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Product Design Fellowship

A 4-month intensive cohort-based program that helps you upskill & unlock your dream job in design!

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ABOUT

Why learn from ownpath?

Get mentored by senior designers

Identify gaps and opportunities for growth, with feedback and guidance from senior designers.

Solidify with an industry-ready curriculum

Advance your design skills with curriclum designed in collaboration with design leaders.

Find your own design community

Interact with alumni, mentors, guest speakers, and supercharge your network.

Progress faster with a structured environment

Show your work and get feedback with design studio sessions every week. Consistent progress is key!

Win scholarships worth upto ₹75,000

Win scholarships based on your portfolio, performance, and placement outcomes!

Unlock your dream job with our hiring network

Sharpen your design portfolio, showcase your work to our hiring partners, and find your dream job!

Is this for you?

Strengthen your design foundations. Grow faster in your career.

You feel stuck.

  • Lack confidence with your design process.
  • Don’t have someone to guide you.
  • Are hesitant to apply to your dream job.
  • You want to grow faster.

  • Excited to design digital products at start-ups.
  • 2 – 4 years of experience in any design discipline.
  • Want to upskill while keeping your day job.
  • Aspiring to work in a bigger design team.
  • Mentors

    Learn from top senior designers.

    Get feedback from practitioners on your work regularly.

    Abhinit Tiwari
    Abhinit Tiwari

    Head of Design

    Navneet Nair
    Navneet Nair

    Dir. of Product Design

    Padmini Ray Murray
    Padmini Ray Murray

    Founder

    Design Beku

    Akshay Verma
    Akshay Verma

    Lead Designer

    Pragati Mehrotra
    Pragati Mehrotra

    Product Designer

    Tejas Bhatt
    Tejas Bhatt

    Founder

    Sameer Bhiwani
    Sameer Bhiwani

    User Experience Leader

    Fatema Raja
    Fatema Raja

    UX and Brand Design

    Somya Hastekar
    Somya Hastekar

    Design Lead

    Vikalp Gupta
    Vikalp Gupta

    Product Designer

    Aprajit Kar
    Aprajit Kar

    Product Design Head

    Shivani Gupta
    Shivani Gupta

    Design Manager

    Kenneth Dsouza
    Kenneth Dsouza

    Senior Design Manager

    Curriculum

    Get ready for the real-world.

    A comprehensive curriculum, designed in collaboration with industry leaders.

    Gain insights into product teams and the role of a product designer. Understand why products fail and how you can increase your odds of designing a successful product by following the new product development process.

    Learn what drives behaviours, and motivations to understand people that products are designed for. Study why they react in a certain manner and what their actions mean which helps you design meaningful interactions.

    Identify methods to conduct ethical user research and apply the same while designing products and experiences. Learn how to build products that your users will trust and love.

    Communicate with the business and product team about users’ needs through research. Learn methods of research synthesis that help identify gaps in users’ experiences.

    Learn to solve problems in emerging domains by studying innovation through first principles. Study how to increase adaptability and lower the learning curve for users in new mediums of interaction.

    Learn how to connect design initiatives with business objectives. Identify opportunity areas along with the business team to co-create business models for the product and identify a north-star metric

    Define user flows and task flows by identifying the best solution in terms of feasibility, viability, and usefulness. Also, learn methods of generating concepts quickly and testing multiple solutions.

    Illustrate the experience of products by creating design systems and style guides. Learn how to empower users to perform tasks seamlessly using principles of visual design, accessibility, design patterns and more.

    Identify if the product allows for easy task completion by users and their pain points. Study how to make quick iterations while testing so that the product is able to meet its objectives.

    Recognise patterns from research data while testing products to inform design decisions. Learn how to make these decisions accurately by identifying various characteristics of data like biases, hierarchy, analysis, and more.

    Develop narratives that are in line with your users’ needs. Understand the parts of a story, tone and structure and use this as a tool to represent users’ voices.

    Build a compelling résumé that highlights your skills and achievements. Effectively structure your portfolio and cover letters with relevant project details and prepare for interviews.

    Get access to our comprehensive curriculum for further reading

    TIMELINE

    Learn alongside your job.

    Do the Fellowship part-time along side your job. For maximum impact, do the Fellowship full-time!

