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User Interface (UI) Design Courses & Programs in Vancouver

UI design professionals are in high demand everywhere in the world. Take this program to set yourself up for a successful career. In this program, you will learn the practical skills, tools, and techniques used in the field of User Interface & Visual Communication Design, including creative software, layout and composition, colour and typographic theory, visual brand identity, conceptual and strategic thinking, and designing for digital interfaces.

This program prepares you to work in any of the following roles: User Interface Designer, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Communication Designer, Production Designer, Interactive Designer, Art Director, or Creative Director.

You have the choice of doing the full-time diploma or the work and study diploma which combines the courses in the full-time diploma program with a 480-hour co-operative work term.

Course Breakdown

Course 1: Typography

# of Hours: 25

Course 2: Colour Theory

# of Hours: 20

Course 3: Design & Digital Media History

# of Hours: 15

Course 4: Interactive Layouts & Composition

# of Hours: 35

Course 5: Ideation & Strategy

# of Hours: 20

Course 6: Visual Language

# of Hours: 30

Course 7: Branding & Visual Identity

# of Hours: 20

Course 8: Interaction Design

# of Hours: 25

Course 9: User Interface Design

# of Hours: 10

Course 10: Responsive Web Design

# of Hours: 25

Course 11: Portfolio & Career Preparation

# of Hours: 25

Course 12: Photoshop

# of Hours: 45

Course 13: Illustrator

# of Hours: 25

Course 14: Sketch App

# of Hours: 25

Course 15: InVision

# of Hours: 10

Course 16: Fundamentals of Digital Marketing & Advertising

# of Hours: 25

Course 17: Fundamentals of Web Development

# of Hours: 25

Course 18: Fundamentals of User Experience Design

# of Hours: 20

Course 19: Presentation Skills Development

# of Hours: 20

Cooperative Work Experience

# of Hours: 480

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • • Follow the steps of the creative process: research, ideation, execution, and revision
  • • Assemble effective colour palettes
  • • Select appropriate typefaces considering their quality, legal requirements, availability, and visual language while composing elegant typesetting in view of visual hierarchy, alignment, and spacing
  • • Design balanced layouts with clear focal points, balance, and alignment
  • • Build designs in Photoshop with the ability to create masks, apply filters, and other relevant tools
  • • Draw vector elements in Illustrator using the pen tool, pathfinder, strokes, and other relevant tools
  • • Build user interface layouts in Sketch using vector tools, grids, symbols, and other relevant tools
  • • Design a visual brand identity such as a logo, colour palette, typefaces, photography, and iconography
  • • Lead productive ideation sessions
  • • Practice a user-centric approach to problem-solving
  • • Recognize the best practices of user experience design
  • • Identify limitations and possibilities when working with programming languages such as CSS, HTML, Javascript, Swift, and Java
  • • Build a creative brief
  • • Confidently and eloquently present creative work
  • • Distinguish art and design eras, movements, and trends
  • • Constructively critique peers’ work

Admission Requirements

Minimum Age: Minimum 19 years of age prior to the start of the study period or graduation from grade 12

Toronto applicants must provide a copy of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or have passed the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam with a Cut Score of 16.

Language Skills: Students must demonstrate an intermediate level/Level 5 English with Tamwood Careers’ online test and admission interview. The online test and interview are exempt if, IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 46-59, Cambridge FCE, Tamwood Language Centre’s Level 5, or proof of successful completion of Tamwood Language Centre EAP 192 is presented.

*Students who need to improve their English skills before getting admitted to this program can take English courses at Tamwood Language Centres.

Program Materials

Access to MAC/PC:

Students enrolled in the UI Design program required to have a MAC notebook or Windows PC (Laptop). Students required to be able to install Adobe CC on their systems. Please see below for recommended specifications.

System Requirements for UI Design
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later
Apple® macOS® 10.13, 10.14 or later (64-bit Intel-based)
Processor64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
Memory8 GB minimum, 16 GB or higher recommended (32 GB for 4K media or higher)
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended.
AMD Radeon Pro 555X or higher
Intel UHD Graphics 630 or higher
Storage250GB SSD or higher
Monitor1920 x 1080 or better
Program Features

Profit from Professional Instructors with Practical Experience in the field of UI Design

Make use of work-integrated learning by completing projects in both the study and the co-op term

Learn from industry professionals with first-hand knowledge through our guest speaker series

Career Occupations

Graduates of this program will be prepared for positions like User Interface Designer, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Communication Designer, Production Designer, Interactive Designer, Art Director, Creative Director.

Co-op Work Experience

Students in the Work and Study Diploma Program complete a 480 hour co-op work placement. After completing the Job Skills Seminars and attending the Orientation to Working and Living in Canada, co-op students work with the Work Placement Coordinator to secure a job placement in which they can make a practical application of the skills and knowledge learned in the study term. Through the co-op work placement, students gain valuable work experience in Canada, expand and fine-tune their hard and soft skills and make new professional connections in their chosen career field.

Visit our Work While Studying page to read more about the services and support you can access as a co-op student.