Forget UI/UX Bootcamps
Build A Profitable Versatile Flexible Creative Career
We don’t just train people to get a job. We teach them the skills they need to build a profitable creative business, from 0-100.
School of Design
Digital Visual Design: From 0 - 100
Forget UI/UX bootcamps. Not everyone loves creating user flows for big tech companies. Learn to build a profitable creative career by becoming a multidisciplinary designer. Learn design for way less and get real, actionable business and career tips for FREE after finishing the full course.
We cover in-demand topics such as web design, prototyping, logo and brand design, color theories, typography, animation introduction and much more.
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Introduction to Digital Visual Design FREE
Want to get a taste of what it’s like to learn at Path Unbound? We figured. Try a mini version of our flagship Digital Visual Design course and see it for yourself!
FREE for School of Design students
School of Creative Business
You may also purchase these courses a la carte as needed without enrolling in School of Design.
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Ace Design Interviews Like You Are Hired
Design interviews are not scary, but you need to know how to prepare. There are patterns and formulas to how interviewers conduct meetings with potential candidates. We break them all down and coach you how to ace these interviews so confidently as if you are already hired.
Self Fund Your Creative Startups
Not every business needs venture capital. In fact, many world-famous and successful businesses were self-funded and remain so. We want creatives to know the secrets to self-fund their businesses, become profitable and grow steadily. We want to teach creatives how to establish profitability rather than borrowing money for unproven business models.
From Employee to Self-Employed: Design Edition
When you prepare to leave your employment and transition to being an independent creative working for yourself, it can be scary. But it doesn't have to be, if you equip yourself with knowledge and proper planning. We are teaching you how to plan step by step for your transition so that you can leave your employment with confidence.
Effective Networking for Creatives
You can't keep applying to jobs and do nothing else. You need to network (the hell out of it). You also can't magically find clients without building relationships first. We teach you how to build that relationships effectively, even in the virtual world that we live in now.
The Art of Client Management
Bad clients? Clients don't pay? No one in design school has taught us how to handle them. Now we are here to change that. The art of client management is a soft skill that must be learned by all creatives. We pack this course with lots of actionable tips and mini-case studies to help you get better at client management.
Incorporation, Taxes and Insurance for Creatives
Scared of finances? You can't if you want to be running a successful creative business. Sadly, no one teaches you how to handle your money and all the "non-creative stuff" at school. We are here to change that. We teach you exactly what you need to know in order to take care of your business and make sure you are profitable.
Pricing Your Design Services Right
Not all creatives are taught about managing finances. How much can you charge for your creativity? How do you attract clients while not undervaluing your work? We teach you how to confidently price your service at what it's worth - not what others are charging.
Build An Outstanding Portfolio Website in 1 Day
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to learn how to code to build your own fully-customized website. Designers need websites that don't look like anybody else's and we are teaching you how to do that in as little as one day. We will cover page building techniques in the World's most popular content management systems such as WordPress and Webflow.
Stand Out From The Crowd With Personal Branding
In addition to non-cookie cutter portfolio projects, you need to a strong personal brand that stands out. We teach you how to craft an outstanding personal brand (hint: it's not just designing your business cards) so that everyone remembers you when they look at your web presence.
Create Non-Cookie Cutter Portfolio Projects
Most online bootcamp graduates suffer from cookie-cutter portfolio project syndromes. They can't stand out from the crowd because their portfolios look awfully similar to that other person who also took the course. We are here to change that. We guide you to build unique portfolio projects that no one else has and push you to outgrow your creative limits.
For BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Immigrant Creatives
Path Unbound is a creative community built by those who identify as “minorities” in different ways. We don’t want to just educate – we want to lend our support to our community vigorously. That’s why we are offering a rolling scholarship grant for students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and immigrants (you have moved permanently from one country to another). We want to do our part in bringing change in a real and tangible way.
Why Study At Path Unbound?
There are endless options to learn online now. Why would you choose to learn with Path Unbound? We want you to know a few brutal truths and how we design our curriculum to help you succeed in spite of them.
