Product Design

Develop the skills of a product designer, learn how to leverage AI, and work with expert mentors to prepare for a lasting career in tech. All in an online, self-paced setup, with a job guarantee at graduation.

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Launch a career in tech that lasts

Launch a new career as a product designer in as a little as 5 months.


Graduate with our job guarantee

Land a job within 6 months of graduation—or we’ll refund your tuition.

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As a product designer, I had transferable skills to bring to the role. I still continue to help people and use my previous interpersonal skills, and now I am actually recognized and valued for it. I love the teamwork and seeing the designs grow and launch.”

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Hands-on education in the skills of the future

We work together with skilled industry experts to create learning materials to get you job-ready. Manage your schedule however you like and dedicate anywhere from 15 to 40 hours per week to your studies.

ai_enhanced_logo Intro to Product Design
Approx. 0.5 - 1 months
ai_enhanced_logo Product Design Immersion
3.5 - 5.5 months
ai_enhanced_logo Design Specialization
Approx. 1 - 2 months
ai_enhanced_logo Intro to Product Design
Approx. 0.5 months
ai_enhanced_logo Product Design Immersion
Approx. 3.5 months
ai_enhanced_logo Design Specialization
Approx. 1 month

Completion times are approximations based on the progress of our current students and graduates

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Intro to Product Design

This one-month course, made up of eight lessons, will introduce key components of the design thinking process and business skills required in the product design field.

  • 1.1 Introduction to Product Design
    Learn about user-centered solutions, and apply the first stage of design thinking to your task.
    • 1.2 Product Design in an Organization
      Understand how design thinking tasks guide product development, and create a high-level project plan.
      • 1.3 Competitive Analysis & Problem Statements
        Formulate clear problem statements based on market insights, and learn market research techniques and analysis.
        • 1.4 User Personas, Stories & Journeys
          Create effective user personas, user stories, and a user journey map based on user goals and needs.
          • 1.5 Design Thinking Workshops & Facilitation
            Learn diverse methodologies, and plan a design thinking workshop to create a user journey map.
            • 1.6 Idea Sketching
              Describe prototyping techniques, the iterative design process, user feedback, and create a low-fidelity prototype of your wireframes.
              • 1.7 Usability Testing
                Develop a test plan that aligns with project goals and user needs, and conduct a usability test to test out your prototype.
                • 1.8 Presenting Your Work
                  Demonstrate a clear and engaging presentation of your design process and solution to stakeholders.
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                  Product Design Immersion

                  This course provides a deeper dive into the daily practice and mindset of a professional product designer. You'll complete a total of six achievements, which will build off of each other to create a final product at the end of the course.

                  • 1. Thinking like a Product Designer
                    Make design thinking a daily habit and apply it as you kickoff the project that you’ll complete over the next five achievements. Here’s what you’ll learn:
                    • 1.1 The Role of the Product Designer
                      1.2 Human Needs & Motivations
                      1.3 User-Centered Design Process
                      1.4 Design Thinking
                      1.5 Understanding the Problem

                    • 1.6 Competitive Analysis
                      1.7 Lean UX vs. Agile UX
                      1.8 Business Requirements
                      1.9 User Stories
                      1.10 Portfolio Review

                  • 2. Understanding the user
                    Through user research and analysis, you’ll create effective user personas and journey maps, conduct a thorough task analysis, define an actionable mobile strategy for your product, and create a visually appealing and portfolio-ready site map. Here’s what you’ll learn:
                    • 2.1 Research Methods
                      2.2 Surveys & Interviews
                      2.3 User Research Analysis
                      2.4 User Personas
                      2.5 Mental Models & User Journeys
                      2.6 Task Analysis & User Flows

                    • 2.7 Cross-Platform Optimization
                      2.8 Content Auditing
                      2.9 IA Principles & Frameworks
                      2.10 Refining Your Sitemap with Card Sorting
                      2.11 Portfolio Review

                  • 3. Prototyping & UI Fundamentals in Design
                    You’ll learn all the skills and fundamentals to create a prototype of your design. You'll explore the foundations of UI design, learn to build a Design System, and go from low fidelity sketches to high fidelity clickable prototypes using Figma. Here’s what you’ll learn:
                    • 3.1 Navigation for Mobile & Desktop
                      3.2 Design Patterns for Mobile & Desktop
                      3.3 Usability Heuristics & Interaction Design
                      3.4 Visual Design Principles
                      3.5 Low-Fidelity Prototyping with Figma
                      3.6 Conceptualizing and Selecting a Design

                    • 3.7 Grid Fundamentals
                      3.8 Mid-Fidelity Wireframes & Prototyping
                      3.9 Design Systems
                      3.10 High-Fidelity Wireframes & Clickable Prototypes
                      3.11 Portfolio Review

                  • 4. Usability Testing
                    You’ll conduct usability testing for both mobile and desktop from start to finish, working with test subjects, analyzing test results, making improvements, and planning future tests. Here’s what you’ll learn:
                    • 4.1 Best Practices for Working with Human Test Subjects
                      4.2 Usability Test Methods
                      4.3 Usability Test Plan
                      4.4 Usability Test Script
                      4.5 Conducting Usability Tests

                    • 4.6 Usability Test Results & Planning for Future Tests
                      4.7 Reporting Findings & Making Recommendations
                      4.8 A/B & Preference Testing
                      4.9 Portfolio Review

