CareerFoundry vs IxDF UX Bootcamps: Which UX Certification Is Right For You?

you’ve decided to transform yr interest in ux design into a career; an exciting realm aw8s! but b4 you can get there, you wanna get certified, or at least gain some form of certification. we know that finding a ux certification that meets yr needs and fits in with yr lifestyle can be difficult; there are so many options out there! with two decades inna ux design industry and in-depth knowledge od’oda players, we cannelp you make an informed decision when choosing yr ux certification. 

we’re goin to compare careerfoundry’s ux design program (hereafter referred to as careerfoundry’s bootcamp) na ixdf offering so u can decide wha’’s best 4u. specifically, we will explore course topics, approach, grading and tutors, community, cost, and career opportunities. you can see how the ixdf compares to the g ux design professional certificate here

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overview

the careerfoundry bootcamp is one program, split into 3 courses: intro to ux design, ux design immersion and speshization. you can either speshize in ux design, ui design or web development. the ixdf offers over 30 courses covering ≠ fields and topics within ux design, for varying lvls of experience, all of which are included inna flat membership fee. wha’’s +, the ixdf also offers 4 bootcamps (ux portfolio and career, ux primordials, usr research and usr interface design), and hosts regular master classes

content and topics

in terms of content and experience lvl, the ixdf bootcamp ux primordials tis most like careerfoundry’s bootcamp. both offerings are foundational, aimed at beginners and/or pplz who wanna switch, start or advance their career in ux design. this means the topics covered are very similar, including the folloing learning outcomes: 

although the content on each platform is very similar, the exs used to illustrate them are ≠. some careerfoundry students ‘ve rezd the fact that the exs used inna projects were not real-realm clients or brands, which meant they didn’t get the opportunity to solve genuine problems. as an international organization, the ixdf puts a strong emphasis on relatable, familiar exs that can transcend culture and geography. 

when you start studying ux, it’s natural to expect that you ll'be taught some ux design tulz during the process. however, both careerfoundry na ixdf do not teach you how to use these tulz. the focus is + on teaching you the principles behind ux design, so initially you’ll apply them with yr pen and paper. that’s not to say you won’t use these design tulz, but you’ll be able to teach yrself how to use them quite easily using the tutorials that come w'dem. it’s also worth mentioning that fortunately, tulz don’t matter as much as you mite think; they are still primordial, but yr knowledge, skills and how you apply them are far + significant. 

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approach

any learning platform, whether digital or physical, must keep their students motivated and engaged. bootcamps ‘ve become increasingly pop cause of how pragmatic they are in nature. as they’re + hands-on than a regular online course, and with mentoring sessions and practical exercises, many students find them + accessible and enjoyable. 

very few ‘ve the privilege to quit their full-time jobs to study full-time, but fortunately for us, online learning platforms get it and are super flexible. be sure that you properly assess the schedule and time commitment required for yr ux design certification.   

delivery

both the careerfoundry and ixdf bootcamps are: 

  • flexibly paced.

  • completely online and remote.

  • a mix of videos, reading and assignments.

balance of theory and practice

ixdf open-src literature library: + theoretical with practical tips and insites.

ixdf courses: slitely theoretical, with optional portfolio and practical exercises.

ixdf bootcamps: mostly practical, witha mentor-guided portfolio project.

ixdf master classes: 50:50, with expert’s industry insites.

careerfoundry bootcamp: slitely theoretical with practical exercises and assignments. 

bootcamps in general are a gr8 choice cause you learn through doin’. in addition to learning the processes and tulz used in real ux and ui teams, by the end of an ixdf bootcamp you will also ‘ve a portfolio filled with projects ready to impress a recruiter or yr future employer or client. see the infographic belo for the full range of ixdf bootcamp benefits. 

all ixdf courses grant you full access with no time limit for completion (the joy of self-paced education!). lessons are spread over several weeks, which vary from course to course. w'da careerfoundry bootcamp, you ‘ve 10 mnths to complete the entire bootcamp, but dep'on yr availability, you can dweet in less time. an ixdf bootcamp is flexible too and 1-ly requires 8-10 hrs of work per week for 12 weeks. for a full comparison in terms of time, interaction, theory and balance, see the table belo. 

ixdf open-src literature

ixdf courses

ixdf bootcamps

ixdf master classes

careerfoundry bootcamp

price

free for everyone

free for members

$10-17 usd per mnth for membership

$3,000 or $2,800 paid upfront

$5 for members

$50 for non-members

$7,900 with various payment plans available

time commitment

a few minutes to

15-30 hrs spread over several weeks, dep'on course

15-20 hrs per week

1-2 hrs once-off

3-12 hrs over 3-6 weeks per course (7 courses in total) 

