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RED Academy

London, Toronto, Vancouver

RED Academy

Avg Rating:4.46 ( 63 reviews )

RED Academy is a full-time, 12-week or 24-week design and technology bootcamp located in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. Programs are taught by seasoned industry professionals where students work with real clients on real-world projects. Coursework is designed to be modular, immersive and radically relevant to today's tech industry, giving students the skills, tools and software to help them succeed in today’s fast-paced digital economy. RED exists to develop and support the designers, developers, disruptors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Course subjects include: fullstack web development, UX design, digital marketing, UI/communication design, & app development.

 

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  • Application Developer Professional

    Apply
    Mobile, React.js
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $10,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver, Toronto
    The Application Developer Professional program is a comprehensive 12 week, full-time immersive diploma program designed for students with some existing knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This program enables students expand their existing skill set to succeed as a junior web and/or mobile application developer. Throughout this intensive 12-week program you will learn the practical skills, techniques and best-practices used in modern, full-stack JavaScript application development by using in-demand libraries, frameworks, and platforms including React, Express, Meteor, and React Native. You’ll also learn how to work with UX and UI designers, deploy different types of databases, write maintainable and testable code, use industry-standard practices for working collaboratively in teams, and deploy your applications to the cloud.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $500 CAD (included in tuition)
    Financing
    Financing available through PayBright.Contact us for details.
    Tuition Plans
    Tuition can be paid in three installments: 30 days prior to the term start date, on the term start date, and 30 days after the term start date. This option has a financing fee of $300 CAD, with the fee attached to the first payment.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Digital Marketing Professional

    Apply
    Digital Marketing, Mobile, User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $7,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver, Toronto
    Become industry-ready in 12 weeks. Learn all aspects of a digital marketing strategy and gain hands-on experience building a portfolio with real clients. The Digital Marketing Professional Program covers all of the aspects of digital marketing and strategy to help you succeed in a career in this exciting field. You will get hands-on experience and learn to effectively use tools like Google Analytics, how to segment your target market, track customer behaviour, optimize conversion processes and ROI. Working with our Community Partners on Real Projects you will get practical hands-on experience in Website and Content Management, Marketing Strategy, Online Brand Strategy, CRO and A/B Testing, SEO and SEM, Social Media Management and Advertising.
    Financing
    Deposit
    £500
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available where you can split the cost over a number of months. Payment plans are also available where you can pay after you're employed after graduating from RED Academy.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Being able to use a laptop.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Digital Marketing Professional Work-Study

    Apply
    Digital Marketing
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week50 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $12,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver
    The academic portion of the program is 24 weeks full-time, outside of regular business hours. The remaining 24 weeks of the program is a paid work experience. In this program, you will learn to approach digital marketing decisions with a creative, data-driven, and flexible mindset to yield tangible gains for a wide variety of organizations and clients. Working in a team-based environment, you will set up collaborative workflows and communicate with your clients, designers and potential employers. Throughout the program, you will be given the opportunity to network and build connections with hiring partners and professionals. Plus be introduced to your field and gain the skills necessary to work in technical teams in an agency, in-house, start-up, corporate or freelance environment. By the end of the program, you will have developed a robust portfolio to jump-start your career. Working with our Community Partners on Real Projects you will get practical hands-on experience in Website and Content Management, Marketing Strategy, Online Brand Strategy, CRO and A/B Testing, SEO and SEM, Social Media Management and Advertising.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full-Stack Designer Professional

    Apply
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $17,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver, Toronto
    User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Designers have the skills and knowledge to create delightful visual designs that are true to the brand while balancing seamless interactivity and ease of navigation for apps and websites. With today’s growing consumer expectations of flawless, high-quality experiences, the caliber of the digital design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business. Through this immersive 12-week program, you will learn the deep principles of UX Design process while diving into how to apply visual design principles using industry standard software to create highly engaging user interfaces for mobile apps, web apps, mobile-first websites and digital marketing campaigns. You will work on 10 projects, three of which are with real clients who are part of our tight-knit community. You will work in an agency-like environment that is well supported by experienced designers and mentors.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000 CAD (included in tuition)
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full-Stack Designer Work-Study

