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What is UI vs UX?

The world of design is a rich one full of both visual artistry and an empathy-driven mindset to create products that are usable and enjoyable. In this UI/UX bootcamp, you’ll learn both sides of the design world to succeed as a well-rounded designer. Before diving into the curriculum, let’s break down what these two sides are:

  • The UX side: UX stands for User Experience. UX designers drive a customer’s overall experience with almost every touchpoint in a product or service

  • The UI side: UI stands for User Interface. UI designers are focused on the aesthetics or visual elements, such as menus, buttons, icons, etc. They determine the visual elements (e.g. menus, buttons, icons, etc.) that users interact with.

Why start a career as a designer?

Louisiana State University’s UI/UX Design Bootcamp 100% online program will teach you to apply the core principles and best practices of design to land a variety of jobs in the industry.

  • The demand for designers has been high: Glassdoor ranks the job of UX Designer among the 50 Best Jobs in America in 2021.

  • Designers enjoy a high base pay ($77K-104K) while also having the opportunity to build innovative products that fuel everyday life.

How you’ll learn

  • Progress through a curated selection of resources from across the design industry.

  • Apply what you learn through hands-on exercises and projects, including UI practice exercises, a capstone project for your portfolio, and three additional projects that are optional for you to complete.

  • Learn on your own time with the option to finish the course earlier if you study more per week.

  • Get a head start applying to jobs in the design industry with eight optional career units will help you with researching the right job titles and companies, networking, writing resumes and cover letters, and conducting mock interviews.


The UI/UX Design Bootcamp will guide you through a curated curriculum along with hands-on assignments that will demonstrate your ability to work end-to-end through a design project to potential employers. Get a sneak peek of a few units:

NEW! AI Learning Units

Leverage AI tools to create more intuitive and engaging design, and set yourself apart as a designer equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. We've added seven new optional units to our curriculum to allow you to learn AI alongside key topics in UI/UX. New AI units include:

  • Introduction to AI and Its Relevance to UX.

  • AI-Enhanced User Research.

  • Dynamic Persona Building and Journey Mapping with AI.

  • Information Architecture and Ethical Considerations in AI.

  • Designing for AI: Tools, Practices, and Usability Testing.

  • Prototyping for AI: Tools for Prototyping AI-Based Systems.

  • AI and Usability Testing: Adjusting Techniques for AI Systems.

Conducting Research
  • Learn how to develop a research plan.

  • Study best practices for recruiting interview participants, writing screeners, and conducting interviews.

    This unit is filled with hands-on work that will help you learn the ins and outs of understanding your users. You’ll be guided through the process of setting up a research plan, learn how to recruit and screen participants, explore interview best practices to collect meaningful data, and be taught how to synthesize that data to draw insights about your user and problem space so that you can create a successful solution.

Design Systems and Brand Platforms
  • Develop an understanding of design systems, as well as their value in the UI/UX industry.

  • Become familiar with common components of a design system.

  • Learn how to understand a company’s existing design system.

  • Describe the components of a basic brand platform and understand their importance.

  • Analyze how designers translate a brand platform into visual style.

  • Understand how you will interact with brand platforms throughout your career.

  • Develop an awareness of how logos are treated and used in UI.

Designers establish a visual language with the help of design systems and style guides. Design systems and style guides are artifacts that define the rules and representations of a product's visual language including what fonts, colors, UI elements, and imagery will be used.

Prototyping and Animations

Prototyping is the next step in the process of increasing the fidelity of your designs. High-fidelity prototypes — such as the prototypes you will be creating in this unit — are as close an approximation of your final product as you can get. Creating and testing prototypes is another way to identify aspects of your product that could be improved and ensure that your product meets the needs of your users.

  • Learn how to create a clickable prototype.

  • Understand the purpose of animation and interaction patterns within UI/UX design, including how they affect functionality, brand personality, and user delight.

  • Familiarize yourself with current animation and interaction patterns and guidelines.

  • For this course, you’ll focus on two main aspects of animations: The role that animation plays on a high-screen level, such as when screens transition from one to the next, and the role animation plays at a granular level within designs, such as how a dropdown menu animates when it opens.

