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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
If you need help landing clients, designing great eLearning, or staying motivated, then Robbie is here for you.
Aleks is the queen of color theory, and she's here to help you design visuals that stand out and demand attention.
Nicole uses her mastery of the full ID process to help you develop projects that impress and inspire.
Need help getting great offers? Meet with Joanna to update your resume and ace the interview.
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.
The bootcamp is a big investment. If you get accepted, you can enroll for either $9,999 per year or $999 per month (prices are in USD).
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.
Our commitment to you is that we'll save you (or make you) at least 2x the cost of the program per year. That's one good client or one good raise, and the bootcamp can definitely help you get there.
We also hope that the confidence you develop and the recognition you get from your peers, supervisors, and clients will be invaluable.
The bootcamp uses a subscription model so that we can provide you a premium experience with everything that we have to offer.
This includes all of our existing courses, early access to new courses as we build them, unlimited 1-on-1s, and as much feedback and support as you need.
Our goal is to build a program that provides so much value, you want to stay with us throughout your career. Instead of just leaning on our support until you land a new opportunity, we'll be here to help you exceed expectations after you get the job.
That's the power of the subscription model: your own personal instructional design team on speed dial.
To get the full bootcamp experience and get the most value from your time here, we strongly suggest joining the bootcamp for a minimum of 12 months.
If you're only joining the bootcamp to land a job as soon as possible, then it will likely be possible to accomplish that in less time.
However, if you're trying to rush through the bootcamp (or if you abandon all of our support as soon as you land the role), then you will not experience the full benefits of the experience.
That being said, please expect to commit to a full 12+ months in the bootcamp. Our goal is to provide so much value every step of the way that you'll want to stay with us throughout the duration of your ID career, but whether or not you do that is up to you.
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.
To prevent anyone from taking advantage of the subscription model, you cannot reapply to the bootcamp after canceling your subscription. That being said, you will still be able to purchase courses à la carte if you choose to do so.
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.
If the bootcamp is indeed right for you, then we'll decide on a start date that works best for you, and we'll accept a down payment if the start date is more than 14 days away.
We plan to start working directly with companies so that they can provide their L&D teams full access to the bootcamp. This is still on the roadmap, but we expect to roll out our corporate offer in mid-to-late 2023.
That being said, if your employer offers you a professional development budget that covers the cost of the bootcamp, we are happy to provide the necessary documentation.
Yes, you can! The bootcamp includes access to our growing library of courses, 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.
While the specific course library is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can send any additional questions our way by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bootcamp applications are currently closed to the general public. The next launch is this summer, and we can accept 50 people.
Applications will open to people in the Storyline Project Lab from May 9th-13th. If any seats remain, we will announce them to the rest of the community in June.
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