    Apply
    User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week100 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $19,000
    Class size
    10
    Location
    Vancouver
    Designed to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of the core skills, tools, and technologies to succeed in a career as a UX/UI Designer. Interface and experience design are defining elements in how a product or service will be perceived by the end user. Designing experiences goes beyond just how the product looks: it starts with identifying human needs, and ends with the creation of pixel-perfect interfaces. With today’s growing consumer expectations of flawless, high quality experiences, the caliber of the design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business. A great digital designer has UX & UI skills and is able to design any website or app from scratch. This 96-week program (focused on UI + UX) was designed to teach you the skills and knowledge needed to create delightful visual designs that are true to the brand while balancing seamless interactivity and ease of navigation for apps and websites. Throughout the first 48 weeks of the Full-Stack Designer Program, you will engage in the creative process and learn how to apply human-centric design principles to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. You will learn the technical aspects of UX and UI Design while simultaneously building the skills to work on multidisciplinary teams in an agency, start up, or freelance environment. You will then begin a 48 week paid internship during which you will continue to apply the skills you learned in the program. By enrolling in the course, you will learn from top industry professionals, engage in real world projects with community partners, team up with students from our other RED Academy programs, network and build connections with hiring partners and professionals in the design, technology and start-up industries, and build a robust portfolio with tangible results to jumpstart your career as a UX/UI Designer.
    Financing
    Deposit
    1650
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full-Stack Developer

    Apply
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    N/A
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    -
    The Full-Stack Developer program is a comprehensive 24 week, full-time immersive diploma program designed for beginners. This program enables students to develop the necessary skills to succeed as a junior web and/or mobile application developer. The Full-Stack Developer program has been designed to help students acquire the necessary skills to first master the fundamentals of front-end web development by coding interactive, client-facing websites and basic single-page applications (SPAs) using a combination of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and PHP. In the second half of the program, you’ll dive deeper into the back-end of the web stack and learn the practical skills, techniques and best-practices used in modern, full-stack JavaScript application development by using in-demand libraries, frameworks, and platforms including React, Express, Meteor, and React Native. You’ll also learn how to work with UX and UI designers, deploy different types of databases, write maintainable and testable code, use industry-standard practices for working collaboratively in teams, and deploy your applications to the cloud. 24 WEEK PROGRAM 2 CLIENT PROJECTS 960 HOURS
    Financing
    Deposit
    £1,000
    Financing
    Payment plans available where you can split the cost over a number of months. Payment plans are also available where you can pay after you're employed after graduating from RED Academy.
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available where you can split the cost over a number of months. Payment plans are also available where you can pay after you're employed after graduating from RED Academy.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic IT skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full-stack Developer Professional

    Apply
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $17,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver, Toronto
    Students first master the fundamentals of front-end web development by coding interactive, client-facing websites and basic single-page applications (SPAs) using a combination of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP. Students then dive deeper into the back-end of the web stack using Node.js. Coursework then goes into in-demand libraries, frameworks, and platforms including React, Express, Meteor, and React Native.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000 CAD (included in tuition)
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full-Stack Developer Work-Study

    Apply
    HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, Express.js, React.js
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week100 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $19,000
    Class size
    10
    Location
    Vancouver
    The Full-Stack Developer program is a comprehensive 96 week, full-time immersive diploma program designed for beginners. This program enables students to develop the necessary skills to succeed as a junior web and/or mobile application developer. The Full-Stack Developer program has been designed to help students acquire the necessary skills to first master the fundamentals of front-end web development by coding interactive, client-facing websites and basic single-page applications (SPAs) using a combination of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and PHP. In the second half of the program, you’ll dive deeper into the back-end of the web stack and learn the practical skills, techniques and best-practices used in modern, full-stack JavaScript application development by using in-demand libraries, frameworks, and platforms including React, Express, Meteor, and React Native. You’ll also learn how to work with UX and UI designers, deploy different types of databases, write maintainable and testable code, use industry-standard practices for working collaboratively in teams, and deploy your applications to the cloud. The initial 48 week in-class module is followed by a 48 week paid internship during which you will get to continue to apply the skills you learned in the program.
    Financing
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full Stack Marketer

    Apply
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    N/A
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    -
    Designed to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of the core skills, tools, and technologies to succeed in a career as a UX/UI Designer. Interface and experience design are defining elements in how a product or service will be perceived by the end user. Designing experiences goes beyond just how the product looks: it starts with identifying human needs, and ends with the creation of pixel-perfect interfaces. With today’s growing consumer expectations of flawless, high quality experiences, the caliber of the design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business. A great digital designer has UX & UI skills and is able to design any website or app from scratch. This 24-week program (12 weeks focused on UI + 12 weeks focused on UX) was designed to teach you the skills and knowledge needed to create delightful visual designs that are true to the brand while balancing seamless interactivity and ease of navigation for apps and websites. Throughout the 24-week Full-Stack Designer Program, you will engage in the creative process and learn how to apply human-centric design principles to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. You will learn the technical aspects of UX and UI Design while simultaneously building the skills to work on multidisciplinary teams in an agency, start up, or freelance environment. By enrolling in the course, you will learn from top industry professionals, engage in real world projects with community partners, team up with students from our other RED Academy programs, network and build connections with hiring partners and professionals in the design, technology and start-up industries, and build a robust portfolio with tangible results to jumpstart their career as a UX/UI Designer. 24 WEEK PROGRAM 5 CLIENT PROJECTS 960 HOURS
    Financing
    Deposit
    £1,000
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available where you can split the cost over a number of months. Payment plans are also available where you can pay after you're employed after graduating from RED Academy.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic IT skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Full-Stack Marketer Work-Study

