UX Design — Self-driven Learning

or A Guide to Help You Save Some Money on Your Path to Become an UX Professional.

"There is no greater education than one that is self-driven." — Neil deGrasse

(read the previous post The journey of becoming an UX designer)

  • Since there is no UX bachelor degree (yet) and it doesn't require you a diploma to work as an UX professional, you pretty much just have to prove that you have a fair knowledge on the basics (in case of a junior position), and of course that enrolling on an UX course or program or bootcamp can really speed up your entry on the market, but it's not mandatory;
  • The financial investment on a certificated course (the ones that teaches UX 101 and you leave with a study case for your portfolio) can be a little high, specially for someone with limited resources (which was my case);
  • And last but not least, it can also be a little tricky to find a program that really gives you everything you need to begin with, since UX is such a multidisciplinary field, and everyday companies require more and more of UX professionals (sometimes without knowing exactly what an UX role should be).

Learning by yourself is simple, but not easy.

There's a lot of content to learn how to learn around the internet, but for me, the first, most valuable tip to start studying by yourself, is:


Organizing yourself is important for everything you do in life, but specially to learn. Organizing your studies force yourself to create a routine, that is what'll get us going through the hard task of not giving up right in the middle of something without ever achieving our goals.


Save your money and become an UX designer (almost) for free!

(If you didn't skip the whole post and came right to this part, congratulations — and thank you!)

UX (free or with a low investment) Courses List

  1. Getting Used to the Subject (recommended for professionals that doesn't have a design background or any UX familiarity/experience)

And, that's it!

This post might gain some updates in the future once I keep going with my own journey and want to share more useful things that I find.
I hope to help some people that are on the same journey as me, to realize that there are a lot of ways to achieve our goals, and not only those that envolve spending lots of money or getting a beautiful diploma to hang on the wall.

  • Every course on Coursera can be done for free, you just have to create an account and enrol on the course of your choice. But, if you wish, you can pay to have your diploma at the end of every course (or sign up for an annual premium subscription, which includes the diploma to almost every course on the platform);
  • No, this post was not paid by Coursera!;
  • Even though I'm Brazilian, almost all courses above are not available in Portuguese or with Portuguese subtitles. I believe it's very important for UX professionals to know at least a basic of English, since every tool and methodology is applied mostly on this language, but I did some courses in Portuguese and I intend on doing a "Portuguese Version" of this post with options for those Brazilian professionals who are not comfortable yet with enrolling on courses taught in English.

I'm a Brazilian Product Designer/Strategist, career mentor and passionate about learning, sharing experiences and contributing to the community :)