Product Design Program

Become a product designer
in 10 months
Learn flexibly online
without having to quit your job
Work with expert mentors
and build your portfolio

Get a free Product
Design short course

Get a free Product
Design short course

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“I’m here to help you become a product designer”

Alana, Senior Program Advisor

Curious about this program?

Contact us to find out if it’s right for you

Career Advisor

“How would you like to get in touch?”

“I’m here to help you become a product designer”

Alana, Senior Program Advisor

Our graduates now have tech jobs all over the world

The Product Design Program

Your launchpad into a career in product design

Gain a rigorous education in designing for the user, and learn how to build prototypes, work with AI, and refine a design for handoff—all with lifetime curriculum access after graduation

Build the technical skillset of every great product designer, adopting tools for wireframing, prototyping, and workshopping such as Figma, Figjam, Miro, and more.

Work with a team of active industry experts offering 1:1 mentorship on every assignment and project review, including a capstone project you’ll use to conquer your local job market

Find your industry passion through a specialization course, deciding between Frontend Development for Designers, Voice User Interface Design, or UI for Designers

Earn real-world work experience with a stand-out portfolio and the chance to gain hands-on apprenticeship training with our partners: TechFleet, Democracylab, & Digital Product School

Launch into the world of product design and land the role you want with 1:1 career specialist guidance to build a competitive application package and job search strategy, all in our Career Support Center

Starting every two weeks

Learn online 30–40 hours/week for 5 months or 15–20 hours/week for up to 10 months

Top-quality mentorship

Our product design mentors are seasoned industry experts with a 4.94/5 rating

Support from start to finish

Enjoy the Job Preparation Course with career coaching included

What makes product design the right career?

You’ll have a diverse skillset

As a product designer, you’ll wear multiple hats. You'll study users' preferences and needs closely. By blending thoughtful design with data-driven insights, you'll collaborate effectively, ensuring users and team members understand and align with the product vision.

Every industry values great product design

Even with the advent of AI and layoffs in major tech companies, the demand for product design roles remains strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the digital design role is expected to grow by 16% across the U.S over the next decade, and you can find product design jobs in nearly every industry—not just tech.

You’ll be merging creativity with flexibility

Choosing a career in product design means more than just innovative work. It promises the adaptability of remote or hybrid settings, financial advantages, and the joy of meaningful projects. Graduates go on to earn more, as well as enjoy more time for loved ones and hobbies at home.

What makes CareerFoundry the right school?

We’re the proven path to professional success

Since 2013 we’ve helped 7000+ career changers move from diverse backgrounds like teaching, taxi driving, or opera singing to tech professionals. Our model of industry-driven curriculum, flexibly-paced learning, and expert mentorship ensure graduates land careers they love.

Learn on your schedule, backed by our Job Guarantee

Study flexibly by choosing your own timeline. Immerse yourself in the curriculum, and build your portfolio around your other commitments. Work with your advisor on job coaching and land your first role within six months of graduation or your money back—that’s the Job Guarantee.

Our graduates stand out with cutting-edge skillsets

We’re constantly evolving our curriculum to be industry relevant. Including projects on the pulse of market trends and the role of AI in your new career. Our curriculum team works closely with industry experts to ensure success—and our 90% graduate placement rate reflects that.

Product Design Program Curriculum

A rigorous and industry-relevant education built with beginners and upskillers in mind

Curriculum overview

Part-time
Flexible
Full-time
Intro to Product Design
approx.
1 month
Product Design Immersion
approx.
5.5 months
Specialization
approx.
2 months
Intro to Product Design
approx.
0.5 - 1 month
Product Design Immersion
approx.
3.5 - 5.5 months
Specialization
approx.
1 - 2 months
Intro to Product Design
approx.
0.5 months
Product Design Immersion
approx.
3.5 months
Specialization
approx.
1 month
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Completion times are approximations based on the progress of our current students and graduates

Intro to Product Design
Product Design Immersion
Specialization

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.

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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.

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.

