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General Assembly

Avg Rating:4.32 ( 434 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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    Data Science, Excel, SQL
    OnlinePart Time12 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    The best resource for a comprehensive foundation in data analysis. Acquire the context, practical know-how, and practice you need to confidently analyze data with the program global leaders rely on. Cover fundamentals, including framing questions, cleaning data, visualizing data, and communicating insights. This learning path is ideal for anyone who wants to bolster their analytical toolkit, including business analysts, marketers, product managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders building data-driven teams.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    ScholarshipNo
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous experience required.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Data Analytics (Part-Time)

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    Data Science
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$3,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
      
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCourse is open to beginners. Familiarity with Excel is useful, but not required.
    Prep WorkApproximately 3 hours of self-guided pre-work to complete prior to starting the course.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Immersive

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    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Learn the tools and techniques you need to make better decisions through data, and land a job in one of the most sought after fields in tech. Create predictive models by learning to wrangle, analyze, and visualize data from our team of professional Data Scientist instructors. Develop hard skills like Unix, Git, SQL, Python, machine learning, and modeling techniques while creating your own data projects and applications. Take advantage of the growing demand for data and use the guidance and resources of our in-house career coaches to help you find work. Find more information at https://generalassemb.ly/education/data-science-immersive. Questions or want to chat with our team -- email seattle_admissions@generalassemb.ly or call (206) 258-7033.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available ie. Climb Credit- please contact our admissions team for more details.
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available.
    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. Macs are strongly preferred.
    Prep WorkApproximately 40 hours of self-guided pre-work to complete prior to starting the course.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science (Part Time)

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    Data Science, Python
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size20
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Use Python to mine datasets and predict patterns. Build statistical models -- regression, classification, clustering -- that generate usable information from raw data. Master the basics of machine learning and harness large datasets to forecast what’s next.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available include Meritize and Climb
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelFamiliarity with math and statistics and Python syntax/programming fundamentals is required.
    Prep WorkApproximately 20 hours of self-guided pre-work to complete prior to starting the course.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Digital Marketing On-Demand

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    Digital Marketing
    OnlinePart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    The best resource for a comprehensive foundation in modern marketing. Craft and launch effective multi-channel brand, acquisition, and retention campaigns with the program that global leaders rely on. Dive into marketing fundamentals, including segmentation, customer insight, CRM, analytics, and automation. This learning path is ideal for both experienced marketers updating their skills and non-marketers expanding their knowledge.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    ScholarshipNo
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous experience required.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Digital Marketing (Part-time)

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    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Skills & Tools Gain proficiency in social advertising and use Facebook, Google AdWords, and Google Analytics to find meaning in user behavior. Production Standard Develop and plan a campaign driven by data and paid‐search strategies — and measured by key performance indicators. The Big Picture Become a driver of your company's bottom line by using cutting‐edge techniques and platforms to market products and acquire users.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available include Meritize and Climb
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Front-End Web Development

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size25
    LocationBoston
    Skills & Tools Use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, GitHub, and Sublime in concert. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript websites Production Standard Build a fully responsive, interactive website that stands apart from the usual templates. Master technical vocabulary The Big Picture Understand how a skillful mix of programming and layout powers the web we see – and how teams collaborate to create it.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including  Pave and Climb Credit
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Front-End Web Development (Part-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, Front End
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week11 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$4,500
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, GitHub, and Sublime in concert. Build a fully responsive, interactive website that stands apart from the usual templates. Understand how a skillful mix of programming and layout powers the web we see – and how teams collaborate to create it.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner Course is open to beginners. Some familiarity with HTML, CSS and/or JavaScript is useful but not required.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • HTML, CSS, and Web Design Circuit

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    HTML, User Experience Design, CSS
    OnlinePart Time14 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$1,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    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
    Deposit$250
    Tuition PlansMost students choose to pursue a 3-part payment plan with a deposit of $250 and then 2 additional installments of $500.
    Refund / GuaranteePlease see our course catalogue: http://bit.ly/2c6WT3t
    ScholarshipNo
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous experience required.
    Prep Work1-2 hours pre-course.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • iOS Development (Part-time)

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    Mobile, iOS, Swift
    In PersonPart Time12 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City
    Bring together Swift, Xcode, the iOS SDK, and GitHub in work with third-party APIs. Construct a native iPhone or iPad app that loads on a mobile device, stores data locally and connects to larger networks. Gain a real understanding of how concepts for iOS applications translate into user-tested, feature-rich prototypes that can ship to the App Store.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available through Earnest  Climb  Affirm or Pave.

