UX Design Bootcamp
Start your career as a UX Designer with a complete skill set, an excellent command of the most-used design tools, a competitive portfolio and CV prepared with Talent Garden’s advisors, and introductory meetings with top Austrian employers.
In this 12-week intensive UX Design Bootcamp, you will be immersed in the world of User Experience Design, becoming an expert in one of 2021’s most in-demand skills. Set entirely in person at the Talent Garden Campus, the program will give you the knowledge and mindset needed to create the frictionless, user-friendly and extraordinary customer experiences that tech companies want. The faculty will also be available for 1:1 coaching sessions throughout the course.
UX designers are in high demand on the job market: 80% of our alumni start a job as a UX designer already in the first three months after completing the course. Our alumni are currently working as UX designers at companies like A1 Telekom Austria, MySugr, Accenture, BAWAG P.S.K., ADMIRAL Group, Zürich Versicherung, Zühlke Group, Cropster, Tricentis and EY.
Who is the Bootcamp for?
This Bootcamp is designed for participants who want to learn how to create outstanding user experiences to either start a career as a UX designer or integrate UX skills into their current profession. As we create a class of creative and innovative minds that want to challenge themselves, we are looking for applicants who show empathy, an analytical mindset, a rational approach to problem-solving and an innate aesthetic sensibility. Previous experience or knowledge in UX design is not needed.
Please note that the Bootcamp is in English, so a proficient knowledge of the language is required.
During the first interview with our team, we will understand if the Bootcamp is the right choice for you.
Infos & Costs
The Application Process
Enter your data on our website and receive a welcome email with all the info. Please check your spam folder too, just in case!
Fill the Online Questionnaire
You will receive the link to a questionnaire to share more about yourself!
Schedule Your Interview
After filling out the questionnaire, book your personal (online) interview with Olta, our Orientation & Admission Specialist. It’s an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have and for us to know more about your background and motivation.
Did you get in? You will receive feedback within a few days after completing all steps of the application process.
What is a UX Designer and what does a UX Designer do?
A UX Designer is a “user experience” expert who can research and solves users’ needs by analysing how people perceive a given experience, digital or otherwise. UX Professionals create effective solutions for design problems, ensuring smooth usability with a high conversion rate.
At the end of the Bootcamp, you will be able to:
- Understand the definition of user experience and the competitive value of working on UX
- Understand and practice the design process
- Understand the rules behind human perception and how to gain insights into cognition and psychology
- Make accessible designs by applying the principles of (graphic) design, colour and typography
- Understand the basic terminology of web development and know the parts that make up a website or app
- Analyse and specify the requirements of the users
- Analyse personas and the customer journey, as well as define a product vision
- Apply different prototyping techniques and software tools to create a fully functional and interactive prototype
- Know visual design principles and their patterns
- Plan, implement and evaluate usability tests
- Pitch and defend design decisions, as well as provide constructive feedback to others
- Understand the UX industry, culture, roles and latest market trends
Discover how to become a UX Designer
In this 12-week UX Design Bootcamp, we will cover all topics to help you launch your career as a User Experience Designer. We will start at the basics but then quickly proceed to the human-centric design process, web and graphic design and engineering: analysis, prototyping, UI and Interaction Design, and User Research.
You will understand Design Thinking as a methodology, framework and mindset, as well as be able to implement Design Thinking and Design Sprints in UX projects to solve problems and build „The Right It“.
After this module, you will know the terms, principles, norms and standards of usability, as well as understand the importance of usability and UX within the development process.
This module teaches the mechanisms of human perception, which will give you insights into cognitive psychology and mental models that lead to more usable designs.
User Research & Requirements
After this module, you will understand the importance of user research and requirements engineering within the usability life cycle. You will become familiar with various methods to do user research and to specify and analyze your user requirements and define the information architecture.
Design: Basics and Principles, Graphic, UI and Interaction Design
This module teaches visual design principles and their patterns. You will understand the difference between web and mobile design and become familiar with interaction, movement and contextual design. You will learn how to use Figma, first by getting an introduction to its functionalities and what it means to design an application, then by creating your first screens.
You will know different prototyping techniques and software tools to visualize ideas and thoughts step by step. You will also discover the principle of iteration to create a fully functional and interactive prototype.
Development & Handoff
You will know the basic terminology of web development and the parts that make up a website or app so that you can talk to programmers on an equal footing. You learn how to hand over your designs to programmers.
This module introduces you to the various methods and technologies of user research. After gaining experience in planning, conducting and evaluating usability tests, you will be able to choose the method that best fits a given problem.
