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Bitmaker General Assembly

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Bitmaker General Assembly offers full-time immersive courses in web development and UX & product design, along with 10-week part-time offerings in front-end web development, user experience design, digital marketing, product management, and data analytics. Startup accelerators launch companies; Bitmaker launches careers.

Acquired by General Assembly in 2016, Bitmaker continues to empower its students to pursue work they love. It starts by surrounding st...

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  • Mike
    None. • Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Apr 13, 2015
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    The Hype Machine

    So much hype when you walk into this place. No joke, they make you feel like they are about to change your life and you will walk out of there with some crazy ability to code at an intermediate level. Then you go through the interview, which really is a formality, because judging by the class, they are letting ANYONE in. Like anyone. I think 4 ridiculous people couldn't even really use a computer. So I'm stuck sitting next to them and watching as our TA is trying to help them for l...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Mar 05, 2015
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    Not a Great Experience

    I wouldn't say that Bitmaker was a bad experience, it was just not what I thought it would be. Having had friends that went to other bootcamps I decided to go to one in Toronto where I live. There were 2 that I found and Bitmaker was definitely awesome in looking at it from the outside. Great space, really cool people and interesting curriculum. 

    The problem is this place is all about the money and has some pretty backwards policies. First off, compared to what I have he...

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  • Anonymous
    Developer • Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Feb 02, 2015
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    I would recommend Bitmaker

    I owe Bitmaker Labs a huge debt of gratitude. Bitmaker Labs was a huge stepping stone in my career, and without them I don't believe I'd be where I am today. If you're looking for a career change, or looking to really immerse yourself and learn what it takes to program for the web - I would recommend Bitmaker.

    I was a student in the pilot cohort starting March 2013. Since the program ended I have been working as a web developer and I'm currently working with an or...

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  • Jason Offet
    Consultant • Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Jan 29, 2015
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    Highly Recommended - from zero to full-stack in 9 weeks

    Great team, got the sense that they genuinely wanted everyone to succeed. Good focus on real world skills and practical solutions. It wasn't perfect, but their intent was continuous improvement and it showed.

    Taking the course at 42, I was at the top end of the age range in Cohort #4. I came in with some basic skills in HTML and CSS and some ancient BASIC experience. I came out with everthing I need to build an end-to-end web application. I have been working on that app for t...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Jan 29, 2015
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    March 2014 grad

    I was in the fourth cohort. Keep in mind the curriculum and instructors have probably changed significantly since then. Ask for their curriculum if you are considering it. When I was there there was a mix of Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and a dash of CSS. 

    First you have to look at your own goals and experience. If you already have coding experience and have done things like Lynda or the Michael Hartl Rails tutorial you probably won't learn that much from the instructors / a...

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  • Anonymous
    Student • Toronto
    Jan 27, 2015
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    Summer 2014 Graduate

    Great team and a great experience. A number of students had the opportunity to gain full time employment at the end of the summer session. Dont think that this thing will naturally make you a programmer through osmosis though, the majority of my learning came post-enrolment when I dug into things on my own time.

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  • Anonymous
    Product Lead • Student • UX and Product Design Full-Time • Toronto
    Apr 19, 2018
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    If you have a design background you will probably be disappointed

    Nice people but basic instruction and way too expensive. If you already have a design background you will be disappointed. Spend your money elsewhere. Take time off your current job, watch some youtube tutorials and pump out a new portfolio on your own. Travel and find a mentor. Pay a mentor in the city and hit the library. You can do it (ง •̀ω•́)ง✧

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  • Anonymous
    Student • Front-End Web Development • Toronto
    Apr 05, 2017
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    Bitmaker

    Seriously brutal lectures and a disappointing experience.  Lecturer was disengaged and brutally bad.  TA did not show twice for scheduled appointments to help at start. Unprofessional and poor quality.  Only good thing was finding out by accident about other online sources, like Treehouse, which is far cheaper and better.

     

    Curriculum and online materials are okay but pretty dated. But don't waste your time or money with this newbie tech school c...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Toronto
    Dec 15, 2016
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    Be careful

    Bitmaker will accelerate you through the basics. If you don't do the prep work beforehand, you're pretty much screwed for the course, but if you do and work hard you'll get a basic understanding of web development and will have to work really hard for many years after to get better. That's fine. 

    Here's the thing. The numbers are all BS. How do they calculate 90% of people graduate in 3 months? Thats a lie. Well over 10% of people in my cohort still doesn't hav...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Nov 28, 2016
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    great experience, big commitment, research first!

    I took the full-stack web development course in 2016 spring, and it was one of the most intense learning I had in my life. Bitmaker focus 70% back-end web development, which means you will be dealing with  lot of algorithm and database structure, and we spent relatively very small amount of time for front-end, such as HTML,CSS, and Javascript. so If those are your focus, it may not be your place. I don't regret my choice to go to bitmaker, because I have done some part time courses in othe...

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  • Anonymous
    Front-End Developer • Graduate • Web Development Full-Time • Toronto
    Nov 23, 2016
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    Big step but worth it

    For the most part you are paying for guidance and how to approach frameworks/languages. You aren't exactly learning what you need to land a job but the know how on how to pick new material up and how to look at certain things rather than just being uterly confused by new material. 

    Also a great community building step when entering a completely new career space which helps land new gigs and solve programming problems.


    They preach that 80% get hired within the firs...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Front-End Web Development • Toronto
    Nov 23, 2016
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    Loved it

    Top tech school in Canada, by far. Great experience.

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Bitmaker General Assembly costs around $12,500. On the lower end, some Bitmaker General Assembly courses like User Experience Design cost $2,500.

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Bitmaker General Assembly offers courses like Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, Front-End Web Development, Product Management and 3 more.

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Bitmaker General Assembly has an in-person campus in Toronto.

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