launch a career in ux

about the ux 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

what you’ll learn

Design

User Experience: The Big Picture

UX Fundamentals

Prototyping Technique for UX Design

Psychology of Interaction Design

& More!

UX design encompasses the entire user journey, so it’s a multidisciplinary role. 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. 

Research

UX Strategy Fundamentals

Conducting UX Research

UX Research Analysis

UX User Testing

UX research gathers user information by using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. 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.

Visual Design

Big Picture: Visual Design

Color Theory Fundamentals

Typography: Getting Started

Advanced Typography

& More!

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.

additional courses

job search

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

workplace productivity

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

career kickstarter workshop

Through a series of 3 virtual workshops and 1 employer panel, you will be guided through a series of steps to discover your unique career targets and create a strategy to work towards realizing your career goals. In these sessions guided by EnPoint, you will gain a better understanding of your career objectives, learn how to leverage industry networks, uncover “hidden” opportunities, and understand how to position yourself to get the job you want! 

important dates

april 12: applications close

april 19: program orientation (12pm NS/12:30pm NL)

may 3: career kickstarter #1 (12pm NS/12:30pm NL)

may 17: career kickstarter #2 (12pm NS/12:30pm NL)

may 30: career kickstarter #3 (12pm NS/12:30pm NL)

june 28: tech employer panel (12pm NS/12:30pm NL)

july 12: program end

“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

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This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program