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Google UX Design Program

The Google UX Design program is tuition-free and is considered a beginner program. Graduates of this program will receive the Google UX Design Certificate. As the world of technology continues to grow rapidly, UX designers make technology that much easier and more enjoyable for people to use. Designing products and tools that are more useful and accessible for users, the Google UX Design Professional Certification will support your qualification for in-demand jobs in UX Design.

Thanks to Google's generous support, NPower Canada is excited to deliver a large range of Google Career Certificate programs at no cost. Current offerings include Google IT Support Certificate, Google UX Design Certificate, and Google Project Management Certificate. Over the next year, we will offer an additional Google Career Certificate in Data Analytics. Contact us to receive updates on when new programs will start.

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in high-demand jobs like:

  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • UI Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Visual Designer 
  • Product Designer

What you'll learn:

Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design

  • Application Security, Testing and Quality Assurance.
  • Define the field of UX and understand foundational concepts in UX design Identify the factors that contribute to great user experience design.
  • Explore job opportunities and career paths.
  • Explain why design sprints are an important and useful part of a UX designer’s work.
  • Start to create an online portfolio where you can showcase your upcoming work.
  • Join and participate in online UX communities

Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define, Ideate

  • Describe common UX research methods, identify and account for biases in UX research.
  • Create empathy maps, personas, user stories, and user journey maps to understand user needs and user pain points.
  • Develop problem statements to define user needs.
  • Generate ideas for possible solutions to user problems.
  • Conduct competitive audits.

Build Wireframes and Low Fidelity Prototypes

  • Create two types of storyboards: big picture and close-up.
  • Understand the difference between low-fidelity and high-fidelity design.
  • Develop digital wireframes in the design tool Figma.
  • Build a paper prototype to add interactivity to designs.
  • Design a low-fidelity prototype in Figma.

Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts

  • Plan a UX research study.
  • Conduct a moderated and unmoderated usability study.
  • Modify low-fidelity designs based on research insights.

Create High Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma

  • Build mockups and high-fidelity prototypes in Figma.
  • Create interactive prototype based on the design in Figma.
  • Learn how to hand off finished design projects to engineering teams.

Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD

  • Develop designs in a popular design tool, Adobe XD.
  • Plan information architecture and create sitemaps for website designs.
  • Apply common layouts for web pages.
  • Work with design systems in Adobe XD.
  • Hands on activities that simulate real world UX design scenarios.

Design a User Experience for Social Good and Prepare for Jobs

  • Build wireframes, mockups, and low-fidelity and high-fidelity prototypes in Figma or Adobe XD.
  • Prepare a portfolio of design work for job applications.
  • How to interview for entry-level UX design positions.
  • Determine if freelance design work is a good career fit for you.

Program details:

  • This program is offered three times per year.
  • The next session runs from September 12 to December 23, 2022
  • This program is offered to residents of:
    • Alberta – Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Red Deer 
    • British Columbia – Vancouver, Victoria, the Lower Mainland, Kelowna, and Kamloops.
    • Ontario – Cambridge, Greater Toronto Area, Kingston, Kitchener, Hamilton, London, Waterloo and Windsor.
  • The program runs for 15 consecutive weeks, Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You are a Canadian job seeker.
  • You have a high school diploma or GED from a recognized Canadian or international educational institution.
  • You have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
  • If you are a Work Permit holder, it must be valid for at least one year after the program start date and be eligible to work full-time in Canada. 
  • You are unemployed, under-employed, or facing financial challenges and barriers to employment.
  • You have advanced English language skills, level 7 and above, including speaking, reading, writing, and understanding.
  • You demonstrate a strong motivation to work and to learn.
  • NPower Canada encourages applicants from the following groups: women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ2S+Trans+ and gender diverse people, young adults with disabilities, and newcomers (immigrants and refugees).
  • This is a beginner program. No design or research experience is required to apply. Successful applicants are solution-oriented, critical thinkers with a keen eye for detail and an eye for design.
  • You are a resident of Alberta, British Columbia, or Ontario.
*Eligible Alberta, and Ontario applicants may be asked to complete a voluntary consent form for an upcoming research study. Learn more here. 

We're here to help! If for any reason you are not admitted into this program, we can connect you to other great
programs and resources, that can lead to an exciting career in IT.