The complete App Design Mentor Course

Taught by industry expert multi-award winning CEO of Creative27, Vasile B. Tiplea

Achieve your dream with ground breaking learning skills

Have you thought of creating apps yourself? Join C27 Academy and learn the skills to bring your idea to life. Advance your career as a UI/UX or app designer. This program will help you to breach the gap between your day job and your dream job.

Thrive in an immersive learning environment with supported guidance and with real-world projects. Your amazing career in the app industry begins here.


Learn how to design mobile apps and websites from scratch

Create wireframe designs for websites, apps & other platforms

Create interactive Prototypes with InVision and Sketch

Create mockups using Sketch, Photoshop, Omnigraffle and InVision

Learn from one of the top influencer in today’s App industry

Learn best practices for User Experience research

Design beautiful interfaces for websites & apps

Create a website with your portfolio work designed in this course

Start a new career as a UI/UX or product designer

Resume, references and interview preparation


App design is one of the fastest growing industries. Anyone can put together an app. However the apps that are successful and make it, are designed well in terms of the user experience and interface design. This is why is important to learn how to bring an app to life and how to make it stand out in a crowd.


This course is taught by Vasile Tiplea, CEO of Multi-Award winning Los Angeles based App Design and Development agency Creative27.

Vasile helped over 100 companies put award winning apps in the market. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Beats, Bose, BBC Worldwide and more.

Vasile takes a mentorship approach to teaching unlike any other course available in the market. Students who have taken this course, landed jobs as User Interface Designers, User Experience Designers and Product Designers at companies like NFL, Mitsubishi Motors and CBS Interactive.



The courses below are designed to help train you in becoming an app designer. Completing this program will thoroughly prepare you to design your own apps or seek work as a professional User Interface Designer, User Experience Designer, App Designer or Website Designer.

Early registration, Full-Program discounted pricing:


Design Fundamentals

The Design Fundamentals course will provide the core foundation building blocks that any designer needs. Vasile will share trade secrets that he learned and practiced for over a decade.

We’ll cover the importance of typography, its great significance and how it plays a role in design. You’ll see examples of what works and what doesn’t.

We’ll look how colors create impactful experiences and how to choose and work with color. We’ll discuss intricate ways of looking at layouts, how to create interest, break down your content and evoke an emotional response.

Note: This course will get you ready for the next courses. If you have no experience as a designer, we highly recommend taking this course.






Research is a crucial part of any app design project. Before you start on a project, you need to do a surface level assessment of who are the top competitors. By the end of this, you’ll learn:

• how to identify direct and indirect competitors
• how to formulate a messaging & positioning statement
• key elements that will drive your product & set it apart from competition


Identify Direct & Indirect Competitors

Surface Level Assessment

Messaging & Positioning


User Experience Design

User Experience Design is the foundation and blue-print, the heart of any great app. This is where we look at how to make apps user friendly, easy to understand and pleasant to navigate. You’ll learn what wireframes are and how to create low fidelity and high fidelity annotated wireframes.

You’ll learn how to create sitemaps and functionality flows in Omnigraffle.

Note: If you’ve never designed wireframes and user experience scenarios/flows, we highly recommend taking this course as it will prepare you for the remaining courses.

Principles of User Experience Design

Intro to Low Fidelity Wireframes

Omnigraffle Overview

Preliminary Sitemap

Annotated High Fidelity Wireframes

Functionality Flows in Omnigraffle

User Interface Design

User Interface Design is all about creating a strong branded visual impact. You’ll learn the process that will get you an awesome looking app. At this stage, we’ll take our wireframes and show you how to build a branded design around them.

You’ll learn how to design apps in Sketch and how to use Adobe Photoshop as a complementary software. We’ll cover the importance of Mood-Boards and how to select colors and typography.


Principles of User Interface Design

Sketch Overview

Creating Mood Boards

Selecting Colors and Typography

Designing the UI in Sketch

Interactive Prototyping

Interactive Prototyping helps us build a working model of our still designs. By the end of this, you’ll learn how to bring your designs to life. You’ll learn how to add interactivity to your designs and

how to create a working model of the app you’re working on, install it on your phone and be able to share it with others. You’ll learn how to do this using Sketch, Craft Manager and InVision.


Principles of Prototyping

Intro to InVision

Intro to Craft Manager

Creating your Prototypes in InVision

Portfolio Assignments

Portfolio Assignments is a thorough mentorship course guided by Vasile B. Tiplea with real world projects, actionable feedback & portfolio ready results. If you’re looking to build a portfolio so you can land a job as a UI/UX/Product Designer, this course will help you do just that.

Vasile will assign projects to you and provide personal critique on what to change and how make your portfolio better. By the end of this course, you will have 10 strong portfolio pieces.


Mobile App Entertainment

Website Promo Responsive

Tablet App

Mobile App Productivity

Website E-Commerce

Tablet App Real Estate

Mobile App Social

Website Dashboard

Tablet App E-learning

Wearable Project Fitness

Job Interview Preparation

The Job interview preparation course will get you ready for the real-world. Building confidence, sharpen your strategy to get the results you want from your job search. Ensure your hard work produces the opportunities you deserve. If you have completed all of the previous modules, you are now in a very good spot to start applying for jobs.

Vasile will personally review your resume, portfolio and provide recommendation on what direction to go in. His insight will ensure you make a meaningful impact on recruiters and hiring managers by overcoming career blockers.


Resume Prep

Portfolio Review

Recommendations and Referrals

Internship Opportunities

Leave-behind and Digital Promo


Sign up & reserve your spot. The app academy program launches in the Fall of 2018.

