Prepare for a career as a UX Designer
BrainStation's UX bootcamp is an immersive, project-based learning experience, designed to transform your skillset and launch a new career in design.
The program's curriculum is challenging, comprehensive, and constantly updated, ensuring you are always learning cutting-edge UX/UI design concepts, skills, and tools. Led by Educators with experience in the field, you will develop and work on a fully realized mobile app, in the process building a portfolio of completed projects.
By program's end, you will have the skills, experience, and confidence needed to dive into a career in UX design.
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Your Student Journey
Your student journey begins with a free admissions challenge, which will teach fundamental user experience concepts. As you move through the User Experience Design course, our team will continue to work with you, providing career guidance and professional development, every step of the way.
What You'll Learn
User Experience Fundamentals
Understand the multiple facets of User Experience Design, including the principles of Design Thinking and Human Centered Design. You will complete a design challenge that will illustrate your ability to organize unstructured information and create a functional design for your user.
What You'll Learn
User Experience Design Fundamentals
Participate in a class-wide design sprint where you will gain hands on experience with Sprint Methodology. You will identify the problem space, develop solutions, and create wireframes and prototypes while using professional UX design tools including Sketch, Figma and InVision.
User Research and Strategy
Plan and conduct user research to understand behavior, needs, and motivation. You will then learn how to translate your findings into relevant project requirements and product designs.
Design Research and Strategy
Plan and conduct user research to understand behavior, needs, and motivation. Communicate complex interactions visually through experience maps, featuring personas that represent real users. Continue to build a core foundation in design research through Information Architecture and the creation of Task Flows. Translate your findings into product design using wireframing and prototyping.
User Interface Design
Build upon your knowledge of usability design to master the nuances of typography, colour, illustration and images. Use industry tools to design professional interfaces. Learn methods for designing and maintaining user interface pattern libraries.
Apply industry standard design principles to create both low and high fidelity applications and websites. Utilize grids and breakpoints in the design process to ensure your projects are responsive across various screen sizes, guaranteeing a seamless experience.
Use high fidelity design mockups to provide realistic visualizations of your projects in a functional and visually appealing portfolio that demonstrates your end-to-end understanding of the design process. Finally, understand the latest industry trends and tools to market your skills in the UX Design job market.
Interested in what a typical day or Capstone Project looks like?
Learn From Industry Leading Guest Speakers
BrainStation students get access to exclusive guest lectures and panel discussion events led by some of the world's leading subject matter experts and professionals.
Recent Industry Guests
VP of Product Innovation at Verizon
UX Design Lead at Google
Head of Industry at Facebook
Chief Talent Officer at Shopify
VP of Marketing at Chief
SVP, Data Science and Engineering at Shopify
Chief Product Officer at Ellevest
Head of EMEA at Shopify Plus
Sharmeen Browarek Chapp
Vice President of Community at Twitch
Vice President at AWS
Head, Shaping the Future of Media at World Economic Forum
Co-founder and CEO at Wealthsimple
VP, Brand & Integrated Marketing at Refinery29
Lead Product Designer at Headspace
VP of Digital & Cybersecurity Solutions at Mastercard
Senior Product Manager at The New York Times
CEO at Hootsuite
Head of Remote at GitLab
Head of Marketing at Google
Vice President & Head of Harry's Labs
VP, Digital Strategy & Product at Chipotle
Senior Data Scientist at Squarespace
GM & VP of Product at Shopify
Chief Design Officer at Airbnb
ECD at Wealthsimple
Head of Business Marketing, North America at Twitter
Preparing you for a Career in User Experience Design
Your experience at BrainStation will prepare you for your new career, giving you the confidence, knowledge, and experience needed to succeed. Have questions about our career services? with an Advisor
Build Your Portfolio
Build an impressive portfolio of completed projects, showcasing the skills you have developed.
Prepare for Interviews
Get interviewed by a Hiring Manager and a UI/UX Designer, and receive feedback.
Gain Industry Insights
Build meaningful connections, collaborating virtually with like-minded professionals and industry experts.
Our Student Success Team will work closely with you throughout your student journey, helping you set goals and ensuring you're on track to meet them.
“It's amazing to see the level of work that the students can produce in just ten weeks. The need for design talent is huge these days and BrainStation is in a unique position to create that talent and provide that to the industry.”
Senior UX Manager, Shopify
“At BrainStation, I went from ‘never-touched-design-software-before,' to presenting my final projects with confidence. I was lucky enough to get interviews right away - I started to work full-time in the field a month after my graduation.”
What our students say
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Our 20,000 square-foot Toronto campus was designed to inspire creativity, collaboration, and focused learning, with bright, engaging classrooms, multifunctional event spaces, and comfortable lounges.
