THE INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN BOOTCAMP

Land high-paying opportunities with a stand-out portfolio.

Whether you’re trying to break into the field, land freelance clients, or secure a higher-paying job, a great portfolio will help you get there.

It's tough to stand out without a great portfolio.

Instructional designers without strong portfolios often feel frustrated and overwhelmed when searching for jobs or clients. There's a lot of competition—and, without a strong portfolio, it's tough to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Say hello to opportunity.

When you do have a great portfolio, you don't have to worry about finding opportunities. Landing interviews becomes the norm, and clients come to you to see if you're available for freelance work.

Better yet, a great portfolio establishes you in the field and builds your credibility. It shows off your skills and helps you get noticed. In short, it puts the instructional design job market on easy mode.

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Laura Strombergsson
eLearning Developer at Sephora

I joined Devlin’s Bootcamp because I wanted to seriously up my game and land my dream role in the eLearning industry. I felt this was the right move because I not only wanted to build a solid portfolio—I also wanted 1-on-1 support and good critical feedback on my work.

Devlin was instrumental in helping me develop a killer portfolio and giving the kind of feedback I was looking for to truly improve. In the end, I was able to garner an amazing E-Learning Developer position at Sephora, an international beauty brand that not only aligns strongly with my own values, but that I’m also a huge personal fan of. I couldn’t be happier with the way this all turned out, and I’m sure that I wouldn’t be where I am without Devlin’s guidance and coaching.

Go further with 1-on-1 support

The bootcamp includes unlimited 1-on-1 meetings for you to get personalized feedback, coaching, and support. We'll help you achieve your goals faster and move past roadblocks in no time.

Join a community of driven IDs

Network with an exclusive community of instructional designers that are driven to succeed. Inspire one another, get feedback, and build long-lasting professional relationships that will elevate your career.

Unlock unlimited feedback

It's nearly impossible to build your skills and create a great portfolio in a vacuum. Feedback and iteration are crucial for success.

The bootcamp is founded on unlimited, actionable feedback that helps you create professional-grade work and demand professional-grade salaries and rates.

Jessica Salunga - Instructional Designer
Jessica Salunga
Freelance Instructional Designer

Before joining the bootcamp, I was a full-time student in an instructional design certificate program. As I was trying to get my ducks in a row to land my first ID job upon graduation, I quickly realized that I would need some guidance to develop a professional portfolio; I wanted to create one that would make me a competitive candidate.

Devlin’s bootcamp provided just that—and more! Through the skills I developed in this bootcamp and the support I got from my cohort, I was able to confidently land my first freelance gig before even graduating!

Let's get practical

University programs cover the theory, but how do you prepare yourself for the real tasks that instructional designers perform on a daily basis?

The bootcamp gives you hands-on experience with the most in-demand tools in the industry.


Rather than bombard you with hour-long lectures, the bootcamp includes bite-sized videos that give you exactly what you need to start building, iterating, and collecting feedback.

Many bootcampers land opportunities before even completing their portfolios due to the skills and process that they learn. That's the power of professional guidance and unlimited feedback.

Visual design made easy

Visual design can be difficult, especially if you're not graphically trained.

However, people make snap judgments based on how things look and feel. If your portfolio or projects are not up-to-par visually, then it can have a drastic impact on your search for new opportunities.

That's why we include unlimited visual design feedback in the bootcamp. If you didn't get it right the first time — no worries. We're here to give you actionable feedback and help you create professional, compelling projects.

Create your flagship project

Most instructional design projects are hidden behind NDAs, and if you're just getting started, then it's hard to come up with good project ideas.

The bootcamp will help you create a project that shows off the full range of your instructional design skillset and solves a real-world problem.

This project will show employers and clients that you know your stuff, and it will give you a strong framework that you can use to ace interviews and land work.

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Jenniber Palo
Instructional Designer at Appian Corporation

When the pandemic hit, I decided it was going to be my last year teaching in a public school. I was ready to change my career for something that offers more freedom and flexibility. I learned instructional design through an online Master’s program, but it wasn’t until joining Devlin’s bootcamp that I truly got my feet wet in the field.

Joining the bootcamp gave me the hands-on practice I needed to enhance my technical skills, do paid work, and ace interviews. Learning how to build a scenario-based project using the tools and the structure provided by the bootcamp helped me provide ample sample work that landed me a full-time opportunity, even before finishing my portfolio website.