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Achievement 1
Achievement 2
Achievement 3
Achievement 4
Achievement 5
Achievement 6
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:

The Role of the Product Designer

Human Needs & Motivations

User-Centered Design Process

Design Thinking

Understanding the Problem

Competitive Analysis

Lean UX vs. Agile UX

Business Requirements

User Stories

Portfolio Review

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:

Research Methods

Surveys & Interviews

User Research Analysis

User Personas

Mental Models & User Journeys

Task Analysis & User Flows

Cross-Platform Optimization

Content Auditing

IA Principles & Frameworks

Refining Your Sitemap with Card Sorting

Portfolio Review

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:

Navigation for Mobile & Desktop

Design Patterns for Mobile & Desktop

Usability Heuristics & Interaction Design

Visual Design Principles

Low-Fidelity Prototyping with Figma

Conceptualizing and Selecting a Design

Grid Fundamentals

Mid-Fidelity Wireframes & Prototyping

Design Systems

High-Fidelity Wireframes & Clickable Prototypes

Portfolio Review

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:

Best Practices for Working with Human Test Subjects

Usability Test Methods

Usability Test Plan

Usability Test Script

Conducting Usability Tests

Usability Test Results & Planning for Future Tests

Reporting Findings & Making Recommendations

A/B & Preference Testing

Portfolio Review

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:

Designing for Accessibility

Emotional Design for User Engagement

HTML Basics

Alternatives to HTML: Native Platforms

Responsive Frameworks

Design Documentation

Design Deliverables

Design Collaboration

Portfolio Review

End-to-End Design

You’ll 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:

Moving Forward with a Design

Designing for Good

Online Portfolios

Design Communities

Video Presentation

Portfolio Review

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:

Designing for Accessibility

Emotional Design for User Engagement

HTML Basics

Alternatives to HTML: Native Platforms

Responsive Frameworks

Design Documentation

Design Deliverables

Design Collaboration

Portfolio Review

End-to-End Design

You’ll 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:

Agile Design Process

Designing for Good

Online Portfolios

UX Communities

Video Presentation

Portfolio Review

To further develop your expertise, you’ll choose one of three specialization course options: Voice User Interface Design, or Frontend Development for Designers, or UI for Designers.

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Voice User
Interface Design

Achievement 1

Achievement 2

Frontend Development for Designers

Achievement 1

Achievement 2

UI for Designers

Achievement 1

Achievement 2

Introduction to Voice Design with Alexa

Explore the origins of voice, discover the unique user populations and use cases for voice, then get to know Amazon’s Alexa and build a skill for the interface.

Getting Started with Your Voice Design Course

History & Appeal of Voice

Use Cases for Voice

Personas for Voice

How Alexa Voice Interactions Work

Building Your First Skill

Working with AWS Lambda

Certifying Your Skill

UX Design Principles for Voice

Find out how to create user stories, dialogs, flows, and scripts, as well as how to test your designs. You’ll also explore some advanced topics.

User Needs & User Stories for Voice

Sample Dialogs

User Flows for Voice

Voice Scripts

Context & Memory in Voice Design

Usability Testing for Voice Interactions

Multimodal Interactions

Accessibility & Voice

Safety & Privacy for Voice Design

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

1.2 Product Design in an Organization

1.3 Competitive Analysis & Problem Statements

1.4 User Personas, Stories & Journeys

1.5 Design Thinking Workshops & Facilitation

1.6 Idea Sketching

1.7 Usability Testing

1.8 Presenting Your Work

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.

Specialization

To further develop your expertise, you’ll choose one of three specialization course options: Voice User Interface Design, UI for UX Designers, or Frontend Development for Designers.

Voice User Interface Design

Learn how to design voice user interfaces and develop three “skills” for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. You’ll complete a total of two projects (achievements) consisting of several tasks each.

UI for UX Designers

Explore visual design trends and best practices, image theory, iconography, and interaction design. You’ll complete two projects (achievements) consisting of several tasks each.

Frontend Development for Designers

Learn how to code with HTML and CSS, and debug and use JavaScript to add interactivity to a website. You’ll complete two projects (achievements) consisting of several tasks each.

Learning with AI

Our programs have recently been updated with AI content to ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies. That includes being ready to use AI tools and techniques on the job when you graduate.

With useful exercises, best practices, and brand-new learning material about AI, you’ll learn how 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.

Your mentor and tutor will teach you to use generative AI and large language models (like ChatGPT) to become more effective in your work, and you’ll learn how to use AI tools and techniques critically and ethically so that it supports you professionally, rather than replaces you.

