Diverse Tech Talent Program: Product Design (UI/UX)

Diverse Tech Talent Program: Product Design (UI/UX)

Live, online, cohort-based

Learn the in-demand tools and skills required to design user-centered products and creatively solve business problems. Build an exceptional portfolio of valuable projects. Land a job in Product design or UX with the help of expert career coaches and mentors.

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About the scholarship

The Diverse Tech Talent Program (DTTP) is a full-ride Scholarship for  Black Canadians and new immigrants to get hands-on training, mentorship, and job placement opportunities in high-demand roles like  Product Design. 

In this Product Design course,  You will learn how to design user-centered products and solve business problems creatively. 

You will also learn how to bridge the gap between psychology, design, research, technology, and business, transforming you into a powerful and creative agent in addressing real-world issues. 

You will also learn how to master cutting-edge tools to create stunning visual interfaces and interactive prototypes that resonate with users.

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No. of Seats Available

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No. of Seats Available

SkillHat’s Commitment

A Scholarship focused on providing free training to 150 under-represented people in Product Design (UI/UX)

This iniative aims to empower underrepresented talent in the tech industry. Black professionals & women are only 2-7% in US and Canada’s tech workforce. Globally, women make up 25% of tech workers.

This transformative program is a game-changer for individuals facing systemic barriers to building their wealth. We are offering hands-on training, mentorship, and guaranteed job placements facilitated by industry-leading Ed-Tech providers such as World Innovation League (WIL)Atila, Riipen, and Co.Lab

Alumni Experience

Empowered to achieve remarkable career growth

With our collaborative network, career coaching, and post-job support, our Alumni have experienced remarkable career growth. Many have increased their annual income by as much as $45k.

We’re delighted to empower motivated professionals in launching their careers in the Product Design field. We also give our alumni the chance to make a difference by mentoring newcomers in the field.

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Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the  scholarship, applicants must…

Application Process

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will learn to

   Principles of User Experience Design (UX)

   User Research

   User Personas & User Journey Mapping

   Information Architecture

   Interface Design

   Visual Design (Typography & Color Theory) 

   Interactive Prototyping

   Case study & Portfolio Presentation

   Coaching for a successful transition to a career in UX Design

   Principles of User Experience Design (UX)

   User Research

   User Personas & User Journey Mapping

   Information Architecture

   Interface Design

   Visual Design (Typography & Color Theory) 

   Interactive Prototyping

   Case study & Portfolio Presentation

   Coaching for a successful transition to a career in UX Design

What you’ll get

Technical Training

Mentorship from Senior Designers
Employer Matching

Access to SkillHat Success Network

Lifetime access to recorded classes

Program Curriculum

  • Introduction to User Experience Design


    • Define the field of UX and explain why it’s important for consumers and businesses.


    • Understand foundational concepts in UX design, such as user-centered design, the design process, and accessibility design.


    • Identify the factors that contribute to great user experience design.

    •    Understand the stages involved in completing a UX design project.
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    •    Review common job responsibilities of entry-level UX designers.
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  • User Research


    • Describe common UX research methods.


    • Plan a UX research study, including the project background, research goals, research questions, Key Performance Indicators, participants, and script.

    •    Synthesize observations from research and come up with insights.

    •    Understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations.

  • User Persona


    • Create empathy maps, personas, user stories, and user journey maps to understand user needs.


    •    Empathize with users to understand their needs and pain points.

  • Information Architecture (IA)


    • Use hands-on techniques such as card sorting, sketch pads, and post-it notes to explore IA.


    • Discover why IA is important and how to use it to structure both the narrative and content of your design project.


    • Apply the principles of IA to organize a mobile app.


    • Plan IA and create sitemaps for designs.

  • Interface Design


    • Create a paper sketch and add user flow.

    •    Create paper wireframes for a mobile app design.

    •    Develop digital wireframes in Figma.


    • Design a low-fidelity prototype in Figma.

