UX Designer Foundation

The UX Designer Foundation program is a comprehensive part-time UX Design Certificate program, designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles of UX and Digital Design. The course is taught by seasoned industry professionals over 10 weeks in two weekly evenings sessions or on Saturdays, and is designed to provide our graduates with the right skills, tools and software to help them succeed in today's UX and design industry.

Next start date Jan 16, 2017
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UX Design Foundation Overview

This program is an introduction to user experience design. Students will gain introductory skills in research, planning, design, testing and iterating for digital products. The program will include an introduction to user-centred design and design thinking that runs through the entire program. Students will also learn to use design and prototyping tools, as well as essential presentation and story telling skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an overview of the entire UX process, and will be able to gather requirements, conduct user research, construct a basic site-map and information architecture, leverage design patterns to construct wireframes, design a responsive website, use prototypes to test website designs, and construct a visual theme for a website. Students will learn to use Sketch for visual design and wireframing, and will learn to use Invision to build prototypes.




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What you'll learn

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User Research
Learn how and when to use the appropriate user experience research methods.
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User-Centred Design
Build products around the needs, wants, and limitations of the end user.
UX Methods
Personas, User Stories, Consumer Journey Maps, Stakeholder Interviews: master the skills industry is looking for.
Information Architecture
Learn the process of structuring the design of shared information environments with user behaviours in mind.
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Usability Testing
Explore user testing methods to design more effective interfaces.
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Prototyping and User Interface Design
Learn to design intuitive interfaces that give the user what they are looking for, where they are looking for it.
UX Design Tools
Learn essential professional UX tools Sketch and InVision.
Workflow and Client Managament
Understand how to work with clients, manage expectations and set up workflows that deliver the results clients are looking for.

Alumni Stories

Kit Walton, UX Designer student Vancouver
Kit Walton
Winter 2016 Graduate

During my time at RED while working on my UX project for Shopidarity (app for connecting users to go in on sharing bulk purchases), I became a member of the team and now have Creative Director and co-founder status. We got funding from VanCity Credit Union to incorporate as a Co-op, as well as full tuition to take this project through Spring’s Kick business incubator program, which was held on RED’s second floor.

Yo Chen
Yo Chen
Fall 2015 Graduate

Definitely the exceptional hands-on support received from the instructors at all time, complemented by a superb communal and progressive atmosphere! You immediately feel like being part of the family from Day 1! Student success is at the very core of RED and the entire team indeed carry that spirit throughout as they genuinely care about elevating your personal growth and take each individual’s positive transformation to heart!


Stuart Thursby, UX Designer Foundation Course Instructor - Toronto
Stuart Thursby
UX Designer - Instructor

Stuart Thursby is an art director, primarily focused on all things interactive. He works at T4G Kick, with previous work experience at places such as Proximity/BBDO, Teehan+Lax, Edelman, and AJ&Smart. To date, he’s worked on all manner of campaigns, websites, and apps across the digital ecosystem, touching on every part of the process from initial strategy work to the final production of assets. The way he sees it, UX is a way of thinking and approaching problems and solutions that influences everything from the brief to the final product. His primary goal is to stretch the creative product in pursuit of maximizing the audience’s understanding and resonance.

Michael Dedrick, UX Designer Foundation Course Instructor - Toronto
Michael Dedrick
UX Designer - Instructor

In Michael’s world, users come first. With 18 years of experience in the industry, Michael’s design and UX acumen have proven to be game-changers for a host of industry elite seeking to impact their target audience with sophisticated, intuitive experiences. In previous roles, he has designed complex user-facing software used by Apple, IBM, Costco and Walmart. His background in Classical/3D animation, motion graphics and film has helped him develop a well-rounded approach to his current skill-set. Michael has designed and taught a UX curriculum, one was an initiative focused on increasing digital literacy among youth from inner city communities.

Neil Lee, UX Designer Foundation Course Instructor - Toronto
Neil Lee
UX Designer - Instructor

Neil is an interaction and user experience designer with over 17 years experience designing and developing interfaces for organizations such as Mozilla, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Globe and Mail, and Yahoo!. He is passionate about teaching and education, the design of communication, and making technology accessible and usable for all. He was a founding instructor for Red River College’s full-time “Digital Media Design” certificate program, where he created and taught courses related to designing and writing for the web. His UX work on the CBC News iPad app helped it win the award for best tablet edition at the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Liz Kucharska, UX Designer Foundation Course Instructor - Toronto
Liz Kucharska
UX 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.

Andrea Barros, UX Designer Foundation Course Instructor - Toronto
Andrea Barros
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.


Do I need a design background?

No. You will gain introductory skills in graphic design and understanding of design guidelines.

Do I need to have MAC for this program?

We recommend for you to use MAC in the foundation program as most of the UX tools are very mac-friendly. However we had a few students that use PC and still finished their projects successfully.

What are the requirements?

Our requirements are more focused on having 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.

Do you have a payment plan or any financing options?

Yes we do. After paying your deposit, there are two options:

1. The remainder of your tuition is paid in full 30 days prior to the term start date. Early bird discounts are available if you pay the first 50% within 60 days of the course start date.
2. The remainder of your tuition is paid in three instalments: 1/3 is paid 30 days prior to the start date of the term, 1/3 is paid on the term start date, and 1/3 is paid 30 days after the term start date. For part-time courses the financing option is +$100 and for full-time it’s +$300, with the fee attached to the first payment.

RED is an affiliate partner with GROW, a Vancouver based lending company that provides a specific type of loan for people that are looking for short-term technical training.

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UX Designer Foundation


RED Academy Toronto

10 weeks, part-time. Mondays & Wednesday, 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.

Winter 2017 Cohort January 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Cohort April 17, 2017

Summer 2017 Cohort July 10, 2017

Fall 2017 Cohort October 9, 2017

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333

Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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