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General Assembly

Avg Rating:4.31 ( 455 reviews )

General Assembly offers short and long courses in web and mobile development, product management, data science and more, online and in-person, across 15 campuses in 4 continents. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business, and technology, General Assembly is confronting a skills gap and providing access to opportunities in tech. General Assembly offers a breadth of different course offerings and classes range from full-time immersive courses for learners that want to switch to a new career, to part-time courses for learners that are looking to improve their career trajectory by acquiring a new skill set, and mentor-led online circuits for a more flexible way to acquire foundational skills.

To apply for an immersive bootcamp, applicants need to submit an online application, then connect with a General Assembly admissions representative who will evaluate whether the course is a fit for an applicant's experience and goals. Applicants then complete an admissions assessment to ensure they are prepared for the rigor of the curriculum. Once a student is accepted and has paid a down payment, their spot will be secured.

General Assembly career coaches work with students to create their career path, improve technical interview skills, and build a personal brand. Graduates can attend GA-hosted hiring events and meet hiring managers. The careers team partners with companies for course development and graduate placement and helps companies stay competitive in today's digital landscape. Additionally, General Assembly has made a commitment to affordable and accessible education combined with an education-to-employment approach that helps to create a diverse talent pipeline.

In addition to long-form course offerings, General Assembly courses are also available as short form bootcamps (1-2 day workshops) as well as evening and weekend classes.

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  • Data Analysis On-Demand

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    MySQL, Excel, Data Analytics , SQL
    OnlinePart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Get started with essential tools and strategies to make data-driven decisions. Enhance your job performance and work more effectively. Data Analysis On Demand is a flexible learning path that gives you a robust introduction to industry fundamentals. Skill up when you want, where you want on our dynamic online platform. Expert mentors keep you motivated with guidance and feedback in convenient 1:1 sessions. Build a strong foundation in Excel and SQL while honing techniques like cleaning data, framing questions, and data visualization. Apply new skills to work or passion projects as you go!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansN/A
    ScholarshipN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Data Analytics (Part-Time)

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    MySQL, Excel, Data Analytics , SQL
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Harness Excel, SQL, and Tableau to drive powerful analysis and insights. Build confidence and credibility to apply this versatile skill set to countless jobs. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
     Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work3 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Your best course for career transformation. This full-time data science bootcamp features expert instruction, one-on-one career coaching, and connections to top employers to get you hired. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize. Income Share Agreements are available through Vemo.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic SQL query knowledge/scripting and familiarity with Python required. Strong familiarity with math and descriptive statistics required. 2-5 years of experience as an analyst is ideal.
    Prep Work40 Hours
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science (Part Time)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Create robust predictive models with statistics and Python programming. Build confidence and credibility to tackle complex machine learning problems on the job. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelFamiliarity with math and statistics and Python syntax/programming fundamentals is required.
    Prep Work15 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Digital Marketing On-Demand

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Get started launching multi-channel brand, acquisition, and retention campaigns. Enhance your job performance or indulge your creative curiosity. Digital Marketing On Demand is a fun, flexible learning path that gives you a robust introduction to digital marketing fundamentals. Skill up when you want, where you want on our dynamic online platform. Expert mentors keep you motivated with guidance and feedback in convenient 1:1 sessions. Hone techniques in segmentation, customer insight, CRM, analytics, automation, and more. Apply new skills to work or passion projects as you go!
    Financing
    DepositNone
    Tuition PlansN/A
    ScholarshipN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Digital Marketing (Part-time)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Build confidence and capability to apply modern marketing strategies on the job. Drive growth with multichannel campaigns powered by data and customer insight. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work3 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Front-End Web Development (Part-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, Design, User Experience Design, CSS, Front End
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Learn to leverage HTML, CSS, and JavaScript through hands-on projects and real-world scenarios. Develop interactive, responsive websites to impress new clients and employers with your coding skills and get ahead on the job. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work3 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • HTML, CSS & Web Design - On Demand

