Why Optimal Designer?
Today, technological innovation impacts every industry, creating massive demand for employees with tech skills. But good candidates are notoriously hard to find, and universities just aren’t producing enough STEM grads.
Enter design bootcamps: an alternative education model that offers a new way to satisfy the tech talent shortage. Does the rapid rise of these fast-track, high-impact courses indicate that employers now view them as a serious alternative to a traditional four-year design degree? And just how prepared are bootcamp graduates to compete for those highly paid tech jobs after only two or three months of training?
Lack Design Process Expertise
You worked hard to learn the tools and create beautiful deliverables only to hear requests for a presentation focused on your design process.
Lack Compelling Portfolio Projects
You just graduated with some coursework that includes a single project or maybe a few… These project(s) seem to be academic and similar to other candidates.
Lack Professional Experience
Either you’re just starting your professional career or making a career transition and you feel like you don’t have direct experience to get the job and you need the job to get experience.
Learn Multiple Approaches
to Design Thinking
You want to further your knowledge and stay up to date on the latest advancements in the field of design.
Build a Professional-Ready
Many people learn best by doing, and everyone can benefit by seeing the theories and methods learned being put to work in real life projects.
Redesign Your Professional
Brand & Story
Presenting a great story can help employers value your knowledge and the abilities utilized for your portfolio.
How It Works
Project-based Learning for Design Thinking
- Master the Top 3 Frameworks for Design Thinking
- Apply Mastery to Professional-Ready Portfolio Projects
- Presentation & Critique for Optimal Interview Practice
Learn Faster with Optimal Participant to Coach Ratios
Becoming a designer on your own is tough. Staying committed, knowing what to learn, and going deep on concepts should be challenging but it shouldn’t defeat you.
- 8:1 Workshops Ratio
- Our small project groups allow for closer participant-coach interactions
- 1:1 Coaching Sessions
- With 1-on-1 coaching, you’ll be supported and challenged while staying focused on the right subjects to get you hired.
- Lifelong Community Access
- Access to a lifelong community of students, alumni, and coaches
Get a Design Job
In order to increase the number of design job offers received, you will receive coaching to help you fine-tune your:
- Professional Branding including Resume, Portfolio, Website, and Coach’s Recommendations
- Interview skills aka “Perfecting Your Pitch”
- Job search strategy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the salary for UX Designers?
According to Glassdoor.com, the average salary for product managers is $86,071. This number can be higher depending on your location, company and previous experience.
How much time should I commit?
The Optimal Designer group training workshops consist of 10 hours of class time and 5 hours of coaching sessions during 12 weeks. In addition to the classes, plan on spending 3-5 hours outside of class each week working on assignments.
Who is eligible to apply for the Optimal Designer Course?
We welcome applications from talented professionals with 3+ years of relevant experience OR individuals who have graduated from a Design Bootcamp Program. An Onsite Option is available for people who reside in New York and a Remote Option is available for those outside the New York area. The last requirement is that applicants must want to get a new job or internal promotion within 6 months of completing the course.
How is Optimal Designer different from other Design Bootcamp offerings?
All of our instructors are active Product/UX Designers at top technology companies. The program is hands-on, designed to be compatible with your work schedule and geared towards helping you transition successfully into a Product/UX Design role.