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    • Understand the role of design critique sessions and feedback while iterating on designs.

    •     Recognize bias and deceptive patterns in design.  

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         Conduct a moderated and unmoderated usability study.

  • Visual Design: Typography  & Colour Theory

    •      Define and apply common visual design elements and principles to the prototype.

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         Turn your designs into delightful typography.

    •      Learn how to use typography principles to communicate clearly to the user.

    •      Demonstrate how to colors can be used to organize, standardize, and enhance designs.
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        Learn how to use color theory to communicate clearly to the user.

    •      Explore some color choice techniques that will make your design process much more efficient

    •      Learn tools and tips for the use of typography for effective design solutions.

  • Interactive Prototyping

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          Learn how to transform your designs into fully interactive prototypes complete with  gestures, transitions, and animations that can run on mobile phones.

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         Apply common layouts for your app design.

    •       Plan and conduct a usability study to gather feedback about designs.

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         Develop design in Figma.

    •       Understand progressive enhancement for designing across devices.

  • Case Study & Portfolio Presentation

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        Learn how to justify your design choices and present your design with confidence both verbally and visually.

Weekly Schedule

TUE

Live Class

6-8:30pm EST

WED

Personal Study & Collaboration

THUR

Live Class

6-8:30pm EST

FRI

Personal Study & Collaboration

SAT

Personal Study & Collaboration

Instructors & Mentors

Our world-class instructors are ready to guide you. Apply early to increase your chances of being selected for the scholarship. Cohorts fill up fast, and each is limited to 150 students, ensuring a rich and engaging learning experience. 

Pricing

Flexible & Affordable Pricing 

Benefit from the DTTP scholarship and gain access to the product design program worth $10,000 USD for free. It’s a golden opportunity to kickstart your dream career without worrying about payments.

Program Journey Map

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For Life

Skills Training

Our intensive skill training equips participants with cutting-edge tech skills in Product Design (UI/UX) providing foundation for their tech careers.

Mentorship

Industry experts offer personalized mentorship, guiding participants through challenges, sharing insights, and expanding their professional networks.

Hackathon

Our week-long hackathon provides a real-world, team-based environment where participants tackle complex tech challenges, enhancing problem-solving and collaboration skills.

Work Experience

Through work experience placements, participants engage in hands-on projects with employers, applying their skills in real work scenarios.

Community and Support

Our tight-knit community offers ongoing support, networking opportunities, and a platform to share experiences and resources, fostering a sense of belonging and growth.

Skills Training| 8 Weeks

Our intensive skill training equips participants with cutting-edge tech skills in Product Design (UI/UX) providing a solid foundation for their tech careers.

Mentorship| 4 Weeks

Industry experts offer personalized mentorship, guiding participants through challenges, sharing insights, and expanding their professional networks.

Hackathon| 1 Week

Our week-long hackathon provides a real-world, team-based environment where participants tackle complex tech challenges, enhancing problem-solving and collaboration skills.

Work Experience| 4 Weeks

Through work experience placements, participants engage in hands-on projects with employers, applying their skills in real work scenarios.

Community and Support| For Life

Our tight-knit community offers ongoing support, networking opportunities, and a platform to share experiences and resources, fostering a sense of belonging and growth.


Tools You'll Learn

Master the Latest Product Design Tools

The program is built around the latest Product design tools. We teach you the latest design tools to help you succeed in your career.

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Designed to foster community

DTTP 2023 is all about a diverse and inclusive learning experience.

Our micro-class of 150 Product Design (UI/UX) enthusiasts offers a rich variety of perspectives and backgrounds. 

You’ll engage in interactive lessons, establish valuable connections, network with peers, review real-world case studies, and actively participate in building innovative projects.

