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Courses: Application Developer Professional - VAN, Digital Designer Foundation - VAN, Digital Marketing Foundation - VAN, Digital Marketing Professional - LDN, Digital Marketing Professional - TOR, Digital Marketing Professional - VAN, Digital Marketing Professional Work-Study - VAN, +23 more.
Full-Stack Designer Professional - VAN, Full-Stack Designer Professional - TOR, Full-Stack Designer Work-Study - VAN, Full-Stack Developer Professional - TOR, Full-Stack Developer Professional - VAN, Full-Stack Developer Work-Study - VAN, Full-Stack Marketer Professional - VAN, Full-Stack Marketer Work-Study VAN, Paid Advertising Essentials - TOR, SEO & Content Marketing Essentials - TOR, UI Design Professional Program - TOR, UI Designer Essentials - TOR, UI Designer Essentials - VAN, UI Designer Professional - VAN, UX Design Essentials - TOR, UX Designer Essentials - VAN, UX Designer Professional - TOR, UX Designer Professional - VAN, UX Designer Professional Work-Study - VAN, UX Designer Professional- LDN, Web Developer Professional - LDN, Web Developer Professional - VAN, Web Developer Professional Work-Study - VAN

Locations

Vancouver, London, Toronto

About RED Academy

Please note: This school is closed and is no longer accepting students. The SwitchUp team no longer monitors this page for updates, but historical information is available for reference.

RED Academy is a leading-edge design and technology school with locations in Toronto, Vancouver, and London. Their programs are designed to be relevant to today's tech industry. Taught by seasoned industry professionals who enable students to work on... Read More

Red Academy offers part- and full-time courses in digital marketing, UX & UI design, and web & app development. RED believes in 'future-proofing' their grads. This means empathy, creativity, and collaboration are integral components of how they teach and what students learn. This philosophy, combined with highly applicable curricula, helps students to easily transition from the classroom to the boardroom.

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Courses

Application Developer Professional - VAN

  • Cost: 10,500
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Vancouver
Course Description:

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.

Subjects: React.js, Express.js

Digital Designer Foundation - VAN

  • Cost: 3,200
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Vancouver
Course Description:

The Digital Design Foundation program is an introduction to web design with a strong emphasis on user-centered design practices. In this course, you will gain introductory skills in research, planning, design, testing and iterating for digital products. You will also learn to use design and prototyping tools, as well as essential presentation and storytelling skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have an overview of the entire UX and UI design processes, and will be able to gather requirements, conduct user research, construct a basic sitemap and information architecture, leverage design patterns to construct wireframes, design a responsive website, use prototypes to test website designs, and construct a visual theme for a website. Students will learn to use Sketch for visual design and wire-framing, and will learn to use InVision to build interactive prototypes.

Digital Marketing Foundation - VAN

  • Cost: $2,450
  • Duration: 10 weeks
Locations: Vancouver
Course Description:

The Digital Marketing Foundation Program is designed for students who want to gain the practical skills necessary to develop a comprehensive digital marketing strategy in a professional setting, leveraging the software, tools, tactics, and techniques used in today’s industry. Upon successful completion of the 60 hour course, students will be able to create and track digital marketing campaigns, determine cost per acquisition of customers and users, and leverage campaign data to increase ROI, as well as gaining their Google Adwords and Analytics Certifications.

Digital Marketing Professional - LDN

  • Cost: £6,950
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: London
Course Description:

The Digital Marketing Professional program is designed to teach students all of the aspects to help them succeed in a career in digital marketing and strategy. You will get hands-on experience and learn to effectively use tools like Google Analytics, how to segment your target market, track customer behaviour, optimise conversion processes and ROI.

Working with our Community Partners on Real Projects you will get practical hands-on experience in Website and Content Management and Strategy, Online Brand Strategy, CRO and A/B Testing, SEO and SEM, Social Media Management and Advertising, all the things you need to succeed in a career in Digital Marketing.