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    HTML, Design, User Experience Design, CSS
    OnlinePart Time10 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$1,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    This course enables students to create a well-designed site with the user in mind, and master the technical vocabulary to communicate ideas to designers and engineers. Students will learn how to quickly translate their ideas into functional, stylized websites for personal or business purposes using HTML, CSS, responsive web design and design fundamentals. This course is offered on a flexible schedule to suit your time commitment. You'll receive useful feedback from a mentor who has extensive professional and academic knowledge of the field. By the end of the program students will have built a full functioning website to use as part of a portfolio.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
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    Tuition PlansN/A
    ScholarshipN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • JavaScript Development On-Demand

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    HTML, JavaScript, Design, User Experience Design, CSS
    OnlinePart Time10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Master the skills required to create dynamic, interactive user experiences with the popular and powerful programming language, JavaScript. This course is offered on a flexible schedule to suit your time commitment. You'll receive useful feedback from a mentor who has extensive professional and academic knowledge of the field. By the end of the program students will have built a full functioning website to use as part of a portfolio.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
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    Tuition PlansN/A
    ScholarshipN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • JavaScript Development (Part-time)

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    Git, JavaScript, Front End
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Gain fluency in JavaScript — the world's most popular programming language — and start leveraging its versatile capabilities to build rich, interactive websites and applications. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work6 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Product Management (Part-time)

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    Design, Sales, Product Management, User Experience Design, Agile
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Balance business viability, technical feasibility, and customer desire to lead products and features toward long-term success. Learn from a seasoned expert. This course is also offered in an online, virtual classroom setting. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
     Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work3 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Python Programming (Part-Time)

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    Data Science, Data Visualization, Data Structures, Python
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Gain fluency in Python — the world's fastest-growing major programming language — and start leveraging its versatile capabilities to build web and data science applications. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
     Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work4 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • React Development Online (Part-Time)

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    JavaScript, React.js
    OnlinePart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationOnline
    Expand your JavaScript programming skills, and boost your profile at work — and on the job market. Learn to build sophisticated, scalable web applications. This course is offered only online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
     Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelPrior experience with JavaScript.
    Prep Work4 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Software Engineering Immersive

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    HTML, JavaScript, Django, Rails, CSS, React.js, Front End, Ruby, SQL, Python
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Your best course for career transformation. Our award-winning coding bootcamp, dedicated career coaches, 19K+ hiring partners, and global expert network get grads hired at A-list companies. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize. Income Share Agreements are available through Vemo.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work40 Hours
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Software Engineering Immersive - Flex

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    HTML, JavaScript, Django, Rails, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Ruby, SQL
    OnlinePart Time18 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,950
    Class size22
    LocationOnline
    Have it all. Keep your daytime commitments while transforming your career with evening and weekend training. Our award-winning program, expert instructors, dedicated career coaches, and 19K+ hiring partners get grads hired at A-list companies. This course is offered only in an online, virtual classroom setting using Zoom, Slack, and other tools.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work40 Hours
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • User Experience Design Immersive

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    HTML, Design, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Your best course for career transformation in design. This full-time UX bootcamp features expert instruction, one-on-one career coaching, and connections to top employers to get you hired. This course is offered in person and online, in a virtual classroom setting.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize. Income Share Agreements are available through Vemo.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work12 Hours
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • User Experience Design On-Demand

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Get started designing successful digital products that customers and audiences love. Enhance your job performance or indulge your creative curiosity. User Experience (UX) Design On Demand is a fun, flexible learning path that gives you a robust introduction to UX fundamentals. Skill up when you want, where you want on our dynamic online platform. Expert mentors keep you motivated with guidance and feedback in convenient 1:1 sessions. Hone techniques like prototyping, persona building, affinity mapping, wire-framing, and user research. Apply new skills to work or passion projects as you go!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    N/A
    Tuition PlansN/A
    ScholarshipN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • User Experience Design (Part-Time)

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    Design, User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Translate user wants and needs into intuitive digital experiences that power revenue, loyalty, and product success. Build confidence and credibility to tackle complex design problems on the job. This course is offered on campus and online, in a virtual classroom setting using Slack, Zoom, and other tools.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
     Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work3 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Visual Design (Part-time)

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    Design
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,800
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Paris, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Gain the vocabulary and tools to tackle diverse design challenges on the job. Kickstart your portfolio and create beautiful, responsive designs for the web. This course is offered on campus and online in a virtual classroom setting using Slack, Zoom, and other tools.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
     Financing options are available through Climb Credit and Meritize.
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans are offered by General Assembly.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work3 Hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science
    - 2/28/2017
    John Stys • Graduate
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    The Data Science class was very good and our instructors were great.  They were extremely helpful and made themselves very available for questions and 1 on 1 time. 