    SAT
    SUN
    MON TUE WED THUR FRI
    SAT
    Masterclass

    Prepare for the week’s masterclass by going through pre-reads and concept videos.

    Time: 15-30 mins

    Self work
    Studio Session

    Hand-on, live brainstorming session with the cohort and a mentor

    Time: 60-90 mins

    Live studio
    Check-in

    Show your assigned work for the week to an internal mentor & get feedback for the same

    Time: 15-30 mins

    Mentoring
    Peer Review

    Present your work and progress to the cohort. Learn from each other as you build your product from scratch.

    Time: 60-90 mins

    Peer Review
    Mentor Review

    Present your assigned work to an industry mentor and get live feedback on your work.

    Time: 90-120 mins

    Mentor Review
    Community Event

    Meet & learn from design leaders

    Time: 60 mins

    Community
    Research & Design

    Continue to work on your project for the week with an assigned team member from the program

    Time: 45-90 mins/ day

    Self work

    Scholarships

    Scholarships at ownpath

    All fellows at ownpath are eligible for scholarships . Based on your performance, earn back a part of your fee towards the end of the program.

    Get started

    ⭐️ Admission Scholarship

    upto ₹25,000

    Have a strong prior experience in Product/UX design? You stand a chance to win this!

    Fellowship begins

    ⚡️ Performance Scholarship

    upto ₹25,000

    Do excellent work in the Fellowship. Write blog posts. Win a performance scholarship!

    Get your dream job!

    💼 Hiring Scholarship

    upto ₹25,000

    Get hired with a scholarship partner and win a hiring scholarship!

    Fee structure

    The Fellowship pays for itself

    Choose your path 👇

    Upskill Track

    ₹1,50,000

    Incl GST. Friendly EMIs available.

    How does this work?

    • 4 one-on-one mentorship sessions with a senior designer
    • 16 personalised feedback sessions with industry mentors
    • 36 hours of exclusive masterclass video content
    • Weekly collaborative sessions for brainstorming & design critique
    • Scholarships worth upto ₹25,000.
    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.
    Apply

    Placement Track NEW

    ₹1,95,000

    Incl GST. Friendly EMIs available.

    How does this work?

    • Everything in upskill track plus
    • Portfolio & Interview Prep
    • Gain access to freelance opportunities in our network of hiring partners
    • Earn scholarships upto ₹50,000
    • Referrals to companies in our hiring network
    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.
    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.
    Apply

    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.

    Over 50+ companies have signed up to hire designers from us including
    Fellows from cohort 1 saw their salaries increase by 98% post fellowship

    Need help with making a decision?

    Our team would be happy to assist you with any questions you might have

    ABOUT

    Why learn from ownpath?

    Get mentored by senior designers

    Identify gaps and opportunities for growth, with feedback and guidance from senior designers.

    Solidify with an industry-ready curriculum

    Advance your design skills with curriclum designed in collaboration with design leaders.

    Find your own design community

    Interact with alumni, mentors, guest speakers, and supercharge your network.

    Progress faster with a structured environment

    Show your work and get feedback with design studio sessions every week. Consistent progress is key!

    Win scholarships worth upto ₹75,000

    Win scholarships based on your portfolio, performance, and placement outcomes!

    Unlock your dream job with our hiring network

    Sharpen your design portfolio, showcase your work to our hiring partners, and find your dream job!

    Is this for you?

    Strengthen your design foundations. Grow faster in your career.

    You feel stuck.

  • Lack confidence with your design process.
  • Don’t have someone to guide you.
  • Are hesitant to apply to your dream job.
  • You want to grow faster.

  • Excited to design digital products at start-ups.
  • 2 – 4 years of experience in any design discipline.
  • Want to upskill while keeping your day job.
  • Aspiring to work in a bigger design team.
  • Mentors

    Learn from top senior designers.

    Get feedback from practitioners on your work regularly.

