UX Design Course: Chicago
70% of design teams increased headcount in the past year. Employers rate UX/UI as the No. 1 most in-demand product design title.
Boost Your Professional Value With Versatile Skills
UX is the future of the design discipline. A powerful complement to backgrounds in visual design, marketing, product, engineering, business strategy, and more, a UX design skill set can accelerate your job performance and spark career movement.
Tap Into a Valuable Professional Network
Form real connections that can change the course of your career. Meet practitioners and peers who can help you succeed through our global alumni network. Graduate with an industry-recognized GA certificate, and join an exclusive community.
Let Your Employer Foot the Bill
More than 45% of our part-time students receive tuition reimbursement from their companies — you could, too. We can send you an employer sponsorship package to show your manager the advantages of learning with GA.
Learn on a Schedule Designed for Busy Professionals
Learn for 10 weeks in the evenings, or dive into in-depth study in our 1-week, accelerated course. You can join us at one of our campuses or take part from the comfort of home — wherever you’re based — via our Remote classroom.
Statistics source: InVision, 2019 Product Design Hiring Report
Hundreds of Premier Companies Trust GA's Design Programs to Train Their Teams — Here Are Just a Few
Inside Our Best-in-Class Curriculum
Created With a Focus on Real-World Relevance
Gain fluency with the core UX techniques needed to tap into a fast-growing field. GA’s design advisory board curates the best practices and innovative teaching approaches of our entire expert network to meet evolving employer demands. Their work ensures that students graduate ready to tackle the challenges they’ll face in the field.
Explore the Art and Science Behind Human-Computer Interaction
Applicable to a range of professional experiences — including new designers — this course dives deep into the UX design process, from user research and content strategy to wireframing, prototyping, and usability testing. Get hands-on experience with industry-leading platforms like Sketch and InVision and learn the nuances of effective design critique.
Get a Head Start With Pre-Course Prep Lessons
Once you enroll, we equip you with online, self-paced preparatory lessons to set you up for success. Dive into UX fundamentals and gain a common vocabulary to start collaborating with classmates on day one.
Real-World Portfolio Projects
Graduate with a polished capstone project. You’ll execute the UX design process from end to end, compiling professional-standard documentation at each step. Design a new product or redesign an existing one, creating personas, information architecture, user flows, and annotated wireframes.
Individualized Instructor Support
Get guidance, feedback, and more from experts who are dedicated to supporting your learning and career goals. Instructors are on hand in class and during office hours to offer real-time technical assistance and help you turn ideas into action.
Global Network of 70K+ Alumni
Create connections with peers that last well beyond your time in the classroom. As part of the GA alumni community, you’ll gain access to networking events and workshops to keep evolving your career for years to come.
Graduate With a Professional Portfolio: Sample Projects
“I made some really great connections and learned so much from GA. It's the extra push I needed to get into UX/UI over traditional visual design. I'm ecstatic to have a credible portfolio piece molded by feedback from my peers and teachers. My instructor even helped me negotiate a new contract as a UI designer!”
UI Designer, RAIN
Meg Elliott, GA New York City Graduate
These UX design professionals and consultants bring in-depth experience from the field to the classroom each day, providing invaluable insights into succeeding on the job.
GA instructors are committed to providing personalized feedback and support to help you gain confidence with key concepts and tools.
Case Study: BNP Paribas Cardif Partners With GA for Design Training
Problem: Global insurance leader BNP Paribas Cardif sought to transform its approach to product development and keep customers in mind at every touchpoint.
Solution: The SKILLS UP programme is a five-year partnership with General Assembly to train 1,000 employees. Its UX design curriculum spans rapid prototyping, ideation, and user testing to uncover critical customer insights.
Impact: “The way products and services are designed is changing to get closer to customer needs. This has involved a steady rise in the use of approaches inspired by design. So we wanted to offer a training in UX design, which is as essential for our internal users as for our customers.” — Nathalie Doré, Chief Digital and Acceleration Officer, BNP Paribas Cardif
Case study source: BNP Paribas Cardif
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this course relevant today?
Great user experiences offer a competitive advantage for any company. They help keep customers loyal and turn them into a brand’s biggest advocates. Plus, they drive product adoption and bottom-line growth. According to a 2019 report by InVision, 92% of mature design organizations can draw a straight line from the efforts of their design team to their company’s revenue.
For professionals interested in UX and design thinking, this means that gaining new skills can make you an indispensable team member and expand your career opportunities.