    There was a ton of content.  At points it seemed like a data dump with complex math being described as python code, which can be very hard to understand for entry level coders.  I would recommend the class to anyone interested in data science, but be sure you have a strong grasp of basic python and understand what you want to get out of the class.  If not, you could easily get lost or left behind.

  • Sophie • Student
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    The UX Design course at GA London was great! In the course of one week I learned a lot and can confidently go back to work and transition into a more permanent UX role.

    Mark, our instructor and Lucy and Rihannon our TAs were great and really helpful. Even after hours they would send us links to useful websites (and still do today although the course is finished)

    I would really recommend this course if you're looking to learn about UX!

  • Avegail • UX Designer • Student
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    Want to learn Photoshop but you're intimidated by its overwhelming features that you just don't know where to start? Are you looking to increase your skill set? Are you a UX Designer who wants to have more confidence in defending your designs?

    These were all the reasons why I took the part-time Visual Design course and it exceeded beyond my expectations. Dani, the course instructor, and Jess, her assistant, were an awesome and supportive team. They guided me on the process of creating a homepage design that I'm proud to show to employers.

    It's been almost a year and a half since I've finished the course but it's made a big impact on my career. Before the course, I used to focus more on wireframing. Now I've moved onto a job where I mostly work on the visual design and prototyping of the product. The course has increased my confidence not only as a Photoshop user but a designer as well. Another benefit is the connections you make with your peers and the instructional team. I go to Dani and Jess whenever I need design or career advice.

  • Britt Shroyer • Graduate
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    Before coming to General Assembly, I had little to no experience with coding. After 12 weeks of focus and hard work, thanks to GA, I have built a strong foundation for a career in front-end development by gaining exposure to a broad range of technologies. The intructors were fantastic. The experience they bring to the classroom taught us to think like developers  by providing just enough guidance to maximize our time in the program while allowing us to struggle through obstacles the right way rather than taking shortcuts. I can honestly say I learned more during those three months than I did in college. Moreover, the outcomes team provided more than enough tools, and networking opportunities to land a job I was excited about. Make no mistake though, you will get out whatever effort you put into this course. Don't sign up if you're not ready to work hard.

    Beyond providing a hard skillset, this course inspired me to challenge myself and enjoy the learning process again. With each new project comes new puzzles to solve, and with each new language comes new obstacles to conquer and skills to master. On the whole, I'm thrilled to be graduating with the confidence to take on the ever-changing field of web development.

  • False Promises
    - 2/15/2017
    Ty • Graduate
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    To pad General Assembly's hiring statistics after you finish your immersive program, GA employs it's newly "educated" students to join the GA team as an Instructional Associate. 

    After a three month drilling of a broad scope of knowledge, you're now going to be explaining your half-assed education to a new cohort of optimistic students. You are not going to learn the skillset of a Data Scientist in three short months. You'll have an idea of what it mean to be a Data Scientist, but you will be nowhere close to being a valued asset of any analytics team. 

    Had I know of the GA shenanigans before I joined and finished DSI at the San Francisco Campus, I would have saved my time, money, and sanity and would have continued to grow the traditional way. Instead, a boot camp is nothing but false promises and overly idealistic beliefs. Don't make the same mistake.

  • Just Don't
    - 2/13/2017
    RT • Graduate
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    Besides clearly removing negative reviews that members of my DSI cohort has written, General Assembly is the reincarnation of the likes of Devry and ITT Tech. 

    First Warning Sign: Applying and Interviewing 

    An absolute and utter joke for an incredible math heavy and technical course. 

    Second Warning Sign: Instructors

    Quick to doubt and even quicker to shrug off. Students are not treated with respect. When youre paying an exorbitant $16,000 for a 12 week-course, you should get any assistance and help you desire. That is not the case at GA.

