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Course Syllabus

 

Unit 0 – Prepare to Succeed

  • Orientation & Program Prep
  • Meet your community
  • Understand the best practices for collaborating with others

Assessment: Program prep quiz and orientation quiz

 

Unit 1 – Design Thinking Fundamentals (Weeks 1 & 2)

Frameworks covered:

  • Launch Cycle: Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators. We start off with a design thinking framework that can be used to “Explain It Like I’m 5”.  The LAUNCH Cycle provides a creative process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level and for any age.  If you dare to innovate and view creativity as an essential skill, you will empower yourself to change the world—starting right now
  • Design Thinking: Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable.  By using design thinking, you make decisions based on what future customers really want instead of relying only on historical data or making risky bets based on instinct instead of evidence.  It is a ”Process for Creative Problem Solving”
  • Design Sprint: The Google design sprint framework was created in 2010 in partnership with Google Ventures.  A design sprint is a five-phase framework that helps answer critical business questions through rapid prototyping and user testing. Sprints let your team reach clearly defined goals and deliverables and gain key learnings, quickly. The process helps spark innovation, encourage user-centered thinking, align your team under a shared vision, and get you to product launch faster.

Assessment: Design Thinking Quiz

 

Unit 2: Design Thinking in Action (Weeks 3 – 8)

Projects you will build for your professional portfolio:

  • Identify and iterate on a problem for a new product with the group.
  • Identify and iterate on a problem for an existing product on your own.
  • Identify and iterate on a problem for a personal product on your own.

Assessment: 1-on-1 project review for individual work

 

Unit 3: Prepare to Launch Your Career (Weeks 9 – 12)

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 aka “Learning to Hunt” including learning to network

Assessment: Professional Brand Review and Multiple Mock Interviews with Feedback to Improve

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.

Talk to an education specialist

Schedule a meeting with an education specialist. During this 20 minute call, we’ll make sure your background, goals, schedule, and learning preferences align well with the course. We’ll also answer any questions about how the course works.

PAYMENT CALCULATOR

Payment plans for Optimal Designer Course.

All Payment Options include:

  • Project-based Learning for Design Thinking
  • 8:1 Weekly Workshops Ratio
  • 1:1 Weekly Coaching Sessions
  • Slack Community Access
  • Professional Branding including Resume, Portfolio, Website, and Coach’s Recommendations
  • Interview skills aka “Perfecting Your Pitch”
  • Job search strategy

Early-Bird Deal

Most Affordable - Limited
$899

Full Payment

Most Popular!!!
$999

Installment Payments

Most Convenient
$1099/400 + 399 + 200