    Abhinit Tiwari
    Abhinit Tiwari

    Head of Design

    Navneet Nair
    Navneet Nair

    Dir. of Product Design

    Padmini Ray Murray
    Padmini Ray Murray

    Founder

    Design Beku

    Akshay Verma
    Akshay Verma

    Lead Designer

    Pragati Mehrotra
    Pragati Mehrotra

    Product Designer

    Tejas Bhatt
    Tejas Bhatt

    Founder

    Sameer Bhiwani
    Sameer Bhiwani

    User Experience Leader

    Fatema Raja
    Fatema Raja

    UX and Brand Design

    Somya Hastekar
    Somya Hastekar

    Design Lead

    Vikalp Gupta
    Vikalp Gupta

    Product Designer

    Aprajit Kar
    Aprajit Kar

    Product Design Head

    Shivani Gupta
    Shivani Gupta

    Design Manager

    Kenneth Dsouza
    Kenneth Dsouza

    Senior Design Manager

    Curriculum

    Get ready for the real-world.

    A comprehensive curriculum, designed in collaboration with industry leaders.

    Gain insights into product teams and the role of a product designer. Understand why products fail and how you can increase your odds of designing a successful product by following the new product development process.

    Learn what drives behaviours, and motivations to understand people that products are designed for. Study why they react in a certain manner and what their actions mean which helps you design meaningful interactions.

    Identify methods to conduct ethical user research and apply the same while designing products and experiences. Learn how to build products that your users will trust and love.

    Communicate with the business and product team about users’ needs through research. Learn methods of research synthesis that help identify gaps in users’ experiences.

    Learn to solve problems in emerging domains by studying innovation through first principles. Study how to increase adaptability and lower the learning curve for users in new mediums of interaction.

    Learn how to connect design initiatives with business objectives. Identify opportunity areas along with the business team to co-create business models for the product and identify a north-star metric

    Define user flows and task flows by identifying the best solution in terms of feasibility, viability, and usefulness. Also, learn methods of generating concepts quickly and testing multiple solutions.

    Illustrate the experience of products by creating design systems and style guides. Learn how to empower users to perform tasks seamlessly using principles of visual design, accessibility, design patterns and more.

    Identify if the product allows for easy task completion by users and their pain points. Study how to make quick iterations while testing so that the product is able to meet its objectives.

    Recognise patterns from research data while testing products to inform design decisions. Learn how to make these decisions accurately by identifying various characteristics of data like biases, hierarchy, analysis, and more.

    Develop narratives that are in line with your users’ needs. Understand the parts of a story, tone and structure and use this as a tool to represent users’ voices.

    Build a compelling résumé that highlights your skills and achievements. Effectively structure your portfolio and cover letters with relevant project details and prepare for interviews.

    Get access to our comprehensive curriculum for further reading

    TIMELINE

    Learn alongside your job.

    Do the Fellowship part-time along side your job. For maximum impact, do the Fellowship full-time!

    SAT
    SUN
    MON TUE WED THUR FRI
    SAT
    Masterclass

    Prepare for the week’s masterclass by going through pre-reads and concept videos.

    Time: 15-30 mins

    Self work
    Studio Session

    Hand-on, live brainstorming session with the cohort and a mentor

    Time: 60-90 mins

    Live studio
    Check-in

    Show your assigned work for the week to an internal mentor & get feedback for the same

    Time: 15-30 mins

    Mentoring
    Peer Review

    Present your work and progress to the cohort. Learn from each other as you build your product from scratch.

    Time: 60-90 mins

    Peer Review
    Mentor Review

    Present your assigned work to an industry mentor and get live feedback on your work.

    Time: 90-120 mins

    Mentor Review
    Community Event

    Meet & learn from design leaders

    Time: 60 mins

    Community
    Research & Design

    Continue to work on your project for the week with an assigned team member from the program

    Time: 45-90 mins/ day

    Self work

    Scholarships

    Scholarships at ownpath

    All fellows at ownpath are eligible for scholarships . Based on your performance, earn back a part of your fee towards the end of the program.

    Get started

    ⭐️ Admission Scholarship

    upto ₹25,000

    Have a strong prior experience in Product/UX design? You stand a chance to win this!

    Fellowship begins

    ⚡️ Performance Scholarship

    upto ₹25,000

    Do excellent work in the Fellowship. Write blog posts. Win a performance scholarship!

    Get your dream job!

    💼 Hiring Scholarship

    upto ₹25,000

    Get hired with a scholarship partner and win a hiring scholarship!