    Apply
    Digital Marketing
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week100 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $19,000
    Class size
    10
    Location
    Vancouver
    Designed to give you a unique competitive edge in the job market and position yourself as a valuable and highly skilled team member. Having both marketing & visual design skills, you will be able to create marketing strategies as well as the promotional materials needed to send it to market. The Full-Stack Marketer Diploma is designed to put you in control of all stages of digital marketing: creating beautifully crafted marketing campaigns, engaging user interfaces, and leading memorable brand experiences. This program consists of 48 weeks of in-class time in UI Design and Digital Marketing, followed by a 48 week paid internship. At the end of this program, you will be able to create a brand identity and marketing strategy, design web and mobile applications, plan and execute engaging marketing campaigns, make data-driven design decisions, track customer behaviour, optimize conversions and much more. Working with our Community Partners on real projects, you will get practical hands-on experience in website and content management, marketing strategy, online brand strategy, conversion rate optimization (CRO) and A/B testing, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM), social media management and advertising.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1650
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • UI & Communication Design Professional

    Apply
    Design, Mobile, Android, iOS
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $10,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Toronto
    Throughout this 12-week program, students will engage in the creative process and learn how to apply design theory foundations to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. They will learn the technical aspects of user interface design while simultaneously building the skills to work on multidisciplinary teams in an agency, start up, or freelance environment.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $500 CAD (included in tuition)
    Financing
    Financing available through PayBright.Contact us for details.
    Tuition Plans
    Tuition can be paid in three installments: 30 days prior to the term start date, on the term start date, and 30 days after the term start date. This option has a financing fee of $300 CAD, with the fee attached to the first payment.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • UI Designer Professional

    Apply
    Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $10,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver
    Throughout the 12 week RED Academy UI Designer Professional Program, students will engage in the creative process and learn how to apply design theory foundations to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. They will learn the technical aspects of User Interface Design while simultaneously building the skills to work on multidisciplinary teams in an agency, start up, or freelance environment.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000 CAD (included in tuition)
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • UX Designer Professional

    Apply
    Digital Marketing, User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $7,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver, Toronto
    Designed to provide you with in-depth practical experience and relevant skills to succeed in a User Experience Design related field. Throughout the course of a day, we have thousands of interactions with people, places, products, and services. Some of these interactions leave us feeling accomplished, while others bring high levels of frustration. The most pleasant of these interactions occur when the exchange feels personal and intuitive. Behind these delightful interactions is thoughtful and skilled user-centric design thinking. This immersive 12-week program will teach you the UX Design process and prepare you to become a Junior UX Designer. You will work on five projects, three 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 & web apps, as well as responsive websites. You will work in an agency-like environment that is well supported by experienced designers and mentors.
    Financing
    Deposit
    £500
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available where you can split the cost over a number of months. Payment plans are also available where you can pay after you're employed after graduating from RED Academy.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Being able to use a laptop.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • UX Designer Professional Work-Study

    Apply
    User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week50 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $12,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver
    The academic portion of the program is 24 weeks full-time, outside of regular business hours. The remaining 24 weeks of the program 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 program, they’ll have developed a robust portfolio to jump-start their careers.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000 (included in tuition)
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Web Developer Professional Work-Study

    Apply
    HTML, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, Wordpress
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week50 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $12,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver
    The academic portion of the program is 24 weeks full-time, outside of regular business hours. The remaining 24 weeks of the program is a work placement. The Web Developer Professional Work-Study program has been designed to help students acquire the necessary skills to start a career as an industry-ready front-end web developer. Throughout academic portion of the program, you’ll learn the fundamental technical skills for this career path, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and WordPress. You’ll also learn about responsive web design and how to use build tools such as Gulp and Webpack. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to build up your portfolio with a series of individual projects, and at the end of the program work in a small team to build out a real-world project for a RED community partner.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1 000 (included in tuition)
    Financing
    RED programs are eligible for student loans. We also partner with paybright.com.
    Tuition Plans
    There are flexible payment plans available - please contact Admissions for more information.
    Scholarship
    For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions team.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Web Development Professional

