UX Designer Professional Work-Study

The UX Designer Professional program is a comprehensive 48 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.

48 Weeks Work-Study
Next start date Jan 8, 2018
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UX Designer Professional
Work Study Overview

The academic portion of the course is 24 weeks full-time, and runs from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Monday to Friday. The remaining 24 weeks of the course is a work placement.

In this program, students will learn how to engage in the entire UX design process, taking abstract ideas and refining them into concrete solutions. Skills taught include user experience research, planning, design, testing, and technical aspects of user experience design. They’ll work in a team-based environment, set up collaborative workflows and communicate with their clients, designers and potential employers. Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to network and build connections with hiring partners and professionals. They’ll also be given an introduction to their field and the skills necessary to work on technical teams in an agency, in-house, start-up, corporate or freelance environment. By the end of the course they’ll have developed a robust portfolio to jump-start their careers.


weeks Academic


weeks Co-op


hours in total

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.

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.

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 Work-Study


RED Academy Vancouver

48 weeks, Monday-Friday, 5pm - 9pm

Please note that places on our programs are limited, and are offered in the order that applications are received. The application deadline for the Fall 2017 cohort is June 30. Regular price is $12,500, Early Bird discount available for registrations sent until June 30th

Winter 2018 Cohort Start Date January 8

Admission Process

We operate on a rolling admissions system, admitting students that 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 an Admissions team member and an instructor from the program.

3. A program specific assignment 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 English is not one of your native languages, we may require 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

For international students (those who do not hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency in Canada), that intend to take one of our programs, you will be required to apply for a Study & Work Permit within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You may apply using IRCC online application tool or by paper.

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada, in addition to your Permits.

These are some of the required documents to apply:

  • Passport with at least 15 months left before expiry
  • Photo (IRCC has specific requirements of the Visa application photograph)
  • Proof of financial support
  • RED Academy’s Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • RED Academy’s DLI number (Pending approval)

We encourage our future student to seek help when applying for the Study & Work Permits, however, please, refer to this IRCC link for further information on how to apply for your permit.

If you are transferring to RED Academy from a Canadian educational institution, you must notify IRCC when you change institutions in your MyCIC account.
It is your responsibility to know and understand the International Student Immigration Regulations. For more information, visit the IRCC website.

Payment Process

The Professional Work-Study Programs cost $9,500 for 480 hours of instruction plus 480 hours of work experience. 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 individual’s financial circumstances, we have payment structures and financing options available. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our team.

Click here to see Withdrawal Policy and our Refunds Policy.

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Toronto 647 793 2333

Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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