Located on King West, BrainStation is a unique tech community hub, with immersive classes, flexible corporate training sessions, industry events, expert panel discussions, and more.
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BrainStation offers some of the most competitive payment options for digital learning, with a range of flexible plans and scholarship opportunities.
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How to Apply
BrainStation selects individuals who are committed to earning a career in UX design, and who will thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative learning environment.
Speak with a Learning Advisor
Submit an Initial Online Application
Receive an Invitation to an Interview
Complete the Admissions Challenge
Learn in the Heart of Toronto
460 King Street West, Toronto, Canada
Located at King and Spadina, our 20,000 square-foot Toronto campus is a vibrant community hub, just steps away from some of the world's most influential technology companies.
Due to the heritage nature of 460 King the upper floors of the building are stair-access only (no elevators). Please contact us in advance regarding any accessibility questions or concerns for your course or program of interest. BrainStation also offers Online learning options.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between UX and UI Design?
UX design is the craft of making the user’s experience when interacting with a digital product as effective, efficient, and pleasant as possible. It is, in short, the process of building products with the user in mind.
UI design, on the other hand, relates to design concerning all the visual elements the users of a website, app, or piece of software (or mobile device, or even appliance) interact with. The "UI" in "UI design," in fact, stands for "user interface."
UI design, therefore, has a narrower focus than UX design, which concerns a user’s entire journey from beginning to end.
Will I earn a UX Design diploma from this UX bootcamp?
Yes, when you complete the UX Design program, you will earn a BrainStation UX Design Diploma, which can boost your LinkedIn profile and resume, helping you stand out in the job market when starting a new career in UX Design.
What payment options do you offer?
To help you become a UX Designer, BrainStation offers some of the most competitive payment options for a UX design bootcamp, with a range of flexible plans and scholarship opportunities.
Monthly payment installments
Allowing you to split your tuition into smaller monthly payments.
Get your tuition reimbursed by your employer.
We offer a range of scholarships to make learning UX design more accessible.
- Monthly payment installments
What kind of backgrounds do people have that take this UX Design bootcamp?
Once admitted to BrainStation’s UX Design program, you can expect to learn alongside like-minded, ambitious professionals who have taken the step to transform their skills for a new career in UX design.
Professional backgrounds vary quite a bit in the UX Design bootcamp, as demand for UI, UX, and general design skills has increased across a range of fields and industries, including finance, marketing, web development, product management, retail, and more.
80 percent of BrainStation students have a post-secondary education, with 20 percent having earned a Master’s degree or PhD.
What tools and software do we learn?
Led by Educators with real-world UX design experience, students will use design thinking and tools such as Figma and InVision to develop a deep understanding of UX design principles, including information architecture, prototyping and usability testing, user interface design, responsive design, app design, and more. This knowledge is then applied to complete two design sprints, three real-world projects (focusing on a separate component of UX design), and a final portfolio piece.
By the end of the program, graduates will have the skills, experience, and portfolio needed to dive into a career in UX design.
What is the difference between this and the part-time UX Design course?
BrainStation's UX Design bootcamp is an intensive learning experience designed to transform your skillset and help you launch a new career in design.
Led by Educators with experience in the field, you will develop a fully realized mobile app and build a portfolio of completed projects. By the end of the program, you will have the skills, experience, and confidence needed to dive into a career in UX design.
BrainStation’s UX Design course, on the other hand, is a flexible, professional development course offered part-time, over 5 or 10 weeks. Taught by industry experts, the UX Design course is a project-based, hands-on learning experience, allowing you to develop design skills and learn the latest tools and techniques.
What kind of jobs can this bootcamp get me?
UX Designers work across many different industries, which means there is a lot of variation in UX design job titles. Here are some of the most common UX design job titles you may encounter during a job search:
- UX Designer
- User Researcher
- UX Researcher
- Usability Tester
- Data Analyst
- Information Architect
- Experience Designer
- Interaction Designer
- Information Architect
- UX Strategist
- UX Architect
- UX Product Manager
- UX Analyst
- UX Engineer
- UX Developer
- Product Designer
- Visual Designer
- Content Strategist
Many other variations exist and these will continue to evolve as UX design becomes more prevalent.
What kind of career services do I get?
BrainStation’s Career Success Team is dedicated to creating a learning experience that extends far beyond the classroom, providing a framework for success built on insights and input from technical recruiters, career coaches, BrainStation Educators, and alumni.
The team will help you refine your UX design portfolio, connect you with industry professionals, prepare for the career search and interview process, and showcase your design work to peers and hiring partners.
UX Design is In-Demand and Growing
of hiring managers say that acquiring UX Designers is a top priority1
of companies plan to conduct UX testing in the next 12 months2
open positions in UX design currently available in the US3
Sources: 1) Adobe, 2) Intechnic, 3) Glassdoor