    Apply
    AngularJS, HTML, Git, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, CSS, Wordpress
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $10,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Vancouver, Toronto
    The Web Developer Professional program has been designed to help students acquire the necessary skills to start a career as an industry-ready front-end web developer. Throughout this intensive 12-week program you’ll learn the fundamental technical skills for this career path, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and WordPress. You’ll also learn about responsive web design and how to use build tools such as Gulp and Webpack. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to build up your portfolio with a series of individual projects, and at the end of the program work in a small team to build out a real-world project for a RED community partner. This program enables students to develop the necessary skills to succeed in a career as a junior front-end web developer. In London, the Web Developer Professional program is a comprehensive 12 week, full-time immersive diploma program designed for beginners which includes: 12 WEEK PROGRAM 1 CLIENT PROJECT 480 HOURS
    Financing
    Deposit
    $500 CAD (Canada); £500 (UK)
    Financing
    Canada: Financing available through PayBright. Contact us for details.UK: Payment plans are available where you can split the cost over a number of months. Payment plans are also available where you can pay after you're employed after graduating from RED Academy.
    Tuition Plans
    Canada: Tuition can be paid in three installments: 30 days prior to the term start date, on the term start date, and 30 days after the term start date. This option has a financing fee of $300 CAD, with the fee attached to the first payment.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic IT skills. Our requirements are more focused on attitude and behaviour. We also expect students to be proficient using a computer and have good English communication skills.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes

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    The Digital Marketing Program is great! Of course, as it is very intense (3 months, Mon-Fri 9 to 5), it is easy to get stressed because it is a fast paced environment! Projects, lessons and other deliverables and internal (amusing competitions) are included in the program to make it more lively and interesting! Instructors are great, very resourceful and always willing to help!

    I went through different phases: At first I thought I was going to drop everyday, because there is a lot of content to learn and understand (first 5-6 weeks). Once we get our feet wet with the first client, everything that we learned seemed to make more sense. This real client opportunity is great as we face problems we could face in real life! Meeting their requirements and needs and having them appreciate your work, which is not always the case.
    As we got closer to the end, I felt  way more comfortable compared to the beginning of the program. It is thanks to the instructors who always believe in you!

    Keep in mind that you are learning a lot of new tech skills in 3 months, when instructors learned them on their own for years! In fact, we are very lucky to have to possibility to learn all these cool new tech skills at school!

    I would like to have more improvement in the Career part. The problem is that when our cohort started, the person in charge of career dev, got another offer elsewhere, which made it a bit hard for us to have proper follow up, in that purpose. But Creative Niche, a tech recruiting company did a decent job in terms of interview prep, resume revision, etc. Still room for improvement. Although, instructors are always happy to do mock interviews with you even after you graduate!

    The overall school atmosphere is great! take advantage of all the social events that Emily suggests! Our cohort was a bit boring so we didn't enjoy these social events as much as we could have, I regret this! I also wish we had some kind of conclusion event - apart from the prom which was a lot of fun - but like a diploma ceremony. Maybe something to introduce...

    Now RED Academy has a new member in their staff, the Manager by the name of Peter Lane! This guys is absolutely awesome, you will learn a lot along his side and he is a lot of fun and gives a so many good tips and advice!

    You'll enjoy the 3 months for sure!

    Overall it's quite a positive experience. 8.5/10

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    RED is completely unprofessional, disorganized, unaccountable, and breaks virtually all their promises.

    (I gradated from the full-time professional UX program from RED Academy in the Winter 2017 cohort in Toronto) 
     
    Where to start...let's start with the beginning on a positive note (because, *spoiler:* it goes south pretty quickly after that...). 

    This was a huge investment for me, and so I researched as much as I could into this school (which was challenging because at the time, the Toronto location was finishing up its first cohort, but still managed to talk to who I could/reviews of the Vancouver campus). I talked to the Admissions team and they were very quick and clear in taking the time to answer my questions and concerns. I was pretty impressed with this and felt like it was mutually a good fit. As soon as I sent my money though, it all changed. I didn't hear anything from them until the week before classes were to start. 

    My overall experience was disappointing...a lot of promises were simply not delivered. The school is very disorganized and therefore a lot of things were done very unprofessionally (if at all).

    It was initially advertised that they guarantee a 7:1 student to instructor ratio. I was in the UX Professional class, with 17 of us in my cohort, we had one main instructor. It's interesting to note that this promise has since disappeared off their website. The classes were very much all over the place by the end of the term, the schedules were not followed, things in the curriculum were never taught (it says on the website that Omnigraffle was part of it, it was never even mentioned). Software licenses were supposed to be set up prior to the start of the course, but were not and one of the students had to take it upon themselves to do this.

    A large reason why RED was such a poor experience was because of how unprofessionally the institution was run and managed.
    While a few instructors and staff seemed to go above and beyond, many more seemed very unmotivated, disinterested, disengaged, and had no patience to teach. I don't care how great of a designer or developer you may be, but this is a school, therefore teaching and what comes with it (patience, compassion, and understanding) are imperative. Their lack of interest on their part ultimately affects my and my peers' futures! At least do a better job at pretending you want to be there? 

