  • Continued mentorship
  • Unlimited email correspondence
  • Discounted group work space at Design Cloud

Program Details

Next Start Date
Diamond Cohort

Emerald Cohort

Oct 27, 2014

Fire Cohort

Jan 5, 2015

Start date includes the 6 week Virtual Classroom segment (online)

Program Duration
18 weeks

6 weeks virtual
12 weeks in-person

Weekly Commitment
70+ hours

Monday - Saturday
10 AM - 9 PM



Financing options available


Our talented alumni go on to become product designers, front-end developers, UX practitioners and more.

Michael Pare
Amaranth Cohort '14

Front-End Developer at 

Martha Willis
Amaranth Cohort '14

UI Designer at 

Erika O'Neil
Amaranth Cohort '14

UX Researcher at 

Erin Dunn
Amaranth Cohort '14

UX Associate at 

Camay Ho
Bronze Cohort '14

Product Designer at 

Karen Abney
Amaranth Cohort '14

Visual UX Designer at 


Software Partners

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

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Become a Full-Stack Designer

Good design can change the conversation, but great design can change the world.
Apply now to join us:

Next Start Date
Diamond Cohort

Emerald Cohort

Oct 27, 2014

Fire Cohort

Jan 5, 2015

Start date includes the 6 week Virtual Classroom segment (online)

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.

DESIGNATION is one word, pronounced just the way it looks: des·ig·na·tion.

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.

For the first six weeks of virtual prep work, you should expect to dedicate 20-40 hours per week. For the in-person portion of the porgram, you are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours a week for assignments, projects, and portfolio work.

No. But we love it if you do.

Of course! That is our main goal, after all. The program is designed to make you competitive for design jobs in 18 weeks. Our entire career development arm, DESIGNATION Black, is committed to finding you a job. We have over 300 connections to companies across the country that need your help. If you are proactive, diligent, determined and continue to work with our team, we can guarantee you will find a job in design within 4 months of your graduation date.

Many students get a job either during our program or shortly after their graduation. Other students may take another 1-3 months of portfolio development to achieve their goals. What we can promise, is that if you work with us and are proactive, you will have a design job within 4 months of graduation.

Graduates who are included in our success and hiring metrics meet all of the following criteria:
• Graduate is looking for hiring opportunities in UX, UI, front-end development, and/or design-thinking
• The stats are within a 3-month window of when a cohort graduated
• Graduates that go on vacation/travel at any time during the 3-month window aren't included (but we pick up working with the graduate as soon as they come back)
• Graduates have to be in communication with us a minimum of once per month, with additional progress at each check-in
• Graduates have to have fully participated in the program for 18 weeks (having no unexcused attendance for classes and workshops)
• Graduate met accountability points (portfolio site, 3-5 pieces, hiring partner introductions) and worked with us during the graduate's job application process
• The stats do not not include self-employed graduates

Yes, the 6 week Virtual Classroom segment is a part of a cohort's start date, and can be completed remotely. The in-person immersion portion of the program is when you will be required to be at our space in Chicago for 70 hours a week minimum.

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.

Each cohort is named in alphabetical order after unique colors.

Our online reviews are on Quora, Facebook, and Yelp. We also recommend that you reach out to our alumni to discover first-hand if our program is right for you.

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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