Looking to get ahead of the curve? RED Academy is offering a summer of free tuition (CONTEST)

Jun 23 2018, 12:03 am

Summers are typically reserved for relaxing weekends and making the most out of Vancouver’s great outdoors, but for anyone who wants to get ahead in their career, it’s also the best season to invest in yourself.

This means brushing up on your soft skills, adding new ones to your resume and connecting with like-minded people — all conveniently under one roof.  

In the first week of July, technology and design school RED Academy will offer one lucky Daily Hive reader a full scholarship for one of their four part-time summer programs, ensuring you still have time to squeeze in the most of summer.

The scholarship will allow you to attend evening or weekend courses that range between five and 10 weeks. Students will also get a chance to work in a team atmosphere, interact with industry-known instructors and work on agency-type projects, prepping them for the real world.

Every Friday, all students are invited to RED’s Friday Social, where they get the chance to socialize and build their networks with other like-minded students about to enter the tech industry.

This the best way to get ahead of the curve and ensure your new skills will keep you in sync with the industry’s latest updates, and with all this newfound knowledge, you will definitely stand out from your peers come fall.

The programs are also ideal for anyone considering switching industries, recent graduates or even Vancouverites who want to start their own brands as influencers.

A steady summer school schedule will not only make you more organized, but you will avoid letting summer slip by just like those years before. It’s time for something new.

Part-time programs at RED include Digital Designer Foundation (10 weeks), UX Designer Essentials (five weeks), UI Designer Essentials (five weeks) and Digital Marketing Foundation (10 weeks).

Even if you opt for a five-week course, you still have a full month of summer leftover for your other hobbies like hiking, biking or searching for the city’s best outdoor patio.  

Not sure which program to choose? Here’s what you can expect enrolling in one of these part-time programs.

Digital Designer Foundation: Starts July 10 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings

This 60-hour course, which is broken down into two evening classes per week, offers students an introduction to digital design, with a focus on user-centered design practices.

Whether you’re looking into a career path in digital communication design, or just want to upgrade your design skill-set, this program will allow you to learn skills in research, planning, design, testing and iterating for digital products.

On top of this, you will also learn how to use design and prototyping tools, making it an easy addition to your resume just after 10 weeks.

By the end of the course, students will have an overview of UX and UI design processes, as well as being able to create basic sitemaps, visual themes and even responsive websites.

UX Designer Essentials: Starts July 10 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings

This 30-hour program gives you an overview of the entire user experience process, and equips you with the skills needed to conduct user research, construct basic sitemaps and use prototypes to test user-centric design.

Throw yourself into user-testing and creative thinking as you learn how to design, test and iterate for digital products. By the end, students will have a basic understanding on the UX Design process and the will have had a chance to practice their new design skill-set in the digital space.

UI Designer Essentials: Starts August 14 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings

This 30-hour program will give you the skills to design stunning visuals, while the core of it will help you understand design theory foundations for digital design. And with all that leftover free time this summer, it may be worthwhile to design a portfolio even for yourself (with your new resume, of course).

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Visual Design process and will have had a chance to practice their knowledge of colour, typography, composition and interaction by creating their own digital interfaces with Sketch.

Digital Marketing Foundations: Starts July 10 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, or July 14 on Saturdays

This 60-hour program is designed for people who want to get their foot in the door of the digital marketing world. Students will gain practical skills needed to develop a comprehensive digital marketing strategy, using the software and the tools relevant in today’s industry.

By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of digital marketing campaigns, leveraging data to determine costs per acquisition and ROI, and will have experience with industry-based client projects.

Enter for your chance to win a scholarship for a part-time program at RED Academy, exclusive to Daily Hive readers.


One full scholarship (free tuition) to any of RED Academy’s part-time summer courses.


To enter to win, visit RED Academy online and fill out this form telling RED Academy what you’d do with your new-found RED skillset this summer.

This contest is being run in accordance with RED Academy’s own rules and regulations.

For more information or to register for a part-time program starting in July,  visit RED Academy now.

RED Academy

Where: RED Academy – 1490 West Broadway #200

Contact: (778) 379-7175

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