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 Jul 4, 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.

Alumni stories

Whitney Law, UX Designer Professional Course - Vancouver Graduate
Whitney Law
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!

Katherine Wearing, UX Designer Professional Course - Vancouver Graduate
Katherine Wearing
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.

Chris Ulmer UX Designer and Alumni RED Academy
Chris Ulmer
Fall 2015 Graduate

RED Academy was by far the most enjoyable way to learn a new skill. The teachers made every day fun with morning activities, plenty of hands-on learning, and the ability to complete real-world projects. At the end of it all, you are capable of going into a new career. By the end of the program I was able to create a resume and portfolio that I was proud of. Along with that and networking, I was able to find a job 2 months after graduation.


Jason the most hansome and fun of the Instructors
Jason Keen
Lead Instructor, UX Designer

Jason moved from London to Vancouver in 2015 to explore the Pacific Northwest and to be a part of a young and thriving tech scene. He likes to make websites and apps as easy and as seamless as possible to use by the end-user. Jason actions this 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. His affinity with being a conversationalist and his passion for design made teaching others my knowledge a challenging but exciting step. When not solving complex problems, Jason enjoys bouldering, climbing, and cycles everywhere.

Robert MacKie, UX Designer Professional Instructor - Vancouver
Robert MacKie
Instructor, UX Designer

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. Robert spends his evenings performing Improv in Vancouver.

virtual reality
Andee Pittman
TA, UX Designer

Andrea sees life as a series of experiences and strives for improved performance in every project she takes on. Andee’s latest project was designing a mobile app for Change Heroes, a platform for non-profit organizations to use the fundraising power of peer-to-peer giving. With a focus on the campaign creator’s experience, she’s excited to see the project’s impact on the company and its affiliates when it’s released later this year. As a graduate of RED Academy’s full-time professional program, she’s delighted to be a part of the RED family and share what she’s learned with others who are committed to making the world a better, more user-friendly place.

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 are the requirements for entering the program?

Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. Program-wise, we concentrate on a self-directed learning model. This 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.

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.

Do you have a payment plan or any financing options?

Yes we do. After paying your deposit, there are two options:

1. The remainder of your tuition is paid in full 30 days prior to the term start date. Early bird discounts are available if you pay the first 50% within 60 days of the course start date.
2. The remainder of your tuition is paid in three instalments: 1/3 is paid 30 days prior to the start date of the term, 1/3 is paid on the term start date, and 1/3 is paid 30 days after the term start date. For part-time courses the financing option is +$100 and for full-time it’s +$300, with the fee attached to the first payment.

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 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.

Summer 2017 Cohort July 4, 2017

Fall 2017 Cohort October 2, 2017

Winter 2018 Cohort January 8, 2018

Spring 2018 Cohort April 9, 2018

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333

Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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