Subjects: Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Professional - TOR

  • Cost: $10,500
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Toronto
Course Description:

The Digital Marketing Professional program is designed to teach students all of the aspects to help them succeed in a career in digital marketing and strategy. You will get hands-on experience and learn to effectively use tools like Google Analytics, how to segment your target market, track customer behavior, 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 and Strategy, Online Brand Strategy, CRO and A/B Testing, SEO and SEM, Social Media Management and Advertising, all the things you need to succeed in a career in Digital Marketing.

Subjects: SEO, Social Media Marketing, Career Coaching, Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Professional - VAN

  • Cost: 10,500
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Vancouver
Course Description:

The Digital Marketing Professional program is a comprehensive 12 week full time Diploma program. 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-in experience in Website and Content Management and Strategy, Online Brand Strategy, CRO and A/B Testing, SEO and SEM, Social Media Management and Advertising, all the things you need to succeed in a career in Digital Marketing.

Subjects: SEO, Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Professional Work-Study - VAN

  • Cost: 12,500
  • Duration: 48 weeks
Locations: Vancouver
Course Description:

Designed to provide you with in-depth practical experience with the relevant skills and tools you need to succeed in today's rapidly moving Digital Marketing workplace.
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

Subjects: Digital Marketing

Full-Stack Designer Professional - VAN

  • Cost: 10,500
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Toronto, Vancouver
Course Description:

In every encounter or interaction, experience design is a defining element in how a product or service will be perceived by the end user. In digital media, the medium through which users can experience a product is called an “interface”. If the components of the interface are intuitive, designed beautifully, crafted strategically, and meet the needs of the user, the outcome of the experience will be positively impactful, memorable and marketable.

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. 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.

Full-Stack Designer Professional - TOR

  • Cost: 10,500
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Toronto
Course Description:

In every encounter or interaction, experience design is a defining element in how a product or service will be perceived by the end user. In digital media, the medium through which users can experience a product is called an “interface”. If the components of the interface are intuitive, designed beautifully, crafted strategically, and meet the needs of the user, the outcome of the experience will be positively impactful, memorable and marketable.

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. 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.

Full-Stack Designer Work-Study - VAN

  • Cost: 19,000
  • Duration: 96 weeks
Locations: Vancouver
Course Description:

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.

Subjects: UI Design, UX Design

RED Academy Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.49/5

(70 reviews)
    4/3/2020
  • Mike Robinson
  • Digital Marketing Professional - TOR
  • Graduated: 2019

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"A mistake"

Curriculum is basic at best. We were put into groups for a project and both my partners bailed at the halfway mark for the partial refund, saying it was less than they’d expected. In general, recruiting does a very good job of bringing in the very young... Read More

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    4/15/2019
  • Jonathon Keller
  • Digital Marketing Foundation - VAN
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Great experience with Digital Marketing"

I took the part-time Digital Marketing Foundation course from January - April 2019.

Right off the bat, I was very impressed with how organized the course was in terms of the curriculum schedule and access to the course content. RED has a very innovative... Read More

Overall, it was always a pleasure to attend class, even after a long work day. This is because I was very impressed with the primary teacher and the TAs supporting him, and I felt like they always demonstrated a strong mastery of the topics being taught. Expect to be challenged by some of the subjects, especially SEO and Google Ads. However, working hard in the course and studying in your own time will pay dividends, as these topics are extraordinarily useful, relevant, and employable. I am very much looking forward to using the new skills I gained in the creation of my own business entity in the near future.

I would highly recommend this course to someone who loves marketing but is currently a bit mystified by the major entities that power and measure digital marketing (Google Analytics, SEO, Google Ads, Facebook Ads). This course gives you what you need to shine in a marketing job, start freelancing with confidence, or get started on an entrepreneurial path. 

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    4/2/2019
  • Reza Askari
  • Digital Marketing Professional - VAN
  • Graduated: 2019

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"What a time, I'll miss it"

I didn't really know what to expect when going to take the Digital Marketing Professional course at RED. How are they going to teach me anything in 3 months? Now that it's done, I'd say I learned more in 3 months than 4 years at University.

