Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree Program FAQ

Program Highlights

  • Why should I enroll in the Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program?

    The ability to efficiently and effectively problem solve is an invaluable skill in virtually any field, and it's invaluable at both an individual and organizational level. Today's technologically-powered economy rewards rapid innovation, and the best companies in the world are using the revolutionary design sprint process to create, prototype, test, and release new products, as well as develop new strategies, enter new markets, and more. In this program, you'll learn exactly how and why the design sprint process is so effective, and why it's become so integral to the success of so many leading companies. You'll learn how a design sprint works, how to participate in one, and how to lead one yourself. To ensure you're learning from the best, we've partnered with international design firm AJ&Smart, who have pioneered a Version 2.0 of this influential process to design products for Lufthansa, Zalando, Red Bull, and more. Together, we've built a hands-on learning experience that will enable you to master the design sprint process, and become an exceptional problem-solver with the skill to efficiently and effectively drive positive change in virtually any arena.

  • What kinds of topics will the program cover?

    We will cover every topic necessary for you to be able to successfully participate in design sprints, and run them yourselves. You’ll learn why design sprints work, how they work, and you’ll experience the process yourself. The projects you build over the course of the program will simulate the actual experience of participating in, and contributing to, a real design sprint. You’ll learn every aspect of the design sprint process at the hands-on level. Program topics include: supplies, challenges & sketching, deciding/voting, storyboarding, prototyping, and user-testing. You will also learn best practices for writing a summary report to implement your test results for future work.

  • Will we have the opportunity to test out what we are learning in real-world environments?

    Yes! For this program we have created a simulated design sprint experience based on a real-life problem that a fictitious business (created for this program) needs to solve. This simulated design sprint experience is led by our Udacity team, and our experts from AJ&Smart. You’ll learn what happens on each day of a design sprint, and understand the responsibilities of each participant’s role. You'll participate in each step of the process to help this company solve their challenges, and make actual contributions to the process through your project submissions! Actively engaging in all aspects of the design sprint process, with the support of expert instructors and moderators, is the best way to master this methodology. You'll gain a thorough and complete understanding of how the design process works, what it makes possible, and why it's such an effective strategy.

  • Who is AJ&Smart, and how are they involved?

    AJ&Smart is an international design agency that works with the best companies in the world to reshape their problem-solving processes. They have pioneered a cutting-edge version of the Design Sprint process popularized by Jake Knapp’s New York Times bestseller “Sprint,” which they’ve used to successfully design products for Lufthansa, Zalando, Red Bull, and more. AJ&Smart Instructors use instructional videos, quizzes, and projects to teach you everything you need to know about the design sprint process. Their expertise is felt throughout the program, and you’ll actually see them on camera in some of your classroom videos. Please visit the AJ&Smart website for additional details.

  • What is a “Foundations” Nanodegree program, and how does this differ from your existing Nanodegree programs?

    A Foundations Nanodegree program is designed to support focus on a particular area of learning. Depending on your longer-term goals, a Foundations Nanodegree program enables you to sample new areas of learning, enhance an existing skill set, or prepare for a career move that requires a fuller understanding of certain technologies and concepts. In the case of this program, the Design Sprint is a creative problem-solving tool, and considered an “additive” skill that layers in a key competitive differentiator to your existing skill set.

  • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

    As a Foundations Nanodegree program, the focus of the curriculum is not job-readiness. The skills you learn can certainly be very valuable in your job and career, but this program does not provide any career support or preparation.

  • Will I receive a credential when I graduate, as with other Nanodegree programs?

    Yes! You will receive a Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program credential after you successfully complete the program.

Enrollment

  • I enrolled today, when will I have access to my program?

    The classroom opens monthly, so the duration between when you enroll and when you start will vary depending on your enrollment date. You can always find the next start date on the program’s home page, located here.

  • How long will I have access to the content?

    You will have access to the content for two months from the date your classroom opens. Please note that you won’t be able to access the content prior to the start of your term. In the classroom, you’ll see a countdown to your term’s start date.

