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New LSU UI/UX Design Bootcamp

Newsroom | LSU Online News Dec. 15, 2021
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A customer’s first impression of a business is often when they first interact with their website, app, product, or service. When customers are satisfied by their experience, they are much more likely to become a long-term customer, helping that business grow their bottom line.

This is where user interface and experience design comes into play. UI and UX designers are quickly becoming some of the most in-demand creative professionals, as more and more companies realize the importance of design within their products.

Consider Louisiana State University's new online UI/UX Design Bootcamp if you want to pursue a career in user interface and user experience design. This new bootcamp covers crucial topics that can round out your design repertoire.

What is UI and UX?

  • User Experience (UX): UX designers are in charge of a user's overall experience when using a product or service, such as an app or multi-step form.
  • User Interaction (UI): UI Designers are in charge of deciding the visual components (menus, buttons, icons, and so on) that a user uses to interact with a product or service.

What is the Career Outlook for a UI or UX Designer?

Demand for UI and UX designers is increasing, and salary ranges reflect that. LinkedIn listed UX design as one of the top 5 in-demand skills as of 2020, and Glassdoor listed UX designers in the top 25 jobs in America in 2021. In Louisiana, the average salary for a UX/UI Designer is $81,302.

Louisiana State University’s UI/UX Design Bootcamp

As a student in the LSU UI/UX Design Bootcamp, you can expect to master core design concepts, use design tools, understand best practices, and learn other basic and advanced UI/UX skills. You'll be supported by a one-on-one mentor while you conduct research and complete projects. You'll learn a variety of design industry tools, ending the program with a portfolio that demonstrates your talents to potential employers.

Who Should Enroll in LSU's UI/UX Design Bootcamp?

If you have excellent visual and communication skills, the UI/UX design course is ideal for you. The program is open to everyone, which means that no previous experience or design background is required.

Learn more about the LSU UI/UX Bootcamp here.

The program generally takes 9 months to finish, with students expected to invest at least 10 hours each week on it. This makes it a fantastic choice for parents and working adults who must balance several responsibilities and obligations while learning. Keep in mind that you may complete the program faster if you spend more time each week completing course requirements.

LSU UI/UX Design Bootcamp Curriculum

Students can expect to build a deep understanding of UI/UX design, from basic to advanced concepts. Several components of the UI/UX design coursework include resources that combine theory with career-related coursework. They also include design activities that are meant to approximate real-world applications.

The following are the modules covered by LSU's UI/UX design bootcamp:

Foundations of Design

This module covers the fundamental elements of design thinking. Users learn about UI and UX designers' responsibilities and qualities. Design roles, observational empathy, and design tools such as Sketch, Figma, and Adobe XD are among the topics covered.

Conducting Research

This course will teach students how to perform various types of user research, analyze user data and create plans for improvement, recruit users, and hold interviews. It will also show them how to present their findings to clients. Students study to recognize issues and get familiar with the user for whom they are fixing the problem through research.

Designing, Ideating, and Information Architecture

This module is designed to assist you in making the best design decisions and addressing any design issues that may arise. You'll concentrate on user stories and information architecture best practices, which will help you modify your product based on how your user uses it. Solution ideation, creating user stories, and information architecture are all topics addressed.

Foundations of UI Design

This course teaches students essential design skills that every user interface designer should know, such as visual and UI principles, as well as how to build design systems and style guides. Learners go through a variety of UI activities in this module, beginning to construct their own UI design toolbox. They also establish unique style guides that emphasize the visual appeal and language of projects.

Sketching and Wireframing

If you want to create high-fidelity designs, you must start with low-fidelity sketching. Sketching is an easy method to collect all of your great ideas on paper so you can figure out which areas need improvement. Once your sketches are complete, wireframes are the next step, which are digital representations of them.

High-Fidelity Design

Students learn how to make high-fidelity mockups of their designs after learning how to create style guides and wireframes. They also focus on polishing their style guide and developing animations that are in keeping with the core beliefs of their brand platform. In this module, students learn about inclusive design, designing for accessibility, determining their grid, and using tools efficiently to design.

Prototyping and Testing

Prototyping and testing are important steps in the product design process. Learn how to create a clickable prototype and conduct usability testing sessions, which include performing various activities and determining whether they need to make modifications to their initial design. The topics of prototyping, animation creation, and iteration are all covered.