    Also to note, some instructors were not respectful enough to see the importance of getting to know their students' 'names. Some instructors also had very obvious favourites (so if you're not one of their favourites, don't expect any kind of attention). 
     
    I originally decided to pay more for an in-person course (as opposed to an online course) to have access to support, mentorship, and personalized feedback if needed (I am not someone who needs hand-holding, but I know the value of having personalized support). I didn't get any useful help, personalized feedback on progress or support. We didn't get any feedback on our projects beyond our group presentations (which were about the presentations itself). I've asked for feedback but never received anything useful to work off of.  Our community clients also seemed to be kept in the dark, and students were expected to take over communication when there was no communication between staff and students on what was discussed, expected, etc. I can't see the clients having had a professional or pleasant experience. The short amount of time we have to work on client projects also hinder in us ever delivering on a really great product. I was told to just know that the pieces can be fixed up later for my portfolio....but my concern is not my portfolio first and foremost, it's delivering a great project for these businesses/organizations - these are people's livelihoods, and I felt that the RED does not take them seriously nor follow-up with them after the fact. I'd like to know how many websites have actually been launched from the Toronto campus? 

    We never got connections to the industry despite what was told to me when I signed up. Apparently RED has "industry partners", but I have yet to know what that means since there's been zero connections....Oh, let's also talk about their Grad Hiring event (which was cancelled 2-3 times without any notification to students -- we had to find out from each other through Slack) which was finally held 1.5 months after graduation. There must've been less 20 people who came...about 80-90% being recruiters from Creative Niche, their sister (recruiting) company. It was like filling your audience with your friends and family so it looks more successful than it is. I'm not quite sure why we had to give our presentations to various Creative Niche staff who all work together and we could have been connected with individually prior, during the program. I believe it was more for show, because as far as I know, no one got anything out of that event (probably because it took so long to put together and was constantly cancelled without notification -- that's a great way to organize a successful event!). 

    Career support and Personal and Professional Development (PPD): I must say I was pretty excited to see them offering PPD - a few hours every week to devote to career and personal support. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to its potential. I would have expected the material to be more specific to the tech industry, as well as specific to our fields (UX, UI, Development, Marketing), but instead they were very basic and very generic material on how we should remember to make eye contact and have a firm handshake. Please remember that a lot of us have been working for years and decades...it was ultimately not useful and kind of condescending! Even when I had my resume looked over by HR staff, it was a generic review and not specific to tech/design. They weren't able to provide things like portfolio reviews or coach us through design tests and portfolio reviews (because for those entering the design field for the first time, THIS is what's new to us, not general resumes and interviews!). As mentioned by others, conveniently, the week following our graduation, we lost our career support. This was not announced until a month later, of course. Students of course had to piece together things through the grapevine because RED is not transparent about a lot of things and makes me wonder what else they're hiding. Their staff have continued to turn over at an alarming rate since April. Overall, support throughout my time at RED has grossly declined...ending up with none after graduation (unless you want your resume to be looked over for the umpteenth time because that's all they can offer along with a 20-min pep talk over the phone).

    For a school that offers user/customer experience classes, it's telling that we have not been reached out to to see what kind of support WE actually want and need. I had reached in earlier with my concerns (along with a lot of time spent on feedback surveys that apparently no one reads because things just progressively got worse), the most I've gotten is offering to look at my resume again (really?!).  

    There's also a new initiative, RED Studios (now RED Design Labs -- this is another thing, they like changing names of things every once in a while just to keep confusion high). It's a period after the program where a smaller number of alumni are so privileged to work for free for "global clients". What does it tell you if they need to build an extension to the program that should be enough on its own (at least that's what it's sold as), but also one where they're encouraging their students to be exploited by doing free work. Don't worry, they're not stopping there -- they will soon be charging...THE ALUMNI....to do free work. Why RED Studios is a thing when you can't even figure out your primary product (a school), is beyond me. 

    It was a lot of money for me to invest into a course and I'm not sure I know what I paid for. I felt very much like I was just another number that they're churning out. Unfortunately, their (lack of) action just shows the lack of respect and care they hold for their students, as you can tell from my and my peers' experiences. It's frustrating and disappointing that despite all the hard work and effort a lot of my peers and I have put into the program, RED's end of the deal was not held.

    Response From: Peter Lane of RED Academy
    Title: General Manager
    Thursday, Jul 06 2017
    Hello,

    We would really like to apologize for the experience you had with us, as this is not the experience we intend for our students. We understand the time, commitment and effort you've given in this course, and we are aware your concerns regarding the course. We appreciate your feedback and we're working very diligently to hire the right people to improve the support we give to our students.

