Time to raise your game

Keystone Programs are like mini-MBAs, with multiple interconnected modules. Unlike MBAs, it isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ - but uniquely customised for designers and your experience level. To help you up your game!

5 intensive weeks starts MON, OCTOBER 18, 2021 + review, checkin weeks

5 core modules, taught by 5 experts + masterclasses, and guest speakers

Is this keystone program for you?

UpRise is for

  • Designers-in-tech (Product/UX/Visual/OPs)
  • User researchers
  • Writers/ content specialists

UpRise is a right fit for you, if …

  • you’re a working professional with 3+ years of experience
  • looking to demonstrate the value of your craft to business and product
  • you’re looking to reshape the next 2-4 years of your career journey
  • or considering moving into managerial roles

UpRise is a specially crafted for professionals like you, who

  • work in high-growth start-ups with lean teams, or
  • work within extended teams within large product or consulting companies, or
  • work with niche consulting studios

Design Degree?

Previous Design degree is not a pre-requisite. You could have come to Design from Product, Engineering, Arts, Humanities or Sciences

The UpRise program uniquely weaves together multiple mentors and modules. Learn from a diverse line-up of professionals, and your very cohort. Through classes, reflection, observation, practice and live-sessions

Learning Outcomes This keystone program helps you to take charge of your growth and raise the bar by:

Contextualising design impact

Coaching (self and others)

Balancing craft with career

Facilitation & negotiation

Better decision making

Collaboration & co-creation

Designed for actionable insights

Focused on applying ideas & insights at work, and life


Independent and inter-connected week long core-modules, delivered via live, interactive classes by practitioner-teachers


In-depth weekend Masterclasses to explore areas that complement the core modules and help expand your toolkit


Guest speakers, Guides and Mentors to help connect learning to real life, move from insights to action and impact

Designed for Accountability

A limited hand-picked cohort ensures diversity, and holds each other accountable, and keeps cohorts inspired.

Involving peers and managers at work is highly encouraged, creating a 2nd circle of accountability, learning and feedback

Experienced Guides are at hand throughout the program + much longer. Teachers return for checkins, reflections

Designed for Impact at work

We use models, frameworks + real life situations to help designers become more productive & thoughtful, to think win:win for users, businesses, team and self.

We use the Strengths Finder test & report to identify and understand your unique strengths and leverage on this - to help yourself, co-workers, & managers.

We help you with growth conundrums, lending a helping hand to your manager - guiding you to take charge of your growth within your organisation and for yourself.

Designed for Learners

Learner Dashboard powered by Airtribe

Login to your dedicated dashboard - your complete calendar, reminders of upcoming sessions + more

Join sessions, access recordings, access/upload assignments and other resources in a single place.

Learn about fellow attendees and connect with them easily from within the platform itself.

Core Modules

Independent and inter-connected, these form the foundation of our program

Alysha Naples



Direct your own growth - as a professional, designer, and human. Get insight into ways we inhibit our own development and progress. Learn to utilize curiosity and compassion with the CXO of Tin Drum

& Unique takes
all Interconnected.

Shirish Andhare



How do you ship magic? Get under the hood of the product practices of leading companies that have shipped global high impact products at scale. With Twitter India’s Product Head

Suresh Venkat



Learn the secrets of effectively using words, tone, voice and body language to communicate with confidence and for impact. With an actor, anchor & editorial consultant

Jody Rodgers



Discover how to harness your strategic mindset as a UX Designer, Content Writer or User Researcher - and apply that strength to your day-to-day work, as well as in planning your career.

Anshumani Ruddra



Make better decisions at work, for your users and for your career. Imbibe various frameworks and become aware of human biases - to create real impact. With a Product Leader from Google


Explore areas that complement core modules and help expand your thinking

Param V



Reflect, learn and identify your triggers and blind spots. Deconstruct and reconstruct what it takes to bring your best self to work, and to life. With a Chief Design Officer...

Katja Forbes



Navigate the dangerous waters of unintended consequences, without wrecking your ship. Learn to think through possible pitfalls of your design, with a renowned Design leader.




Learn and apply some of Management’s most enduring models and paradigms - to your organisation, industry, and career. With MakeMyTrip’s SVP of Design and DesignUp founder.