                  • 5. Refining a Design for Handoff
                    You’ll ensure your design meets accessibility guidelines and is emotionally engaging for all users. Then you'll ready your design documentation for a developer handoff. Here’s what you’ll learn:
                    • 5.1 Designing for Accessibility
                      5.2 Emotional Design for User Engagement
                      5.3 HTML Basics
                      5.4 Alternatives to HTML: Native Platforms
                      5.5 Responsive Frameworks

                    • 5.6 Design Documentation
                      5.7 Design Deliverables
                      5.8 Design Collaboration
                      5.9 Portfolio Review

                  • 6. End-to-End Design
                    Compile all your design iterations up to this point and make final fixes to your design. You’ll also work on publishing your online portfolio and creating a video demo of your work. Here’s what you’ll learn:
                    • 6.1 Agile Design Process
                      6.2 Designing for Good
                      6.3 Online Portfolios

                    • 6.4 Design Communities
                      6.5 Video Presentation
                      6.6 Portfolio Review

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                  Design Specialization

                  To further develop your expertise, you’ll choose one of three specialization course options.

                  • Voice User Interface Design
                    Achievement 1: Introduction to Voice Design with Alexa
                    • 1.1 Getting Started with Your Voice Design Course
                      1.2 History & Appeal of Voice
                      1.3 Use Cases for Voice
                      1.4 Personas for Voice

                    • 1.5 How Alexa Voice Interactions Work
                      1.6 Building Your First Skill
                      1.7 Working with AWS Lambda
                      1.8 Certifying Your Skill

                    Achievement 2: UX Design Principles for Voice
                    • 2.1 User Needs & User Stories for Voice
                      2.2 Sample Dialogs
                      2.3 User Flows for Voice
                      2.4 Voice Scripts
                      2.5 Context & Memory in Voice Design

                    • 2.6 Usability Testing for Voice Interactions
                      2.7 Multimodal Interactions
                      2.8 Accessibility & Voice
                      2.9 Safety & Privacy for Voice Design

                  • UI for UX Designers
                    Achievement 1: Composition & Visual Design
                    • 1.1 Getting Started with Your UI Course
                      1.2 Responsive Layouts & Grids
                      1.3 UI Elements & File Organization
                      1.4 Visual Hierarchy & Spacing
                      1.5 UI Design Patterns

                    • 1.6 Visual Design Principles & Trends
                      1.7 Typography in UI
                      1.8 Color in UI
                      1.9 Imagery in UI

                    Achievement 2: Advanced UI & the Design Handoff
                    • 2.1 Shapes & Icons
                      2.2 Interactions & Gestures
                      2.3 Style Guide
                      2.4 Designing for Different Breakpoints

                    • 2.5 Final Mockups
                      2.6 Design Handoff & Deliverables
                      2.7 Final Presentation

                  • Frontend Development for Designers
                    Achievement 1: Getting Started with HTML & CSS
                    • 1.1 Getting Started with Your Frontend Course
                      1.2 Internet & the Web
                      1.3 Starting with HTML
                      1.4 Coding with HTML

                    • 1.5 Using GitHub for Your Projects
                      1.6 CSS Basics
                      1.7 CSS Layouts
                      1.8 Advanced CSS for Designers

                    Achievement 2: JavaScript & Your Portfolio Site
                    • 2.1 Introduction to JavaScript
                      2.2 Coding with JavaScript
                      2.3 JavaScript Libraries & Plugins

                    • 2.4 User Testing
                      2.5 Code Quality & Cross-Browser Testing
                      2.6 Portfolio Site Demo & Case Study

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                  Job Preparation Course

                  Create a career plan with your personal career specialist. From CV creation through to job preparation, you will learn the skills to launch a career that lasts.

                  • 1. Pair up with a Career Specialist in your area
                  • 2. Design your online presence
                  • 3. Create a winning resume (CV) showcasing your new skills and marketing your transferable ones
                  • 4. Showcase your work in a winning portfolio
                  • 5. Discover new corridors for finding job opportunities
                  • 6. Find perfect-fit positions
                  • 7. Create a cover letter that will get you noticed
                  • 8. Prepare for job interviews with expert support
                  Will the Product Design Program teach me how to use AI tools and techniques?

                  Yes! You will learn to use AI in a way that is reflective of how real-world tasks are approached in the industry, while still building the core skills of your new profession. In doing so, you will learn to use AI to aid your learning, rather than bypass the learning process, and to support you professionally—rather than replace you.

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                  Human-centric learning in a remote setup

                  Practical, innovative, and human-centric learning in a fully remote setup.

                  1:1 support from your expert mentor

                  Your mentor, a senior in the field, guides your career; while your tutor offers assignment feedback within 24 hours.

                  Break into tech with the skills of in-demand professions

                  Learn the essential skills of product design in our innovative project-based curriculum, that takes you through theory and into immersive tasks. Put everything you learn to immediate practical use through hands-on projects you’ll build your extensive portfolio around.

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                  100% online learning

                  Work to your own timetable—not rigid class calendars. No need to quit your job or put life on hold, since you decide when and where you learn.

                  Practical experience in the tools of the future

                  Your mentor and tutor will teach you to use generative AI to become more effective in your work, so you can launch a career that lasts.

                  Plan your future with your career specialist

                  Enjoy 1:1 support from a career specialist. Practice interviewing, revamp your resume, and get job-ready!

                  Want to know if product design is right for you?

                  Find out with a free 5-step short course

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                  CareerFoundry program advisors offer a free 25-minute consultation to help you make the right choice.

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                  What you’ll get
                  A project-based curriculum
                  Dedicated mentor & tutor
                  Product design, UX design, & AI skills
                  Professional portfolio
                  Job Guarantee

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