Communication Best Practices

UX/UI designers collaborate with developers, other teammates, and key stakeholders on a daily basis. Designers must understand how to work together with others. This module focuses on interpersonal skills, such as collaborating and communicating with developers, planning for design hand-offs, creating a case study, and the elements of an effective presentation.

Special Topics

The course focuses on the underlying analytical abilities that a UI/UX designer must have, as well as the fundamental talents required of one. This module covers product types, design psychology, and the business of UX in detail.

Career Resources

The final component of the UI/UX design course is an optional career resources module, lasting around 35 hours. This is meant to assist students in creating a job search approach that is tailored to their professional aspirations.

Participants learn how to create resumes, assess businesses and jobs, prepare for interviews, and negotiate salaries to get their ideal employment. Participants also work with a career counselor to assist them in achieving their objectives.

Creating a Portfolio

A job in the UI/UX sector necessitates a work-ready portfolio. It enables bootcamp graduates to demonstrate their talents and competence to potential employers by allowing them to display their projects and achievements. The bootcamp teaches students how to create a portfolio that includes all of their completed and ongoing projects throughout the program.

Graduates learn how to choose which projects to include and which to leave out in order to create a compelling and comprehensive body of work. They also study how to create a professional bio, design a personal logo, and develop their own portfolio website.

UI Portfolio

Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time practicing the skills they've learnt using industry-standard tools. UI activities are incorporated into the curriculum, ensuring that students improve their visual abilities and learn how to assess and enhance their designs.

End to End Projects

Throughout the course, students have the choice of creating and completing four projects to submit as part of their portfolios. The first capstone project is required, and there are three additional portfolio projects which are optional, including a second capstone project, a design sprint, and an Industry Design Project.

The design sprint employs active design techniques to tackle business challenges. Learners will create, prototype, and experiment with their concepts in order to answer essential business questions.

The Industry Design Project is not required, but it is strongly advised since a strong understanding of UI/UX design tools is necessary for employment in this field. Furthermore, real-world expertise is crucial for ambitious UI/UX designers looking for work.

During the Industry Design Project, students will work with a company or accelerator program that LSU collaborates with. Learners will be invited to express their ideas and help in the creation of new goods and the improvement of existing ones. Students can get experience in the sector and learn by working with design teams made up of other bootcamp students or customers through this project. They also have the chance to delve further into specific aspects of the UI/UX design process.

What Support Can You Expect?

While the program is entirely online and self-paced, students get complete human assistance throughout the course. They have access to a student success manager, an industry mentor, and a dedicated career coach who can assist them with job interviews.

Each student is connected with an industry mentor who has gone through the program's application procedure thoroughly. Only one in every twelve mentor applications are accepted by LSU. Mentors work for large technology firms like Google, Doordash, and Ford and help students with project assistance as well as key industry knowledge.

Learners have one-on-one mentor video chats once a week, as well as unlimited mentor calls to mentors in the community. They also participate in a vibrant online community with other members of their cohort.

Career coaches are also available to assist bootcamp students throughout their job hunt, offering helpful hints on networking, compiling resumes, and defining a career strategy.

What Is the Cost of a UI/UX Design Bootcamp at LSU?

The UI/UX Design Bootcamp at LSU is $12,555 if you pay in advance. You can also choose to pay only for the months that you require by making monthly payments of $1,550 for up to nine months. LSU offers a few additional payment choices in addition to the standard tuition, including a Climb Credit loan and Campus Federal tuition assistance.

Why Enroll in LSU’s UI/UX Design Bootcamp?

UX/UI designers are well-paid, fast-growing jobs in the United States. The goal of the LSU UX/UI Design Bootcamp is to assist prospective graduates in successfully getting their first UI/UX design position and beginning a new profession.

The recognition that comes with attending Louisiana's flagship institution and the state's top-rated public institution are also significant assets that will help you stand out among other candidates during your job search.

Learn more about the program.

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Take the first step forward by completing the form and our enrollment team will contact you soon to discuss:

  • What program meets your academic and career goals
  • Financial aid options (employer funding, military benefits)
  • Receiving credit for past education (transfer, professional development)
  • The admissions process and timeline
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