    Fee structure

    The Fellowship pays for itself

    Choose your path 👇

    Upskill Track

    ₹1,50,000

    Incl GST. Friendly EMIs available.

    How does this work?

    • 4 one-on-one mentorship sessions with a senior designer
    • 16 personalised feedback sessions with industry mentors
    • 36 hours of exclusive masterclass video content
    • Weekly collaborative sessions for brainstorming & design critique
    • Scholarships worth upto ₹25,000.
    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.
    Apply

    Placement Track NEW

    ₹1,95,000

    Incl GST. Friendly EMIs available.

    How does this work?

    • Everything in upskill track plus
    • Portfolio & Interview Prep
    • Gain access to freelance opportunities in our network of hiring partners
    • Earn scholarships upto ₹50,000
    • Referrals to companies in our hiring network
    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.
    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.
    Apply

    *Subject to winning a scholarship with our hiring partners.

    Over 50+ companies have signed up to hire designers from us including
    Fellows from cohort 1 saw their salaries increase by 98% post fellowship

    Need help with making a decision?

    Our team would be happy to assist you with any questions you might have

    Success Stories

    100% Fellows got their dream jobs. It’s your turn.

    And here’s what the fellows shared with us

    The learnings that came with the fellowship and the feeling of being pushed to my limits, made it a highly rewarding and fulfilling experience. ownpath’s curriculum is designed to enable us to practise what we learn from masterclasses through our projects.
    Sayani De
    Product Designer, Gojek
    Read more
    One thing that interested me here was the mentorship format - it’s rare for one to be able to work on projects that get reviewed by senior designers with the mentorship structured around it.
    Shreyan Ghosh
    Product Designer, Unacademy
    Read more
    I had a lot of questions in general about the design process. My how’s, what’s and why’s never were answered and that was my agenda coming into the fellowship - to build a strong design foundation and find my answers.
    Sai Shinde
    Product Designer, Jiva
    Read more
    You know that you’re receiving great mentorship when you leave a design critique session feeling pumped. I navigated ambiguous problem spaces & it’s been very rewarding to see my ideas slowly crystallize.
    Mudita Sisodia
    Product Designer, Obvious
    Read more
    The truly holistic experience at ownpath is reflective of its mission to help us become designers who craft impactful experiences.
    Yashasri S
    Product Designer, Frog
    Read more
    I’ve learned how to break down a complex problem into its basic components and figure out the best way to solve it. In this process, I’ve rediscovered my love for design, stepped out of my comfort zone and learned so much.
    Jyotsna Rane
    Product Designer, ownpath
    Read more

    What’s the Fellowship about?

    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Admissions

    That’s totally fine, as long as you’ve worked in some design field (Eg: Information design, Interaction Design, Product Design, Graphic design, Visual Design, New Media Design, Industrial design, and Digital Game Design).

    If you’re completely new to the design field, we suggest taking introductory courses, getting an internship, and then applying soon as you have a few projects on your portfolio.

    We do plan to announce an introductory course for folks who’re completely new. Please do make sure to subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the same.

    A basic portfolio of your projects is enough, nothing fancy is required. For more details, refer to the guide we’ve put together.

    Payment

    Yes. Please take a look at the Fee Structure section on this same page.

    We spend a lot of effort and money towards curating the curriculum, designing the learning experience, and executing our programs. We also compensate our speakers and mentors.

    That said, all of this is to help you succeed! We strive to help you get far more value from the program than what you pay for. We do this by ensuring you have a fulfilling learning experience and find a better paying job through our placement services.

    Learning Experience

    A typical week will involve you in:

    • Project work that you and your team member will take on
    • Going through recorded masterclasses and curated concepts to help you learn concepts
    • A live session with your mentor to discuss your week’s progress with your project
    • Office hours with your batch mates and mentors to discuss challenges and learnings
    • On some weeks as a bonus feature, you will have community events such as guest talks and workshops

    Upto 24 folks will be admitted into the cohort. The emphasis is on enabling you to deliver your best through personalised guidance and feedback.

    While we will give you a digitally verifiable certificate, we’d like to go further. We want to help you with gaining concrete experience and also developing industry connections.

