UI & Communication Design Professional

Become an industry-ready User Interface Designer in 12 weeks

12 Weeks Full-Time
Toronto
Next start date Apr 10, 2017
Interested in a later date?

What is UI & Communication Design?

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 visual components of the interface are designed beautifully, crafted strategically, and meet the needs of the user, the outcome of the experience will be positively impactful and memorable.

A great digital User Interface Designer (UI) has 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 UI Design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business.

Throughout the 12 week RED Academy UI & Communication Design Program, students will engage in the creative process and learn how to apply design theory foundations to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. They will learn the technical aspects of User Interface Design while simultaneously building the skills to work on multidisciplinary teams in an agency, start up, or freelance environment.

12

weeks

7:1

students to instructor ratio

480

hours of instruction

What you'll learn

Typography, Colour, and Composition
Create coherent and balanced designs by making good use of colour, typography and other visual elements.
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User Interface Design & Prototyping
Get an overview of the UX Design process, and collaborate with UX students on creating intuitive interfaces that guide the user to accomplish their tasks.
Web & App Design
Create designs for the responsive web, and build interfaces that are optimized for iOS and Android.
Design Software Use
Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch and InVision, and get an introduction to InDesign.
Creative Thinking
Lead brainstorming sessions to facilitate conceptual thinking and adopt a strategic and human-centric approach to problem solving.
Workflow & Client Management
Manage client expectations, set up workflows, and learn to present, communicate and pitch creative work to stakeholders.
Branding
Identify and create the different components of a brand including visual elements and brand storytelling.
Portfolio
Build a strong personal portfolio website in Squarespace and apply strategic thinking while presenting your work to potential employers and clients.
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Web Development Foundations
Learn to write basic HTML and CSS code and identify the limitations and possibilities presented when working with different programming languages.
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Marketing Foundations
Optimize designs for high engagement, conversion, and tracking, and get familiar with the world of advertising.

Day In The Life Of A UI & Communication Design 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
Lunch
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.

What Makes RED Unique

1
Real Clients, Projects & Portfolios

RED is built on the principle of building Real World experience, and means our students are working with Community Partners on Real Projects, building a Real Portfolio of experience.

2
Radically Relevant to Industry

Our programs are continuously being updated to ensure that our students are learning the very latest skills, tools and technologies that are actually being used in the industry today.

3
Career Support & Development

Our tailored, highly personalized learning approach means you not only learn the right skills, but are also getting the one-on-one career support, soft skills and guidance you need to succeed.

4
Join the RED Community

At RED you will be part of a close-knit community who are here to support you on your journey and give you the kind of personalized attention and support to truly see you succeed in your career.

UI & Communication Design FAQs

What type of projects will I work on?

Throughout the program, you will be briefed on 5 different projects and 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 deep challenge to help you grow from a tech newbie to a savvy designer.

What software will I learn?

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

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 lessons 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 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, Production Designer, Communication Designer.

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.

What is 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. These programs are designed to give our students a hands-on introduction to the field of study. Students work on one major project throughout the duration of the program.

Our professional programs are 12 week, full-time programs that are designed to produce entry-level professionals. The professional programs include 480 hours of instruction and lab time in the school, will involve at least 5 major projects, and include significant professional development time to prepare students for life in the tech industry.

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

UI & Communication Design Professional

$9,000

RED Academy Vancouver

12 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm

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

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)

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Applying For A Visa

You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.

Most travelers need a valid entry document such as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa to visit Canada. This will depend on your citizenship or your situation.

All visa-exempt foreign nationals except for U.S. citizens need an eTA to enter Canada as tourists. The eTA authorizes to visit Canada for up to six months or until the date prescribed by a border services officer upon arrival to Canada.

Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive (CAD$7) process that takes just a few minutes to complete online. In addition to a fast process, the eTA is electronically linked to a traveler’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires. 

Travelers with passports from visa-required countries and territories need a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada.

A visa is an official document that is inserted inside a passport giving permission for you to come to Canada.

Find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa

Payment Process

The Professional Full-time Programs cost $9,000 for 480 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.r team.

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Toronto 647 793 2333

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Toronto 647 793 2333

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