What is Bridge for Product Design?
Bridge for Product Design is a free part-time program for women, agender, and non-binary people. We meet in person twice a week in the evenings, in small class sizes, to work on real-world projects and learn in-demand skills from expert designers. Bridge is committed to providing a supportive environment where people can learn, ask questions, and build on their design skills. At the end of the course students will leave with greatly increased confidence, a portfolio piece, and plenty of experience with product design strategy.
What will you learn?
- Discovery & Facilitation
- User Research
- Empathy & Ethics
- User Journey Mapping
- Ideation & Prototyping
- Feedback & Critique
- Usability Testing
- Selling & Pitching
- Confidence & Communication
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 24th - June 11th, 2020, 6pm-9pm
Where: Downtown Toronto
Please note that in addition to class time there will be an expectation that each student will spend approximately 10-15 hours per week outside of class working on homework.
Who can apply?
Anyone who identifies with any, some, or all of these categories: women, non-binary, or agender person, and has some experience with product design, UX, visual design, interaction design and/or service design; you're comfortable with design fundamentals and most of a project lifecycle, but would like to advance your skills. For example, you might be a Junior Product Designer, a self-taught UX Designer, or someone who left design and wants to come back. As long as you have the desire to learn we welcome your application. If you're unsure you qualify, apply anyway.
The application process
Bridge's Product Design program will be open for applications from January 6th - January 19th 2020 at 11:59pm. The Bridge team will look over every application we receive. Those who are selected as potential candidates will be contacted at the email you provided by January 24th, and sent a short design challenge with instructions to submit. Once you receive the design challenge you will be given one week (including the weekend) to hand it in for assessment by our instructors. All candidates who have been selected to join the next cohort will be contacted by February 10th.
I had recently started my first design job outside a bootcamp, and while the UX bootcamp I took was interesting and useful, the fact that Bridge was an applied program was important. I would be able to navigate my new job better with an expanded design toolkit. It's so valuable to be able to draw from the experiences of other students, instructors, and TAs.
June Paik, Bridge Cohort 1