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Create head-turning work with industry-standard tools
course-tools
Key to learning to work as a product designer is, of course, having the right tools. Attend free workshop events and become a CareerFoundry student to gain free trials and exclusive discounts. Whether immersed as a student, or still researching product design, prepare to explore industry staples: Figma, InVision, Marvel, Balsamiq, and more.
Student perks

Get exclusive hands-on work experience

  • Gain real-world product design experience and apply for one of our partner apprenticeships
  • Build a portfolio based on real-world projects, including an optional bonus project
  • Forge a stand-out applicant profile built on portfolio work, end-to-end capstone projects, industry exposure, and demonstrable expertise you can point top employers to
  • Build your soft skills on external work experience placements and partner with other product managers, marketers, engineers, data scientists, and developers
The Tech Fleet apprenticeship exceeded all my expectations! CareerFoundry’s education really complements the practical experience, where you work in cross-functional teams and with real clients.

Anna Roe

CareerFoundry graduate

Success Stories

Our students go on to launch challenging new careers in the tech industry

Our graduates now work at...

Product Design Program admission criteria

What you need:

 

The motivation to transform your career

Even though you can study flexibly, the program requires some commitment, as it takes a minimum of 15–20 hours per week to complete in 10 months.

An interest in product design

If you're already reading books and blog posts about different types of product design, that's a great start.

If you are unsure if product design is really for you, get a free consultation with one of our program advisors, who will give you personal feedback on which direction to go based on your interests and goals.

Additionally, you'll need:

Written and spoken English skills at a B2 level or higher

A computer (macOS, Windows, or Linux) with a webcam, microphone, and an internet connection

Please note to enroll in the Product Design Program you must book a call with a program advisor.

What you don’t need:

 

A background in product design or tech

This program is designed to take you from beginner to job-ready—regardless of your background. And now more than ever, employers see boot camp graduates as excellent job candidates. A 2021 study by Career Karma found that companies as respected as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are some of the largest employers of boot camp graduates. The study also revealed that in 2020 those same companies hired up to 120% more bootcamp graduates than they did the year prior!

Unlimited free time

You can study part-time at 15–20 hours per week to finish the program within 10 months, or complete the program in as little as 5 months by studying up to 30–40 hours per week. 

To learn all on your own

You can enjoy the flexibility of online learning with the accountability and one-on-one attention traditionally associated with brick-and-mortar institutions. Much like a college professor might inspire you to pursue a career in a certain field, your mentor, tutor, career specialist, and student advisor will keep you motivated and on track.

Price and payment options

Next start dates:

Pay upfront

Get 5% off your tuition when you make a one-time, upfront payment.

upfront, then for months

Pay monthly

Pay today to secure your place, and then per month for months.

$158*/month

$158* per month for 60 months

Pay less per month

Apply for an education loan with one of our partners (Ascent or Climb) and benefit from low monthly payments over an extended period.

*Installments depend on your approved interest rate.

$0 upfront

Pay later

Apply for deferred payment with our one of our partners (Ascent or Climb) and only start paying for your program several months after completion.

Need a more flexible payment plan?

We can set up a custom payment plan that better suits your needs. Book a call with a program advisor to learn more.

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FAQ

1.    Is becoming a product designer a secure career choice?

In short, yes—there’s a high demand for qualified product designers. The digital design role is expected to grow by 16% across the U.S over the next decade, and you can find product design jobs in nearly every industry—not just tech.

Curious about what salary you could earn? Check out our product design salary guide.

2.    What are the prerequisites and requirements for the program?

This program is designed with the absolute beginner in mind. Meaning, there are no prerequisites or prior experience in design or tech required.

Regardless of age or background, we’ve built a learning experience to ensure your success. From the catered curriculum and hands-on exercises to one-on-one mentorship and support throughout.

What’s required*:

  • Motivation to transform your career
  • Interest in product design
  • Written and spoken English proficiency at a B2 level or higher
  • A computer (macOS, Windows, or Linux) with a webcam, microphone, and an internet connection
*Note that you will be required to invest some independent study time into familiarizing yourself with the tools you’ll use throughout the program, and learning how to use them. It is estimated that you will need to spend an additional 1-2 hours per week of extracurricular study time becoming comfortable with them.
3.    Which tools and equipment will I use in the program, and what are the associated costs?

For the Intro to Product Design Course, you’ll mainly use Marvel, in addition to others. For the Product Design Immersion Course, you’ll mainly use Figma.

As a CareerFoundry student, you’ll qualify for free access to the Figma Professional Plan.

You will also be using other tools to help you refine your designs. These tools will be available with a free trial or with a discount, which can be found on CareerFoundry’s Perks page. For further tool requirements related to specialization courses, please view their respective pages:

4.    What are the minimum system requirements?

As this varies widely, we recommend checking individual system requirements on Figma's website.

