Top UX School

Find the best UX / HCI master's programs in the world

As a UX designer who initially broke into the UX field through trial and error, I built this site to help people who are new to UX to find UX programs that are suitable for them.
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Kai-Ting Huang
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Hi all, this is my first time launching on Product Hunt & also the first time I made a product for the community (design) I care about. Any feedback is welcome! Thank you ❤️
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Graeme
Making Prototypr.io and Letter 💌
@kaitinghuang congrats on your first launch, this is really useful! Do you plan on adding other resources such as bootcamps and online courses?
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Kai-Ting Huang
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@graeme_fulton Hi Graeme, this is a great feedback! My original intention was to start with a list of more manageable and verifiable list (e.g. university degrees). As the project evolves, it's definitely worthwhile to add bootcamps and online courses to accommodate different people's interest. Thanks!!
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Graeme
Making Prototypr.io and Letter 💌
@kaitinghuang sounds good, would love to somehow see outcomes of courses too! because i think a lot can achieved self-taught, without any uni degree
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Kai-Ting Huang
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@graeme_fulton I completely agree. I'm in the process of coming up with a better way to measure the "outcome". It's tricky because a person's job title doesn't necessarily reflect the impact or satisfaction. If you have any idea, feel free to let me know!
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Mahvish Irfan@mahvishmi
This looks awesome and very beneficial for people interested in HCI careers! Thanks for making this!
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Kai-Ting Huang
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@mahvishmi Thank you! I'm glad you find it useful :)
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Cool idea but using the amount of designers from a school now working at Google is a very poor and egotistical metric to measure the quality of a UX program
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Kai-Ting Huang
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@jamalnichols1 Thanks for the feedback! As I explained on the website, I totally agree with you that the current metrics is not great. I'm searching for meaningful & feasible ways to measure. Feel free to suggest ideas! :)
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Noah Kim
Product Design @ FB
@jamalnichols1 @kaitinghuang Maybe you could provide counter metrics of how many designers that work at those companies didn't go to these schools, or better yet, didn't go to school for ux or product design at all . Anecdotal, but pretty much every single one of the best product designers I've ever worked with never came out of a "UX design" program. I would argue a strong case that having perspective in a tangent but applicable field is often the absolute only way to get that all valuable tool in the box as a designer.. perspective.
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Kai-Ting Huang
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Designer & developer
@jamalnichols1 @wuss Thanks for the suggestion! Any idea where to get the data of "the number of designer in a company"? As fas as I know this kind of data tends to be confidential and constantly changing. And again, it’s very difficult to decide which companies to pick. (Thinking) I personally also strongly believe in the power of self-learning, and I completely agree that having a degree is not a requirement for UX. However, based on many past conversations with people who are new to the field, I realized that for many of them, going to school/bootcamp first is the “relatively easy” way to break into the field (That’s why I got asked a lot about the school recommendation to the extent that I decided to make this site). Practically speaking, from recruiters’ perspective, without a degree/certificate, the candidate’s portfolio has to REALLY stand out. Possible, but might not be realistic for most people who just start out. I think there’s no “best way“ to learn things, only “the most suitable way“ based on each individual’s circumstance. This includes getting a degree, 100% self-learning, or somewhere in between.
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great
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Kai-Ting Huang
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@haley_christina Thank you!
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Michael K. SpencerContent Marketer, Freelance
Congrats, I think this is really inspirational. I could see you doing YouTube videos about this project and interviewing UX professionals in Silicon Valley. This is essentially because video is the way to reach young people today and a YouTube channel is definately the way to go also since you work at Google. I do think courses and short-tutorials would also be a way to monetize sometime down the road if that's what you choose to pursue. You seem quite serious about this, so you need to diversify this project into a YouTube Channel, a Medium Publication, a Brand name, An inspirational community, and a startup that has some unique value proposition. You could make an annual list of top UX Designers under 25 with their biographies. You could also have a business aspect where you help UX designers in Asia transition to the U.S., England and Canada. From humble beginnings I have a feeling this project could scale well. It just depends where your heart is at.
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Kai-Ting Huang
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@mike_k_spencer Hi Michael, thanks for the abundant suggestions about the future direction! Definitely everything you mentioned is worth considering. I'm in the process of figuring out "where my heart is" ;) Will keep you updated! Thanks again!
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