The UX Engineering program prepares students to research, plan, design, & build digital experiences in an agile business setting. 

The emphasis is on developing proficiency in user experience engineering and front-end development, while providing a basic introduction to research, visual design, copywriting, project management, and software engineering.

Graduates of this program will have the skills needed to be an entry-level User Experience (UX) Engineer. A UX Engineer's role is directly involved in the process of making a product useful, usable and enjoyable for its users.

Through the program, students create a portfolio of individual and team projects that can be shown to future, potential employers. Students also learn to communicate effectively in an interview and professional setting. 

Our program is longer than the typical bootcamps or online courses. This allows us to cover both breadth and depth. Our students also “learn how to learn” and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

 

Program Structure

In Person or Online

12 months immersive + 12 months apprenticeship (optional)

 

User Experience (UX) Design

6-MONTH Course

Prepares students to research, plan, and design digital experiences in an Agile business setting.

Available as a standalone course

Front-End Development

6-MONTH Course

Students will use CSS, HTML, & JavaScript to create a marketing site and implement the on-boarding flow for their projects from the UX course.

 

Apprenticeship

optional (free)

year 2

Optional training where students transition from learning to working. Students report to a UX manager in a team setting, and work on mock projects to build up their portfolio and prepare for job placement.


Program Certification

Students who complete the 6 months UX design course will receive a User Experience Designer certificate. Students who complete the 6 months Front-End Development course will receive the Front-End Developer certificate.

Students completing both courses will receive a UX Engineering certificate. Students can take the UX design and Front-End Development courses in any order.


Program Cost & Payment Options

  • Full ISA: $100 + 17.5% income for 4 years

  • Half ISA: $12,000 upfront + 17.5% income for 2 years

  • Full Tuition: $24,000 upfront + no income-based repayment

  • Payment Plan: $2,150/month for 12 months + no income-based repayment

* Year 2 apprenticeship is free for existing students


Gain hands-on experience in the full UX lifecycle

In this course, students learn about Product Research, Creating Personas and User Journeys, Information Architecture (IA), Creating Wireframes, Prototyping, and Product Testing. Students will also learn tools to produce high-fidelity User Interface (UI) mockups.

We train students for today's high-demand tech jobs using accelerated skills training. You'll leave our program career-ready.

 

UX Design

In the first 4 months of the course, students complete daily lessons and apply their learnings back towards their Foundation Project. Then, students have 6 weeks to put all their learnings together to rapidly design their Portfolio Project. Finally, students present their work in mock interviews as part of their Capstone Project.

  1. Tools — Learn to use Sketch & Invision (free accounts for students!)

  2. Design Thinking Crash Course — Empathize, Ideate, Define, Prototype, & Test

  3. Discovery Research — Recruit participants, conduct interviews, and communicate findings.

  4. Synthesizing — Communicate the user journey with flowcharts, storyboards, and competitive analysis.

  5. Wireframing — Begin presenting work visually & verbally, and iterate of designs based on feedback.

  6. Usability Testing — Conduct live usability tests and report findings.

  7. Content — Information Architecture, Card Sorting, UX Writing, Accessibility, & Internationalization

  8. Hierarchy & Layout — Apply typography, color, & proximity to establish visual hierarchy

  9. Consistency — Learn the importance of common icons, imagery, and design patterns.

  10. Interaction — Affordances, Motion, & Microinteractions

  11. The Funnel — Landing Pages, Forms, A/B Testing, and Permission Priming.

UI Engineering

Students will complete three projects:

  1. Portfolio — Build out a portfolio for their design work, using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

  2. React — Polish an unstyled React app

  3. Prototype — Build a prototype of a project from the Design course.

Job Training

Throughout the UX Engineering courses and apprenticeship, students learn necessarily skills to Launching a career. They will work in groups and independently to build portfolios. Students will be exposed to mock job interviews. We’ll also run through common on-the-job scenarios and how to excel as a new voice in an organization.


Still confused on what UX is? This video will help:



Learn from user experience professionals.

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Stan Rosenthal
UX Designer, LinkedIn

Stan has designed products at LinkedIn and with numerous startups spanning government, labor, finance, and healthcare. He splits his time between Indianapolis and his hometown, New Orleans. Stan started designing websites during the 2005 levee failures, when he co-founded Levees.org and brought the satirical Levee newspaper online. He has been recognized for his philanthropic work by The New York Times and numerous local organizations.

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Justine Tiu
Senior UX DEsigner, Google

As a senior UX designer at Google NYC, Justine most recently worked on new consumer and education products in the VR/AR space, such as Google Tour Creator and Expeditions. Previously, she was the UX lead and design manager of Google Classroom and Forms. She's passionate about problem solving, crafting, and trying new things.

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Gabe Wright

Gabe is a UX Developer with a background in branding, web-design, and frontend development. Before transitioning full-time at Kenzie, he worked on many of Indy’s local business web projects. He loves anything to do with technology and innovation. When not working, he enjoys food, music, backpacking, and traveling.

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Brooklynn Moor

Brooklynn has a background in communications and marketing, as a IUPUI graduate and former project manager. Her passion for communication, community building and finding ways to make things easier for people and making positive world changes overall drove her to Kenzie Academy.

 

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