I'm so happy to have successfully transitioned into this new career. I'm looking forward to making a real difference at my organization, all while earning a higher salary and enjoying better work-life balance. I couldn't have done it without the bootcamp!

The best kind of certificate

If you want to stand out in the market and land great opportunities, then a certificate isn't going to do much for you.

Employers and potential clients care about your skillset and the quality of work that you can do. Nothing speaks to this better than a high-end portfolio.

That's why, in the bootcamp, we'll help you create a visually appealing portfolio full of projects that solve real problems. This puts you leagues ahead of the certificate-toting competition.

Career coaching and support

Once you've done the hard work and created your stand-out portfolio, we'll ensure that your LinkedIn looks great, your resume is up-to-par, and you're prepared for the interview. This will help you get noticed and get the job.

Say "yes" to success

When it's time to land paid work, you can leverage our industry connections to get referrals to some of the world's top companies.

The growing bootcamp alumni network also comes to the bootcamp first when they're looking for their next hire. Put in the work, apply our feedback, and say hello to new opportunities.

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Chloe (Yuxiao) Zhong
Content Designer at Reforge

I joined Devlin’s bootcamp at the end of 2020 when I was in a business development-related role at a college-prep company. Although I have a master’s degree in Education, I found it hard to land an instructional design-related role. I didn’t have the experience and I didn’t know what I should do to even pass the resume screening. However, joining Devlin's bootcamp and applying what I learned at my company helped me incredibly.

When I saw Devlin was opening a bootcamp in November 2020, I didn’t hesitate to join because I’m a longtime follower of his blogs and I knew the content would be great. In fact, the content exceeded my expectations! I learned how to hone my projects and put together a portfolio; I learned how to build a portfolio website and prepare for interviews; I got the best feedback from my peers and Devlin through live sessions and I am so grateful for all of this!

After 2 months of working with Devlin, I improved the training materials (my flagship project) for my previous employer and, eventually, they decided to publish the materials as their official documents. I built my portfolio website and crafted my resume with the guidance from the bootcamp content and my peers. In the end, I got 3 interview invitations from the first 10 applications I sent out.

Now I am working as a Content Designer at Reforge, a leading online professional education company based in SF. My work is more eLearning development-oriented than instructional design. It is exactly what I wanted and I couldn't have done this without Devlin, his bootcamp, and my peers. The best thing about this bootcamp is how closely it aligns with the industry requirements — what you learn and do will be most relevant to what employers are looking for.

If you’re looking to fast-track your ID journey and set yourself up for success, there are no better places to do so than Devlin’s content and the bootcamp.

Explore the bootcamp content

When you join the bootcamp, you get access to our growing library of practical courses. They're all focused on helping you build your skills, land the best opportunities, and make a real impact in the ID roles that you land.

Our growing library of courses include:

  • Creating your Flagship Project guides you through 8+ deliverables that result in a story-driven, scenario-based eLearning project that solves a real-world problem and demonstrates your in-demand ID skills.
  • Building your Stand-Out Portfolio helps you create a compelling portfolio website that tells your story, builds your credibility, and makes your ideal client or employer want to work with you.
  • The Unstoppable ID Resume shows you how to reframe your experience and tell your story so that you stand out, drive traffic to your portfolio, and land interviews at your top-choice companies.
  • Acing the ID Interview prepares you for even the most competitive instructional design interviews, and it includes a mock interview to help you get practice before interview day.
  • Getting Found on LinkedIn helps you optimize your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters, hiring managers, and clients come to you instead of the other way around.
  • The Storyline Project Lab teaches you how to use Articulate Storyline at a professional level, all while creating supporting projects that demonstrate some of the most in-demand eLearning skills in the market.
  • The ID Project Lab teaches you the theory and science that you'd learn in a master's program and helps you apply it to real-world projects, either for your job or for your portfolio website.

The bootcamp gives you access to all of our current and future courses, and we are working around the clock to make sure that we're your one-stop shop for all things instructional design and eLearning development.

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Theresa Brough
Learning and Development Coordinator at Home Furniture

When I enrolled in Devlin’s ID Bootcamp, I had some knowledge of curriculum development through my teaching background, but a limited understanding of how to apply learning theory to adult learning in the workplace.

Through the ID bootcamp, I was able to interact with other instructional designers at many different levels, ask questions, receive valuable feedback, and observe a wide variety of creative learning projects. Although it was intimidating at first, I quickly became comfortable with the community of amazing professionals within the ID bootcamp and gained so much valuable knowledge from our interactions.