Guest Speakers

A select group from our stellar speaker list, share and spend time with you


Teacher, Philosopher
Founding-director MFA, Parsons New School


Co-Founder, Sundial
Author – Making Of A Manager

Daniel Burka

design head,
resolve to
save lives

Program Guides

You’ll be guided, nudged and supported by experienced practitioners


EVP, UX Design
Lazada, Singapore


D91 Labs,


Product Designer, Sundial


Group Design Head, Food & Entertainment, Gojek

Program Timeline

Week 1
Oct 18 - Oct 22
4-6hrs/ week
Module 01
Week 2
Oct 25 - Oct 29
4-6hrs/ week
Module 02
Break Week
Nov 1 - Nov 9
Week 3
Nov 10 - Nov 12
6-8hrs/ week
Module 03
Masterclass 01
Week 4
Nov 15 - Nov 19
6-8hrs/ week
Module 04
Masterclass 02
Week 5
Nov 22 - Nov 26
6-8hrs/ week
Module 05
Masterclass 03
Week 6
Dec 3 - Dec 5
2-3hrs/ week
Guest Speakers
Check-ins & reviews
Break Week
Dec 6 - Dec 16
Week 7
Dec 17 - Dec 19
2-3hrs/ week
Guest Speakers
Check-ins & reviews

Limited seats: The power of 24

Our first 2 cohorts are limited to just 24 seats each. We go through an application process to identify a cohort which will be diverse (background, gender, experience, geographies), for unlimited learning within the group.

A limited, but diverse group means diverse perspectives, more individual attention from teachers and a brand new network that helps you learn. We’ll be keenly looking at your application form to shortlist.

Note – you only pay when you’re shortlisted for the cohort.

Shortlisted candidates have a 1-week window within which to pay, entry is on first-come-first basis. If all places are filled – we move you to the waitlist. Our strict policies on behaviour in the conference applies equally to the school. In a nutshell, treat people with respect and kindness. DesignUp doesn’t reject applicants, we merely shortlist a few.

Your Investment

The biggest investment is your time and your attention. A distant third (or fourth) will be costs.

We’ve limited seats, so pay only when your application is shortlisted.


Level one


  • Five weeks of live classes
  • Access to recorded classes
  • Your StrengthsFinder™ Report
  • Additional Masterclasses included
  • Guest speakers and talks included
  • Certificate on successful completion
  • Post-program check-in and review weeks
  • Alumni network + discussion forums
  • 30% Off for 2 DesignUp Conference Passes
  • Invites to any DesignUp online events
Applications Closed
Level Two

Essential Plus

  • Everything in Essential


  • 3 x one-hour dedicated mentoring/coaching sessions with a course teacher of your choice(anytime within a year)
  • 2 x Premium All Access pass to DesignUp Conference 2022 or 2023, including Speaker-Dinner
  • 30% off DesignUp Conference Pass for a friend
Applications Closed

Cohort 2: Coming in Early 2022

SignUp for our Cohort 2 Invite. Be the first to know when registration opens! Tentative timeline is March 2022


What’s the time commitment per week, on the average?
The Program Timeline gives you a detailed breakdown – expect between 4-8 hours of commitment over 5 weeks (varies week to week). However your assignment time, esp for group assignments may spill over.

Will there be a lot of assignments?
Assignments will be for core modules and vary as per teacher. There may be some pre-reads, curated list of articles to read or videos to watch. And even group projects. Most assignments will require quick turnarounds – but you have 2 breaks to catch up for the longer reflective work.

What happens if I can’t attend a class?
Classes are recorded and available to watch later, for all enrolled students.

Does the Uprise program come with any job guarantee?
Uprise is for working professionals, we do not offer any jobs or job guarantees

What’s the application and selection process like?
We offer very limited seats and therefore go through a application and selection process. We are looking for working professionals with minimum 3 years of work experience. The application process is to identify a cohort which will be diverse (background, experience, geos, gender etc) and allow for learning within the group.

When do I pay for the course? What’s the waitlist?
You pay only when you’re shortlisted for the cohort. The shortlisted candidates have a limited one week window within which to pay – and in that time frame, it’s entry to the course is on first-come-first basis. If all places are filled – we move you to the waitlist.

Do you have a money back policy?
We offer a money back within the first 7 days of the course. If for some reason you do not want wish to continue – you need to let us know within the first 7 days.

What if I need to drop off a course mid way?
We do offer a money back within the first 7 days of the course. However, we understand a mid way drop off may be a difficult decision for you. We’ll try our best to help you with a re-admission, part adjustment of your fees for a future cohort. This will depend on the unique circumstances of your case.

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