Frequently Asked Questions
Students ask us these questions a lot. So we thought you’d like to know the answers to them, too.
Can I really learn online?
We understand not everyone is used to learning online. You may doubt whether or not you can keep up the learning or struggle with time management. All of these are common challenges of learning online. At Path Unbound, we don't ignore these challenges, we confront them and help you conquer them. To help you stay on track, we require that you set up check in meetings with your assigned mentors (only available to School of Design Certificate students) every week. With accountability comes productivity. We understand how life can get in the way sometimes, so we offer flexible pause and resume options for those of you who need to take a break. We foster a very active and engaged online community so that you won't feel alone learning at home. Our weekly live online classes also give you an opportunity to interact live with our elite instructors and get your questions answered - another way to stay engaged and learn actively.
Do you guarantee jobs at the end of the course like other schools?
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.
What if I get stuck on something? Is there anybody I can talk to?
Yes, absolutely! We assign each School of Design student a dedicated mentor, who will grade your homework, provide feedback regularly and have 1-on-1 check in meetings with you on a weekly basis. You can always ask your mentors questions. If you have any technical questions regarding our learning platform or have issues with your enrollment, please feel free to submit a support ticket. Our support team will get back to you within 24 hours.
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 programs. You can choose to pay monthly for a much smaller amount. We are also establishing partnerships with reputable lending partners so in the near future, you can switch to an even smaller amount of monthly payment! If you would like to stay tuned on the launch of our loan option, please check out the Afford page and sign up to be updated.
Do I need to know anything about design before enrolling?
No, you do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge of design. Our core goal is to democratize creative education. We believe that passion is the best teacher and our curriculum is made for everyone to understand how to design beautiful and user-friendly experiences in various mediums. As long as you are passionate about making this your career, we are here to help you reach your goal.
Can I get a refund if I’m not happy with the course?
If you are unhappy about the course for any reason, please reach out to our support team as soon as possible. We offer a 14-day grace period for refunds. If after speaking with our support, you are still certain that you do not want to enroll any more, we will process your refund. If you speak to us after 14 days, we regret that we will not be able to provide a refund.
Who are the instructors for live online classes?
We hire the best-in-class instructors for live online classes. They are industry professionals with years of experience. They are the expert in their fields and some also have been educators for many years. Our goal is to provide you with as much interaction with industry professionals as possible. In addition to live online classes weekly, you will also be able to speak regularly to your mentor, who we screen carefully to ensure their expertise and communication skills. We will also host monthly speaker series and other fun online activities to further engage our vibrant and diverse learning community.
Who are my mentors?
Your mentors are highly-respected design professionals who have years of experience in the industry. They come from a variety of backgrounds just like you do. Some of them have gone through career changes and some of them started their own businesses. We want you to build a personal relationship with your mentor and trust them to guide you through the entire program, which they are committed to do. If for any reason, your mentor-mentee relationship isn't working out, please reach out to our support team and we will help you find a new mentor.
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 our Certificate Program with in-depth knowledge in design, real client work on your portfolio, 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.
When will your loan financing option be available?
We are in the process of securing partnerships with some of the most reputable education lenders in the United States. We will announce as soon as they become available. To stay tuned, please sign up to be updated.
Do you provide scholarships for students with financial needs?
We are in the process of securing funds to provide scholarships to students who demonstrated financial needs and those who win our upcoming design award programs. You will need to submit an application and show us your commitment in finishing the program and launching a creative career. We love helping students achieve their goals regardless of their current financial situations. You can stay updated on scholarship announcements.
What’s the time commitment?
We provide 2 learning paths for students in the School of Design Certificate Program. Part time students can balance work and study at the same time. You are required to dedicate 15-20 hours each week for your course work. Part time students normally take 10-12 months to finish the entire program. If you are not currently working, you can finish your certificate at an accelerated speed. If you spend 30-40 hours on your coursework each week, you can expect to finish your certificate program in 6 months.
Will my certificate and coursework be acknowledged by employers?
We are very lucky to be in an industry where expertise is valued more than a degree. Through years of experience and research, our team has found that portfolio and career skills are the most important factors in getting design graduates hired. That's why we dedicate a good part of our curriculum training you to create the best portfolio possible. In addition, we train you to become a creative entrepreneur, if you wish to start your own business. We recognize different paths to success and we want to give you all the tools you need to get there.