    Final Warning Sign: Outcomes Team

    Individuals who have never held a technicial position as a data analyst or data scientist are advising how, where, and why you should be applying to certain positions. 

    I cannot reccommend GA to absolutely anyone. If you need a rundown on how to operate a business based on false promises and false statistics, you've found the right place. There are much better and more affordable options than wasting your precious time and money at General Assembly. 

  • Bea Kirk • UI Developer • Student
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    Ladies better mind their p's and q's and keep your heads down. But isn't that always the case? I was sanctioned and told I'm hostile for asking for help, for asking why things were structured the way they were (and I was top 3 at the head of my class). It's not my fault or any woman's fault that you feel threatened when you don't know as much, or get called out on it. That's not mine/a woman being hostile. That's sexism and intolerance feeling insecure and threatened by women.

    You will notice there are around 0 women teachers (in technology). You will see they will try to tell you it's like 30% because design school. Not sure there are many more female staffers.

    Had to write a gender-balanced review here.

  • J, Paredes • Graduate
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    This is one of worst and most over-priced courses in London. I decided to take this course as it shows a solid content structure including a project development over a 10-week period, rather than the whole UK digital marketing course market, which are based on 2-day or 1-week workshop courses.

    Learning online optimization is really difficult due to you cannot monitor and expect immediate results as it is a long process and significant self-study time-investing to dominate it. So, why did I pay for a course if anyone can learn FREE surfing online?

    I said to myself “I have no time to spend exploring and learning digital skills by my own, so I need to pay for the best time-effective learning experience so I can apply knowlege efficiently & immediately”. So, I made a big effort to enroll to this course, as It has similar cost than university fees, almost 3000 pounds and over this if you take a funding option.

    What a disappointment!!, I feel legally scammed!!! The course is simply REALLY BAD, as It is running as it was a 1 day-workshop basis, i.e. the explanation is broadly and over-exploratory and backed-up for links to check. Therefore, What is the difference between this course and watch videos in YouTube? NOTHING, except I was so stupid to pay a lot of money for this.

    During a 10-week period, the course should have focused in learning quickly how to perform all minimum procedures requested to execute a digital marketing strategy, but this course does not do it because does not teach you fundamental steps to execute procedures.

    For example, there is a SEO chapter where it must be taught things as how to perform effectively a keyword research or competitive analysis. All you have is an overview chat and a link to a 1000-page book to learn!!!! Or the Google Adwords lesson is pure theory, you never can put an Ad if you do not have a site which a previous Ad movement. So how can you learn effectively? It is the same to sit myself in a course video where I am not going to participate interactively. Poor value for money.

    The course dynamics consists on an online pre-work (which is mostly run for a self-corrected software), a 2 x two-hour lesson per week and a weekly homework. The homework is based on the project but It is not corrected weekly, so you could have done a lot of work for nothing, as It may be wrong….this is not time-effective learning method at all.

    The course teachers are a team: one is a field professional, another one is a class assistant and a coordinator (you will never see her/him in the course so omit her/him). I cannot criticize their professional knowledge about the study field, but they clearly did not have a good understanding of how to deliver the content syllabus of the course, making the learning experience deficient.

    They do not revise course materials prior lessons as they just copied slides for another past course at other GA branch. Therefore, there are several contents that are not updated or simply they do not know to operate some tools indicated at the syllabus. In my opinion is an excessive relax approach to a teach a lesson, it is ok for a class to have a kind of fun environment with some music but I am not satisfied to pay to see teachers take it easy.

    The project is another joke as there is not a project!!!!, it is only a slide presentation about how It should be developed the project!!! This is really poor as I came to the course to learn “HOW TO DO” things instead of that what I have got was “LOOK THIS IS THE LINK, LOOK THE VIDEO AND DO IT”. Hence, What do I pay if I can do and commit the same mistakes by my own?

    Stay away for this course that clearly is not worthy for what is teaching, with the same money find a 1-on-1 education or pay for an internship to a professional agency, you will learn more and will have a better material for CV purposes. This course is not going to give you a real life-change career or help you how to execute a correct digital marketing to your business. IT IS THROWING YOUR MONEY TO THE TOILET!!!!