This module provides an understanding of the UX industry, its culture and its roles. You will be able to successfully select, integrate, manage and measure UX strategies and will become familiar with the latest UX market trends.
We will support you with career activities in the last week of the Bootcamp and after it. Workshops will teach you how to build a portfolio to improve your digital presence. Additionally, you will learn about our partner companies’ job opportunities and get the chance to interview for them.
Rudolf Zwieselbauerscientific coordinator
Rudolf Zwieselbauer is a UX architect and an advocate of user experience from the very first minute. He breathes and advocates user-centred design. He has more than 12 years of experience in digital, web, and app design and is an expert in high-fidelity interactive prototyping.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Arts with a focus on web development from Middlesex University London and a Master’s degree in User Experience Management from the University of Applied Sciences Vienna. He has a passion for cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality as well as human-computer interaction, the Internet of Things, and ubiquitous computing.
As Scientific Coordinator, he is responsible for the content of the Bootcamp and ensures that it is always adapted to the current needs of the labor market.
Discover the Faculty
How do we bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world? Our teachers and mentors are not academics, but professionals from top companies. They teach what they do best by bringing real case studies about the most up-to-date methodologies and tools, as well as sharing their personal experiences in the UX industry.
They are chosen not only for their knowledge of the subject but also for their passion for teaching and desire to share their years of professional experience. They firmly believe in learning-by-doing and will never bore you with long lectures.
Alessandro Dallafina is a Senior Product Designer driven by innovative ways of translating products into superior user/customer experiences. He is passionate about openness, technology, digital media and the future. Over the years, his projects have been published in world-recognized books, newspapers, and magazines. Previously he led the User Interface Design and User Experience for 500px Marketplace, helping millions of buyers to purchase high-quality photography. At Getty Images, he led the visual advertising (print and digital) for the Italian market. He also acquired great experience as an information designer when he worked for the cutting-edge data visualization lab, DensityDesign in Europe.
Benjamin Pazdernik is a digital all-rounder currently specializing in UX/UI design, as well as building and maintaining design systems that scale and work across multiple departments. In 2020 he co-founded the start-up boomerank.io, where he is responsible for product development. He also supports BIPA by building an internal design system and continuously improving the general CX of the BIPA online shop. Before that, he led a small agency where he and his team built websites, online shops and online platforms for various SMEs.
Marc is a psychologist with more than 10 years of experience in applied user research and usability testing. His focus is on data-driven analysis and the measurement of user experience, usability and technology acceptance. In addition to conducting and publishing original research on user behaviour, he consults large and small companies on strategies, processes and approaches to incorporate user-centred design into their digital product development lifecycle.
Christiane Moser is a UX Research & Design Freelancer having more than 14 years of experience in the field of UX and a tech background. The last 4 years, she has been working as UX Freelancer for SMEs in Europe. Ever since she loved to share her knowledge and experiences, therefore, she is mentoring UX Researcher and Designer around the globe on ADPList and teaching at the Applied University of Salzburg as well as at Talent Garden Vienna.
We will support you with career activities in the last week of the Bootcamp, as well as after it. Workshops will teach you how to build a portfolio to improve your digital presence. Additionally, not only will you learn about our partner companies’ job opportunities, but you will also have the chance to get an interview with them.
CV and LinkedIn Workshop
You will understand how to write a perfect CV and set up your LinkedIn profile. You will have the possibility to have a 1:1 meeting to review how your CV gives value to your unique experience.
Portfolio Workshop and Review
You will learn how to create your first UX portfolio with the guidance of an experienced designer. When you work on your portfolio, book a 1:1 mentoring session to get feedback from an expert to ensure it’s ready to show to the companies.
You will meet companies that want to hire UX designers through a ‘challenge’ method. There is no interview but a practical experience brief to show your skills.
Companies with open positions will join the Talent Days to meet our students in effective 1:1 interviews.
Just study hard, we’ll take care of the job-market
80% of our alumni find a job within three months after the Bootcamp. Our alumni are currently working as UX designers at companies like A1 Telekom Austria, MySugr, BAWAG P.S.K., Zürich Versicherung, Zühlke Group, Accenture, Tricentis and EY.
No Ordinary Education
The UX Design Bootcamp is a project-based program that combines practical self-study lessons with live practice sessions. Set entirely in-person at our Talent Garden Vienna Campus, the program will give you the knowledge and mindset needed to create seamless user experiences.
Take a look at what some of our former students are saying about their learning experience at Talent Garden Innovation School.
Our alumni have gone on to have a successful career in UX Design. Read more to find how our course became a launchpad for their dreams.
