Skills For Hire Atlantic

launch a career in user experience design

launch a career in user experience design

about the user experience program

July 19 – October 11, 2021

This course will cover the steps of a general design process for user experience: UX design, research and visual design. The last step of the process, implementation, is to turn your final prototype into a working product and that requires application development skills, so we will not cover it in this course. User experience encompasses all aspects of an end user’s interaction with a company, its services and products. An uncompelling user experience may affect an organizations ability to achieve its business goals. The overall design has a huge role in a user’s experience therefore the importance of usability and accessibility will be covered through the elements of visual design. In this course, you will learn about a day in the role of a UX designer, the impact a UX strategy has on an organization in the long term, and how your product can provide both functionalities and an enjoyable experience for users through a step-by-step guide of the user experience design process.

The program flows at a pace determined by each individual participant, but to get the most from the experience, this program is designed to be completed within 12 weeks. This program is a great fit if you love to learn online, are self motivated and can dedicate the required time to the program. 

To be eligible for our programs you must be 18 years or older and have completed a high school GED or equivalent. You must also be a resident of Nova Scotia or Newfoundland & Labrador

Applications for this program run from June 7th to July 5th

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what you’ll learn

UX Design

UX design encompasses the entire user journey, so it’s a multidisciplinary role. However, there are clear delineations between UI Design and User Experience as a whole. This skill focuses on the required knowledge needed to implement good UX without the additional layer of UI design. This skill will cover the Why, What, and How of product use as well as how to sketch wireframes and build testable prototypes. The design phase is continuously reiterated to update the prototypes and eliminate unforeseen problems. 

Courses covered: User Experience:The Big Picture, UX Fundamentals, Prototyping Technique for UX Design, Psychology of Interaction Design, Interaction Design Fundamentals,  Creating User Experiences: Fundamental Design Principals, UX Role and Impact on Organizations, Meeting Web Accessibility Guidelines 

UX Research

UX research gathers user information by using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including interviews, contextual inquiries, diary studies, personas, card sorting, and usability testing. The focus is on the systematic approach to gathering and interpreting collected data. It is with this newly discovered information that we are able to evaluate how to efficiently influence users. Learning about the end-users helps you understand them and ensures that your product solves their problems.

Courses covered: UX Strategy Fundamentals, Conducting UX Research, UX Research Analysis , UX User Testing

Visual Design

Visual design is the use of imagery, color, space, typography, and layouts to enhance usability and improve the user experience. In this skill you learn about the fundamental concepts of what makes good design, and how to apply those concepts to make functional, intuitive designs for your products. Accessibility is deeply considered throughout the whole process of visual design. 

Courses Covered: Big Picture: Visual Design, Color Theory Fundamentals, Typography: Getting Started, Advanced Typography, Visual Composition and Layouts, UX Design Creating Wireframes, InVision Studio Fundamentals, Making Sense of UX and Design in the Enterprise, Sketch Fundamentals 

Job Search

Even before you begin looking for employment, it’s important to assess your skills, attitude, and responsibilities. This online course path will make sure you’re ready to find and keep a job and grow your career.

Workplace Productivity

This online course path will help you develop strong communication, the ability to deal with customers and difficult people, and various other transferable skills in addition to your technical web design and development training.

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additional program benefits

Although the majority of this program is self-directed, you will also have access to consistent support from the Skills for Hire team throughout the duration of the 12 weeks through our live-demo sessions, program slack channel, career kickstarter series and industry mentorship.

Live demo sessions

You will have the option of dropping into weekly live demo sessions over Zoom each week with a Skills for Hire program specialist. These sessions are designed to help you better understand the web development skills you are learning through watching one of our program specialists perform hands-on web development live over Zoom. Our live demo sessions will offer a deep dive into a different aspect of the curriculum each week.


Program slack channel

The Skills for Hire Slack channel is an online virtual messaging platform that allows you to connect with your peers and the Skills for Hire team. Each week we will post  resources, tips, and suggestions for how you can practice your skills and launch your career. You will have access to the Skills for Hire Slack channel for the 12-week duration of the program.

career kickstarter series

Once you acquire all of your skills for hire, we want you to feel confident and ready to find work! During weeks 3, 5 and 7 of the program, you will have the chance to take part in 1 hour career kickstarter sessions over Zoom with our partners at EnPoint Mentorship. This 3-part series will guide you through lively discussion and hands-on activities that will help you to identify your career goals, grow your online network, polish your resume, and practice your interview skills.

industry mentorship

Skills for Hire is pleased to be partnering with the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program, in order to match  students of the Skills for Hire program with qualified ICT & Tech industry mentors across the HRM. Each participating student will have the opportunity to be matched with a connector working in the sector. Once they have had a chance to connect, the connector will then connect you with another member in their professional network in the region.

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“I have enjoyed the Skills for Hire program very much. In addition to the upgrade of our technical skills, we’ve had access to webinars and round tables that enhance the possibility of getting a job. In particular, I really enjoyed the employer panel where we had the chance to listen to what experts think about people changing careers or just trying to update their skills. From the employer panel I was able to start a relationship to extend my network and, hopefully, secure a job. I would highly recommend the program to anyone looking for a pivot in their careers. Thank you so much.”

Pablo Borys
Former Skills for Hire Student