     

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    In a world of mediocre and bad customer service these guys stand out above the rest. Called them to learn more about iOS development sessions available where the lady on the phone proceeds to try and convince me why I should be taking their web dev course instead. She than tried to setup me up with an "admissions counselor" but only reaches voicemail 

     

  • Heather • Student
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    I am in the 10 week FEWD bootcamp, with just 2 weeks to go. None of my projects or homeworks assignments have been reviewed or have any feedback posted to them. I've asked my instructor a few times about it - he is always "gonna get to it tonight". Tried to see if my peers would share their past work with me, so i could see if I was on track/compare how we coded/see better ways to code the same things - but no one has  responded back to me =( 

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    This course costs $13,500 as of this writing, and lasts roughly three months. That makes it roughly comparable to one semester at a state-run university. That’s in terms of both cost and time span. (Though regarding the time span, General Assembly is very honest when they say the course will consume your life for the duration. To continue to compare it to a traditional college, imagine a semester where every week was finals week.)

     

    So, this isn’t like spending a few hundred dollars on an “Introduction to Web Development” course at your local community college. It’s a major commitment of time and money. Is it worth it? Here’s my analysis.

     

    When it comes to the course content, let’s be honest: you can get the same content free, or so cheap by comparison it might as well be free, from several web sites. GA is really offering “value added” material to the content. What are they adding?

     

    To get a trivial one out of the way, they’re providing a physical classroom. It’s in a reasonably nice area of DC.  The spaces are very “utilitarian”, nothing fancy. The classrooms are serviceable; maybe a little “cozy” if the class is full, but not too bad. They can have noise issues occasionally, if an adjacent room is boisterous, or the construction across the street is intense. The floors, annoyingly, are bare concrete. They need carpet. I mention that since I experienced the heart-stopping experience of watching my laptop drop off a desk onto the hard floor. It didn’t break, but a little carpet would have lowered my panic level.

     

    More directly related to the course, they’re providing instructors. I found them all good to very good. I did find one to have an style that was overly laid back, but that’s a matter of taste; someone else might find him more approachable. I’m very grateful to one who was incredibly patient with me when I got behind in the class due to some health issues.

     

    To my knowledge, they’re all self-taught, more-or-less, with some professional experience. They are not academic college professors, they’re teaching real-life programming. That’s not criticism; that’s exactly the point of the class, to teach students enough to get intro-level development jobs. If you’re looking for a deep dive into the merits of various sorting algorithms, this isn’t the place  

     

    I never found the instructors lacking in knowledge. They know their material. I’m one who likes to ask probing questions in class, and they were happy to discuss them, even if they asked me to save it till after class. The class does reflect their knowledge; we only got a brief introduction to PHP, and they were honest that they all disliked it.

     

    I do take issue with some of the course content’s structure. Pretty much all of the content is on-line, in the form of a class calendar with links to the day’s material. The problem is that’s the only way to access it. I repeatedly asked for a master index, and was told it was in the works, but never got one.

     

    GA also gives you the ability to say “I completed this program”, which I assume would carry more weight with an employer than just completing a free on-line program. On the other hand, no matter how you learned web development, your own portfolio will speak the loudest.

     

    But speaking of finding a job after class… another thing GA provides is “Outcomes” support, what might be called Job Placement Services at a typical college. This is where I have serious issues with GA.

    I will admit that I became contemptuous of the Outcomes process, and I let it show, much more than I should have. I’m going to try to keep this focused on systemic flaws with Outcomes, not my personal issues.

     

    Roughly a half day of each week is devoted to Outcomes. What they do varies from week to week. The best in my opinion were the guest speakers, people who work in the industry. We also got two weeks where we did site visits to companies that hire web developers. They were both to companies that might have been good places to work, but at least one has not been hiring web developers since the class ended! It’s still an interesting tour, but I think it would be more worthwhile to tour places that can say, “we expect to be hiring when your class finishes”! The Outcomes team was also somewhat arrogant in their scheduling. One site visit was scheduled for the day a major project was due. I pointed that out, and one of the Outcomes team informed me that I should schedule my time better. Pardon me, but no -- with what I’m paying for the class, they need to schedule better.

