A. Degree Programs
Depth & Rigour
Masters programs in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) or Design degrees give you the most depth and rigour in the subject as you delve into research papers and theoretical textbooks over the semesters.
However, taking a degree does come with the opportunity cost of lost time of about 1 to 4 years.
They also tend to focus on teaching theory more than conducting practice relevant to the current day and age. And this teaching style results from the standard course syllabus most degrees follow, which often stays unchanged for many years despite the constant shifts in the UX job landscape.
Outdated Course Syllabus
The professors teaching the degree programs are also usually researchers rather than current industry practitioners. Hence, they might not always have the full updated information specific to the UX job landscape including what is considered valuable in the workplace and what is expected of a UX Designer in that particular time period of your graduation.
B. Private Course
Courses offered by private educational institutes such as bootcamps (between 4 to 12 weeks) or longer courses like our 4-month Career Accelerator cut the traditional UX education process by more than half.
Pursuing such courses are also more apt for working professionals looking to make a career switch especially if there are real projects with real clients. Such projects give students the closest feeling of what it’s like to work as a UX designer, which is the goal upon graduation.
Being able to take the course part-time also allows for more flexibility, which is especially essential for working professionals who have decided to make a career switch but have not yet quit their job to continue receiving their income.
C. Short Workshop
With all the key points of UX and design practice condensed into a few days instead of a few months, short immersive courses like our 2-day UX Intensive Course is a great stepping stone for individuals who have interest in UX, but are completely unaware on what a job in it entails or whether it is suited for them.
Going for a lower commitment short course or workshop helps to drill down on the fundamentals to give a professional enough knowledge to start their journey in practicing UX design.
Insufficient for Career Transition Seekers
However, a short course alone is definitely insufficient for building a competitive portfolio to secure a UX role in today’s day and age. Hiring managers mostly look at fit, competence and portfolio, all of which is only briefly touched on in such short courses.