“First, I was afraid that I would not learn anything new, as I already worked as a graphic designer, but this fear quickly turned out to be unfounded. I have learned so many new tools, gained another design perspective and had hands-on experience in the field of User Experience Design – it is more than what you see!”
UX Design Intern
A1 Telekom Austria Group
”The UX Design Program was an incredible experience! You learn UX design theory from industry experts, participate in skill-building workshops and get to sharpen all of your new skills with real-world examples and projects. It was a lot of learning, a lot of work and a lot of fun!”
”The UX Bootcamp has been a truly insightful experience. The mentors and the experts were really helpful every time we had questions or felt stuck. Plus, the learning by doing helps enormously when it comes to facing real-life UX challenges at work. Talent Garden helped me successfully change my career from Architecture to UX Design! Super grateful to have embarked on this journey with the Talent Garden Team.”
Junior UX Designer
”Talent Garden Innovation School was the place where I learned that everyone’s opinion matters. What I especially liked about the Bootcamp was learning from professional UX design experts and working together with a passionate team. It helped me realize that this is what I want to do in my life.”
”The UX Design Full-Time Bootcamp opened a door for me, and I finally found a career path that I will walk throughout my lifetime! The whole experience was definitely challenging, but it was a great push to go beyond my own self – from personal challenges to all the new technical skills that I have learned in this Bootcamp, both from mentors and colleagues. Coming from a different industry, I can assure you that UX Design is everywhere AND doable, regardless of your professional and/or educational background. Like they say, every human is a designer!”
Jdhojarra Lainne Arcilla
UX Design Intern
We believe in personal merit and reward it! Together with our partner companies, we offer one full scholarship* to help a young talent who wants to become a digital professional.
To apply for a scholarship, you must participate in the Scholarship Challenge. You will receive the project brief in the feedback email from the Orientation & Admission team member, and you have to submit it back within the given deadline.
The Scholarship Challenge is available until September 2nd. Applications made after this date won’t be eligible for a scholarship. The scholarship winner will be announced on September 9th, 2022.
*The 900 EUR enrolment fee applies to the scholarship holder.
You don’t have to pay all at once. The Bootcamp tuition can be divided into three separate instalments and the sooner you sign up, the less you pay!
900 EUR (registration fee) upfront and 2 instalments of:
- 1.890EUR (SUPER EARLY BIRD)
- 2.140EUR (EARLYBIRD)
- 2.400EUR (FULL RATE)
Please note that the payment should be completed before the start of the Bootcamp. If you need support, please feel free to get in touch with your Orientation & Admission Specialist.
Partner Bank Offer
No one should miss out on great opportunities – especially when it is education! Bank Austria offers a free student account for students up to 30-years-old who are EU citizens residing in Austria, with a credit line option of up to EUR 3.000,- (subject to a feasibility check).
For applicants from Italy: We also have an agreement with Intesa Sanpaolo Prestito per Merito, to offer students enrolled in full-time and part-time programs a personal loan service with favourable conditions.*
This way, you don’t have to worry about finances during the course and can start paying back the loan afterwards!
*Up to €15,000 if you are a full-time Bootcamp student, up to €10,000 if you are a part-time Bootcamp student. Contact us for more details.
Funding by the AMS (Available for Austria Only)
AMS customers have the option of receiving funding for our courses on an “individual cost basis”. We will provide you with a cost estimation for the desired course, then you can clarify with your AMS advisor whether funding can be provided in your individual case.
🙃 Flipped Classroom: To make the most of your time in the classroom, you will be sent material in advance. You will read articles, listen to podcasts, watch videos etc. to immerse yourself in a topic. You will develop a basic understanding and come prepared to the live sessions. This allows us to focus on discussions to deepen your knowledge and application in case studies and projects. With this methodology we accelerate your learning curve.
🙌 Hands-on Workshops: Our Bootcamps focus on practical workshops where you get your hands dirty and apply your newly acquired skills in various projects from the very beginning. During the workshops you will receive continuous support and feedback from the experts and your colleagues.
🧠 Experienced Experts: Our instructors are experts in their field and have many years of professional experience. They are chosen not only for their knowledge of the content, but also for their passion for teaching and the desire to share their years of professional experience. They firmly believe in learning-by-doing and will never bore you with long lectures.
👥 Group Project: In the second week of the Bootcamp you will start working together with your team on a group project. You will have an Agile & Scrum workshop at the beginning of the project, where you will learn how to organize yourselves as a team according to the Scrum framework and how to work together efficiently. You will get support from our experts and present your progress during the regular milestone presentations.