Devlin also provided an abundance of user-friendly content and instruction regarding the technological tools available and the design process, and he also provided personalized feedback on each step of my project development and visual design.

I have now fully transitioned from classroom teaching to a Learning and Development role, and I am thrilled to be able to use my knowledge and skills in this context. I am so grateful for the skills and confidence that I acquired in this course, and I look forward to continuing to interact with this community of instructional designers who have been so generous in sharing their expertise.

Is the bootcamp right for you?

The bootcamp is for anyone who would like to upskill or land competitive opportunities in the instructional design and eLearning space. It's a particularly good fit for:

  • Teachers or academics who are trying to get out of the classroom
  • Students and recent graduates from ID certificate and master's programs
  • Higher-ed IDs who would like to transition to the corporate or freelance world
  • Corporate IDs who would like to land higher-paying roles or freelance clients
  • Full-time IDs who would like to make a bigger impact on-the-job or create a portfolio to establish their credibility
  • People in related design and learning fields who would like to upskill and land great instructional design opportunities

ALERT: Effort required!

You will need to put in work to have the best experience. The bootcamp experience relies on iteration and participation. This is not a passive experience or a magic ticket to getting a job. 

However, if you do the work, engage with the community, and apply feedback, then you will fast-track your success and land great opportunities.

Your personal support team

When you join the bootcamp, you get a team of pros and a supportive community to help you thrive in your career. We'll help you with everything from landing your first job to building your business to making an impact on a global team.

Nobody wants to figure this stuff out on their own, and with the bootcamp, you don't have to.

Meet the bootcamp pros

The bootcamp pros helped shape the bootcamp into what it is today. They developed their skills, landed top corporate roles, built thriving freelance businesses, and brought the community up with them in the process.

When you join the bootcamp, you can meet with the pros whenever you need coaching, feedback, or support.

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Robbie Christian
If you need help landing clients, designing great eLearning, or staying motivated, then Robbie is here for you.

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Aleksandra Drobik
Aleks is the queen of color theory, and she's here to help you design visuals that stand out and demand attention.

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Nicole Stephens
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Nicole uses her mastery of the full ID process to help you develop projects that impress and inspire.

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Joanna Cappuccilli
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Need help getting great offers? Meet with Joanna to update your resume and ace the interview.

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Kassie Calvo
Instructional Designer at Notarize

When I joined Devlin’s Bootcamp, I was in my 8th year of teaching and looking to transition out of the classroom and into corporate instructional design. I selected Devlin’s Bootcamp after seeing his contributions to the L&D community and his genuine desire to help others improve.

After joining, I felt encouraged and supported by Devlin and the bootcamp community as a whole. Their constructive, actionable feedback helped me create a flagship project, portfolio website, and supporting projects, and my skillset improved rapidly along the way.

My flagship project and portfolio website helped me land a remote instructional design job that doubled my salary. I’m excited for this new opportunity to create learning experiences for others that uses my new skills and my expertise as an educator. I’m proud of my hard work and thankful for Devlin’s support.

Meet your instructor

I started my freelance business as a master’s student, and by focusing on my portfolio and skills, I quickly began closing over six figures in sales per year. Using what I learned, I helped many of my friends and peers land high-paying corporate jobs and freelance clients.

After refining my approach to the ID market, I created the bootcamp to scale my help. I've helped hundreds of instructional designers upskill and land opportunities, and I've built a team of highly-skilled instructional designers to provide you the support and hand-holding that you need to succeed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the bootcamp cost?

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If you get accepted to the bootcamp, you can enroll for either $9,999 per year or $5,999 per six months (prices are in USD and sales tax may apply depending on your location).

This price reflects the level of support that you'll receive to ensure that you achieve your goals, as well as the time that you'll save working with our practical, hands-on content.

Why does the bootcamp use a subscription model?

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The bootcamp uses a subscription model so that we can provide you with all of our existing courses, early access to new courses as we build them, weekly 1-on-1 meetings, and as much feedback and support as you need.

Is there a minimum commitment to join the bootcamp?

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When you join the bootcamp, you are not locked into a contract. You can stop your subscription from renewing at any time.

What's the refund policy?

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Since our bootcamp pros devote so much time and effort to supporting you and giving you the best experience possible, our refund window is limited to 7 days after enrolling. During this time you can get a full refund for any reason.

Can I rejoin the bootcamp after canceling my subscription?

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To prevent anyone from taking advantage of the subscription model, you must wait 12 months before reapplying to the bootcamp after canceling your subscription. You will still be able to purchase courses à la carte if you choose to do so.