  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

    You should have basic computer skills and be comfortable navigating online. You’ll need to have access to a computer with file downloading capabilities. It’s also useful to have access to a camera to take photos for projects.

  • Can I enroll in other Nanodegree programs while I’m enrolled in the Design Sprint Foundations program?

    We do not recommend doing so, though we do not prohibit concurrent enrollments. To make the most of your experience, we believe you are best served by focusing on one program at a time and being fully immersed in the unique structure and pacing. You can always take one after the other!

Program Structure

  • What is a Nanodegree Program?

    To read more about our Nanodegree program structure, please refer to Udacity FAQ.

  • Is this program online, in-person, or some combination of both?

    The program is online, and students interact with peers, mentors, coaches, and instructors in our virtual classrooms, in forums, and on Slack.

  • Due to the online nature of the Udacity Classroom, will I need to be available online at specific times for my Design Sprint Foundations ND program?

    The Design Sprint Foundations content is available online globally 24/7 in your Udacity classroom. Program resources like Reviews and Student Services are also available online.

  • Is this program self-paced?

    It is not. The Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program is a one-month program that requires students to keep pace with their peers throughout the duration of the program. If a student does not complete a term by the term deadline, they will be removed from the program and will need to re-enroll in a new term and pay the full term fee in order to continue.

  • Will I be able to pause my Nanodegree program?

    No. Due to the fixed-term nature of the Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program, and the need for maintaining a consistent and stable student body throughout, it will not be possible to pause your enrollment in this program.

  • How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework, in order to succeed?

    Between instructional content, quizzes, projects, and other course-related activity, we estimate that investing 10 hours/week will enable you to proceed through the program at a successful pace.

  • Will I have access to the material even after the term ends?

    As a Nanodegree program student, you will retain access to the program materials for a period of time after graduation and you may download certain materials for your own records if you wish. Please note however, that students who leave the program—or who are removed from the program for failure to meet the final deadline—prior to successfully graduating, will cease to have access.

Deadline Policy

  • When we use the term "deadline" with regards to Nanodegree program projects, we use it in one of two ways:

    • A final deadline for passing all projects
    • Ongoing suggested deadlines for individual projects

    It is very important to understand the distinctions between the two, as your progress in the program is measured against the deadlines we've established. Please see below for an explanation of what each usage means.

  • A final deadline for passing all projects

    Passing a project in this context means that a Udacity Reviewer has marked your project as "Meets Specifications." In order to graduate, you have to pass all projects by the last day of your content access.

  • Ongoing suggested deadlines for individual projects

    The deadlines you see in your classroom are suggestions for when you should ideally pass each project. They are meant to help keep you on track so that you maintain an appropriate pace throughout the program, and graduate on time.

  • What happens if I don't complete a Nanodegree program project on time?

    It is strongly recommended that you complete each project on time to ensure you meet graduation requirements. If you do not pass all the required Nanodegree program projects by the last day of your term, you will lose access to the program and content. See Deadline Policy above.

  • What are my options if I don't complete the Nanodegree program by the end of the term?

    If you do not complete the term by the term deadline, you will receive one free four-week extension, which will be automatically applied to your account. If you do not complete the term within the extension period, you will be removed from the program and will no longer be able to access course content. To resume access to the course, you would need to re-enroll in a new term and pay the associated enrollment fees again. Your progress will carry over, and you’ll be able to resume where you left off.

Tuition

  • How much does the Nanodegree program cost?

    The Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program consists of one term that is one month long. Students must complete the full month to earn their credential and graduate. The term costs $299 USD, which is paid at the beginning of the term.

  • Is there a free trial period for this program?

    There is no free trial period for the Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program.

  • What is the refund policy?

    There is a 7-day refund policy. During this time, you can visit the Settings page of your Udacity classroom where you can unenroll and request a full refund. This 7-day window begins the day the classroom opens. After the first 7 days, course fees are non-refundable.

  • Are there scholarships available for this program?

    All current scholarship opportunities are posted on our scholarships page.

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