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Springboard Vs. Designlab

bootcamps graphic design Jun 26, 2023

If you are thinking about enrolling in a design bootcamp, then figuring out which bootcamp to enroll in can be a daunting task. How do you choose which bootcamp is the right fit for you? This article will breakdown the differences and similarities between two bootcamps: Springboard and Designlab.


What are the similarities and differences between Springboard v. Designlab? 

Both Springboard and Designlab are bootcamps that are entirely online; however, Springboard offers a wider range of design skills than Designlab. Springboard’s courses last about 6 months, and Designlab’s courses can take anywhere between 3-6 months. Both courses are self-paced, provide mentorship, and have tuition reimbursement (once the course is completed and students are hired). 


What is Springboard? 

Springboard is a design bootcamp that focuses on UX/UI design.Ther offer courses in analytics, data science, design, software engineering, cybersecurity, and tech sales. Springboard emphasizes a self-paced program that can be finished in about 6 months. They also boast mentorship that begins as soon as students begin the course. Students have the ability to work on real-life projects, so that they can hone in on the skills they learn through the bootcamp. Lastly, they guarantee a job within six months. If students do not find a job within the six months after completion, they are refunded their full tuition. 


What is Designlab? 

Designlab focuses on providing students with affordable and challenging courses, and emphasizes mentorship and community. Designlab’s courses range in length. They have an online course called UX Academy, but also offer shorter courses that teach skills in UX/UI Design. Their bootcamp also offers mentorship to its students. 

How Do the Bootcamps Compare in Cost? 

Depending on what type of course you decide to take, the cost will vary. Springboard’s tuition ranges between $490-$8,500, and Designlab ranges between $399-$6749. Springboard’s bootcamp is $499/per month (the program can take between 3-5 months to complete) for the UX design course. In total students pay between $1,500- $2,500. Designlab costs  $6,850 + $399 course deposit ($500 discount if students complete Foundations course first.) The UX Foundations Course is $499, and Short Design Courses range between $399- $499.


What are the Pros & Cons of Springboard?

The pros about Springboard’s bootcamp is that all classes are online, and asynchronous, which allows students to complete a course at their own pace. Springboard also provides students with mentors, career coaches, and opportunities to network. Springboard also offers both financing and scholarships to help students pay for the bootcamp. The cons of Springboard are that although Springboard does offer financial help to its students, that is all dependent on job placement on other factors.


What are the Pros & Cons of Designlab? 

The pros of Designlab are being able to either do a full time program or a part time program, so students have the flexibility to commit to a schedule that works best for them. Also, students have the ability to enroll in courses that are as short as 4-weeks. The cons of the program are that if students decide to enroll in the full time course they must commit to 40 hours of work a week, plus group work, coaching sessions, and two weekly mentoring sessions. This option might be harder for someone who works full-time and is looking to complete the program while working. 


Conclusion: Hopefully after having read this comparison between the two bootcamps, it will help you make an informed decision about which bootcamp is best suited for you. When making a final decision keep in mind how much time, money, and energy you are willing to invest in whichever bootcamp you decide to enroll in. 


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Ruby is a SEO content writer who loves reading nonfiction, binging reality TV, and going to live shows. She loves her avocados on toast with a runny egg and freshly cracked black pepper. 

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