The value... Read More

My teachers, Chris and Rowan, were both fantastic. They both brought us a very different style of teaching, different style of humor, different marketing work experience even. Our class dug into their backgrounds and learned lots about different places to work, different types of jobs in industry, etc. They took us on field trips to go visit different digital agencies around Vancouver, like Moz and Major Tom, which was also a treat. We also had guest teachers like Lisa and Haydee that were both fantastic and brought their own advice and experiences to the table.

I can't say it was an easy course. Some people struggled because there was a lot of material packed into three months. Personally, I enjoyed that aspect. It's you and your classmates versus a common enemy, the material. We became closer friends through studying together, getting help from each other, and working on the community projects together.

The community projects for me were the biggest value in the course. You are put on teams and tasked with developing and presenting digital marketing strategies for three local companies. This was practical experience that I could toss on my resume. A resume that I soon learned I wouldn't need as we had been offered jobs from all three companies. I'm not sure that's the case every term but I can speak to my experiences.

Other positives: The staff are just as much colleagues as they are authorities, access to all the events hosted at RED, the parties, and the career support.

The negatives: It's not always easy to park in the area for free (hot tip: I never got a ticket at the 2 hour spots by Birch and 10th). It's hard to avoid going to McDonald's due to the proximity - straight to the thighs.

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    3/31/2019
  • Anonymous | Junior Software Developer
  • Full-Stack Developer Professional - VAN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"An Honest Review of the Full-Stack Developer Program at RED"

I have a lot of feelings about RED, most good, some bad. I joined the developer stream of RED after feeling like my life lacked a lot of direction -- professionally I was very lost and unhappy with my day job. A developer friend mentioned how many of... Read More

In many ways, it did. I learned a lot and am now employed as a developer, and I love my job. I love coding. The first half of the full-stack course, the Web Development one, was the highlight of my time at RED. Jim, one of the instructors, was a beacon of knowledge and support in the classroom. By far one of the kindest, most wonderful people I have ever met. Rose, the other instructor, was also great and very good at teaching, though she left for another position halfway through my cohort. I won't lie -- that threw off our classroom's rhythm a little and we scrambled to adapt to her absence. I wish she had waited until the end of my cohort to leave, but alas I'm sure she had her reasons. Overall, Web Development was a breeze, I learned exactly what I was expecting to learn, and it met my expectations perfectly.

I moved on to App Development in October, and while I do think I learned most of my skills in App Dev, I found that there were a lot of issues with how the course was structured and with the approachability of the instructors. I think that the instructors tried to cram too much material in 3 months, resulting in the class feeling overwhelmed and lost. I understand we had a curriculum to follow, but perhaps focusing on fewer things would improve student experience and help us retain more information. In my opinion, not enough backend development was covered, and complicated concepts like promises and await/async functions were explained in half an hour or less and then never touched on again. Also, I had issues with our first major project in class. Please don't spring a beast like that on students first thing! I get the reasoning behind it, but it was extremely demotivating and made the entire class question their abilities right away, which stuck with us through the entire rest of the course.

The instructors are nice people, and probably guys I would hang out with outside of class if we met under other circumstances. But there were many problems with their teaching style. My favourite of the two was Mackenzie, who clearly knew what he was talking about. His excitement over the material really shone through, and his lectures were usually pretty great. He did feel hands-off at times, probably because he was more involved with curriculum development and seemed to be stepping away from teaching, and a little detached from our class. He didn't have much patience either, but in my opinion his knowledge made up for that. Sid, the other instructor, while a great guy outside of class, was young and inexperienced and it really showed in his teaching. I felt that he struggled with treating us as students because he tended to treat us as friends. And I did feel as if he berated me and questioned my intelligence a couple times, either by making a snarky remark to a question I asked in class, or by sighing audibly and rolling his eyes when I came to him for help (other students commented on this as well -- it was something that happened often).

