Digital Marketing Foundation

The Digital Marketing Foundation is a comprehensive 60 hour part-time Digital Marketing program, designed and taught by some of sharpest brains in the industry. The course is taught over 10 weeks in two weekly evenings sessions, and gives our students a solid understanding of the core skills needed to succeed in Digital Marketing.

Next start date Oct 10, 2017
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Digital Marketing Foundation Overview

The Digital Marketing Foundation Program is designed for students who want to gain the practical skills necessary to develop a comprehensive digital marketing strategy in a professional setting, leveraging the software, tools, tactics, and techniques used in today’s industry.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to create and track digital marketing campaigns, determine cost per acquisition of customers and users, and leverage campaign data to increase ROI, as well as gaining their Google Adwords and Analytics Certifications.




real client project


hours of instruction

What you'll learn

Digital Marketing Strategy
Understand the aspects of an end-to-end digital marketing strategy.
Brand Strategy
Deconstruct the aspects of what makes a brand: personality, values, definition, and promise.
Google Analytics
Use Google Analytics to apply fundamental concepts like performance measurement, comparison, and optimization.
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Segmenting, Targeting and Tracking
Segment your target market and track your customer behavior throughout the conversion process.
Content Management and Strategy
Plan, develop, and manage a content strategy for a specific brand.
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Conversion Optimization and A/B Testing
Set up randomized experiments testing user behaviour and conversion rates.
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Understand the difference between Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing. Analyze the performance of a paid search campaign.
Social Management and Advertising
Clarify a business' social media goals, audit an existing social media strategy, and create a content strategy with analytics to track progress.

Alumni Stories

Natasha Lee
Natasha Lee
Fall 2015

I decided to go to RED as I was looking to acquire a new skill set while waiting for my DAP to start in January. Since everything is going digital nowadays, I feel it is critical to gain knowledge about this exciting, blooming tech industry. My experience at RED was very rewarding. Not only did I learn a lot from class and the group capstone project, but also meet a group of talented individuals coming from different backgrounds.

Jason Mills, Digital Marketing student Vancouver
Jason Mills
Fall 2015

When we finished in December, I continued to keep learning on my own and in turn work eventually gave me the keys to car so to speak. Since then, I have been diving head first into all of our back end digital and have a good month of on the job with Adwords, analytics, tag manager, SEO, social media and the company has seen the skills I have gained. Everything I am grasping here in the real world is because of the instructors and RED.


Michael Steele
Lead Instructor, Digital Marketing

Michael is the co-founder of The Good Stuff, Vancouver’s first smoothie delivery company. Before that, he was Demand Generation Manager at, a venture-backed San Francisco-based tech startup. His jams are marketing automation, paid customer acquisition, and analytics. In his free time, he plays basketball and enjoys the company of his comically undersized Russian Blue cat.


Digital Marketing Instructor - April Yau
April Yau
Instructor, Digital Marketing

April is a Senior Account Manager at 6S Marketing. She is a marketing communications strategist with a strong passion for networking, volunteering and professional/personal development. April is a Google Certified Partner trained in strategy for paid search, media planning/buying, social media, SEO, analytics and localized search. Being head of the Analytics and Paid Search Committee at 6S Marketing, she is responsible for training new hires and implementing processes. She attended BCIT and completed a Bachelor with Honours in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing Communications. In her spare time, she is enjoys practicing yoga, playing sports and discovering new ways to eat bacon.

Digital Marketing Instructor - Tina Star
Tina Star
Instructor, Digital Marketing

Tina Star is a strategic marketing professional with both digital, traditional media experience, and currently an Account Manager at 6S Marketing. After graduating with a UBC Bachelors of Psychology, she completed the Marketing Communications program at BCIT which led her into the world of Marketing. Tina has three years of experience in digital marketing, executing integrated campaigns for both regional and national clients, including Coast Capital Savings, Pirelli USA, and Earls Restaurant. She specializes in digital marketing strategies and tactics, including programmatic and network buying, Paid Search, SEO and Analytics. In her spare time Tina enjoys playing flag football, eating poutine and cheering on the 49ers.