    We are very much open to discussing your concerns and gaining more insight, and if there is anything in particular that you would like to receive further support on we are committed to working with you. From career support to design portfolio feedback, we will work to support you further. If you are still open to working with us, please reach out to Peter Lane, our General Manager in Toronto either by phone: 647.793.2333 or email: peter.lane@redacademy.com.

  • Anonymous • Student
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    If you want to get a Digital Marketing job in the tech industry, take this program. RED is so much more than just the instruction, there are staff to connect you to jobs, personal development workshops and job hunting coaching from professionals. You get out what you put into this program, so be prepared to study hard and to do a lot of self-learning at night to learn more about topics of interest. RED provides a supportive environment where one can be uncomfortable and learn. If you are interested at all, book a tour, it's free! 

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    I'm happy with my program but the administration won't respond to inquiries and emails unless you are making a purchase. Way to make us feel like 'cash cows.' Sometimes they give no response and don't even direct to someone who might have an answer for you. I wasn't able to get a response from them once and had to talk to my instructor who thankfully clarified the issue for me. Ideally the administration should have either let me know or checked in with the instructor. The level of incompetency is what drives people away from RED. 'Admission Officers' or the glorified receptionists either need to change their attitude or go. I'm actually thinking of not attending RED again for another program because of the fact that the administration is unresponsive. Their admission process is hectic. You don't know when you are going to get a call and they don't even have a transaction channel for credit cards. Other places book a time to call you or even have their staff show you around at a designated time slot. What does RED do? Ignore emails, Slack messages and leave you in the dark. Don't recommend.  

    Response From: Michelle Andrew of RED Academy
    Title: Admissions and Events Manager
    Monday, Mar 27 2017
    Thank you very much for your feedback.
     
    As a member of the Admissions Team, I would really like to apologize that this has been your experience at RED.  This is not the type of communication we foster with our students, and is not a reflection of what RED stands for.  I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your program at RED, and I'm glad that your instructor was able to support you.


    I am proud to work with our current and prospective students and am extremely invested in making sure everyone has an amazing experience with us.  If you are open, I would really appreciate if we could work together to find a resolution so that we can grow as admissions team and prevent this experience from happening again.
     

    If this is something you'd be interested in doing, please contact myself, Michelle, directly at anytime either by phone (778.379.7175 ext 1) or email (michelle.andrew@redacademy.com).


    Thanks once again for sharing your experience and I really hope we are able to speak soon.
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    I enrolled in RED's UX Design program because I was looking for a career change, and it was the only full-time program offered in Vancouver at the time. 

    The 12-week program was very intensive and they cram a lot of information into a short amount of time. The pace does not let up from day one, so it's sink or swim. If you are driven, focused and have a strong work ethic, you will be fine. There is little time to absorb the information and there is a lot of self-teaching (which was frustrating, as you wonder why you paid $7500 when 'googling' is free).

    One thing that was missing from the program was detailed feedback from the instructors on the projects. After presenting each of our 5 projects, we were asked to write a case study outlining our thought processes and how we arrived at our solutions. We were told that we would get detailed feedback for projects 2 through 5, but only received feedback project 2, and it was so late (we were already working on project 4 or 5) that we couldn't apply it to each subsequent projects. It was frustrating to go through the entire program not knowing whether your work was good or bad, or how to improve.

    After finishing the program, RED offers assistance with job placement, but it's not really 'job placement' where they direct students to particular jobs that are best suited for their strengths, skill set and career goals. Instead, a few jobs are posted on Slack, and they're not unique to what's already on the job boards. It's a shame that they don't take the time to get to know all the students, so they can properly guide and support them in the real world. It would be nice if the placement manager initiated regular touch-bases with each of the students to see where they're at, make sure they are on the right track, or if they need help, etc. Some people may not be comfortable reaching out for help, so to do regular check-ins and make sure no one falls through the cracks would help those students a lot. There is definitely lots of room for improvement here.

    Overall, the program is very comprehensive, and you get out of it what you put in. If you're lucky enough to be in a cohort full of intelligent, ambitious and supportive people, like I was, your experience will be very positive despite the flaws in the curriculum and services. Be prepared to spend about 12 hours on campus everyday and do homework on the weekends. I did learn A LOT and gain a good set of core skills that enabled me to get hired as a UX designer. Besides covering the main pillars of UX design, current software and methodologies, they also teach you how to do presentations, which is an invaluable skill in today's job market. 

    Response From: Christopher Doege of RED Academy
    Title: Recruitment & Placement Manager
    Thursday, Oct 13 2016
    Thank you for the feedback on your experience at RED! It sounds like your experience was positive for the most part, but I wanted to follow up in regards to the job support side of things.

