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Designed to provide you with in-depth practical experience and relevant skills to succeed in a User Experience Design related field.
The academic portion of the program is 24 weeks full-time, outside of regular business hours. The remaining 24 weeks of the program is a work placement.
In this program, students will learn how to engage in the entire UX design process, taking abstract ideas and refining them into concrete solutions. Skills taught include user experience research, planning, design, testing, and technical aspects of user experience design. They’ll work in a team-based environment, set up collaborative workflows and communicate with their clients, designers and potential employers. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to network and build connections with hiring partners and professionals. They’ll also be given an introduction to their field and the skills necessary to work on technical teams in an agency, in-house, start-up, corporate or freelance environment. By the end of the program, they’ll have developed a robust portfolio to jump-start their careers.
Convey effective interviews and surveys to identify real human needs, and leverage those insights to guide you through the design and testing processes.
Learn a range of industry research methods and approaches to understanding and deconstructing the expectations of your users.
Work with a thought-process that bridges users and business requirements for the most impactful design possible.
Explore various user testing methods to help inform the optimization of the your designs to create more effective experiences.
Sketch & InVision
Create mid to high fidelity prototypes using sketch, and learn how to make them interactive with inVision
Learn the process of structuring the design of shared information environments with user behaviours in mind.
User Interface Design & Prototyping
Create clickable prototypes of marketable and intuitive websites and apps that effortlessly let the user to accomplish their goals.
Workflow and Client Management
Understand how to work with clients, manage expectations and set up workflows that deliver the results clients are looking for.
Master how to design responsive layouts, touch interactions and input techniques.
UX Industry Software
Create mid to high fidelity prototypes using sketch, and learn how to make them interactive with inVision and Proto.io.
When I started the UX Professional Program I appreciated that it wasn’t all lecture-style teaching, and involved a lot of interactive learning. Also, the projects were with real businesses.
McKenzie Eggers, UX Designer at Amazon
I moved from London to Vancouver in 2015. With a view to getting some great outdoors in my life and to be a part of a young a thriving tech scene. I like to make websites and apps as easy and as seamless as possible to use, by looking at the psychology of how we use the web, talking to users and integrating the most useful technology to create an enjoyable and successful experience for the user and the business alike. My affinity with being a conversationalist and my passion for design made teaching others my knowledge a challenging but exciting step.
I am an interaction designer who believes that anything can be designed to enhance it’s user experience whether digital or analogue. From websites and apps to immersive virtual reality environments, I am constantly looking for ways to delight users through design. Curiosity is in my nature. My passion for replicating dishes from restaurants I’ve been to or figuring out how to create a piece of furniture keeps me busy when I’m not designing. Oh and that is Oliver, my Wire Fox Terrier. He also keeps me busy.
Project-Based Applied Learning
You will be given time to work with your team on client projects. It’s during that time that instructors, mentors and TAs will be available to give you guidance and feedback on your work.
Our commitment to a fully engaged learning process extends into the creation of an energizing environment where you have the time to work and play.
Active Learning Methodology
Instructors facilitate lessons which are designed to be highly interactive and engaging to optimize your retention rate. We are passionate about making learning fun.
Industry Guest Speakers
Industry-taught leaders are often invited in to help with the delivery of specialized topics, and to share inspiring insights on the state of the industry.
Personal & Professional Development
Technical skills and knowledge are one thing, but the reality is that soft-skills are really what will make you a key member of any team. Creativity, empathy and collaboration are the themes we focus on in our PPD program.
Peer & Instructor Feedback
Peer evaluation is a tremendously effective way to not only gain the skills required to assess the quality of a team member’s work, but also to learn how to receive and articulate constructive feedback to them.
Launch Your Career
You will receive support throughout your job search process. The Career Support Team advises on job opportunities, introduces students to the RED hiring network and provides coaching during the interview and negotiation process. You are also given continual support from your instructors. This includes connecting industry professionals and providing references to potential employers. The UX Design roles outlined below are most commonly available to students as an internship position but are not limited to these roles:
A Product Designer is someone who is involved along every step of the process to create a unified experience and a seamless product. Designers who have a broad skill set are typically good candidates.
UX Designers can work at start-ups, software companies, in-house, or at agencies. They leverage user insights and consider business goals to design seamless online or offline experiences.
User Researchers focus on understanding user behaviours, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies.
Information Architects design the structure of the information available in shared environments; they balance art and science to organize and label websites, online communities and software to support usability and findability.
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