Design Thinkers

Have you ever wondered why you love certain products? What makes Disneyland so exciting? Why Apple an industry leader? Why people spend an average of 21 minutes per day on Instagram? The answer is user experience, otherwise known as “UX.” Nowadays, beautiful designs and experiences are expected for all kinds of products. As a result, the UX job market is growing at an explosive rate, creating new and exciting opportunities for those with a passion for design.

This hands-on program will bring a class of creative youth together to explore the principles of design thinking, branding, consumer apps, and learn about the nearly endless career opportunities in design. Students will be challenged to build wireframes, prototypes, and run user tests using industry-standard tools like Invision, Canva, and more! During the program, students will be broken into teams and assigned a real-world challenge to work on throughout the week. After finding a solution, teams will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts. By the end of the camp, our innovative group of students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills that they need to successfully embark on their own design journey.

The Program:

Ages: 10-15
Prerequisites: None.
Note: Innovation Camp is recommended for students under the age of 12.
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Category: Design and Entrepreneurship
Technical Skill Set: Introduction to Design Software
Soft Skill Set: Creativity, Problem Solving, Design Thinkers

Program Details:

  • Maximum 20 students per class
  • 35 hours of coursework
  • 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio
  • Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
  • Early drop-off and late pick-up available no extra charge
  • T-shirts, prizes, and take-home swag
  • Digital portfolios that include all of their work
  • Program assessments and graduation certificates

What Students Will Learn:

  • The fundamentals of starting a business
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork
  • The fundamentals of design thinking
  • The basics of design software: Canva, Invision, and Sketch.
  • How to effectively research, design, and build digital products

What Students Will Experience:

  • Hands-on innovation
  • Exposure to the variety of opportunities within entrepreneurship and design
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • Skilled and thoughtful leadership
  • A real-world design challenge

 

University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
July 24 – 28
August 21 – 25
Register at UBC

 

Centre for Digital Media (Vancouver)
July 10 – 14
August 14 – 18
Register at CDM

 

University of Victoria (Victoria)
July 17 – 21
August 14 – 18
Register at UVic

Why This Program:

User experience is about creating a unique experience when a customer uses a product. Today, all of the most innovative companies, such as Airbnb, Google, Starbucks, and Disney, use teams of UX designers to creating the amazing products and engaging services for their customers. It should be no surprise that the UX job market grew over 70% in 2015 alone.

This program combines the art of entrepreneurship with the beauty of design. Using a combination of tools, methods, and frameworks, students solve real-world problems and build upon existing designs to create more functional and enjoyable products. In just one week, students will create an app that solves a real-world business problem or local issue and present their solutions to a panel of respected industry experts.