Digital Marketing Instructor - Ally Anderson
Ally Anderson
Lead Instructor, Digital Marketing

Ally is a digital marketing strategist with experience in campaign management, analytics, social media, and SEO. She loves working hands-on with clients, determining their vision, and then developing an action plan to help them reach their goals. Ally completed her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from UBC’s Sauder School of Business specializing in Marketing and Transportation & Logistics. During her time at UBC, she began seeking out projects and work experience that she could learn from to further develop her digital marketing skillset. In her spare time, you’ll find Ally riding her bike around Vancouver, playing beach volleyball, or exhausting every TV series on Netflix.

Digital Marketing Instructor - Kevan O'Brien
Kevan O'Brien
Instructor, Digital Marketing

When Kevan’s not playing soccer or snowboarding, he’s working on digital media campaigns from a varied list of clients. With his creativity at its highest level when he’s in his marketing mindset, Kevan has the most fun designing marketing strategies. His experience at local agencies has created a mix of expertise and knowledge that he continues to evolve. Whether online or in class, he’s instructed on digital marketing and thought leadership courses at Simon Fraser University and currently works at a local agency that represents public companies online. Kevan is currently a Marketing Analyst at East Side Games, a ‘fiercely independent’ game studio with a collaborative, creative, and fun culture.

Digital Marketing Instuctor - Peter Wong
Peter Wong
Instructor, Digital Marketing

With an extensive international career, Peter loves digital marketing because the results are data driven and can been seen almost instantly. Peter currently works at 6S Marketing as an Account Manager. His clients include UBC, White Water, OPUS Hotels, Swiss Water Coffee – to name a few. Before moving to Vancouver, he was based in Hong Kong for the past eight years as a Senior Web Marketing Specialist, managing 17 websites based in areas like Canada, United States, UK, Australia, China and Hong Kong. His specialties range in SEO, Analytics, e-commerce, and email marketing, as well as CRO and CPC. When he’s not at 6S or RED, you’ll find him with his two young kids, playing tennis, and cooking.

Tonner Jackson
Instructor, Digital Marketing

Tonner is the Co-founder of The Good Stuff, Vancouver’s first smoothie delivery service. Tonner‘s affection for Digital Marketing was born the minute he first laid eyes on the Google Analytics dashboard. He’s got a background in Philosophy and Politics, and when he’s not selling smoothies or measuring marketing campaigns, he’s fishing with his friends somewhere far, far away.


What certifications do we receive?

Throughout the program, you will be working towards certifications in Google Analytics, Google Adwords and Google Display Network.

What's the difference between full-time and part-time programs?

Our Foundation Programs are Part Time evening programs that run twice a week over 10 weeks, with a total of 60 hours of instruction. The programs are designed to give our students a hands-on introduction to the field of study. You will work on one major project throughout the duration of the program.

Our Professional Programs are 12 week Full Time programs, designed to produce entry-level professionals, who can hit the ground running, and play a meaningful role within a company from day one. The Professional Programs include 480 hours of instruction and lab time in the school, and will involve at least 5 major projects, and include significant professional development time to prepare you for life in the tech industry.

What are the requirements?

Our requirements are more focused on a great attitude. Program-wise, we concentrate on a self-directed learning model. This allows the students to take control over their own learning, creating a more open environment that can reflect how a student learns. Because of this, we require our students to be kind, ready to learn, and motivated for their own long-term benefit.

How is RED different?

RED stands for Real Education and Development. We offer a totally unique approach to learning; our school more closely resembles a real-world agency than what you might expect in a traditional learning environment. Our curriculum is also very different in that it is designed to be highly active and experiential, which means that you are working in student teams on real-world projects with real clients from our network of community and charity partners, producing

Our instructors however, are really our secret sauce: they are highly experienced, real world professionals, and you will work in an environment that offers an amazing student to instructor ratio of 6 to 1.

What kind of students take your classes?

Our students are all across the board, from cognitive science students who are learning to code to dancers turned UX designers and everyone in-between. We have a lot of students who are recent graduates, people looking to switch careers, and entrepreneurs wanting to gain the technical skills to turn their ideas into reality.

Start Dates and Pricing

Digital Marketing Foundation


RED Academy Vancouver

Tuesday & Thursday, 6 - 9pm, or Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received.

Fall 2017 Cohort October 10, 2017

Winter 2018 Cohort January 15, 2018

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Payment Process

The Essentials Part-time Programs cost $2,950 for 60 hours of instruction. A deposit of $1,250 ($250 non-refundable) is required upon acceptance into the program to reserve one’s place. Full payment is due before the program begins.

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333

Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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