What's the application process like?

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Since the bootcamp is such a big investment, we want to make sure that it's the perfect fit for everyone who joins.

The application consists of 15 questions. We expect that it will take you between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, and there are no application fees. We review applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

If it seems like you'd be a good fit, we follow up by scheduling an informal interview. This is where we make sure that the program is right for you, and you can ask questions to make sure that you know exactly what to expect.

Can my employer pay for the bootcamp?

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The bootcamp focuses heavily on skill development. We make you an attractive candidate on the job market by helping you become an effective instructional designer with in-demand ID skills.

If your employer sees the value in that and would like to invest in your professional development, then we invite them to do so and are happy to provide the necessary documentation.

Please reach out to devlin@peck.consulting with these inquiries.

Can I join the bootcamp if I already have an ID job?

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Yes, you can! The bootcamp includes access to our growing library of professional development offerings, many of which are devoted to helping you learn in-demand ID skills. They won't just help you get noticed on the job market...they'll also help you get noticed and make an impact on the job.

What content does the bootcamp cover?

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While the learning programs in the bootcamp are constantly growing, the bootcamp aspires to be your one-stop-shop for professional development in the L&D space.

Our library includes, or will include, content that helps you learn in-demand software, apply instructional design theory and science, optimize your resume, prepare for interviews, build a freelance business, and so much more.

You can learn more about our specific offerings under the "Explore the bootcamp content" heading higher up on this page.

What background knowledge is required?

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You do not need any background knowledge to enroll in the bootcamp. Most of our offerings are beginner-friendly, and you'll have unlimited 1-on-1 support to make sure that you can get up to speed quickly.

Is the bootcamp only for instructional designers?

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The bootcamp is for current and aspiring instructional designers, interpreted broadly. This includes eLearning designers and developers, learning experience designers, learning and development specialists, and anyone else looking to upskill or secure opportunities in the instructional design and eLearning space.

What is the weekly time commitment?

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There are no hard requirements for how much time you must commit to the bootcamp. We design the program so that you can get value from the program even on the busiest of schedules.

You can access the content and schedule 1-on-1s on your terms.

That being said, most people commit between 5 and 20 hours per week.

What is the timeline for landing my first ID role?

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Since everyone's time commitments and starting points vary, it depends on how much time you can commit to the program.

The average timeline is six months to upskill, create a flagship project, design a portfolio website, prepare application documents, prep for the interview, navigate the interview process, and accept an offer.

What should I do if I have additional questions?

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You can send any additional questions our way by emailing them to devlin@peck.consulting.

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Joe Stuben
Curriculum Developer at Amazon Web Services

When I first met Devlin, I was a tenured professor at a research university and felt trapped in my job. I wanted to transition into corporate instructional design, but I lacked the concrete, nuts-and-bolts knowledge of how to fill in my skill gaps, build a portfolio, and pitch myself in a job application.

With Devlin’s 1-on-1 support and guidance, I went in six months from never having heard of instructional design to landing an ID role at Amazon Web Services. So many exciting doors have opened for me, including career progression, geographic mobility, healthier work-life balance, and better pay.

The ID Portfolio Bootcamp

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Bootcamp applications are currently open. You can start the application process by entering your email address below.

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Nicole Stephens
Freelance Instructional Designer & eLearning Developer

After completing a master’s degree, I had plenty of technical papers highlighting my instructional design knowledge. However, I quickly realized that this isn’t what hiring managers were looking for. I needed a portfolio to show off the full range of my instructional design skills, and the idea of creating a wow-worthy portfolio overwhelmed me until I found Devlin’s ID Portfolio Bootcamp.

When I joined the bootcamp, I quickly connected with an amazing support system. Devlin’s feedback elevated my work to a higher level and I had the opportunity to learn from other industry professionals participating in the program. Giving feedback to my peers on the weekly workshops and small-group meetings also helped me sharpen my skills and focus on the design process from different perspectives.

In addition to guiding me through the portfolio process, Devlin mentored me as I launched my website and started my freelance business. His guidance gave me direction and confidence to pursue this career fully, and in the first month of freelancing I was fully booked and turning away work. My first freelance job paid more than I had made in a year's time as an educator, making the time I spent creating a quality portfolio in the bootcamp well worth the investment.

If you’re open to putting in the work and fully engaging with the bootcamp, then you’ll have the support and guidance that you need to bring your instructional design career to the next level.