There wasn't as much support in App Development as there was in Web Development, and there was definitely an expectation for us to know everything despite the little time allocated to teaching certain concepts. I wish the instructors would have actually hung out in the classroom during lab time instead of scurrying off to their office. It felt extremely awkward to knock on their door and interrupt their office time with questions. Also -- when a student makes a complaint about one instructor to the other, the instructor the student complained to isn't supposed to rat them off to the one they complained about. Very unprofessional. At times I felt as if I couldn't come to anyone with concerns or complaints because it would get around somehow and damage my own reputation with the instructors. It's great all the instructors are friends, but certain things are very obviously not meant to be shared.

Overall, would I recommend RED? Yes. There are things to be improved in the development program for sure, but I still learned so much and managed to make a career out of this. The culture is great, Friday socials are fun, and most of the staff are awesome. Out of the bootcamps in Vancouver, I do believe RED is one of the best, though I do hope they take this review to heart so that they can become even better.

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    1/11/2019
  • Ameet Gonsai | UX Designer
  • UX Designer Professional- LDN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Really enjoyable well lead course"

I came onto this course wishing to change careers form and IT infrastructure analyst to something which allowed me to be more creative but still be involved the the tech arena. I found all the lecturers, who came from professional backgrounds themselves,... Read More

in terms of cons, the career coaching and PPD sessions which were great could be provided in more frequency post course (career coach meetings) or to allow more access to a career coach in order to have a more tailored experience. I say this because I have found the career coach to be of great help, happy to go over any questions and provide assistance in any way possible. it just would be great if the frequency at which you can meet and go over things was a little more.

I would highly recommend Red Academy to anyone that is thinking of taking oar in the UX Design Professional Course. If you're willing to learn and have an open mind, these guys will do their best to make sure you get the most out of the experience.

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    1/9/2019
  • Rebecca Frearson | UX Designer
  • UX Designer Professional- LDN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Great instructors"

Overall I’m very happy with my RED experience. I changed my career completely to go into UX Design and RED made this a great transition for me and equipped me well for my first UX role.

Pros:
Great onboarding experience where myself and my classmates were... Read More

Cons:
I think the career coaching and PPD sessions were good, but could be steered more towards individuals and given information such as realistic salary expectations, for example. I felt these sessions were sometimes quite generalist.
I felt the course lacked in the full UX Designer spectrum outside of designing: how to hand off to UI/ developers and standard practices around this.

I would definitely recommend RED Academy!

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    1/8/2019
  • Paul Petillot
  • Web Developer Professional - LDN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Great experience"

I came to RED Academy without any knowledge of code, and I can now create complex websites. My experience for this course was great, and I'm now doing the App Dev program, to be Full Stack Developer. The course is hard, you need to be very implicate in... Read More

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    1/8/2019
  • Chris
  • Web Developer Professional - LDN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Intensive but enjoyable experience with RED"

I found RED Academy through SwitchUp, communication from the point I made my application was superb, I met Michelle at WeWork within a few days and everything was sorted quickly. Considering I had applied the week before the bootcamp started, the speed... Read More

The first couple of days were ice breaking exercises which got me accustomed to everybody, everybody was open coming from all backgrounds & all walks of life. After that we went straight into the Web Development course, where the instructors were very good, encouraged you to work through the problem yourself rather than giving you the answer directly and were willing to stay late to support us when we needed it. The instructors also pushed back deadlines if we needed to and went over things again if we didn't fully understand the content.

I felt comfortable with the knowledge I learnt, the tips I received and also all the resources, one thing I didn't realise was these are all still available to us after graduating which is very helpful to go over previous content. I have felt comfortable enough to move onto the Full-Stack Developer Course where I will be doing App Development and I am excited to begin!

The location was great (can't complain at free beer!) Everybody was approachable in the building outside of RED, I have made useful connections with people throughout the building just discussing what I am doing with RED, showing my code etc.