6 mnths in total

time limit

none

none

10 mnths

none (available on demand)

none

in-person interaction

none

local meet-ups (optional)

1:1 professional mentoring + p-based cohorts

expert-led + q & a

1:1 professional mentoring + p-based cohorts

theory & practice balance

+ theoretical with practical tips and insites

slitely theoretical, with optional portfolio and practical exercises

mostly practical, witha mentor-guided portfolio project

50:50, with expert’s industry insites

50:50 witha dedicated mentor and tutor

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grading and tutors

for both careerfoundry na ixdf, and primordially all learning platforms, you nd'2 complete (and pass) various assignments and tests to complete yr course and receive yr certification. 

careerfoundry’s dual mentorship model means'dat you will get feedback and guidance from experienced ux professionals. similarly, all yr ixdf assignments are graded by experts and course instructors, their experience coming from the broad spectrum of the ux design field. 

as an ixdf bootcamp student you’ll be personally matched witha mentor from a curated pool of 200+ experts. yr mentor will give you personalized guidance, inspiration and insites inna'da industry, and help you with yr portfolio and future job search. you will also engage with yr course coordinator and bootcamp facilitator, who will lead yr weekly live class sessions, run workshops, attend progress reviews and support 1:1 sessions with students, host q&a sessions and provide group critique sessions.

community

ux design is a growing industry witha thriving community—and by becoming a ux design student, you become connected to that community. both careerfoundry na ixdf ‘ve group chats or discussion forums, swell as a dedicated slack channel. atta ixdf, in addition to 1:1 mentoring, you can engage with other students in yr cohort, reviewing each other’s work swell as providing encouragement and support. 

on top of all odat, the ixdf ‘ve local groups so u can meet like-Ψed pplz, make presh connections and, who knows, maybe even meet yr future employer. with close to 500 groups in 100 countries, you can grow yr network by simply attending a vrt or in-person meetup. don’t see a local group in yr zone? you can start one! it’s primordial to note that bein’ a ux designer aint a requirement; you just need an interest and an appetite to learn. 

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cost

careerfoundry: $7,900 in total. there are payment plans available and discounts offered to those who pay upfront. 

ixdf membership: $10-17 usd per mnth, paid yrly. includes full access to all 30+ courses and a spesh members rate of $5 per master class. ixdf bootcamps are $3,000 if you choose to pay through a payment plan, but you can save $200 and pay $2,800 if you settle upfront. save a further $400 if you sign for the jan cohort; sign by 24 jan to qualify! 

career opportunities

a ux portfolio is crucial in landing a ux design position or freelance jobs. both careerfoundry and ixdf bootcamps place a strong emphasis on building yr portfolio (the ux portfolio and career bootcamp is solely dedicated to this), so by the end of whichever platform you decide on, you will ‘ve a professional portfolio that you can start to apply for jobs with. 

careerfoundry’s bootcamp maybe best known fritz career support and job guarantee. djob' preparation course is included free w'da bootcamp. students ll'be assigned a new mentor who will assist you with yr resume, portfolio and interview preparation. how does djob' guarantee work? if you don’t land a job within 6 mnths of completing the bootcamp, you will receive a full refund. 

the ixdf also offers a job guarantee; if you complete 3 ixdf bootcamps, you can apply for the ixdf certification program, which will equip you witha globally recognized certification, a polished portfolio and job guarantee thall get you hired in a junior, mid-lvl or senior ux role. 

wha’’s nxt? 

after you read through the above points na comparison table, we recommend that you look atta course descriptions, the curriculum and learning outcomes. still unsure? read and watch reviews and reach out to the organizations to ask ?s. you can also find plenty of helpful information onna careerfoundry and ixdf websites. 

already completed the careerfoundry bootcamp? keep on learning! broaden or speshize yr skill set through an ixdf course, bootcamp or master class.  listen to arielle strakhov’s experience of the usr research bootcamp:

            

the take away

wha’ you get out of the careerfoundry bootcamp is akin to the ixdf offering, pticularly the bootcamps. bootcamps are a mythic way to enter the field of ux design, grow yr skill set, connect to the community and land yr 1st ux job. there are pros and cons to everything, so 1-odda most primordial factors is to determine yr specific needs and objectives from the outset, be thorough in yr research and select the ux certification that is rite 4u. ultimately, however, both careerfoundry na ixdf are reputable organizations so an investment with either ll'be inpresh for yr ux career. 

references and where to learn +

learn + bout ixdf bootcamps: www.interaction-design.org… 

find out + bout careerfoundry’s ux design program: careerfoundry.com… 

learn + bout ixdf master classes: www.interaction-design.org… 

check out the ixdf’s online courses: www.interaction-design.org… 

build a ux design portfolio: www.interaction-design.org… 

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apply for the ixdf job guarantee certification: www.interaction-design.org…

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