What is UI 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 this 10 week part-time program, students will gain the introductory skills required to apply design theory foundations to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an overview of the UI Design process and be able to put in practice their knowledge of composition, colour, typography and interaction design to create interfaces using Sketch and Photoshop. Students will also have the necessary skills to make appropriate design intuitive user interfaces that give users what they are looking for, where they are looking for it, and when they need it.
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What you'll learn
Typography, Colour & Composition
Create coherent and balanced designs by making good use of colour, typography and other visual elements.
User Interface Design & Prototyping
Get an overview of the UX Design process, and use UI Design principles to create usable and memorable experiences.
Web & App Design
Create designs for the responsive web, and build interfaces that are optimized for iOS and Android.
Design Software Use
Create UI Designs in Sketch, pick up Photoshop for photo editing and use InVision to create interactive prototypes.
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.
Create a visual identity and a digital style guide concept for an app and a landing page.
UX/UI Designer & Instructor
After graduating from Seneca College in Interactive Design Media, Liz currently works at G Adventures (an adventure travel company) as a Web and UX Designer. She loves easy to navigate and simply designed websites, applications and interfaces. She finds the psychology of good user experience fascinating and inspiring, motivating her to grow as a designer every day. She loves to keep up with the fast-growing pace of technology by reading articles about new and emerging tech. In her spare time Liz likes to play video games, brainstorm fun inventions, work on a new DJ mix or simply curl up with her cat and watch weird cult-classic movies. She also loves food, web culture and social media.
UX Designer - Instructor
After graduating York University / Sheridan College with a bachelor’s in design, Andrea relocated to Hong Kong to work in retail branding and exhibition design. Since then she has moved back to Toronto to work in advertising specializing in digital communications. Now, Andrea helps shape the future of TV everywhere applications at Digiflare as a senior interactive designer. Andrea is curious about the methods in which humans physically and emotionally connect with the world through design and innovation. Always searching for new ways to create user-centric experiences through her designs to evoke feedback. Andrea is evolving everyday as the world around us adapts to innovations.
What software will I learn?
Our main focus for technical skills will be in Sketch for UI Design and Photoshop for high-level photo editing. 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 to use a Mac for this program or can I use a PC?
The program we will use to create our design (Sketch) is only available on Apple computers so we request that you work on a macbook.
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'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. 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.
Prices and Dates
User Interface Design Foundation
RED Academy Toronto
10 weeks, part-time. Tuesday & Thursday, 6 - 9pm
Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received.
Winter 2017 Cohort January 16, 2017
Spring 2017 Cohort April 18, 2017
Summer 2017 Cohort July 11, 2017
Fall 2017 Cohort October 10, 2017