    Through assignments and projects, you’ll actually learn how to apply concepts and develop real-world experience; stuff you can feature on your portfolio.

    Finally, by working with experienced professionals on ownpath, you’ll develop valuable connections that can unlock doors which would be much harder otherwise.

    Different people come with different backgrounds, life constraints, and learning speeds or preferences. So, there’s nothing to worry too much about if you don’t find an offer on Demo Day.

    Since it’s most likely to do with lacking experience for the role, we’ll recommend you take up another project, and we’ll continue to support you in the form of mentorship and opportunities during this time.

    Placement

    Yes! The idea of having industry partners on board and organising Demo Days is to help you showcase your work to top startups! We will also help you prepare your portfolio.

    We’ll do everything we can. But, it’s still down to you to do well on your projects and clear the interview!

    No. We do not offer job guarantees, we do however help you:

    1. Prepare for interviews through coaching and portfolio reviews

    2. Showcase your work through Demo Days, to hiring managers from our Hiring Partners and elsewhere.

    3. Introduce you to companies who are hiring through our network.

    Demo Day is an invite-only virtual event which will see participants from the cohort present their projects live.

    The audience will include Heads of Design/Product and Hiring Managers from companies looking to hire Product Designers.

    After the presentations, members in the audience will get in touch with you to discuss if their organisation might be a good fit for you.

    Presentations will be recorded and based on your preferences, will be shared with select employers even after Demo Day, to ensure that you find the best possible offer.

    That’s completely fine if you’re not looking for a job right now. You’ll continue to receive placement support for the rest of the year.

    Placement Track

    The Placement track helps cohort members get freelance opportunities, for part-time roles to help them get real-world experience during the Fellowship.

    The company you are working with (as a part of the placement track) has the option to offer you a full-time job after successfully graduating from the Fellowship, based on fit.

    Additionally, your profile is also shared with other hiring partners in the ownpath hiring network with whom you’ll be interviewing for full-time roles.

    What’s better, you stand a chance to win a scholarship if you get hired by one of our scholarship partners!

    Wall of love

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    Abhinit Tiwari  

    Head of Design, Gojek

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I had a great time working with them. Highly recommended! :D

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    Sameer Bhiwani  

    UX Lead, Google

    🧠 As an Ownpath coach, I found this program’s format to be really engaging with a whole lot to offer learners.

    🚀 Ownpath is going places, highly recommended!

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    Fatema Raja  

    Group Design Head, Gojek

    Can’t express how much about design management I learnt with @ownpath_xyz ♥️

    To all the aspiring UX designers out there!

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    Kristen Skinner  

    Founder at &GSD, ownpath Instructor

    I kicked off the year leading a Masterclass on Design Management with the stellar team @ownpath_xyz and now we're following up with a Q&A for Design Leaders. Join us!

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    Aishwarya Naik  

    Master's student, UW

    There's so much to talk about in what I've been upto for the last two months.

    🔥 things so far :
    - learning from masterclasses and then applying it to our problem statement
    - working with fellows who have become dear friends
    - confidence in my ability to drive a design process

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    Mudita Sisodia  

    Product Designer, Obvious

    I left my job in Feb and have been having literally the greatest time ever the last 2 months learning at @ownpath_xyz from some incredible mentors.

    I'd say the COVID induced masters FOMO has also vanished (perhaps temporarily, we'll find), it's been that great.

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    Chandra R  

    Product Designer, Gojek

    I've been watching Ownpath for a while and interacting with grads and I'm super excited at what they're trying to create. They're trying to build a new, different kind of work-education hybrid model where students are engaged with potential employers from the start.

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    Sidu Ponnappa  

    SVP Engineering, Gojek

    Love what @ownpath_xyz has launched! This is *the* way to do professional upskilling - doing actual *paid* work for real customers on real world projects. No test, exam or unpaid project can compare. And the course becomes effectively free in the process. Perfect.

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    Mahima Chandak  

    Product Designer, Obvious

    Having spent quite a bit on design education myself and witnessing how it can be exclusionary, I love that @ownpath_xyz is pushing to make education accessible 🙌🏾

    Apply

    A basic portfolio with a description of your projects is enough, nothing fancy required!