YAQ, NAQ & FAQ

In addition to the Frequently Asked Questions, we have put together YAQ (‘Yes’ Answer to Questions) and NAQ (‘No’ Answer to Questions), which is inspired by the team at Basecamp. If you have questions beyond this, send us a note: school@xperian.xyz.

YAQ

The answer is yes & yes to…

Applying to the Track

• Can I apply if I live outside India?
• Can I apply if I have no design experience?
• Can I apply if I want to learn design for the joy of learning?
• Can I apply if I am student?
• Can I apply if I come from a different background? (Tech, BA, Product Mgmt, Finance, Research, etc)
• Can I apply even if I don’t need career support?
• Can I apply if I don’t work for big brands?
• Can I apply if I have a full time job/other commitments?Can I apply when I am figuring out my next steps?
• Can I apply even if I have more than 15+ years of experience?
• If I am not accepted into the program can I apply for future tracks/courses?

During the Track

• Do I have to show-up for all the Sessions?
• Do you handpick each member for the Track?
• Do you analyse each Application?
• Will I be able to make the most of the Track even if I am still figuring it out?
• Will all the sessions be Instructor-led?
• Will there be lot of homework/project work?
• Can I discuss my personal context with the Instructors and Coaches?
• Can I pick a Problem statement of my choice?
• Can I bring a Problem Statement from my workplace?
• Can I get support for my Career Aspirations?
• Can I get my Portfolio reviewed as many times as I need?
• Can I get reference-material, notes, handouts, templates?

After the Track

• Can I keep in touch with you and peers after the program?
• Can I meet in person after the program?
• Is there an Alumni Directory after we graduate?
• Can I come back for Portfolio Reviews?
• Is my Certificate verifiable?
• Can I get a duplicate of my Certificate & Grades?

NAQ

The answer is no & no to…

Before the Track

• Can I pay later?
• Can you extend the EMI plans?
• Can I pay after the payment deadline?
• Will you accept collaterals?
• Can I get my Registration Fees refunded?

During the Track

• Can I skip classes?
• Can you extend the track timelines?
• Can I get all the recordings of the classes?
• Can I get the slides used during the class?
• Can I come only for a few classes?
• Can I get a refund of my track fees, if I drop out?

After the Track

• Can I attend future DPDI tracks as a past alumni?
• Can I get an extended career support beyond the promised 3 months duration?

Deadlines

Last date for Applications: 20th March 2019
Last date to pay Registration fees: 25th March 2019
Last date for Full/EMI Payments: April 4th 2019

Even if you have secured the seat by confirming your slot, the final payment for the Track must be made before 4th April 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

About DPDI Track

What is DPDI?

DPDI track is an intensive 12 week hybrid (online Live + in person) bootcamp designed for anyone in the field of UX & Digital Product Design to get the foundations right. It challenges designers to think differently & deeply in order to make informed decisions. The program also pushes the envelope to engage and connect with end users, collaborate with stakeholders and communicate design pragmatically with rationale and numbers.

How is DPDI Structured?

Each session in the track is carefully planned and equal importance is given for learning and practice. The sessions are led by seasoned industry experts & design coaches who engage with students in individual & group work.

The program supports only 16 seats in a year. This small number is to ensure a lot of personal attention is given to each student during the session. Each student will publish results of 20+ assigned projects on the DPDI blog.

Some selected work will be published to the public via Social Media & Blogging networks. The entire course is conducted in English. Our only specific admission requirement is fluency and command in English Language.

It is not unusual to exchange many messages between the students and coaches in slack. The program is synchronous, with regular assessment, deadlines, group discussions and presentations. The course is designed to be 90% online, with the students participating from their home/workplace. The other 10% is deliberately kept in person, so that human connect/bonding and networking gets stronger. After all we are social animals.

What tools do you use for the Track?

The DPDI track uses digital tools like Slack, Zoom to engage the cohort in the intense 12-week process. In addition to engagement tools, the course also teaches prominent design tools like Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, Invision Studio and Just In Mind (Complex prototyping).

What is the Calendar for DPDI track and why is it so?

DPDI track is a 12-week intensive. It starts on 7th April and ends on 23rd June. You can see the timeline on the DPDI Track page on this website.

The track is designed in a certain way so that your learning experience enhances week by week. Just like how we train in a gym and progressively make improvements, we need to train our brains through routine and planned increase in levels of difficulty.