There are a few minor negatives, PPD could be better and more emphasis was needed in getting everybody up to the same stage when it comes to having a LinkedIn, job interviews and networking. There were a couple of issues but these were fixed very quickly with very good communication and diplomacy.

One thing I have noticed in the reviews is that people have complained about the job support, RED doesn't give a percentage rate of people who get a job after the course. RED do not guarantee you a job, you will have to do this on your own however RED's career support is with you every step of the way as you can get specialised help which is easily accessible as you are allowed in the building when you graduate.

Overall, I think that RED is a great environment to learn, make friends & connections.

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    1/8/2019
  • Agata Swistowska | Software Dev
  • Web Developer Professional - LDN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Good quality!"

I was very satisfied with the amount of knowledge, tips and supports that I get from the team in RED Academy. This course is excellent for newbies in WebDev and good as well for more experienced people. If you are ready to dig dipper, pushing through... Read More

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    12/1/2018
  • Luca
  • UX Designer Professional- LDN
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Full on intensive course with valuable practical learning experience."

Firstly I would like to start by saying the overall experience with RED Academy, London was good.

I was an enthusiastic career upskiller with a long career in corporate pivoting my skills into UX Design.

I want to be specific with my feedback and breakdown... Read More

The location:
Great to do the course at We Work with such a great concept of co-habiting work space. Making it a pleasant and friendly community-driven environment.

The school:
RED Academy London has access to a few rooms. Most of the time the organization of the space was fine but at times required better organization. At time this was lacking and could have been improved through better curriculum planning, coordination and communication with students.

Onboarding experience:
RED Academy London initially on enquiry was very responsive with great communication to the point of signing up to the course. The communication after signing up leading up to starting the course with welcome information was lacking. On the day of joining there was a full on orientation day which was useful however basic admin lacked in areas. The signup process was very manual and could be improved by making the sign up process more digitally enabled (especially if you are a digital user experience school!!)

Course curriculum:
Breadth of content packed with lots of practical advice and real client projects, great to add to your CV. Gaining real industry insights and practical professional experience really helps you to hit the ground running.
Overall curriculum was great and planned well to equip you with the skills you need quickly.
Course tutors were changed after a few weeks on my course which did impact the morale and responsiveness of the class. This was not a good move to make this change during a course given the intensity.

Price point:
Given lack of competition and that the course covers real-life projects it’s great. This is definitely a ++.
Many competitors out there offer part-time practical courses too with also great content at a fraction of the cost.
Don’t assume doing a full time intensive course will get you a job quicker because it won’t. Do your research.
Make sure your expectations are aligned before signing up in this very competitive saturated design job market.

Tutors:
Great mix of tutors from all background and walks of life. Super talented and experienced.
The UX Design course was great and I learnt a lot but tutor planning and prep skills at times lacked.

Career advice (during course):
During course there was career prep sessions which were informative with some great practical exercises to get you prepared. These sessions were informative but detracted from the pressure and intensity of the curriculum and client projects. Sessions could have been staggered and planned more effectively.

Career support and coaching (post course):
The career open evening was not effective given the audience and lack of partnerships RED London had obtained. Having mainly recruitment agencies there and not leading industry companies does not open up doors for students. Development in this area need improvement by RED. This was also a sales tactic when I signed up and was not present when I graduated.

There is career sessions offered in terms of CV writing and job applications etc. but these were not customized sessions by design industry professionals. But rather generic coaching sessions. I did not find the sessions beneficial with insightful consultative expertise.

Overall experience:
Fantastic course packed with lots of useful industry leading content and real client projects ++.

Support and motivation after course and network of career partnerships was very disappointing.
If RED want to be industry leading at a price point which is not competitive they need to up their game to cover all the above points.
Especially expectations of students wanting to find employment in this VERY compatible over saturated job market by being sold a full time course. This does not get you that job!

Good luck students. Do your homework.

:The UX course was packed

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RED Academy's average rating is 4.49 out of 5.0 based on 70 review(s).

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