by design

Interdisciplinary applied research lab at Algonquin College focused on evidence-based design strategy.

Industry Project

Access to maternal healthcare services in Central Nigeria

In partnership with the Council of Entrepreneurs for Africa, students conducted a study of expectant mothers and their access to antenatal healthcare services in suburban Abuja.

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Through the postgraduate certificate I was able to transition to a career in user-experience research and fulfill my dream of working at Shopify.

Simran Singh
UX Researcher

Human-centred design

Evidence-based strategies for tackling complex problems.

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Empathy and reasoning

Approach and examine complex problems from a human perspective.

Analysis and critique

Leverage research to identify needs and define a problem space.

Creativity and ideation

Explore, visualize and validate evidence-based design strategies.

Postgraduate studies

Interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares students for a career in design research and strategy.

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Design theory

Theoretical frameworks and industry standards that align strategies with inclusive and equitable project goals.

Design research

Methods for the ethical collection and analysis of data that defines human behaviour and validates design outcomes.

Design strategy

Participatory and interdisciplinary design activities for modeling complex problems and visualizing evidence-based strategies.

Industry Project

Creating an enhanced museum experience for students and youth.

Students partnered with the Canadian Museum of History to explore how high-school students and young adults might interact with artefacts that are not accessible to the public.

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This program offered fun and engaging classes, experienced instructors, and practical projects. And, in the end, it helped me get an amazing full-time job.

Julia Milner
UX Researcher
Statistics Canada

Industry partnerships

Working with businesses, governments and NPOs to provide students an industry-focused learning experience.

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A team of senior industry professionals bringing decades of experience into the classroom.

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Roxana-Maria Barbu

User Experience Research

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SuCheng Lee

Industry Project

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Lanre Jerry-Ijishakin

Industry Project

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Liz Christie

Industry Project

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Christopher Ly

Professional Development

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Andrea Emery


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Lorraine Chapman

User Experience Research

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Paul Thibaudeau

Design Theory

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Jennifer Fraser

User Experience Research

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Kevin Grignon

Professional Development

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Jed Looker

Industry Project

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