Do I need a degree to get into UX Design?

No. UX Design is a portfolio & experience-based job. However, College degrees do tend to help you network, & unlock opportunities available to only college students such as early career or intern programs. Studying UX Design can also help build your portfolio and more easily learn from industry professionals. Most Design jobs prefer or require College degrees, although they do not need to be degrees specifically related to UX Design.

Is a UX Design major worth it?

It depends, many programs are very new, and of course, designers come from all backgrounds. I would keep your mind open to different majors. If you need a portfolio and clear guidance, maybe a UX major is for you. If you want a unique background or want to do something like UX Writing or UX engineering, a different background could play as an advantage. If you are not sure what you want to do with your life, you may also want to go broader. I would consider these Majors as well: Psychology, Engineering, Human Factors, Computer Science, IT, Anthropology, Communications, Design, Information Systems, & even English!

What alternative ways can I learn UX?

UX Designers come from all backgrounds, you’ll meet people who transitioned from sales jobs, had Spanish majors, or even some who went to a Bootcamp. There is no correct way to learn UX. Certificates and Bootcamps are great ways to learn for lower price points. You can find free certificates and even learn UX on YouTube or somewhere else on the internet. Learning UX Design will always be FREE, but working on real-world problems and networking will help you get these jobs.

What school did you personally go to?

Personally, for my undergraduate degree, I attended DePaul University where I was a design & marketing intern for a startup and then landed a UX consulting job. I enjoyed the traditional college experience while building a portfolio of cool projects. There are definitely better and similar programs all across the country. Sometimes I question if I should have majored in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or Physics/Engineering. Yet, everything worked out for me. I know a bunch of amazing designers coming out of programs listed and not listed on this website, plus these are not the only schools!

Is UX Design Still a viable career?

This is such a debatable question. UX Design seems to keep getting harder and harder to land careers in. UX Design use to lack designers, and now we are in a situation where there are a lot of junior designers and not as many lead designers. Finding a job may be tough, but if you have the determination and passion to work in UX design you’ll find a way. It’s not impossible, just hard. It’s hard to tell where the industry will be in the next couple of years and the next decade.

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