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24 Weeks Full-Time
Next start date Apr 10, 2017Interested in a later date?
Pay 50% of your tuition by February 17th to receive a $500 discount on this program.
Full-Stack Designer Professional Overview
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 components of the interface are intuitive, designed beautifully, crafted strategically, and meet the needs of the user, the outcome of the experience will be positively impactful, memorable and marketable.
User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Designers have 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 digital design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business.
Through this immersive 12-week program, you will learn the deep principles of UX Design process while diving into how to apply visual design principles using industry standard software to create highly engaging user interfaces for mobile apps, web apps, mobile-first websites and digital marketing campaigns. You will work on 10 projects, three of which are with real clients who are part of our tight-knit community. 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.
Explore user testing methods to design more effective interfaces.
Build products around the goals of the end user.
Learn the process of structuring the design of shared information environments with user behaviours in mind.
Typography, Colour & Composition
Create coherent and balanced designs by making good use of colour, typography and other visual elements.
Workflow and Client Management
Understand how to work with clients, manage expectations and set up workflows that deliver the results clients are looking for.
Master responsive layouts, touch interactions and input techniques.
User Interface Design & Prototyping
Creating marketable and intuitive websites and apps that guide the user to accomplish their tasks.
Design Software Use
Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, InVision, Omnigraffle, Axure and get an introduction to InDesign.
Creative and Design Thinking
Lead brainstorming sessions to facilitate conceptual thinking and adopt a strategic and human-centric approach to problem solving. Work with a thought-process that bridges users and business requirements for the most impactful design possible.
Day in the life of a Full-Stack Designer 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 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
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
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.
Lead Instructor, UI & Communication Design
Julie is a Designer with expertise in crafting highly engaging digital experiences for organizations like TELUS, YYoga, Escents, and Rutgers University at digital agency Pound & Grain. Originally from New-Caledonia, she joined the RED team where she uses her well-rounded set of skills and her background in fine arts & coding to fuel her strong enthusiasm for teaching UI & Communication Design. Julie is passionate about thinking of innovative ways to leverage human-centric design at every possible moment – whether it’s through her teaching, her design work, or while contributing to the betterment of her surroundings.
Lead Instructor, UX Design
Karina is an experienced UX and graphic designer with a primary focus on interaction design and product development. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology, she originally started as a digital illustrator and gradually moved to web development and branding. Her biggest passion is working with startups and custom-built products, as it gives her a chance to work with different stages of the product, from visual identity, design, and branding to front-end development, market research and testing.
Instructor, UI & Communication Design
With over 5 years of experience as a graphic designer taking on projects and campaigns across print and digital mediums, Andro is driven by design that strikes a balance between creative and strategic fields. Having graduated from RED Academy’s own UX Design Program, Langara’s Electronic Media Design and Communication Arts Program as well as a BA in Management Communications Technology, Andro brings in an expansive wealth of knowledge, skills and insights in the realm of User Interface and Communication Design. An avid runner and lover of all music, Andro’s days are fuelled by his passion to create compelling stories, engaging brands and bottomless cups of coffee.
Instructor, UX Design
I moved from London to Vancouver in 2015. With a view to getting some great outdoors in my life and to be a part of a young a thriving tech scene. I like to make websites and apps as easy and as seamless as possible to use, by looking at the psychology of how we use the web, talking to users and integrating the most useful technology to create an enjoyable and successful experience for the user and the business alike. My affinity with being a conversationalist and my passion for design made teaching others my knowledge a challenging but exciting step.
Instructor, UX Design
Robert is a people person and a person of the arts. From tiny start ups, to digital agencies to massive corporations, Robert brings 10 years design experience from a wide range of industries. Woven into those years is a wealth of experience and love of new media, visual and performance arts. Immensely social and outgoing, he has an equal love of working with people – be it helping, mentoring, teaching them or just having a good old conversation. But what puts him over the moon? Bringing those worlds together. Seeing the positive impact that comes of bringing art, design and people together is what Robert considers pure bliss.
Our Hiring Partners help tailor our curriculum and hire our graduates.
Gain the skills to ace your first tech interview, develop your online and offline brand, network like a pro, and launch your new career.
Receive one-on-one career guidance, continued education, and access to our network until you land your dream job.
Become integrated into the local tech community and display your talents to our network of hiring partners.
Full-Stack Designer FAQs
What type of projects will I work on?
Throughout the program, you will be briefed on 10 different projects including 3 community partner projects (working with real world clients) and you will also 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 a deep challenge to shift from a tech newbie to a savvy digital designer.
How is the course structured?
The Full-Stack Designer Professional Program is structured in two 12-week modules. It’s essentially the combination of the UI & Communication Design Professional Program with the UX Professional Program.
What software will I learn?
Our main focus for technical skills will be in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Omnigraffle and Axure. You will also get to know InVision, and receive a quick introduction to Adobe InDesign. 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 any coding skills before enrolling the program?
You don’t need any coding skills in this program. We will teach you some basic knowledge of coding with HTML & CSS.
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 courses 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 computer 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, Communication Designer, Junior UX Designer, User Experience Researcher, and Content Strategist.
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 are the requirements for entering the program?
Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We concentrate on a self-directed learning model which 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. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
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.
Will you help me find a job?
Absolutely! We have our RED commitment that means we’ll work with you until you find your fit in tech. We provide an intensive professional development training program that provides the guidance, skills and tips for identifying, applying and landing your dream job. Also, we provide enumerable networking opportunities to get our students’ feet wet early in their program.
Start Dates and Pricing
Full-Stack Designer Professional
RED Academy Vancouver
24 weeks, full-time
Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received. Also note that the 24 week program period excludes the 2 weeks between December 17 to January 1st during which there won't be any classes.
Spring 2017 Cohort April 10, 2017
Summer 2017 Cohort July 4, 2017
Fall 2017 Cohort October 2, 2017