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Springboard vs Designlab: Prices, topics, and details

Hi, I’m Elle! I work as a product designer at Getaround and as an industry mentor here at Pathrise. I help our fellows land great jobs in product design through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my review where I compare Springboard vs Designlab.

Similarities and differences between Springboard vs Designlab

Springboard and Designlab both offer an immersive UX design bootcamp, as well as other courses. 

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  • People can take their self-paced courses online.
  • Those who enroll in Designlab (UX Academy) and Springboard (career tracks) work 1-on-1 with career coaches who offer guidance on identifying job opportunities and preparing for interviews. 
  • To apply, candidates need to fill out a brief online application. 
  • Springboard & Designlab students build a number of hands-on projects, which they can add to their portfolios. 
  • Both course providers offer a job guarantee policy, which means if you do not secure a job within 6 months of completing the program, you will receive a 100% refund of your tuition.


  • Designlab offers 6 courses: UX Academy Foundations (UX Academy prerequisite),  UX Academy (immersive bootcamp), and 4 short courses: Design 101, UI Design, UX Research & Strategy, UX: Interaction Design.
  • Springboard has offerings in UX design, as well as data science, software engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and more. 
  • Those who pursue a Springboard Career Track should expect to work 15-20 hours per week for 6-9 months
  • Designlab has an in-house curriculum team who produces >70% of their course material.
  • People who enroll in the Designlab immersive bootcamp work 20-40 hours per week for 15-28 weeks (4-6.5 months).
  • Designlab students are able to finance their tuition through fixed-rate, low-interest loans, including a fully-deferred option where you pay nothing for the first 6 months. 

Courses offered by Springboard vs Designlab

Both Springboard and Designlab offer courses that teach the following topics:

  • UX design methods
  • UX research
  • Information architecture
  • Interaction design
  • UI design
  • Iteration & implementation
  • Personal branding
  • Portfolio building

Springboard also has courses that teaches other subjects, including:

  • Data analytics
  • Data science 
  • Machine learning engineering
  • Software engineering (React, Node, & Express)

Prices for Springboard vs Designlab

The self-paced UX design course offered by Springboard costs $499 per month and takes approximately 3-5 months to complete, though some students take longer. Therefore, most students pay $1,500-$2,500 for the overall course.

Tuition for UX Academy at Designlab is $6,749. People who take UX Academy Foundations first, which costs $499, and go on to enroll in UX Academy receive a $500 discount on their bootcamp tuition. Besides paying the full tuition upfront, candidates can choose to pay via a 6-month payment plan which spreads the cost out over this duration. In addition, they can finance their tuition through fixed-rate, low interest loans including a fully-deferred option.

Ratings and reviews of Springboard and Designlab

In general, online reviews of Springboard are positive. Many grads benefited immensely from the message board, which allowed them to ask clarifying questions and connect with their peers. Others enjoyed working with their mentors 1-on-1 on the individual capstone projects. And while a few people pointed out that the program’s curriculum is largely available for free online, they appreciated that the material was well organized and structured around important topics.

Designlab reviews are also positive. While some felt like they learned a lot from the curriculum and instruction, others wished that the program had offered more job-seeking resources. Echoing this, a few grads said that the program was a good choice for building a portfolio and launching a design career. Another grad noted that their mentor helped them change their approach to design thinking.  

Alternatives to Springboard vs Designlab

If you decide not to enroll in Springboard or Designlab, you might consider one of the alternatives listed below instead: 

  • One of the most well known bootcamps, General Assembly offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics, including UX design, digital marketing, data science, and more. Learn more about General Assembly in our review. 
  • Aspiring UX designers can check out Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review. 
  • Tech bootcamps, BrainStation, Thinkful, and Flatiron School offer programs in UX design, data science, and other fields. 
  • A subscription-based learning platform, Learn UX also has courses in UX/UI design. 
  • UX Pro Academy has courses for beginners as well as more experienced people.
  • If you’re interested in taking an online product design bootcamp that is self-guided or instructor led, take a look at DesignerUp. Read about DesignerUp in our program review.
  • People who are interested in UX design, growth marketing, sales, or business development can check out GrowthX Academy. Read more about GrowthX Academy in our review of the program.
  • Other options, Bloc, Skillcrush, Big Nerd Ranch, Ironhack, and CareerFoundry are online bootcamps, with tracks in design and web dev. 
  • Free resources, HackDesign and Gymnasium can help current and aspiring designers advance their skills. 
  • An alternative to Springboard, Udacity is an online learning platform with offerings in design, data science, and much more. Discover how Udacity can help you advance your current tech skills in our program review. 
  • Similarly, edX is a popular online learning platform that hosts self-paced UX design courses from top schools like Harvard and MIT, and even tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Like Springboard and Udacity, Coursera, Pluralsight, and Simplilearn are online learning tools with hundreds of courses. 

How do Springboard vs Designlab compare to Pathrise?

Springboard and Designlab offer courses that teach people the necessary skills to land a job as a UX designer from scratch. Springboard also has courses for people who are looking to launch careers in software engineering, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other fields. 

Before starting the Pathrise program, fellows should have some background in their field of interest so that they can fully benefit from our industry workshops and 1-on-1 sessions, which prepare them for the questions they will likely encounter in their technical interviews. Besides product design, we have tracks in software engineering, data science, digital marketing, and product, strategy & ops.

Pathrise is a full service organization that helps people land the best job possible. Our mentors have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table and provide 1-on-1 guidance on every aspect of the job searching, including resume & LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, behavioral interview prep, salary negotiation, and more. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview scores double.

If you are interested in working 1-on-1 with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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