    During and after the full time program I meet with students to discuss their career, their resume, and their LinkedIn. I also coach them on upcoming interviews and discuss new opportunities. My job is to support students through their whole job search process as well as network with the local community so that I have the inside scoop on job openings before they are live in the market. RED Academy also supports students by hosting a Meet & Hire event for every graduating cohort. The purpose of this event is for students to meet hiring partners and for the community to see how awesome our talent is. We also have active slack groups where I post jobs, but I also reach out to students individually who would be a good fit. 

    Nevertheless, it seems like your experience was not in line with what I am here to do and I want to apologize for that. I would also like to offer any ongoing support you may need. Please feel free to reach out at any time. It is our promise that we will continue to work with our students until they are hired.  

    Thank you,

    Christopher Doege

    Recruitment & Placement Manager
    RED Academy
    chris.doege@redacademy.com
    778-379-7175 Ext 1
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    Taking the 12 week digital marketing full-time course was one of the best decisions of my life. I was able to learn a completely new set of skills that are tangible, measurable, and extremely valuable in the job marketplace. The instructors were great and working with real clients gave me a competitive edge. It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it! 

  • Anonymous • Junior Web Developer • Graduate
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    I moved to Vancouver from Alberta hoping to start a career in the Tech industry. It has been quite the experience and I definitely would not have made it this far without the guidance and expertise of the staff at RED Academy. The Front End Dev Program is similar to most bootcamp programs, a lot of work every day for 3 months straight.

    However, I do believe that RED Academy has more to offer than other coding bootcamps. Being surrounded by students taking other courses like UX Design and Digital marketing made it a very unique environment. I learned what Sketch is and how to use it to redesign my resume. How to optimize web pages for SEO purposes. How to utilize LinkedIn to get a job and network. What it's like to have a kegger every Friday. 

    All these tools I gained on top of learning how to be a Web Developer from great instructors. The curriculum can be unforgiving, but I promise you that if you really enjoy coding and you put in the time/effort, RED will help you find a job.

  • Anonymous • UX Designer • Student
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    When I decided to switch Careers, I came accross RED who helped and guided me through the whole process before even putting my deposit down. It was their culture and openness to help that pushed me to join the Full Time course. 

    It's a fast paced environment that really does prepare you for real, industry work and cultures. The people I have met and relationships I have gained from atteneding RED has helped me expand my network so much. 

    It was a great experience and I would recommend RED to anyone with ambition 

  • Anonymous • Social Media Manager • Graduate
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    I was a graduate of the third ever cohort of the digital marketing program at RED Academy, so by the time you read this the curriculum and the way the program is run might have changed. That said, for a school that was relatively still in its infancy when I decided to enroll in it, I was overall quite satisfied with my experience.

    In contrast to more traditional educational institutions, I felt that the curriculum was very relevant and up to date at the time with the latest trends and practices in digital marketing. If you've ever been to one of RED's free seminars, you'll know that they emphasize giving you hands on experience with real companies, as opposed to the traditional academic model where it's all just theory and lectures. For our cohort, each team worked with a total of 3 companies. Some companies I found more interesting to work with than others, so there's a bit of luck involved too. 

    The instructors, unlike your typical middled aged university professor, are all relatively young professionals with lots of recent hands on experience in the digital marketing industry, and this is something you want when it comes to a constantly evolving industry like Tech. 

    Another highlight was that our program frequently brought in professionals from the industry to share with us their knowledge and practical strategies that they were using on a regular basis. I enjoyed this not just because of what I learned, but you get to learn about some of the cool companies that are out there and it also opens up opportunities for networking. 

    The main thing that kept me from giving RED a 5 star experience was that the instructors at the time had slightly differing expectations when it came to grading written reports (one report was needed for each of the 3 projects), which made it difficult when you have a different instructor grading your next report. I also felt that there should have been clearer guidelines when it came to preparing us for presentations. Of course, RED being less than a year old at the time I enrolled, I wasn't expecting things to be perfect, and I'm certain that future cohorts will have a more streamlined experience. 

    The last thing I'll stay about my cohort is that everyone in my class including myself managed to find a job within four months of graduation. This was in large part thanks to one of RED's staff members who's primarily role is to keep in touch with graduates and help them find work upon completing the program. Based on those results alone, I would definitely recommend RED's full time digital marketing program to anyone who's considering it. 

  • Great UX Program
    - 9/22/2016
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    I took the full time UX program. My experience with RED was not just great but also life changing experience. I learned everything I need to know to be a UX designer and made great friends and got a job that I wanted!