Career Prospects

Product Design Career Opportunities

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Industries

Product Designers play an important role in industries that create digital products. Industries, such as:

  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Telecommunications
  • Education
  • Government
  • and many more
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Roles

Product Design skills can be used to fill the following roles:

  • Product Designer
  • Information Architects
  • UX Researchers
  • Interaction Designer
  • UX Engineers

After this program, you will be able to take on any of these job titles

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Salary

Product Designer salaries in Canada range from CA$80,720 to CA$113,504 according to Glassdoor

According to Glassdoor the salary range for a UX Designer in the United States is between $117,406 and $138,851 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions


The Diverse Tech Talent Program (DTTP) Black – Product Design program is a World Innovation League initiative with our dedicated partners, Atila, Co.Lab, and Riipen.

It is aimed at unlocking career opportunities for Black Canadians and new immigrants aged 18-35 in the tech sector.

We’re on a mission to bridge the diversity gap in the tech industry and provide essential skills, mentorship, and job placement. DTTP offers comprehensive training in high-demand tech roles, including Software Development, Product Design, and more.

Through partnerships with industry leaders, we’re empowering participants to excel in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

The Diverse Tech Talent Program (DTTP) Black – Product Design program is for aspiring product designers, UI/UX designers, and career switchers interested in tech.

The program will prioritize Black Canadians and new immigrants aged 18-35 in the tech sector.

Feel free to apply even if you fall outside of this scope, as we will be reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Submit an application prior to Saturday, November 18th.

Only 150 learners will be accepted for a full scholarship valued at $10,000. We recommend taking approximately 20-30 minutes to complete your application.

This certificate program teaches design tools such as Figma and Adobe XD. Spreadsheets, word processing programs, and presentation software will also be used. Throughout the program, you will create a professional portfolio to showcase your UX design work, using the platform of your choice.

Yes, we do provide certificates! Upon completing the training successfully, every candidate receives a signed certificate.

This is an 8-week program, running from Tuesday January 9 – Thursday February 29, 2024. It consists of 4 phases, including hands-on training, mentorship, and job placement opportunities in Product Management roles:

[Phase 1] January 8 – February 29: Product (UI/UX) Design Training, led by SkillHat

[Phase 2] February 20 – March 17: Mentorship, led by Atila
[Phase 4] March 1 – March 3: Hackathon, led by W.I.L.
[Phase 3] March 4 – April 1: Project & Work Experience, led by Riipen

 

Please see below FAQs for time commitment for each phase. By applying, we will expect you to go through all phases of the program to the best of your ability. You will get a Certificate of Completion at the end.

The Product Design skills training component of the DTTP program is hosted by SkillHat . It is an 8-week experience that will go over all the skills required to design user-centered products and creatively solve business problems.

 

Scroll to the program curriculum and program schedule to learn more about how the training will be delivered.

 

There maybe other optional opportunities to network and expand your network. You will receive a Certificate of Completion from SkillHat upon completion of these 8-weeks.

Atila will be providing career mentorship and employer matching during the DTTP program.  

Career Mentorship: Learners will receive group and 1-1 mentorship sessions with Atila mentors where they will learn durable skills like goal setting, resume writing, interview prep, communication skills, salary negotiation, workplace etiquette and more.

Employer Matching: Learners will be connected with employers through virtual and in-person events. Top performing learners will also be directly referred for interviews at participating employers.

WIL Hackathon component: 

– 2-Day Hackathon with Demo Day (Friday – Saturday)
– Build with the Team formed during the Training component of the Program.
– Flexible time commitment with Demo Day after 48hrs
– Cash prize for top 3 teams
– Dates: March 1 – March 3, 2024

Hosted by Riipen.

Project & Work Experience: March 4 – April 1, 2024

 

– Atila mentors will assign DTTP participants into teams of 5.


– Each team will be matched with a Product design employer
project on the Riipen platform. 


– Teams will engage in hands-on projects, collaborating with employers
and applying their skills in real work scenarios. 


– Projects are completed over 40 hours, across a 4 week timeframe.

You can contact the Riipen DTTP team at dttp@riipen.com for further information on the work placement program.

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