Questions? E-mail us at



I have an app idea and want to design it myself. Will this help me?

Yes. We recommend you complete the entire program so that you have the foundational skills to know how to carry out an app design from ideation to completion.

Is there a discount for vets and high schoolers?

Yes, there is a 20% discount. If you are a vet or high schooler, send us an e-mail with proof at and we’ll apply a 20% discount.

Can I attend college and take this program? How much commitment will this take?

If you attend college full-time, it will be challenging to complete the program. The commitment required is a minimum of 4-hours/day.

I work during the day, can I take this program at night? Will I be able to complete it?

Yes, you may take this program at night. As long as you’re committed to putting in the time and check in with your instructor, you’ll be ok.


What is a portfolio?

A portfolio contains sample pieces of the app design, web design and other digital projects you’ve worked on during this course. This shows to prospect employers your capabilities and strength as an app designer.

Why do I need a portfolio?

If you are seeking a job as an app designer, user interface designer, user experience designer or product designer, you’ll need a portfolio when applying for jobs.

Will I get help with my portfolio?

In order to receive help with your portfolio, you’ll need to take the Portfolio Assignments course. This course goes hand in hand with the Job Interview Preparation. If you are seeking to be employed as an app designer, we highly recommend taking both of these courses.

Why do companies look at portfolios?

Companies look at portfolios to gage your level of expertise as a designer and to see if your style as a designer would match with their needs.


My degree is in Graphic Design, how would this program help me?

If you have a degree in Graphic Design, this program will help you breach the gap between print and digital. On the bright side, as a Graphic Designer you should have strong foundational skills in Typography, Layout and Color which will help you tremendously.

Can I complete the program without taking all of the courses listed here?

If you are a seasoned professional than yes, you may skip some of the courses. We recommend e-mailing us at before enrolling if you are thinking of skipping courses. We’ll assess where you are and provide insights on follow up steps.

What is UI/UX or product designer?

UI refers to User Interface Design which deals with the visual design of an interface. UX refers to User Experience which deals with the mechanics behind how a product/app/website works. A Product Designer is both hands on and leads a team of seasoned professionals in completing a product.

I want to design apps by myself; what is the best and fastest way to do it?

Designing an app is no easy task. Understanding the process and acquiring the skills is crucial to designing successful apps. Taking the C27 Academy program as opposed to a 4-year school is the fastest way to do it.

Is this going to be a bunch of theory?

There is definitely some theory and important concepts covered. The C27 Academy program however focuses more on the practical side of things.

I have an emergency, can I take a break from the program? Will I have to pay it again to continue later on?

The payment for the program covers you for 1-year. If an emergency situation occurs, reach out to us at for an extension.

What if I want to cancel my program, will I get my money back?

There will be no refund once you’ve signed up for the program.

If I pay for my program, how long will I have access to it?

You will have 1 year from the date you’ve enrolled in the program.

If I complete the program, can I work for Creative27 App Agency?

Yes, there is a possibility. Creative27 is constantly seeking seasoned professionals to join their elite team.


What does is it mean mentor course?

Mentor course means Vasile B Tiplea will guide you through the program, review your work and provide insightful feedback to help shape you into an app designer.

What if I fail the course, do I need to take it again?

There are no grades assigned throughout the C27 Academy Program. You’re welcome to take courses multiple times to sharpen your skills. Just remember you’ll have 1-Year access from the time you enrolled in the course.

What kind of assignments will I have? What if I do not have my assignment complete, what happens?

Each course has its own assignments which will help you put theory and lessons taught into practice. Not completing your assignments is setting yourself up for failure. We highly recommend completing each assignment to get the most out of each course.

How often can my mentor meet with me?

Vasile B Tiplea will be providing feedback to your assignments via the Vabotu platform to which you will gain access once enrolled in the course. 1 on 1 Mentoring is available throughout the User Experience Design Course, User Interface Design Course, Portfolio Assignments and Job Interview Preparation. UX/UX and Job Interview preparation come with a one 45minute 1 on 1 session. The Portfolio Review Preparation course comes with ten 15 minutes 1 on 1 sessions.

May I pay one course at a time?

You cannot, you will have to pay for the entire program upfront.

If I have a problem, how fast can I get help?

2 hours or less.

I am a designer, can I just take courses to my liking?

If you are seasoned designer, you may choose the courses you wish to take.


What kind of software/ tools do I need?

Throughout this course you will use Omnigraffle, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Craft Manager and InVision.

Can I get a discount for the software you use, and how?

Each of the software covered in this course provide a free trial which you will be able to use for the course. In addition there are student discounts provided. Please learn more about this on each of the software websites provided.

Can I complete the program without the tools listed above?

You do not have to use these exact tools. You may use other tools to complete program.

Will you teach how to use the tools?

There will be a brief introductory course for each of the software listed to get you up and sprinting.

Finding a Job in the App Industry

I want to start a new career as an app designer, how long will it take before applying for jobs?

It all depends on your pace as you take each course, complete the assignments and work on your portfolio. The average length of the program is 5 to 8 months.

How do you help with job placement?

We’ll guide you through where to apply and how to apply. Once you complete the Portfolio Assignments and Job Interview Preparation courses you’ll be up and ready to put yourself on the market.

How can you help with job interviews? Will you train me how to present myself and what to show in my portfolio?

For job interviews we’ll make sure you have your resume, LinkedIn and Portfolio ready. You will also be prepared for interview questions and how to talk about your work and strengths as a designer.

I want to start my own App Agency, does your program teach how to do it and what to be aware of?

This program does not cover this. However be on the lookout as we’re putting together a program that teaches seasoned designers and freelancers how to breach the gap between their day job and dream job.