    The course was 3 months long and within in the time, I was able to learn and practice UX process consistently. The instructors are great teachers and also great supporters. They teach students everything that they need to know about UX and also emotionally and mentally support students. The instructors are passionate in teaching and they really care for their students. During the course, students worked on real community partner projects which help students to practice how to work with clients. 

    Also, RED provides great career support even after the program ends. RED has a recruiter who help sutdents with finding jobs, making resume, and finding networks. 

    I'm grateful that I took the course. 

  • Great Program
    - 9/21/2016
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    Took the full time 12 week digital marketing program, and I learned quite a bit. Coming from a marketing background, the skills I learned at RED Academy were vital in progressing my career within the field. The instructors were extremely helpful and knowledgable and the school environment was like a family. Working with real clients really sets RED Academy apart, I found that this was where I could take what I learned and apply it to real businesses. 

  • Anonymous • UI/UX Product Designer • Graduate
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    I came to RED because I was looking for a career change and took the full-time UX Design diploma program. The environment felt like home, the instructors went above and beyond to ensure that were getting the most out of the program and provided unlimited emotional support when things seemed uncertain. It was an immersive program and what I loved the most about it was that the curriculum adapted to our changing needs to keep us challenged and engaged. We learned how to apply design thinking using the tools current in the industry, such as Sketch and Invision. The projects provided real-world experience in working with multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders. On our last two projects, we got the opportunity to work with real clients which were great exposure to real world problems.

    The students in my cohort all came from different design and non-design backgrounds, ranging in age and career levels. The bonds formed with the students, instructors and staff made it feel more like a family rather than just a community. It was a fun learning environment, with fun activities and exercises. 

    What's worth noting is that they also provide professional development and mentorship throughout the course of the program and have industry professionals come in to talk about different topics related to professional development.  They provide a lot of support with building a resume, portfolio and also have a dedicated placement manager who provides job support after graduating. You're always surrounded by people who genuinely want to help you succeed in your new career. 

    On the non-academic side of things, they have a social every Friday afternoon, led by their superstar facilities coordinator. Everyone from all the programs, instructors, and staff kick back, and mingle with a couple drinks and just have fun! It's was a great way to end the stressful weeks.

    My biggest takeaway from this program was that it made me more aware of myself, my strengths and capabilities. I felt that I grew so much, mentally and emotionally in those 3 months than I ever have, because of the nature of the program. It was a struggle to get through the 12 weeks but well worth the challenge and so pleased with the outcome. I don't think would've made it out of the program if it wasn't for the instructors and students who made it enjoyable and exciting every day!

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    My time at Red Academy was truly an unfortunate experience. The course was taught by three recent (as in a month ago), young graduates of the full-time program who were wholly unprepared to teach the course. It was extremely curious that for the first class we had an instructor and then for the second session on it was the unexperienced TAs. This instructor had not left the institution, but was somehow absent from any furhter sessions. Additionally, the school has a policy wherein you can only get your money back after the first 10% of the course, and for a part-time 10 session course -- that was the first session.

    These poor TAs with no work experience, and only their class projects to base recomendations on -- any questions were met on deaf ears, or with very shallow dismissive anwsers. I feel for the recent grads, as they should not have been put in this position; however, it also meant that my $2000 on the course was totally wasted.

    The class was comprised primarily of individuals who work in the industry but not specifically in UX (ages 25-45), and while many stuck out the whole course some of us just could not be bothered. We spent most of the class watching the TAs read their slides verbatim (which were not prepared by them), and when asked a question about any of the material they were unable to anwser or asked us to google the anwser....

    TL;DR - this is a horrendous waste of your money. Do not under any circumstances attend their part-time ux program as you will be disappointed.

    Response From: Sean Eikerman of RED Academy
    Title: Operations Director
    Thursday, Sep 22 2016
    Thank you for your honest review, and I'm sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience with our part-time UX class. 

    Our main focus at RED is to provide instruction and facilitation for students to learn the subject matter through the lens of real world projects. With this being the case, our instructors are hired due to their relevant professional experience in the local tech community. Their jobs are to provide structure and oversight, but since there are usually quite a few questions, much of the coaching is done with TA's currently working in the industry to help students navigate the projects. It is our policy that all instructors and TA's go through immersive teacher training, but are professionals in their fields first and foremost. However, we are aware that there was a highly unusual staffing issue with respect to the delivery of this particular part-time program that may have impacted the quality of your experience, and I can certainly appreciate your frustration. 

    Our main focus is to provide an exceptional student experience and it is certainly not our intention to mislead students; therefore, we'd be happy to discuss this further about how we can help rectify your experience. 

    Feel free to reach out to me directly- we'd love to continue this conversation to help improve our part-time program.

    Thank you,

    Sean Eikerman

    Operations Director
    RED Academy
    sean.eikerman@redacademy.com
    778-379-7175 ext. 1

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