Algonquin College and Ottawa e-commerce startup Shopify have launched a partnership that aims to bring students to the forefront of commerce and design.
Since January, 60 third-year Algonquin College graphic design students from the School of Media and Design have received hands-on training in a pilot course designed to provide experiential learning opportunities at Shopify’s company headquarters. The course runs for nine weeks, with students gaining expert insight and training from Shopify instructors who collaborated with college instructors to build a multidisciplinary course.
“We are so proud of our collaboration with Shopify — it offers so many opportunities for us to connect our learning to the community beyond our campus,” said college president Cheryl Jensen.
“This program elevates the idea of co-op learning and internships and really immerses our students in a real-life working environment that is recognized as one of the best in the country.”
As part of the curriculum, students are paired with local businesses to improve design aspects of those companies.
Throughout the course, they will learn about conceptualizing and developing design solutions, designing, developing and creating a range of media products using current and emerging technologies, and will also gain new understanding of recognized industry practices.
"As employers and educators, we have a responsibility to ensure students learn the relevant skills required in the current work environments,” said Daniel Weinand, co-founder and chief design officer of Shopify.
"The Shopify and Algonquin partnership provides expert insight and training in a multidisciplinary UX curriculum that aligns students with what they can expect in the industry and how to be successful."