UX Designer Professional
The UX Designer Professional program is a comprehensive 12 week, full-time immersive Diploma program, designed to provide students with in-depth practical experience in UX and Digital Design, teaching all of the relevant skills and tools that are needed to succeed as a UX designer in today's rapidly evolving tech industry.
12 Weeks Full-Time
Next start date Jan 9, 2017Interested in a later date?
UX Designer Professional Overview
User Experience Design (UX Design) is a wide umbrella that encompasses many design fields. Working with a designer’s mentality can shift the direction of a product, whether offline or digital, into a user- and business-focused direction. It is a method that combines all requirements and allows to design functional, beautiful, and meaningful experiences.
This immersive 12-week program will help you learn the UX Design process and prepare you to become a Junior UX Designer. You will work on five projects, two of which are with real clients who are part of our tight-knit community. Throughout the UX Design Professional program you will establish a comprehensive understanding of how to design for mobile apps, web apps and mobile-first websites. 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
Learn research methods and get to know the thoughts and contexts of your users
Build products around the needs, wants, and limitations of the end-user
Work with a thought-process that bridges users and business requirements for the most impactful design possible
Learn the process of structuring the design of shared information environments with user behaviours in mind
Explore user testing methods to design more effective interfaces
Prototyping and User Interface Design
Design intuitive interfaces that guide the user to accomplish their tasks
Sketch and Invision
Learn to effectively use the skills and tools used in today's world of digital design
Workflow and Client Management
Discover how to work with clients, manage expectations and set up workflows that deliver the results clients are looking for
UX Industry Software
Learn the essential professional industry tools likes Sketch, Omnigraffle, InVision and Axure
Mobile User Experience
Master responsive layouts, touch interactions and input techniques
Day in the life of a UX 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
From morning stretches to icebreakers and improv games, we'll make sure to start the day off on a right note.
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Learn new skills directly from the industry. Our lessons are immersive, engaging and relevant.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hang out in the kitchen with students from other programs or listen to a guest speaker from the industry.
1:00pm - 4:45pm
Workshop and Group Time
Practice newly learned skills, work on your projects and get one-on-one support from instructors.
4:45pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Fall 2015 Graduate
I was looking for something to supplement my skill-set and wanted to get my feet wet in website design and the tech industry so I decided to make the move. It was very refreshing, at times stressful, and one of the best things I’ve done in my professional career. Not only did I learn a lot about UX, but I met some pretty amazing people. It’s not just a school that helps you in academically but RED also focuses a lot on personal development. It gave me new life!
Fall 2015 Graduate
I decided to go to RED after spending some time in the job market and realizing that I needed to make my resume a bit more competitive. Right from the start I would say the most impactful aspect was the environment you are walking into everyday. I can’t speak for the other classrooms, but within UX the instructors did an amazing job of building a space where we all felt open and comfortable to learn, fail, grow and challenge each other.
Meet Your Instructors
Lead Instructor, UX Designer
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 values collaboration and community-driven work. Michael has designed and taught a UX curriculum, one was an initiative focused on increasing digital literacy among youth from inner city communities.
Instructor, UX Designer
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.
Instructor, UX Designer
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.
Instructor, UX Designer
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.
What Makes RED Unique
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.
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.
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.
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.
What softwares will I use?
The UX Design program uses many different softwares. To keep structure and communication clear, we use tools like Slack and Trello. For our design work, we use Omnigraffle, Axure, Sketch, and Invision. All tools that are actively used in the industry.
Do we need to use MAC for this program or can I use PC for the projects?
We recommend for you to use MAC in the professional program as most of the UX tools are very mac-friendly.
What jobs can I get with this course?
Past graduates have gone to work as Junior UX Designers, User Experience Researchers, Interaction Designers and Content Strategists.
Do I need a design background?
Not necessarily, however it can beneficial if you already have a foundational knowledge in graphic design.
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.
Will you help me find a job?
Yes. We have a highly experienced staff primary responsibility is to get our students into jobs they love. Our hiring partner network includes Hootsuite, Unbounce, Telus, Live Nation, Vision Critical, Cossette, Drive Digital, 6S Marketing, Noise Digital and many more!
We have put in place an intensive professional development training program in addition to the technical skills we teach. We teach students how to nail a technical interview. We get our students online and offline brand to an industry ready standard. We provide enumerable networking opportunities to get students feet wet early in their program.
Do you have a payment plan or any financing options?
Yes we do. After paying your deposit, there are two options:
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.
Start Dates and Pricing
UX Designer Professional
RED Academy Toronto
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.
Winter 2017 Cohort January 9, 2017
Spring 2017 Cohort April 10, 2017
Summer 2017 Cohort July 4, 2017
Fall 2017 Cohort October 2, 2017