When looking at design programs I wanted something that would future proof me as much as possible. I realize that isn’t completely possible but as an example, many 4-year undergrad programs are teaching outdated curriculums and not able to respond as quickly to the tech market as students need. In contrast, the Bloc program has a “roadmap” aka curriculum that they are always updating to prepare students for the latest technology or portfolio prep.
Breakdown of the Bloc Design Curriculum
The future proofing doesn’t stop at Bloc with their curriculum updates, it is also included in what they are teaching. I looked at MANY UX and Frontend development bootcamp programs (springboard, Thinkful, designLab, General Assembly, etc.) and none of them compared with the spectrum of subjects Bloc teaches. The Product Design bootcamp includes UX, design, and frontend skills. Knowing my personality, I wanted to know a little bit of everything about UX and as a topic or “checkpoint” interests me within Bloc’s roadmap then I dig deeper. Unfortunately, as I make this switch to UX designer – I don’t know what I don’t know and I LOVE that Bloc presents you with everything from UX research, wireframing, and using Github to build amazing products that solve user problems.
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At the end of the day, I went with Bloc because of their curriculum, 1 on 1 mentor time, and the virtual learning. I’m not in a place that I can quit my job and sign up for a 12-week immersive program, and I don’t think that is for me either. My goal is to add skills to my current marketing and analytics skills, I believe the best way to do that is by layering on bootcamp instead of going cold turkey on my current career.
If you are looking reviews or curriculums from other UX bootcamps, check out UX Mastery.