Written By Harry Hantel
Apple’s newest, beginner-oriented programming language Swift has made developing for the iPhone a possibility for new and experienced developers alike. iOS developers earn over $100,000 on average, so it's a perfect time to learn to program for the iPhone. With the help of one of these iOS bootcamps, you could find yourself developing mobile apps utilizing Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, and Swift.
iOS bootcamps teach students the technologies and languages required to build iOS apps for iPhones which can be launched on the Apple App Store. These technologies include Objective-C, Swift, XCode, and more. Many of the iOS mobile development bootcamps also teach web development fundamentals as background knowledge. There are a wide range of part-time, full-time, in-person, online, beginner, and advanced iOS bootcamps around the U.S. and Canada.
Why: Brainstation offers a part-time flexible iOS Development Course which teaches students with some previous coding experience to build their own mobile app from scratch using Swift and XCode.
Where: Online, Toronto, and Vancouver
Program Length: 5-10 weeks part-time
Why: Pursuit's Access Code program offers a program focusing on iOS (Swift), with the aim of preparing students for software engineering roles and a salary increase. The school strives to provide coding education to a diverse and inclusive community, as well as people with low-income backgrounds.
Where: Queens, NY
Program Length: 10 months (6 months tuition + 4 months career prep)
Cost: Deferred tuition – participants pay a percentage of their earnings once they find a job.
Why: Based in Toronto, CareerFoundry offers an online iOS development course. Students will learn Swift and receive daily coaching from experienced iOS developers. Also, students can build the confidence and support they need to launch their new iOS dev career through CareerFoundry's Career Change Achievement program.
Program Length: 3 months (40 hours per week), 6 months (20 hours per week), 8 months (15 hours per week)
“The curriculum is detailed with additional material to educate yourself even further than the given tasks. It is hard work but at the end of each task, there is joy that comes with it. You are never alone when learning with CF, the community is always there for you. Be it the support team, student advisors or other students, the support is just overwhelming.” -Millicent via Course Report
Why: Code Fellows offers a course for Advanced Software Development in iOS.
Where: Seattle. Portland. For advanced iOS learning, Code Fellows has you covered.
Program Length: 10 weeks (nights & weekends)
“I took the iOS Boot Camp (now called Advanced Software Development in iOS) in January/February 2014 and I can say without a doubt Code Fellows is the best educational experience I have ever had. I started learning how to code on my own 6 months prior to Code Fellows and landed an iOS dev position a month after the program ended.” -Ivan via Course Report
Why: Coding Dojo's immersive bootcamp has a modular curriculum where all students learn web development fundamentals, then they can choose three complete technology stacks to learn, of which iOS is an option. Coding Dojo also offers a separate iOS Dev Accelerator, where advanced students can learn the entire suite of technologies for the iOS stack including Apple's Swift, Xcode, Core Motion, and many other advanced iOS topics.
Where: Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Seattle
Program Length: 14 weeks (immersive bootcamp); 4 weeks (Dev Accelerator)
Cost: $11995-$13495 (immersive bootcamp); $4,000-$5,000 (Dev Accelerator)
“I would like to recommend this bootcamp if anybody is trying to give his/her career a new horizon. It will certainly shape your understanding about real word problems and buzzing technologies. After three months of painstakingly hard work we are given an opportunity to participate in scrum projects. Last but not the least, 'No matter how you feel, you get up, dress up and show up,' Happy learning code to all aspirants!!" -Seema via Course Report
Why: DevMountain offers an iOS Development Immersive (full time), which gives students the skills to start a career in code, and includes one-on-one mentoring, free student housing, and career support. DevMountain also offers an iOS After Hours program (part time) at the Salt Lake City campus.
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Program Length: 12 weeks (immersive) or 16 weeks (after hours)
Cost: $10,900 (immersive) or $4500 (after hours)
"They have a great mixture of "theory" and application. I was also excited to learn that I'd be shipping 2 apps to the app store during the program. It is a very fast paced program with a lot of material to cover so it takes a lot of focus and hard work. Overall a great experience!" - Aaron via Course Report
Why: Lighthouse Labs is an across the board player in Toronto’s burgeoning tech scene. It was Canada’s first iOS development bootcamp. First learn the fundamentals, then move onto the nitty gritty like UX/UI design that could make the difference between your app and the other guys’. Find your place in Canada’s fastest growing industry.
Program Length: 4 weeks remote + 8 weeks in-person
“Culture is fantastic. There's such a palpable and contagious enthusiasm for learning, people (teachers) are there because they want to be. Being located in a hub of the tech scene doesn't hurt. It's an immersive introduction to what working in tech is like.” -Anonymous via Course Report
Why: This course is great for beginners who want to learn Swift and iOS development through one-on-one mentorship. Students receive a project-based curriculum and are able to learn in a self-paced way.
Program Length: 3 months (15 hours a week)
Cost: $500 per month
“At first I was skeptical about taking an online course, but Thinkful did the best they could to educate me and treat me like family. So I was very comfortable with the course, very educational and Great Mentor! I can't thank them enough for all they have done! I am also coming back to take more courses!” -Tigran via CourseReport
Why: TurnToTech offers interested developers of any skill level the chance to learn how to program iOS with Swift in their iOS immersive. Founded and taught by professionals, the program also features weekly tech events that will expose students to the realities of professional work in the mobile development industries.
Where: New York
Program Length: 16 weeks (full time) and 8 weeks (part time)
Cost: $12,000 and $3,000
“The iOS Bootcamp at TurnToTech is a thorough and challenging introduction to the fundamentals of iOS programming. Unlike other bootcamp courses, this one is entirely project-based. There is no formal instruction, so you can take the time you need to understand specific concepts. You're building apps from Week 1 that increase in complexity over time, but they are broken down in a way that makes concepts easier to grasp. You will be amazed by Cost progress you make in just 6 weeks.” -Paola via Course Report
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Harry Hantel is a recruiter, researcher, and writer with experience placing senior level professionals in a wide array of industries.
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