Are there any good “real” online classes for UX designers?

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Do you know any online classes (with real instructors and deadlines) for learning user experience design?[email protected]_Design

This has been one of the most popular questions I’ve received so far, and goes to show the how high the demand for UX designers and UX design learning is. Before taking a look at my recommendations below, I want to note that there are many online classes and resources out there that cover various components of UX design individually. Since UX design is an analytical and sequential method of theory and application, it's challenging to pinpoint one particular course that truly covers the breadth and depth of its foundations, partly because much of what is learnt with UX design comes from hands-on experience and constantly evolving technologies.

These online learning resources are just a starting point (some have deadlines and some do not).

Udemy
An online learning marketplace where 4 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography and more. Each of the 18,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.

General Assembly
A global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century, from web development and user experience design to business fundamentals, data science, product management, and digital marketing.

Skillshare
An online learning community to master real-world skills through project-based classes.

Treehouse
Learn from over 1,000 videos created by expert teachers on web design, coding, business, and much more. The library is continually refreshed with the latest on web technology.

Lynda
A leading online learning company that helps anyone improve their business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic, and government subscriptions, members have access to a rich video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

By searching UX courses or classes within the above platforms, you should be able to hone in on what works for you in terms of cost, time constraints, and your desired learning outcomes. The guys at UX Mastery also do a great job in providing up-to-date and relevant information for aspiring user experience designers and have compiled a list that can fast-track your search process.

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