For further system requirements related to specialization courses, please view their respective pages:

5.    Is the program 100% online?

Yes, the program is entirely asynchronous and online—so you can study when and wherever you’d like so long as you can get online and stay on track for graduation.

But this doesn’t mean the learning experience is isolated or lonely! You’ll have regular contact with your mentor, tutor, student advisor, and career specialist—as well as full access to our active student community on Slack.

6.    How long does the program take to complete?

The program is flexibly-paced within a 10-month duration. There are two deadlines along the way that we’ve put in place to help keep you on track for graduation.

Expect to devote a minimum of 15-20 hours per week to graduate within that maximum time frame. This is considered part-time study, and matches the default pacing of the program. If you’d like to graduate in as little as four months, you can devote 30-40 hours per week to reach that goal.

7.    What’s included in the program tuition?

The Product Design Program offers you a complete career change package—including expert-authored curriculum, hands-on projects, personalized mentorship, and career coaching. Find out more here:

  • How it works: From curriculum details to your career change team, and beyond—here are the details.
  • Meet our mentors: Get to know who the CareerFoundry mentors are and how the dual-mentorship model works.
  • Career services: Everything you need to know about our personalized career coaching, Job Preparation course, Career Support Center, alumni community, and more.
  • Graduate outcomes: Here’s some of the work our graduates did in the program—and where they’re at today.

In addition to all of this, you can request read access to our course library—so you can study other corners of the tech world independently, with all the course materials included in your program tuition! You can ask your student advisor about this once you start the program.
8.    Are there payment plans available?

Yes, we offer two payment options. You can save 5% of your total tuition by paying it up front. Alternatively, you can pay a set amount up front to reserve your place in the program, and the remainder in 10 monthly payments (regardless of when you graduate from the program).

Still not feasible for you? Book a call with a program advisor to see if you’re eligible for a customized payment plan.

9.    Does CareerFoundry offer full or partial scholarships?

While we do offer an ongoing tuition reduction to active U.S. military personnel and veterans, as well as periodic, partial scholarships/tuition reductions, we do not offer any full scholarships or funds at this time.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these offers, please reach out to a program advisor.

10.    What’s the refund policy if I change my mind?

If you’re not happy with the program in the first 14 days from the start date, you can simply cancel for a full refund.

If you are 60% or less of the way through the program duration (not including any extensions) and need to cancel for any reason, you may be eligible for a prorated refund. For more information, see our full terms and conditions.

11.    Do I get a certificate at the end?

You will receive a signed CareerFoundry certificate when you complete the program. This will make it easy for you to share your new qualification on LinkedIn and with potential employers or clients.

12.    Is the program accredited and what does ZFU-approved mean?

While the program is not university accredited, it does undergo a rigorous quality assurance and certification process with the ZFU (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht)—the state body for distance learning in Germany.

This process ensures that the program meets a high stand for an excellent and effective learning experience.

On successful completion of this certification process, the program is assigned a unique approval number (7462923) which can be checked against a public register.

13.    Are there eligibility requirements for the job guarantee?

There are conditions that graduates need to meet in order to be eligible for the job guarantee. We’re transparent about these requirements because we want them to be easy for you to follow and because we know they genuinely help graduates succeed in their job search.

You’re eligible for the job guarantee when:

  • You’ve successfully completed 100% of your CareerFoundry program as well as our free Job Preparation course.
  • You’re applying to at least five relevant jobs a week.
  • You live in a metropolitan area with a population above 200K people in any of the following countries: USA, Canada, European Union or EFTA countries, UK, Australia, or New Zealand (or you’re willing to relocate).
  • And when you meet other qualifying criteria. Please read the full terms and conditions.

If you have any questions about the job guarantee or the eligibility criteria, simply book a call with a program advisor—they’re happy to help!

14.    What kind of job can I get after the program?

Based on the program’s comprehensive curriculum, you’ll be ready to apply for and step into a junior product design role or mid-level product design position.

Keep in mind that many job ads for product designers ask for 2+ years of experience, but it is often part of their "wishlist" rather than a requirement.

If you have transferable skills from your previous career, it’s possible to land a more senior role. Your dedicated career specialist (during the Job Preparation Course) will help you understand your transferable skills and craft the right narrative to present in your job application materials.

15.    What if I have a question that’s not answered here?

If you have additional questions, we’re happy to help! Just email us or book a call with a program advisor and we’ll get you the answers you need.

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