💻 Personal Project: In the last weeks it is time for you to make a difference! You will apply everything you have learned to a personal project. At the very end of the course you will get the chance to present the results of your work to experts and your peers.
Your Typical Day
🕘 09:00 – 10:00 Self Study Time
Start your day by going through some self-study material to prepare yourself for the learning session with the expert. You can also meet with your classmates for a coffee and discuss course topics.
🕙 10:00 – 13:00 Practical Live Session
Start with discussing the self study material you have learned independently before the session with the expert and your classmates. Then go deeper and apply your newly acquired skills in a hands-on workshop.
🕐 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
Get back your energy and take a break before you start your afternoon session.
🕑 14:00 – 18:00 Project Work and One-to-One Mentoring
In the afternoon you will carry out group project work with your team. You can also book a one-to-one meeting with an expert to discuss any doubts together.
🕡 18:30-19:30 Evening Event
On some evenings, you meet special guests from the industry sharing their story and experiences with you or other community members to grow your professional network.
Talent Garden Vienna
In grand Talent Garden style, the campus is a flexible workspace for freelancers, tech start-ups and corporate innovation labs, with a capacity of 500 workstations. In addition to a TAG café, networking areas and event spaces, the campus is also home to our unique Talent Garden Innovation School. A state-of-the-art educational institute offering masterclasses and courses in digital technologies and innovation.
The Course in Numbers
weeks of live teaching and self study sessions
individual mentoring sessions
networking & community events
opportunities to apply your knowledge
Interested in Part Time?
Are you working full-time & looking for opportunities to level up your career? Check out our part-time program: The UX/UI Design Summer Program is an in-depth course that, over 4 weeks, will give you the knowledge and mindset to integrate UX into your future projects, as well as open professional doors as you acquire one of 2022’s most in-demand skills.Discover the UX/UI Design Summer Program
Why choose Talent Garden Innovation School
- 12 weeks of intensive practical training to get the most in-demand skills currently on the job market
- Several career activities: Career workshops and networking with our partner companies to meet potential future employers
- Interactive learning experience that combines practical self-study and live practice session with real-world experts
- A network of experts and companies from the industry
- Application of the learned skills in group and personal projects
- Exclusive informal events with guest speakers
- The highest-quality learning material directly produced by industry experts (readings, videos, quizzes etc.)
- Access to the exclusive alumni community, a dedicated Slack channel and updates from the Talent Garden community including career opportunities
- Access to all events and workshops dedicated exclusively to the Talent Garden community
- The possibility to access our campus during the course for free and get your own workspace after the course at a reduced price
- Direct access to our network of innovative coworking campuses across Europe
- The opportunity to participate in networking events to get to know our national and international members
Dive deeper into the world of UX Design
Dimitar Genov was a participant of the very first UX Design course happening in our Campus in Vienna. Read the interview to find out more about the course and its content, which experiences he liked most and the prototyping tool that totally blew his mind.
The profession of a “UX Designer” has quickly become one of the most sought-after positions in the world of technology. This is not that surprising. The various creative skills needed, the high degree of flexibility in project planning and last, but not least, the lucrative salary all make this role very rewarding.
When creating any digital project, the focus must now be on the user. Websites, marketing campaigns, posts and social content are all designed to offer a User Experience that encourages you to arrive, spend time, and guide you to convert on the site.
[German] Was können wir 2021 im Digitalbereich alles erwarten? Mehr denn je werden Menschen nach neuen aufregenden Erfahrungen und natürlich Unterhaltung in der digitalen Welt suchen. Im Zentrum dieser Entwicklung stehen natürlich die UX/UI-DesignerInnen.
[German] Sind wir uns einig, was die UX ist? Die Frage ist nicht so banal, wie sie klingt. Wenn man online schaut, findet man viele Definitionen von User Experience.
[German] Der Beruf des „UX Designers“ hat sich schnell zu einem der gefragtesten Berufe in der Technikbranche entwickelt. Kein Wunder, denn die kreativen und vielfältigen Aufgabenbereiche, die hohe Flexibilität bei der Arbeitsgestaltung und nicht zuletzt das lukrative Gehalt sind gute Argumente für diese Stelle.
[German] Der Benutzer steht im Mittelpunkt eines jeden Webprojektes. Websites, Marketingkampagnen, Beiträge und soziale Inhalte sind alle so konzipiert, dass sie eine Benutzererfahrung bieten, die den Benutzer dazu veranlasst, die auf der Website verbrachte Zeit zu erhöhen und sie auf die Konversion auszurichten.