(Online Course Review) Springboard UX Design, Version 4


Review Published: April 31st, 2017.

Available on the Springboard online education platform, this is a 3-4 month course that introduces students from around the world to the exciting (and rapidly growing) field of UX design.

Based upon a student-selected capstone project, this course aims to get self-motivated learners ready to enter the UX industry armed with a broad knowledge of UX techniques and an attractive portfolio of work.


Four out of five.What does this mean?

(Great Content, Presentation is Clear)


Moderate (Very approachable, but lots to learn).


100-120+ hours.

Where to Get It:

The Good

  • Basic theory & comprehensive practical application; this course gives you the basic theoretical foundations of UX design, but where it really shines is teaching you the techniques to carry a project through to completion.
  • Online mentors & office hours; if/when you get stuck on a specific technique, have a general question, or want to get feedback, you have an online mentor call every week that gives you a direct line to a professional that can answer your questions.
  • Project-based work; instead of just throwing a bunch of lectures at you, the course expects you to take what you've learned and apply it, giving you a body of work to show at the conclusion of your study.
  • Updated cirriculums; the course materials are updated regularly, and you get lifetime access to them so you can always keep up-to-date with the latest techniques.

The Bad

  • Theory & strategic application could be stronger; you'll have a solid grasp of UX design techniques at the end, but where those techniques fit into the broader scope of UX design in business is left a bit fuzzy.
  • UX Research section can be vague; arguably the most important section of the course, a fair bit of the content tell you how to do things but not why (leading to confusion of when to apply specific research techniques).
  • Portfolios & networking; while advice about both of these subjects is present, it is often vague and not terribly effective (check out my review of "Build a Powerful UX Portfolio" to bridge this gap).
  • Cost; with a fixed monthly cost of about $500 USD per month this course is accessible on most budgets, but can get expensive if you're studying while working (a full-time/part-time tiered pricing system would really help solve this).

The Bottom Line

  • Solid value; if you study hard, and take advantage of your mentor calls and office hours, this is a great course for learning the nuts and bolts of UX design.
  • A great starting point; this course provides a solid working foundation to enter the UX design field, but additional work in understanding UX strategy (check out my review of "User Experience Design Fundamentals" for a good option), front-end web technologies, and business application will be needed as you progress in your career.
  • Relationships & networks; this course was a great way to meet pros in the field of UX design, and to connect with fellow students in order to start building your professional networks.
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