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Introduction to Design

Learn design fundamentals by working through projects with 1-on-1 mentorship from an industry expert

About the course

Get a sense of what the life of a designer looks like with this mentor-led course. You'll spend ~4 weeks learning foundational skills in UI/UX design and completing hands-on projects using Sketch and Figma. This course will allow you to evaluate if a career in design and our self-paced, online program is right for you. If you decide it is, this can be a great first step toward that future!
In this 4-week course, you will
Understand the ins and outs of the design industry, including the processes designers follow, the tools they use, and what a day in the life of a designer looks like.
Have introductory design skills you'll build while working through an end-to-end design project
Have experience working with Sketch or Figma, two of the most popular design tools used by designers all over the world

See what it's like to learn with Springboard

Explore the world of design, and try the Springboard learning experience using this 4-week course.

Learn 1:1 from an expert mentor

Learn more about the design industry from an insider. Get feedback on projects and validate your ideas.

Work 1:1 with a career coach

You will get a call with a career coach during the course to understand what your path in design might look like.

Build your first design project

Build an end-to-end design project that allows you to gain hands on experience with design tools.

What you'll learn

You'll complete an end-to-end design project that will allow you to apply skills covered in each unit of the course. Total hours - 50.

Getting Started
Design 101
Ideation & Sketching
Design Tools
Low Fidelity Design
High Fidelity Design
  • Curriculum Logistics
  • Your Support System
  • The Design Thinking Mindset
  • UI vs UX Design
  • Competitive Research
  • Personas
  • Sketching Techniques
  • The Crazy 8s Ideation Method
  • Sketch
  • Figma
  • Design Patterns
  • Wireframes
  • Style Guides
  • Designing in High Fidelity

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Your own mentor, focused on your success

Each week, you get 30 min of 1-on-1 time with your personal mentor, a UI/UX Design expert. You can expect

Personalized learning support

Learn design and get assistance on any problem, big or small from an industry expert 1-on-1

Your own individualized agenda

Decide what you want to talk about, from weekly deliverables to industry topics, career advice and more

Inspiration and motivation from the best

As an experienced UI/UX Designer, your mentor is your window to the world of design and beyond
""My Springboard mentor helped me understand the improvisational nature of the UX process, and because she’s an active professional in the UX field, she was able to teach me valuable insights that only come from working in real-world scenarios.""
Jeremy Nigh
UX Design graduate
Earl Friedberg
UX Lead
John Maier
Sr. Dir. - Product Design
Elsa Ho
UX Researcher
Ali Rushdan Tariq
Sr. Product Designer

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Is the program right for me?

This course is for people who are interested in UI/UX, but are not ready to make the full leap to switch careers. It is structured to give you a good introduction to, or refresher in, design concepts as well as some of the technical skills you will use in a future in design.


No prior design experience is required to take this course
Mac or PC with an internet connection
Mac users can choose between Sketch or Figma. PC users will use Figma. Sketch has a free 30-day trial. Figma is free and browser-based, however we recommend downloading the desktop application.
Are you advanced in design?

Can you demonstrate strong visual, creativity, and communication skills? Check our UI/UX Design Career Track with a job guarantee!

Learn more


Cohorts begin every Monday. Apply tuition to the Career Track. Read how in FAQs.

One time payment


You can complete the course in 4 weeks if you put in ~10 hours per week. However, you can work at whatever pace suits you best!

What's included in the course fee:
Access to a community of aspiring designers and design experts, including weekly Office Hours with mentors and UX and UX/UI Career Track alumni
4 weekly sessions (30 minutes each) with your expert mentor
Lifetime access to a curriculum created by design experts that features proprietary learning content and projects
Dedicated student advisor, student operations support, and teaching assistant who can troubleshoot design tools
Preferential application review and admissions fast-tracking upon successful course completion for our design career tracks -- you can also use your tuition toward the tuition for our UX Design Career Track or our UI/UX Career Track if you go on to take one of those

Frequently asked questions

When can I start the intro course?

The intro course has cohorts starting each Monday. Simply click “Enroll Now” and select the cohort that best works for you.

How long is the course?

The total estimated workload is 50 hours that is expected to be completed in 4 weeks. You may complete the course faster with previous design experience or if you are able to dedicate additional time to the material. You may also need more time or longer to complete if you are brand new to design or have a constrained schedule-- no problem, students will have lifetime access to the course. You will be limited to four mentor calls but can continue to work on this flexible, self-paced course for as long as you need.

Are there any prerequisites for this course? Do I need to know Sketch?

No prior design experience is required, all you need is a desire to learn.

Is there any software I have to download before taking the course? Will I have to pay for access to this software in addition to paying tuition for the course?

Students will need to have a computer with a system that is compatible with either Sketch or Figma.