UX Design Essentials

The UX Design Essentials program is a comprehensive part-time UX Design Certificate program, designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles of UX for digital products. The course is taught by seasoned industry professionals over 5 weeks in two weekly evenings sessions, and is designed to provide you with the right skills, tools and software to help them succeed in today's UX and design industry.

Next start date Nov 13, 2017
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About this course

The UX Design Essentials program is an introduction to user experience design with a strong emphasis on human-centered design practices. In this course, you will gain introductory skills in research, planning, design, testing and iterating for digital products. You will also learn to use design and prototyping tools, as well as essential presentation and storytelling skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have an overview of the entire UX process, and will be able to gather requirements, conduct user research, construct a basic sitemap and information architecture, leverage design patterns to construct wireframes, design a responsive website, and use prototypes to test website designs. You will learn to use Sketch to create wireframes and mid-fidelity mockups, and will learn to use Invision to build prototypes.






hours of instruction

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-Centered Design
Build products around the needs and contexts 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.
Web & App Design
Create designs for the responsive web, and build interfaces that are optimized for iOS and Android.
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Usability Testing
Explore user testing methods to design more effective interfaces.
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Learn to build prototypes to test your designs
Creative Thinking
Lead brainstorming sessions to facilitate conceptual thinking and adopt a strategic and human-centric approach to problem solving.


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 Van City 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

Best part about RED is 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!


Lead Ux instructor Karina eating red sweeties
Karina Daukaeva
Director of Design, The Good UX

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.

Brian Holt
UI Developer, Unbounce

Brian is a UI Developer at Unbounce and brings a wealth of UX and UI knowledge to RED. Brian has worked with a wide range of clients, including Unbounce, Viatec, Thinklandia, VicFest, BCLMA, McQuarrie Hunter, Hammerberg Lawyers. Brian loves seeing the students adapt to unexpected problems they face either in their designs or assumptions. What attracted him to RED was the opportunity to learn new skills, especially soft skills, while teaching. Although Brian is a unicorn, his spirit animal is a giraffe.

Andres Navas,TA UX DesignerFoundation
Andres Navas
UX Designer, Pound & Grain

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Andres comes to RED from a mechanical engineering background. He spent approximately eight years working in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, clean energy, water slide design, and manufacturing. However, it’s his passion for design, arts, creativity and psychology that inspired him to make a career change into UX Design. Andres is passionate about the research and strategic planning of the design process. Andres believes that a positive attitude, having fun, and making time to play are key to personal development. In his spare time he enjoys creating and designing games for his friends, and hopes to impact the gaming industry in the future.

Chris Dammeyer
Interactive Designer, Camp Pacific

Chris is a pharmacist-turn-designer and currently works as an Interactive Designer, Camp Pacific. Chris brings enormous amounts of drive and enthusiasm to RED and takes pride in his ability to empathize with the users, whether for the end user within design or his patients within healthcare- this is the common thread between his two careers. Creative direction and design in general are his passion, however he is especially drawn to creating products that allow people to solve their problems or improve their life in some tangible way.


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

What is the difference between the Foundation and Professional Programs?

Our Foundation Program was designed as a hands-on introduction to the field of study. You will work on two major projects throughout the duration of the program. Although it’s a great beginning for somebody who wants a design career, two projects are not enough to build a design portfolio, which is required for any design job application.

If you are looking to change careers and build a portfolio, we strongly recommend taking one of our Professional Programs, which are either 12-week or 24-week full time programs. They were 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 tech community, however, is really our secret sauce: by taking a course at RED, you become a part of our extended tech family and get access to industry professionals, alumni, and other partners.

What kind of students take your classes?

Our students are all across the board, from cognitive science students who are learning to code to dancers turned UX designers and everyone in-between. We have a lot of students who are recent graduates, people looking to switch careers, and entrepreneurs wanting to gain the technical skills to turn their ideas into reality.

Start Dates and Pricing

UX Design Essentials


RED Academy Vancouver

Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30pm

Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received.

Fall 2017 Cohort November 13, 2017

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Payment Process

The Essentials Part-time Programs cost $1,900 for 30 hours of instruction. A deposit of $950 ($250 non-refundable) is required upon acceptance into the program to reserve one’s place. Full payment is due before the program begins.

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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