Intro to Product Design Course

Learn the essentials
of product design in 1 month
Study flexibly
at a pace of 15–20 hours per week
Design your first app
guided by your mentor and tutor

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

Alana, Senior Career Advisor

Curious about this course?

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 Career Advisor

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Intro to Product Design Course details

In this course, you will

Discover the entire product design process, from concept to delivery.

Learn the fundamental principles of product design, including Design Thinking, product strategy, and user-centred design.

Apply core product design skills, such as user research and usability testing, as you practice using the design process to integrate an AI feature into an app.

Work 1:1 with an expert mentor and tutor, who will give you personalized feedback and insights into life as a product designer.

Join an active community of over 5000 graduates and 700 instructors, and get access to exclusive product design events and webinars.

Fully online

Study for 15–20 hours per week for one month

Personalized mentorship

Our product design mentors are rated 4.91/5

Outcome oriented

Create a portfolio project and get your first certificate in product design

Why learn product design?

The field of product design is flourishing

Product design provides you with the methods and tools you need to deliver elegant solutions to real problems by crafting enjoyable, functional design.

Good design makes better business—and better lives

Accessible and user-centered product design results in loyal customers—customers that will recommend your services to family and friends.

Boost your career with product design skills

Discover how the practical skills of product design, like research, prototyping and testing, and the soft skills, like empathy, communication and organization, will enable you to collaborate more effectively and produce better results.

Why choose a CareerFoundry intro course?

Work with your very own course tutor and mentor

You'll enjoy a truly collaborative online learning experience, with tailored feedback from real experts in the field. Shared daily both written and over video, professional feedback will help bring you from a beginner to someone knowledgeable in product design.

Get the perfect balance of theory and practice

From day one, you'll put your newfound knowledge of product design theory into practice as you work towards integrate an AI feature into your first app.

Curious about product design? Take your first step toward becoming a product designer

After the Intro course, there's a good chance you'll fall in love with product design. If you do, stick around for our full career change Product Design Program, backed by a job guarantee. Find out more here.

I've learnt so much about the industry and most importantly about myself. The course is very well structured and students are given all the support they need by tutors and mentors. I would recommend CareerFoundry in a heartbeat.

Betty
CareerFoundry Student

Meet your new team

Our dual mentorship model pairs you with not one, but two industry experts—your mentor and your course tutor. They're at the top of their game in product design and work in tandem to inspire you to exceed your expectations. Along the way, they’ll provide individualized feedback and guidance while you work toward delivering your first product design project.

Your mentor

is a senior product designer dedicated to training the next generation of product designers, strategists and enthusiasts.

Your mentor will be there to give thorough, actionable feedback on your portfolio project.

Your tutor

is a practicing product designer who knows the course material inside-and-out.

Your tutor is there to give you timely feedback on all your submissions.

Our mentors and tutors haven’t just made a name for themselves at top companies in the industry—they've helped shape it.

A project-based curriculum that gets you thinking like a product designer.

Learn the essential principles, the key skills, and the all-important mindset that make product design so valuable.

Created by experienced instructional designers, authored by industry experts, and kept up-to-date by course editors, our curriculum will serve as the foundation of your learning experience.

Introduction to Product Design

Learn about user-centered solutions, and apply the first stage of design thinking to your task.

Product Design in an Organization

Understand how design thinking tasks guide product development, and create a high-level project plan.

Competitive Analysis & Problem Statements

Formulate clear problem statements based on market insights, and learn market research techniques and analysis.

User Personas, Stories & Journeys

Create effective user personas, user stories, and a user journey map based on user goals and needs.

Design Thinking Workshops & Facilitation

Learn diverse methodologies, and plan a design thinking workshop to create a user journey map.

Idea Sketching

Describe prototyping techniques, the iterative design process, user feedback, and create a low-fidelity prototype of your wireframes.

Usability Testing

Develop a test plan that aligns with project goals and user needs, and conduct a usability test to test out your prototype.

Presenting Your Work

Demonstrate a clear and engaging presentation of your design process and solution to stakeholders.

Your first step to becoming a product designer

If you fall (even more deeply) in love with product design during the course, you can easily move onto our career-changing Product Design Program.

Price

Intro to Product Design

Receive a tuition credit of if you decide to upgrade to the complete, career-change Product Design Program.
  • Learn through our comprehensive, project-based curriculum
  • Receive regular, personalized feedback from your course tutor
  • Deliver your first app design, which will form the basis of your professional portfolio
  • Get an in-depth review of your portfolio project from your mentor on a video call
  • Gain exclusive access to our global community—plus events and webinars
  • Upgrade to the full Product Design Program and become a qualified, job-ready product designer

FAQ

1.    Who is the course for?

This course is designed with the absolute beginner in mind—so whether you’re brand new to product design or you’ve dabbled in it and want to formalize your knowledge and skills, this course is a great place to start.

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

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 course, 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 will I use and what are the costs?

You’ll mainly be using the tool Figma for the course. As a CareerFoundry student, you’ll qualify for free access to the Figma Professional Plan.

4.    What are the minimum system requirements?

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

5.    Is the course 100% online?

Yes, the course is entirely asynchronous and online—so you can study when and wherever you’d like so long as you can get online and complete the course on time.

But this doesn’t mean the learning experience is isolated or lonely! You’ll have your mentor, tutor, and student advisor there to support you—as well as access to our active student community on Slack.

6.    Is the course content practical and hands-on?

We take a rigorously practical approach to learning. You’ll have the opportunity to apply everything you learn in practical ways. The course builds up to a completed portfolio project that your mentor will review and that will show employers the in-demand skills you learn in the course.

7.    How long does it take to complete the course?

You only need to set aside 15-20 hours per week to complete the course in one month. If you’d like to complete the course more quickly, you can devote up to 30-40 hours per week to complete it in about two weeks.

8.    What will I have by the end of the course?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid understanding of the field, and hands-on practice in some of the key skills and processes that are vital to product design—as well as a complete, mentor-reviewed project to feature in your professional portfolio!

When you complete the course, you’ll also receive a signed CareerFoundry certificate. This will make it easy for you to share the news on LinkedIn or with potential employers.

9.    What’s included in the course tuition?

This course offers an immersive introduction to the field of product design—including expert-authored curriculum, hands-on projects, and personalized mentorship and support from experts in the field.

Find out more here:

  • How it works: From the curriculum to your support 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.
  • Graduate outcomes: Here’s some of the work our graduates did in the full program—and where they’re at today.
10.    Are there payment plans available?

Because the intro course only lasts one month, we require the tuition in a one-time, upfront payment. But we do offer a partial tuition credit if you choose to upgrade to the full career change program!

11.    Do I get a certificate at the end?

You will receive a certificate when you complete the course to make your new qualifications easily identifiable for future employers.

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

While the course 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 course meets a high stand for an excellent and effective learning experience.

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

13.    Am I required to enroll in the full Product Design Program after the intro course?

There is no automatic or required enrollment in the full program at the end of this course.

That said, if you fall in love with product design during the intro course and you want to pursue a career in the field, the full Product Design Program is the natural next step. It includes expert mentorship, full and hands-on immersion in the field, portfolio reviews, individualized career coaching, and a job guarantee. Everything you need to land the product design job of your dreams!

If you decide to enroll in the career change program, you’ll receive a partial tuition credit towards the cost of the full program.

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