Each week is planned to have five hours of learning and five hours of practice. The learning and practice hours are kept equal for cognitive reasons. The same routine is followed throughout the 12 weeks. So that a habit of learning and doing is formed naturally. It is mandatory for the students to attend all the classes, as planned. The class recordings are deliberately not shared to avoid slackening & bad behaviours.

The assessments are continuous and students need about 5 hours of min practice every week. As UX is a composite skill, meaning a compounding effect of different skills coming together like UI, Visuals, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, Research & more.

In addition to the typical weekly routine, we also have 3 in-person days where you will meet f2f with your instructor and your peers in a design studio setting. The focused immersions set the tone for the entire track and allow you to bond and network with your peers and industry folks. The due dates of the assignments/assessments will not be changed whatsoever.

Track Syllabus & Curriculum

What is the Curriculum like for DPDI?

We are entering into an economy that runs completely based on skills and competence (Meritocracy). In addition to the hard skills, it is important for us each one of us to build trust and network. These forces are influencing the modern workplace. It is important to show up and show up very often. These skills and nuances are not taught in schools, not even taught in workplaces and not learnt actively. The non-obvious is ruling us!

The non-obvious like:
How to audit the status quo?
How to communicate the change?
How to plan the change?
How to make an impact?
How to measure the impact?
How to speak in numbers?
How to speak in stories?
How to imagine and articulate the same imagination?

Once we see this from the core/foundation, we open up to real learning through a pair of new eyes. We don’t need more information. We just need new ways of looking at the information.

How is the Curriculum designed?

Knowledge is dime a dozen. Information is available in abundance more than ever, in human history. But if you are not thirsty for transformation and you are not aware of what you need to know, it will lead to more chaos. On this light, the curriculum is structured into 10 modules spanning across 10 weeks. The structure also takes care of the connectedness in the big picture. It’s detailed, yet it is only a roadmap into Digital Product Design.

Each module will have Case-lets and Practice Projects to internalise the concepts and build skills. At the beginning of the track, 1 large Problem Statement is chosen and worked upon throughout the 12-weeks so that different skills can be compounded with time.

Digital Product Design is a life skill. (You learn once and you practice it 10,000 times for mastery). The life skill is taught through concepts, theories, frameworks, case studies, methods, patterns and pitfalls.

What can I expect from the Curriculum?

Unlike traditional Design Education, our curriculum is hands-on. For 50% of the time, you will learn concepts and the next 50% of the time, you will immediately put the concepts into action.

The Design Labs will push you to ship the work, get feedback from actual users, peers, provide constructive criticism and publicise the approach in DPDI community and to social media. Most of our students have full time jobs or busy freelance schedules.

So, although the intensive track timeline is designed to stretch you and push the envelope, it is still manageable with your real life responsibilities. You will be surrounded and supported by a community of truly passionate makers and doers who care about creating meaningful work.

Are you accredited?

Xperian School is not accredited formally. If you need an official course credit that can be transferred towards a degree this is not for you.

Track Specifics

Is Karthi Subbaraman personally teaching?

Yes. Karthi created and designed every aspect of the track. Hence the track intake is kept at 16 people only to match the span of control of one instructor for 12 intense weeks. Each module of the course is staffed with coaches who are professional designers to help the cohort when they are stuck. Depending on how much effort you put in, that much benefit you may reap.

Where does the Program take place?

The course is 90% virtual (online) and 10% in person. For in-person classes, you are required to travel to Hyderabad, because we need a certain environment to make the most of the in-person time. In case you want to take a day off and look around Hyderabad, we can help you with a list of great recommendations.

The in-person sessions will take place at Xperian Studio, Madhapur, Hitech City.
In case you live in Hyderabad and want to visit the Studio and work from our space beyond the Track timings, you can submit your request to school@xperian.xyz.

If you are located outside India, we will share a link with you on which you can watch the live in-person sessions.

How much time to spend on coursework each day?

At least an hour. In the beginning, it can feel like a lot but once you are in it, you will be able to make the time. This is more of a commitment from you. We also share tips for effective work during the sessions so that you can make the most of your time.

Unlike most online courses, DPDI happens in-sync with a lot of human interaction. We recommend that students block sometime everyday so that they can be in tune with the intensity of the track. It is your commitment that pays you off. You give a lot but you get far more than you give!

What is the usual class cohort size?

We cap the size of the track at 16 people. We are big on purpose and believe that a curated group of quality individuals is invaluable! You get to bond and network with everyone in the program. In addition, there are slack channels with our coaches and experts who will respond to you as needed.

Admission & Track Fees

In what ways can I get admission to the track?