     

    The rest of the Outcomes sessions were run by the Outcomes team themselves. There was lots of resume work, appropriately, but I feel it included an inordinate focus on a “vision statement” to put at the top of a resume. They never offered anything more than resume tweaks, students conducting mock interviews with each other, and other such things. They were also fond of surveys that were often repetitive and included questions I found silly. They’d occasionally add a little variety in the forms of “games” that would be good subjects for parodies in satires of corporate life like Dilbert or The Office. The sessions increasingly felt like a waste of time to me, and I considered “opting out” of the Outcomes process even before the end of the course.

     

    The after course material was what led me to finally leave the Outcomes process behind. They have several requirements to continue to receive support from the Outcomes team, but I’ll just mention two. The first is to require to apply for ten jobs a week. That’s a little on the high side, in my opinion, but they also suggest the graduates be selective in where they submit resumes. No matter how much they insist otherwise, being selective and submitting ten resumes a week is contradictory.

     

    They also initially requires graduates to come back to General Assembly once a week for Outcomes sessions, which consisted of a classroom portion, then a “small groups” session with one of the Outcomes team.. (They have dropped that requirement -- the classroom presentations are still held at GA, but are optional. Small groups can be conducted on-line, but are mandatory.)

     

    The after-class sessions were complete wastes of time. We had two guest speakers that I can remember,. Unlike the speakers during the course, these were not worthwhile. The first was a woman who worked in recruiting for, I believe, a construction company in one of the western states, and ran a career coaching business on the side. She was a nice, pleasant speaker, but how much could she offer when the knew neither the technology industry nor the DC area? The second was a younger man with experience in junior level web development. All I remember about him was that he seemed very smug and arrogant.

     

    The rest of the post-course sessions were more resume tweaking, mock interviews and pep talks, all of which I found a waste of time.

     

    GA also promotes their network of employers. It is nowhere near as impressive as they claim. It seems to be limited almost entirely to employers located in DC. That ignores two major high tech areas nearby -- the high tech corridor along the Dulles Toll Road in Northern Virginia, and the biotech corridor along the 270 spur in Maryland. (Despite being biotech focused, they have plenty of software work.)

     

    They also have almost no network in the Federal sphere, either with the government agencies directly or the Federal contractor companies. I realize that many of GA’s students and alumni might view Federal work as something they’d never want to do, but ignoring Federal work in DC cuts out an extraordinary selection of jobs. It would be like ignoring the financial industry in New York City.

    Ultimately, I feel GA was a waste of my time and money. The content of the course proper is worthwhile, but can be found much cheaper. The “Outcomes” support is of no use.

     
  • Vanessa • Graduate
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    The data science immersive course at General Assembly was an awesome, mind-expanding, and super enjoyable experience. The curriculum is industry relevant and very practical, taught through both formal style lectures as well as hands on in class assignments and outside homework and capstone project. The course is definitely intense and fast-paced, you'll be writing code and learning all day long, so expect to work hard but have fun too! 

    In my cohort we started with learning python fundamentals and quickly learned much more advanced techniques as well as some object-oriented programming. From there, the course dives into foundational predictive modeling techniques like regression analysis and continues to build in complexity with more contemporary machine learning and big data topics. The instructors I had (David Yerrington and Kiefer Katovich) are exceptional teachers — highly experienced professionals who clearly love what they do. They were able to make very challenging topics approachable and highly engaging, motivating me to push myself outside my comfort zone and learn way more than I had ever expected in only three short months. I also can’t stress enough how much I learned from my fellow classmates, even if it was just learning from their mistakes! But real talk: Data Science is a broad field so you won’t learn everything but trying to emulate this kind of immersive learning environment by teaching yourself on your own or through a MOOC will be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

    In terms of career support, even as a seasoned professional any job search has it's challenges. GA does a decent job of helping you with your resume, job search strategy, and some interview prep but at the end of the day it’s up to you to find a job you’ll be happy with. Having said that, since completing the course I have had several recruiters reach out to me completely unsolicited regarding analyst and data science positions. My capstone project also got me noticed by an awesome non-profit organization (that uses machine learning to prevent deforestation and poaching in tropical rainforest!) and I’ve recently started working with them as a part-time consultant.

Thanks!