My name is Andre Plaut, I’m the Product Lead for our full-time programs at General Assembly, and I’ve been working on the UX Design Immersive program for the last 2.5 years. I think it’s important to clear some things up and give you as fair of an answer as possible.
First, I definitely appreciate Dan’s response to your question, but it will help you to have a few things clarified. Our curriculum has expanded greatly over the past couple of years and I want to make sure there is no confusion. While Dan did teach and create content for our UX part-time evening program, the program being discussed is our UX Design Immersive program, a full-time program with a different curriculum, and entirely different goals. The UX Design Immersive program has been built and developed with a network of instructors, all active UX practitioners, over the last 2.5 years.
Dan mentioned that the goal of our program has changed from educating people about UX to a training program that focuses on graduating junior-level people. The purpose of our part-time UX evening program continues to be educating people about UX and giving them additional tools in their professional tool belt. The sole purpose of the UX Design Immersive program, from the very moment we began working on it, was to help people transition their careers into UX design. Depending on our students’ backgrounds, we’ve seen them go into entry level UX positions at places like Conde Nast and Big Spaceship, and even senior level positions at start-ups like Reserve, and large corporations like IBM and American Express.
We do not claim that a 10 week full-time program can replace the several years it takes to truly learn the craft of UX design. This is what we believe: the best place to truly master UX design in the real world is on the job. It takes years of applying these skills in the real world to truly become an expert. Our program helps you start that lifelong journey. In fact, it has successfully achieved the goal of starting that journey for 90% of our graduates over the last 2 years within 90 days of their graduation.
Making the decision to invest in any intensive learning experience, be it a bootcamp or college, is a big deal. We want you to be as confident and committed to your decision is possible. I would definitely recommend talking to as many people as you can, getting opinions like mine and Dan’s, talking to alumni of different programs, and making a decision based on all of the information you’ve been given. Feel free to reach out to me directly, or to our admissions teams if you have any more questions.