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The best part is, our curriculum is actually designed by current and former college professors who are tired of the outdated ways universities teach.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.
We hear you! That's why we provide several different ways for you to afford our value-packed courses. You can choose to divide your payment over 3 months for a much smaller amount.
We also have an exciting diversity scholarship for students who qualify. In addition, we are launching a design award program where you can submit your work for merit-based awards that come with tuition rebates.
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.
Can I get a refund if I’m not happy with the course?
What is the time commitment?
We suggest you spend 2-3 hours to study the materials every week and another 3-4 hours to complete your assignments on a weekly basis.
In order to stay on track, it's important that you set up a fixed schedule every week that is dedicated to the course.
Design is a craft, so you have to spend time and keep practicing. The more you put into it, the better you become.
Will employers acknowledge your school?
After you finished the course, you will have a number of highly-polished portfolio pieces along with a finished portfolio website ready to present. If an employer cannot be impressed by outstanding work of this caliber, we advise you to speak to other employers who truly hire based on merit.
We are not a degree program, but we train you to acquire more skills than you will get out of degree programs. We are confident that what you get out of it will be invaluable.
Can I ask my employer to pay for the course?
Absolutely! We love companies that invest in their employee's continuing education. Just send us a note and let us know the requirements. We will be happy to issue Certificates of Completion once you finished all of your coursework.