Other Design Schools “Guarantee” You A Job. We Don’t. Here’s Why.
As much as we want "guarantee" in life, there is no such thing. We are aware that many online design bootcamp programs "guarantee" their students jobs after graduation with certain prerequisites. We want you to know the truth behind such "guarantees". It is simply a marketing tactic to put you at ease of enrolling. While a great number of students enrolled in these programs do secure jobs after graduation, there are some who will pursue their creative paths differently.
We design our curriculum with a goal that is different from most other schools - we want you to learn solid foundations while being trained to not only be qualified job candidates but equipped with strong business skills so that you can pursue any creative career, including starting your own business. Simply put, we don't believe in fluff and marketing tactics that paint a rosy picture that isn't always realistic. We want to train you to reach your highest potential, but we want you to know the truth.
Other Design Schools Teach You “UI/UX Design”. We Teach You More Than That. Here’s Why.
UI/UX is and has been the buzzword for quite some time in the design world. We see most online design programs offering exclusively UI/UX or solely UX design courses with the goal of training business-focused design thinkers for the technology industry. There is no doubt a huge demand for this type of design skills, but that's not where Path Unbound School of Design focuses on. While we do incorporate a UX design topics in our flagship course, Digital Visual Design, we primarily focus on teaching our students the full spectrum of design, including UI design, responsive web design, branding design, motion graphics etc.
Looking back in history and the evolution of design, there are so much more to UI/UX (which is a recently-created field), but somehow most online programs have ignored their relevance. We want you to have the fundamental skills to create color schemes like a master painter, use typography like an expert typographer and craft layouts and compositions for any medium with ease. These are the foundational skills students could only obtain from studying with elite professors at exclusive (and expensive) art schools before. We are determined to democratize that process and make it available to everyone. That's why we put together a comprehensive design curriculum that encompasses so much more than UI/UX.
Online Bootcamp Grads Often Have Cookie Cutter Portfolios. Ours Don't. Here's How We Do It.
We have heard from many industry employers that one of the reasons they don't want to hire online bootcamp grads is because they all seem to think the same and have cookie-cutter portfolios. Our curriculum is designed to train students to produce unique and individualized body of work. Additionally, in our portfolio building part of the curriculum, we train students to adapt to different types of client feedback and organizational shifts so that they are prepared for the “real world”.
When students graduate from our program, they will walk away with a rich body of work that is very much uniquely theirs and reflects their thinking process. We are here to teach you how to “cook”, not with “pre-packaged meal kits”, but with “real and raw ingredients”.
Other Design Schools Don’t Teach You Enough Design Foundation. Here’s How We Do.
We want to train designers properly. Learning design is like learning a language. It requires practice and lots of iterations.
However, we also don't believe in spending years studying design. After you study the fundamentals, you need to start doing, making and creating to hone your craft. Most online design programs speed through the fundamentals of design. Students scratch the surface of a few design theories while feeling inadequate about the skills they learned. They feel less competitive than their peers who graduated from degree programs. That shouldn't be the case and we are here to change that.
Our instructional design team comes from a university teaching background. We are very familiar with the level of knowledge required for a college degree. Our direct experience in the design industry working for world-class clients helped us build the curriculum to be as business-focused as possible. You will be an expert at your craft and a business-savvy creative professional.
Other Design Schools Won’t Teach You How to Launch A Business. Here’s Why We Do.
The vast majority of design schools teach you how to get a job, which is a wonderful thing. Our curriculum prepares every student who successfully graduates for any design job they want. However, we don't stop there. We don't believe in one way to success. The truth is - the most influential and successful people in every field didn't get to where they are by working for other people their entire life. At some point, they started their own businesses and create employment opportunities for others. We want to prepare our students for entrepreneurial careers so that they can truly make their visions happen.
Curriculum Designed by College Professors Who Are Tired of The College Curriculum
Most online design courses don’t teach you enough foundation. We want to change that. Our curriculums are designed by current and former college design professors. We build you a solid design foundation with just the right amount of theory and lots of practical projects.
