Full-Stack Designer

Become an industry-ready UX/UI designer in 24 weeks. RED Academy is committed to working with our graduates until they are hired. Our graduate placement rate is over 95% within 3 months of graduation.

24 Weeks Full-Time
Next start date Jul 4, 2017
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Full-Stack Designer Professional Overview

In every encounter or interaction, experience design is a defining element in how a product or service will be perceived by the end user. In digital media, the medium through which users can experience a product is called an “interface”. If the components of the interface are intuitive, designed beautifully, crafted strategically, and meet the needs of the user, the outcome of the experience will be positively impactful, memorable and marketable.

User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Designers have the skills and knowledge to create delightful visual designs that are true to the brand while balancing seamless interactivity and ease of navigation for apps and websites. With today’s growing consumer expectations of flawless, high quality experiences, the caliber of the digital design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business.

Through this immersive 12-week program, you will learn the deep principles of UX Design process while diving into how to apply visual design principles using industry standard software to create highly engaging user interfaces for mobile apps, web apps, mobile-first websites and digital marketing campaigns. You will work on 10 projects, three of which are with real clients who are part of our tight-knit community. You will work in an agency-like environment that is well supported by experienced designers and mentors.




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What You'll Learn

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User Research
Learn research methods and get to know the thoughts and contexts of your users.
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Usability Testing
Explore user testing methods to design more effective interfaces.
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User-Centred Design
Build products around the goals of the end user.
Information Architecture
Learn the process of structuring the design of shared information environments with user behaviours in mind.
Typography, Colour & Composition
Create coherent and balanced designs by making good use of colour, typography and other visual elements.
Workflow and Client Management
Understand how to work with clients, manage expectations and set up workflows that deliver the results clients are looking for.
Mobile Design
Master responsive layouts, touch interactions and input techniques.
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User Interface Design & Prototyping
Creating marketable and intuitive websites and apps that guide the user to accomplish their tasks.
Design Software Use
Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, InVision, Omnigraffle, Axure and get an introduction to InDesign.
Creative and Design Thinking
Lead brainstorming sessions to facilitate conceptual thinking and adopt a strategic and human-centric approach to problem solving. Work with a thought-process that bridges users and business requirements for the most impactful design possible.

Day in the life of a Full-Stack Designer student

Our commitment to a fully engaged learning process extends into the creation of an energizing environment where our students have the time to work as well as play.

Every aspect of our in-school experience is dedicated to creating a space where students, instructors, alumni, and mentors, can engage with one another in a way that’s relaxed, supportive, and friendly.

9:00am - 9:15am
Morning Exercise
From morning stretches to icebreakers and creative exercises, we always make sure to start the day right.
9:15am - 12:00pm
Lesson & Workshop Time
Gain knowledge through our engaging, immersive and relevant teaching style, and work on your project with one-on-one support from your instructors.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hang out in the kitchen with students from other programs or listen to an industry guest speaker.
1:00pm - 4:45pm
Lesson & Workshop Time
Receive technical tutorials on software like Photoshop and Illustrator, and get more time to apply your new skills and work on your projects.
4:45pm - 5:00pm
Daily Check-In
Practice agile approach during these scrum meetings and share any good news, hurdles and project progress with the rest of your teammates.
5:00pm - Late
Homework And/Or Networking
Stay in school to get some work done or network with the industry at our evening events.

Full-Stack Designer FAQs

What type of projects will I work on?

Throughout the program, you will be briefed on 10 different projects including 3 community partner projects (working with real world clients) and you will also get time to work on your portfolio. Each project covers something different and at the same time builds upon the previous one. We are always working to create interesting and fun projects that offers a deep challenge to shift from a tech newbie to a savvy digital designer.

How is the course structured?

The Full-Stack Designer Professional Program is structured in two 12-week modules. It’s essentially the combination of the UI & Communication Design Professional Program with the UX Professional Program.

What software will I learn?

Our main focus for technical skills will be in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Omnigraffle and Axure. You will also get to know InVision, and receive a quick introduction to Adobe InDesign.  All tools that are actively used in the industry. To keep structure and communication clear, we use tools like Slack and Trello.

Do I need any coding skills before enrolling the program?

You don’t need any coding skills in this program. We will teach you some basic knowledge of coding with HTML & CSS.

Do I need to use a Mac for this program or can I use a PC?

We recommend for you to use a Mac as the courses will be taught on a Mac and most design softwares are optimized to run on Macs. We also highly recommend for you to get a computer mouse as it will be easier to work in Photoshop and Illustrator.

What jobs can I get with this course?

Possible employment outcome includes: User Interface Designer, Interactive Designer, Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Communication Designer, Junior UX Designer, User Experience Researcher, and Content Strategist.

Do I need a design background?

Not necessarily, however it can be beneficial if you have a good sense of style and have a keen interest in visual arts.

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. 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.

Start Dates and Pricing

Full-Stack Designer Professional


RED Academy Vancouver

24 weeks, full-time

Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received. Also note that the 24 week program period excludes the 2 weeks between December 17 to January 1st during which there won't be any classes.

Spring 2017 Cohort April 10, 2017

Summer 2017 Cohort July 4, 2017

Fall 2017 Cohort October 2, 2017

Admission Process

We operate on a rolling admissions system, admitting students who meet our criteria as they apply up until the application deadline.

1. Completion of online application form.

2. An in-person or virtual (Skype) interview with one of our admissions team member and an instructor from the program.

3. A program specific assignment or test assigned by the instructor.

4. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted to RED Academy. If you are an International Student or if English is not your first language, we may be required to pass one of the following exams:

  • Duolingo English Test 60 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 or higher (TOEFL Paper score – 575 or higher)
  • IELTS Academic score 6.5 or higher
  • Cambridge Exam equivalency (CAE)


Applying For A Visa

International students (those who do not hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency in Canada) who intend to take one of our programs will be required to apply for a Study & Work Permit within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You may apply using IRCC online application tool or by paper.

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada, in addition to your Permits.

These are some of the required documents to apply:

  • Passport with at least 15 months left before expiry
  • Photo (IRCC has specific requirements of the Visa application photograph)
  • Proof of financial support
  • RED Academy’s Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • RED Academy’s DLI number

We encourage our future students to seek help when applying for the Study & Work Permits, however, please, refer to this IRCC link for further information on how to apply for your permit.

If you are transferring to RED Academy from a Canadian educational institution, you must notify IRCC when you change institution in your MyCIC account.
It’s your responsibility to know and understand the International Student Immigration Regulations. For more information, visit the IRCC website.

Payment Process

The Full-Stack Programs cost $16,000 for 960 hours of instruction. A deposit of $1650 ($250 non-refundable) is required upon acceptance into the program to reserve one’s place. 50% of the balance is due 30 days before the course starts and full payment is due before the program begins.

Enrolling in a RED Academy Program is an investment in your education and career development. To help accommodate financial circumstances, we have payment structures and financing options available. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our team.

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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