Break into tech with

UX Design

Gain essential UX Design skills and earn a a Google Certificate in 22 weeks without quitting your day job. Pay $0 upfront.

  • 22 weeks
  • 20 hours/week

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UX Design cohort

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Why UX Design

Why UX Design?

As the digital product industry grows, user experience (UX) designer jobs are in demand across a variety of industries, including technology, finance, advertising, and start-ups. UX designers help build products like websites, apps, and physical objects. Their goal is to make people’s interactions with those products useful, enjoyable, and accessible.

The UX design program will prepare you for a career in the field by teaching you entry-level skills, including: understanding what makes existing products difficult to use, exploring what can make people’s experiences great, and designing wireframes, mockups, and prototypes to bring those ideas to life. With these skills, you will be prepared to continue your journey as a generalist or a specialist in a variety of UX design-related roles, including: visual designer, interaction designer, UI designer, UX researcher, product designer, and more.

Benefits of the field:

• High salaries

• Growth Potential

• Flexibility

• Engaging, challenging work

Our alums work for the world’s top tech companies

$0 Upfront Tuition

Get started with $0 upfront

Build a career based on your potential, not your bank account.

  1. Learn in-demand skills
  2. Land a great job
  3. Pay only after the program
  4. Support the next class
Flexible Schedule

Work Life Balance

Your third-party coursework and Merit America career coaching services are online. Live meetings are only 3-5 hours per week. You can complete the coursework in-between work shifts, on weekends – whatever works for your life.

My Calendar

Monday, January 10

Merit America Program

  • At Work  8am – 3pm
  • Online Coursework  3pm – 5pm
  • Daycare pick-up  5:15pm
  • Family Dinner  6pm
  • 1:1 Career Coaching  8pm
Supported Learning

Work with a team dedicated to your success

Meet regularly with a career coach and squad of your peers to keep you on track. After you finish, you’ll join a network of thousands of Merit America alumni.


  • Michael, Career Coach

    How’s your coursework going this week?

  • Cora

    I’m really struggling with my resume…

  • Michael, Career Coach

    You’ve got this! Let me connect you with our job success coach, Teresa.

    Also, something to look forward to: you’re only one week away from completing your Google Certificate!

How does Merit America Compare?

Merit AmericaTech BootcampCommunity College
Course Length22 weeks20-24 weeks50-100 weeks
In person/RemoteRemoteRemoteIn-person/Remote
Part-time? 20 hours/week Varies Varies
Maximum Payment/Tuition$5,700$16,000-$19,000$5,000-$10,000
Certificate Google UX Design CertificateVaries
Organization TypeNon-profit (Merit America collaborates with for-profits)For-profitFor-profit or Non-profit
Coaching and Job Search Support Yes Yes Varies
Downside Protection Yes Varies No

Earn a Google UX Design Certificate to get the skills employers are looking for

  • UX Foundations

Core Principles of Design

Understand human-centered design and equity-focused principles. Learn about cross-functional team collaboration. Practice end-to-end processes including: (1) empathy and research; (2) problem definition; (3) collaborative ideation; (4) mapping and mock-ups; and (5) prototyping and testing. Get exposed to visual design craft, and understand the unique qualities of responsive and cross-device design.

  • Technical UX Skills

UX Specialization

Strengthen your technical skills by learning professional applications like Figma. Learn special techniques for ideation and user-centric problem-solving, including HMWs, crazy eights, journey-mapping, storyboarding, wireframing, low-/high-fidelity prototypes and prototype testing. Practice special research methodologies for building empathy, including: user interviews, surveys, usability and competitive auditing. 

  • Professional Skills

Mastering the job search

Complete true-to-life UX projects, including a mobile app, an app optimization, a responsive website, and a design for social good. Showcase that work in a UX design portfolio you will build. Then, stand out in the interview process by working with your Merit America coaching team to create an effective resume and cover letter, and learn the best way to answer common UX design interview questions.


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