All admissions to DPDI happen by DPDI Application Form only and no other form of admission either by written or verbal consennt is considered.

Who can attend this track?

Attending students include freelancers, independent professional designers, design students, engineering students, product managers and corporate employees.

What is the Fees for the track?

The tuition/ fee for the program is 3L ($4300). As an introductory offer for the first batch, the program is offered at 50% discounted price (1.5L or $2150). Cost of the program is excluding GST.

What if I only want a specific part of the Program?

We understand that your context can be unique. So, we designed the Track to be modular to suit your specific need, whether it be about choosing only DPDI track or only Career Orientation or only Career Support. You can view the respective fees for the modules here.

What if I'm an Overseas participant?

The first batch is conducted in the IST time zone only. Going forward, we may have two time zones to accommodate our friends from other side of the globe. For overseas students, we have planned the immersions as online live sessions (1st batch only). This online-live is applicable only for students who have a valid residential proof that they are overseas.

What is your deferral/dropping-out policy?

We understand that life happens and plans do change. It is important for us to be fair to other eager students who are ready to take the leap in our waitlist. So it makes it very difficult when the deferral comes very late. You are eligible to attend the next DPDI track in case you have paid the full fees before the start of the program. But if you need to defer after the program starts, we need to deal with it on a case-to-case basis.

What is your refund policy?

The DPDI track is a mutual commitment. We commit to welcoming you into a small focused cohort of professionals and doing everything we can, to deliver on the promises of the program. And in return we ask you to commit to spend the time, money and passion, that it takes to level up and transform yourself. We understand that life situations can interfere and plans can change. For such scenarios, we have created a policy that respects you, the other students and our mutual commitment.

Scholarship

In what ways can I get admission to the track?

Yes, we offer 1 Scholarship per track for the individual who raises the bar of the class through assignments, projects, leadership and enabling peers during the track.

The track records are transparent for everyone to view how the Scholarship is designed and chosen. Typically, the Scholarship is sponsored by a Foundation or a Corporate, appreciating good design. The scholarship amount is equivalent to course fee (excluding GST). In many ways, the topper gets to finish the course almost for free.

When will I know if I got the Scholarship?

You will know it after the Certification & Grading process (after week 14) is complete. We will publicly announce the Scholarship and prize money via email.

Registrations & Payments

What is Registration Fees & Tuition Fees?

We require 10% of the track fees (example: 15,000 + 18% GST) to secure your spot and get accepted in to the program. The Registration Fees is non-refundable.

The rest of the tuition fees of 90% is fully refundable, anytime between the day we receive it to the day we start the sessions that you originally applied to attend. If you withdraw your application and ask for a refund, and then later decide to re-apply, you may have to pay the Registration Fees again along with the tuition fees.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major payment methods including standard credit cards & debit cards, bank transfers, wallets and UPI.

If we need to bill your company directly, we can send the bill to your finance department and ask them to get it cleared before the track starts. If that is not possible, then you can expense it back to your company using the invoice we hand out to you. Incase you need help with EMIs from Financial Institutions, we can connect you to our partners. We do not deal with EMI matters/Secured Loans/Personal Loans in-house.

Our Online checkout partner Razorpay offers EMIs on Credit Cards from all major banks, which are available during the checkout. If you are looking for EMIs on Debit Cards you can contact our partner Zest Money.

Can I get this track fees reimbursed at my company?

Some esteemed organisations understand the value of continuous learning. We can help you communicate the value of DPDI track to your organisation and help in understanding the value of attending such a track.

What is included in the Track fees?

All templates, handouts, worksheets, notes are covered/included in the program fees. In addition to the course itself, our aim is to build a powerful alumni network. There will be no hidden fees, membership fees or other surprises when that happens.

What is NOT included in the Track fees?

The course is 90% virtual and 10% in person. Your travel, stay & food during the 10% is not covered as a part of the program fees. We can help you with good deals around our Studio space so that you get a decent stay.

What if I'm an Overseas participant?

The first batch is conducted in the IST time zone only. Going forward, we may have two time zones to accommodate our friends from other side of the globe. For overseas students, we have planned the immersions as online live sessions (1st batch only). This online-live is applicable only for students who have a valid residential proof that they are overseas.

Do you withdraw any students?

If, in the opinion of our instructors and coaches, you are not contributing to the culture and growth of yourself, we will let you know. If you are still not able to actively participate, we will have to ask you to withdraw from the track. In such situation, no refund of the fees is possible.