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 Oct 2, 2017
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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.




industry focused


hours of instruction

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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User-Centred Design
Build products around the goals of the end user.
Design Thinking
Work with a thought-process that bridges users and business requirements for the most impactful design possible
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
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
Understand 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
Morning Exercise
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
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

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.

UX Design FAQs

What software 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.

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 be 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.

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.

Start Dates and Pricing

UX Designer Professional


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.

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

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.

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333

Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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