Build Non-Cookie Cutter Portfolios
Many bootcamp grads have cookie-cutter portfolios, but we guide you to build portfolio projects that are unique and truly your own.
In-Depth Assignments That Match Real Client Projects
Our project briefs have the depth and complexity of real client projects. You will not be given overly simplified assignments that aren’t portfolio ready, which means every project you complete can be added to your “book”.
Bite-Sized Course Format
Learn in your own style. We offer the course in bite size formats to help you learn more thoroughly and reduce learner’s fatigue. You will have exercise and assignments after each lesson to reinforce your understanding. Our course is optimize for viewing across different devices so you can learn as you go or in the comfort of your home.
Business and Career Training
We built our program with the goal to train top-notch designers to reach their full potential. That means we don’t just churn out job search candidates. We spend a good amount of curriculum educating students the in and outs of the business and train them to succeed to build a career path that suits them the most.
Not sure which course or program is right for you? Not sure how to make it work financially? Our admission officers are happy to answer your questions. Tell us a little bit about yourself and we will reach out to you.
How We Compare
With so many options out there, we’d like to show you an honest and fact-based comparison to help you choose the best way to learn.
|Features||Path Unbound||Online Bootcamps||Degree Programs||In-Person Classes|
|College professor designed curriculum|
|Flexible Location and Schedule|
|Timeline of Completion||2-3 months||3-9 months||4 years||2-12 months|
|Bite-Size Course Content|
|Courses For Purchase A La Carte|
|Vibrant Online Community|
Frequently Asked Questions
Students ask us these questions a lot. So we thought you’d like to know the answers to them, too.
I don't know any design programs. Do you have any prerequisites for the courses?
We actually guide you through the latest design tools in easy to understand manners throughout the course. So you will be learning and practicing these tools all the time while you are in the course. Don't worry if you are completely new to design. That's our big differentiating point - we take you from 0 to 100.
Do I need to invest in any software programs? Do I have to use a Mac?
No, you do not have to invest anything upfront, because we are teaching digital visual design, you have the option of choosing to use programs such as Figma that provides a free online version.
We do recommend that you get a student discount for Adobe programs because they are still industry standards and should be used by a professional designer at some point.
You don't have to use a Mac. Most design programs have a PC version as well (with the exception of Sketch).
Why are your courses so much more affordable?
We want to democratize design education. You shouldn't have to break the bank to learn the skills you need. No one should be in debt because they went to get an education (uh-hum, college...).
Design makes everything better. We want to help more people get into the field so that we can make more great and beautiful things.
We have a small team that supports a large number of students. We intend to keep our company small so we can best serve our students with the best quality education content without any fluff or markup in operation costs.
Shouldn't I get a degree instead? Who would hire me without one?
We get the appeal of a degree. It is fantastic if you have the time and money for it, but the design field is unique that employers care more about your portfolio and what you can do than your degree. Would you rather have a stellar portfolio and strong personal brand with no debt than tens of thousands of dollars in debt? The smarter answer is apparent to us, who build creative businesses for a living, but we leave it up to you to decide.
The best part is, our curriculum is actually designed by current and former college professors who are tired of the outdated ways universities teach. They brought years of industry expertise and teaching experience to the course design so that students can get the best of both worlds - solid foundational knowledge of design and up-to-date, practical instructions that will help students stand out.
I really want to enroll but I can’t afford your program.
What are my career options after taking your courses or program?
The biggest difference between Path Unbound and other schools is - we train our students to have career AND business-ready. It means we don't churn out cookie cutter job applicants. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge in design, unique portfolio projects, rigorous training in career and business that you won't be worried about landing a job or starting your own business. You can choose to become a designer for a top ad agency; lead an internal creative team at a tech company; use your newly-acquired design skills to launch your own e-commerce shop; start working as a freelance designers for various clients or build your own creative enterprise. Sky is the limit and we want you to reach for it. So we don't tell you what career options you have after you graduate - you tell us. We will soon release our student outcome and success stories to inspire more of you to launch full steam ahead in pursuing your dream career.