What are the professional backgrounds of user experience design students?
UX skills are a powerful extension to a professional background in marketing, product, engineering, interaction design, or business strategy. You’ll find a diverse range of students in the classroom, including:
Graphic designers, user interface designers, and visual designers who want to upgrade skills and take on more strategic work.
Professionals in adjacent fields like marketing, advertising, product, engineering, research, or business strategy who can accelerate their job performance by broadening their skills.
Mid-career professionals looking to formalize their UX skill set and spark upward or lateral career movement.
Ultimately, this program attracts a community of eager learners who are passionate about crafting delightful, user-centric products and campaigns.
What does my tuition cover?
Here are just some of the benefits you can expect as a GA student:
40 hours of expert instruction designed to build a strong foundation in the user experience design practice.
A short onboarding task to prepare for this UX design course.
Robust coursework, including expert-vetted lesson decks, project toolkits, and more. Refresh and refine your knowledge throughout your professional journey as needed.
A real-world project where you’ll apply the end-to-end UX process to a product of your choice, creating documentation and a case study for your portfolio.
Individual feedback and guidance from instructors and TAs during office hours. Stay motivated and make the most of your experience with the help of GA’s dedicated team.
Exclusive access to alumni discounts, networking events, and career workshops.
A GA course certificate to showcase your new skill set on LinkedIn.
Connections with a professional network of instructors and peers that lasts well beyond the course. The global GA community can help you navigate and succeed in the field.
Will I earn a certificate?
Yes! Upon passing this course, you will receive a signed certificate of completion. Thousands of GA alumni use their course certificate to demonstrate skills to employers and their LinkedIn networks. GA’s UX design course is well-regarded by many top employers, who contribute to our curriculum and use our design programs to train their own teams.
Are there any prerequisites?
This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students are familiar with graphic and digital design concepts. Whether you’re new to the field or you’re looking to formalize your practice, our curriculum helps you gain fluency in end-to-end UX processes, tools, and documentation and put them to work for you, your company, and your career.
Our Admissions team can discuss your background and learning goals to advise if this UX design course is a good fit for you.
Who teaches this UX design course?
Our instructors represent the best and brightest user experience professionals who have designed for Apple, Citigroup, and Twitter. They combine in-depth knowledge as practitioners with a passion for nurturing the next generation of talent.
We work with a large pool of experienced instructors around the world. Please speak with our Admissions team to find out who is teaching the upcoming course in your location.
Can I work full-time while enrolled in this UX design course?
Yes! All of our part-time courses are designed for busy professionals with full-time work commitments. Depending on your location, classes meet twice per week in the evenings, or all day on Saturday. If you’re able to dedicate a full week to learning, we also have a full-time, accelerated 1-week option. You may opt to take this course in-person at one of our 20+ campuses or online via our Remote classroom setup.
You will be expected to spend time working on homework and projects outside of class hours each week, but the workload is designed to be manageable with a full-time job.
If you need to miss a session or two, we offer resources to help you catch up. We recommend you discuss any planned absences with your instructor.
Which format should I take this UX design course in — on campus or online?
It’s up to you! Our Remote courses offer a learning experience that mirrors GA’s on-campus offerings but allow you to learn from the comfort of home. If you don’t live near a GA campus, have a busy travel schedule, or just want to save yourself the commute, a Remote course could be a good option for you, if available in your market. You’ll still get access to the expert instruction, learning resources, and support network that GA is known for.
If you prefer to learn alongside your peers and can make it to campus, our in-person courses allow you to take advantage of our beautiful classrooms and workspaces.
Our Admissions team can advise you on the best format for your personal circumstances and learning style.
What are my financing options?
We offer a variety of different financing options, including installment plans, so you can focus on what counts — your education. Plus, more than 45% of our part-time students receive full or partial tuition reimbursement from their employers. Speak with our Admissions team to learn more and find the best fit for you and your finances.
What projects will I work on during this UX design course?
For your final project, you’ll work on a real-world design problem, applying all the concepts and tools learned in the course to a product of your choice. You’ll get hands-on practice with each step in the UX process and create professional standard documentation spanning personas, information architecture, user flows, wireframes, and more. You’ll also deliver a final presentation, which can serve as a case study for stakeholders, future employers, and your portfolio.
We encourage you to tackle a design challenge that’s related to your work or a passion project you’ve been meaning to carve out time for.
Throughout the course, you’ll also complete a number of smaller projects designed to reinforce what you’ve learned in each unit.