Showcase your UI and UX skills through a standout portfolio project

You’ll complete a Capstone project and have the choice to complete three more optional portfolio projects:

Capstone 1
  • An end-to-end design project that includes each phase of the design process.

Design Sprint (Optional)
  • A Google Ventures-style design sprint where you’ll work on a complete project in a 1-week timeframe.

Capstone 2 (Optional)
  • An end-to-end project that incorporates each stage of the design process: You’ll apply all of the methods you’ve learned while working with real-world constraints.

Industry Design Project (Optional)

A ~4-week real-world project where you use your design skills to help a company tackle a business problem. You’ll apply all of your course learnings and:

  • Identify a customer problem to solve.

  • Conduct competitive research.

  • Sketch, design, and build a prototype.

  • Perform usability testing and identify improvements.

Support while learning online

We also offer a strong support system that includes:

  • Regular 1:1 mentor video calls: Receive feedback on projects, discuss pain points, and be held accountable.

  • Unlimited mentor calls: Get additional complimentary 1:1 help from other mentors in our community.

  • Online community: Start a conversation with students in your cohort and receive feedback.

  • Student advisors: They’ll help you with time management and any logistical questions that come up in the course.

  • Optional 1:1 career coaching sessions: Career coaches will help you define and drive your career strategy.

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Mentor and career support

What makes this bootcamp unique is our 1:1 mentor support — you’ll receive insights during regular video calls where you can ask questions about projects or the design industry itself.

Angelo Lo Presti
Sr Product, UI/UX Designer
Meg Clayton
Sr UX Designer
Deb Howell-Novak
Sr UX Designer
Matthew Weprin
Sr Manager, Design & UX

Is this program right for you?

Do you have a detailed eye for design? If you like making things look beautiful, organized, accessible, and enjoyable, this program is right for you!


All professional backgrounds are welcome with the ability to demonstrate strong visual skills, creativity, and clear communication.


What is UX?
  • UX is short for User Experience. It lies and the intersection of business needs and user goals and is the process in which designers make products usable and accessible.

What is UI?
  • UI is short for User Interaction: It ensures visual components make a product usable.

What does a UI/UX designer do?
  • UI designers determine the visual elements (e.g. menus, buttons, icons, etc.) used to interact with a product or service.

  • UX designers control a user's overall experience of a product or service, such as an app or multi-step form.

What skills are needed to become a UI/UX designer?
  • Wireframing, prototyping, and strong research acumen are some of the top hard skills. You’ll also need soft skills that you can develop over time: empathy to understand a users’ pain points and the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders, as well as a collaborative work ethic.

What type of jobs can you do after a UI/UX design bootcamp?

The Careers section above details some of the most common titles (UX Designer, UI Designer).

Graduates also pursue positions like:

  • Motion Designer (avg. salary $61k-$80k): Motion designers are animation specialists and create test motion graphics, build prototypes, and are an integral part of a UX team.

  • UX Researcher: (avg. salary $66k–$93k): UX researchers are at the forefront of a UX team, focusing on the very first phase of design — research. They conduct user research, create surveys, user personas, and journey maps.

  • Information Architect: (avg. salary $89k–$112k): Information architects are all about navigation — making it easy for users to find information. They create journey maps and also participate in user research and interviews.

As you move up the career ladder, you’ll explore more advanced specialties or ones that require technical proficiencies, such as coding. Below are more senior-level roles:

  • UX Strategist

  • UX Architect

  • UX Product Manager

  • UX Analyst

  • UX/UI Engineer

  • UX/UI Developer

  • Product Designer

How long does it take to become a UI/UX designer?
  • In as little as nine months, this UI/UX bootcamp will equip you with the technical skills needed to build an impressive UI/UX portfolio. If you are motivated to study at a faster pace, we allow you to study on your own time and finish the course earlier.

What is the salary of a UI/UX Designer?
  • The average UX/UI designer salary in the US is approximately $83,000 according to Glassdoor.

Are UI/UX designers in high demand?

More questions about the program?

Speak to our enrollment team by completing an application, email Carolina, our enrollment advisor, or explore frequently asked questions.

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