UX Portfolio Program

May 14 - 19, 2018

In this free one-week program, we'll provide you with hands-on training and guidance to get started creating a professional User Experience (UX) portfolio. Your projects will demonstrate your critical thinking and technical skills across a range of UX disciplines. 

Applications are now closed. Please join our mailing list to be notified about programs and events in the future.

 

 

The Portfolio

A User Experience (UX) portfolio is a collection of projects representing your point of view and how you think about making interactions with products, services, systems, and brands more delightful and engaging for the people who use them. In the UX field, it is typical for an employer to request a portfolio in addition to a resume when applying for a position.

Companies who employ UX professionals want to know how you find and process information, how you apply what you learn to meet the needs of their customers and the business, and how you might go about executing those solutions. A well prepared portfolio should answer these questions.  

Sample Portfolio Projects

  • Project plans
  • Mind mapping
  • Usability testing reports
  • Storyboarding
  • Wireframes
  • Interactive prototypes

What you'll learn

UX Fundamentals

We'll introduce you to the basics of UX and after developing a working knowledge of best practices, theory, and terminology, you'll be able to confidently engage in conversations about UX topics. We'll also get you started using industry tools and methods. 

Practical applications across industries

Whether you're actively pursuing a UX career or not, we'll show you how to use the principles of UX to innovate at any organization. You'll learn why we design for the end user's needs first and how this approach can have a great impact on business goals. We'll also show you how UX skills can help you become an effective leader and decision maker as you progress through your career.

Insider career information

You'll learn about a variety of different UX career paths and get advice on how to break into the industry. We will have industry professionals (many of whom did not start their careers in UX) available to answer all of your questions and tell you real stories about what it's like to work in UX. Representatives from the following roles will be present:

  • Project Management
  • User Research
  • Interaction Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Content Strategy
  • Product Development

Learn more about UX careers

 

Schedule for the week

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Day 1: Investigate 

Learn how to smartly tackle the information discovery stage and get the right data to understand challenges.

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Day 2: Solve 

Discover brainstorming methods designed to generate ideas that drive innovation and disruption.

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Day 3+4: Prototype

Rapidly test ideas with simple representations of your solution before launching to the real world. 

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Day 5: Deliver 

Learn to craft better presentations and tell compelling stories to get buy in from stakeholders and effectively communicate your message.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

We are seeking diverse candidates from underrepresented groups; however we encourage all people who are interested in User Experience to apply. Even if you are not considering a career in User Experience, you can benefit from learning new tools and strategies to solve problems. You must be at least18-years-old to participate in the program.

I'm not sure if I want to pursue a career in User Experience... should I still apply?

Yes! Preparing for leadership roles and decision maker roles in any career. If you are preparing to speak with employers, this is a great way to get hands-on experience and you can talk to them about the impressive work you did with us. There are several transferable skills that you can find useful in many other careers.

Do I have to be a college student to participate? 

No. Most of our events are centered on college campuses because it's a place we know there are a lot of people actively preparing for their careers, but that is not to say those people don't exist elsewhere. We believe talented people can be found in lots of other places too.

We find that our programming is also of interest to recent college graduates, up-and-coming professionals, and start-up workers, just to name a few. 

Do I need to be able to code?

No! 

Do I need to be able to draw?

No!

Do I need to be able to _________ (fill in the blank)?

No! Enthusiasm, a learning spirit,and tenacity are the main requirements. We are looking for people who are ready and willing to put in the effort to learn.

Do I have to be available for the full week?

Because the program is only one week, things will move fast. We expect students to commit to attend all six days of the program. If you miss a day, you miss a lot! We will do our best to accommodate students who have pressing schedules, but ideally all candidates should be available for full 9am-5pm days throughout the program.

I'm interested, but I don't think I can make it.

We plan to offer this program again, so there will be other chances to apply. In addition we host other events throughout the year. Follow us on social media and sign up for our mailing list to be updated on upcoming programming.

How much does the program cost?

The program is free and there is no fee to apply. 

 

Applications are now closed. Please join our mailing list to be notified about programs and events in the future.