Is programming covered in UX Academy? Do I need to learn how to code to be a UX Designer?
We do not cover any programming in UX Academy. Our take is that teaching the entire UX process (research, interaction design, prototyping, visual / UI design) in sufficient depth in a compressed period is a difficult-enough undertaking on its own without also adding front-end programming to the mix here.
It isn't imperative to learn development to land a great design position. The majority of our graduates land positions as designers without any coding knowledge.
Here are some related links that discuss this topic in depth:
If you want to begin with the basics, Codecademy is a great option to get started with HTML/CSS. Once you get more comfortable, a great way to practice is to recreate simple layouts — e.g. building the layout for a landing page from scratch.