    Tuition PlansPayment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • JavaScript Circuit

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    HTML, JavaScript, CSS
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    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
    ScholarshipNo
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous experience required.
    Prep Work1-2 hours pre-course.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • JavaScript Development (Part-time)

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    Git, JavaScript, Front End
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$4,500
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Learn to code in JavaScript, the native language of the web used by developers the world over. Build a single-page web app that persists user data and connects to services like Twitter and Facebook via APIs. Learn the fundamentals of object-oriented programming while receiving support from industry experts and a community of peers.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Lending partners available - please contact our admissions team for more details.
    Tuition PlansBy application
    Refund / Guarantee$0
    ScholarshipBy application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelFamiliarity with HTML and CSS is required. Some exposure to JavaScript is useful, but not required. Macs are preferred.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Product Management (Part-time)

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    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Guide a product through its lifecycle via lean methodologies like Agile, market research, UX, and financial modeling. Create a roadmap, business model canvas, MVP, key metrics, personas, wireframing, and a stakeholder management plan. Grow capable of launching viable, market‐ready products that anticipate user needs by making tough decisions and working with stakeholders.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available 

    Tuition PlansPayment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Python Programming (Part-Time)

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    Data Science, Data Structures, Python
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size15
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Discover why professionals ranging from analysts to web developers rely on Python programming to excel in their work. Dive into fundamental concepts and techniques, and build your own custom web or data application. Tap into the demand for Python programming skills, and translate new knowledge into career gains. Our dynamic coursework is designed by industry experts to align with today’s employer demands.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Tuition PlansBy application
    Refund / Guarantee$0
    ScholarshipBy application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo prerequisite knowledge required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • React Development (Part-Time)

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    JavaScript
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class size15
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Tuition PlansBy application
    Refund / Guarantee$0
    ScholarshipBy application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • 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$14,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Your best course for career transformation. Our award-winning program, expert instructors, dedicated career coaches, and 19K+ hiring partners get grads hired at A-list companies.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing options available through Climb Credit
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Software Engineering Immersive - Remote

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Your best course for career transformation. Our award-winning program, expert instructors, dedicated career coaches, and 19K+ hiring partners get grads hired at A-list companies.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Flexible financing options available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansAvailable - discuss with your Admissions Representative.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Software Engineering Immersive - Remote (Flex)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Your best course for career transformation. Our award-winning program, expert instructors, dedicated career coaches, and 19K+ hiring partners get grads hired at A-list companies.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing options available through Climb Credit
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • User Experience Design (Accelerated 1 Week)

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    User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time40 Hours/week1 Week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationMelbourne, Seattle
    This is an accelerated version of our User Experience Design part-time course - condensed into one week. Use industry standard tools such as Sketch and Invision to prototype and wireframe design solutions. Put together a full suite of UX documentation for a digital product, from user personas and wireframes to interactive prototypes. Connect and convey how insights into customer behavior -- from problems to solutions -- can optimize any product or service. Find more information at https://generalassemb.ly/education/user-experience-design. Questions or want to chat with our team -- email seattle_admissions@generalassemb.ly or call (206) 258-7033.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available - please contact our admissions team for more details.
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCourse is open to beginners.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • User Experience Design Immersive

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    User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,950
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Attend classes designed and taught by some of the industry’s best UX designers. Apply your UX skills across five class projects and build a working portfolio. Become an apprentice or junior UX designer.
    Financing
    Deposit$500
    Financing
    Financing options available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • User Experience Design On-Demand

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    User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Seattle, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    The best resource for a comprehensive foundation in user experience (UX) design. Create intuitive digital experiences that solve user problems and meet business demands with the program that global leaders rely on. Dive into fundamentals, including user research, prototyping, personas, affinity mapping, and wireframing. This learning path is ideal for visual designers transitioning into the UX field, software engineers and product managers who work with UX designers, and entrepreneurs looking to build customer-focused strategies.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    ScholarshipNo.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous experience required.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • User Experience Design (Part-Time)

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    User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,000
    Class size20
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Use industry standard tools such as Sketch and Invision to prototype and wireframe design solutions. Put together a full suite of UX documentation for a digital product, from user personas and wireframes to interactive prototypes. Connect and convey how insights into customer behavior -- from problems to solutions -- can optimize any product or service.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available include Meritize and Climb
    Tuition PlansPayment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCourse is open to beginners.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Visual Design (Part-time)

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    Design
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,000
    Class size22
    LocationLos Angeles, Boston, New York City, London, Washington, Online, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Stamford, Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Austin, Sydney, San Francisco
    Apply Photoshop’s powerful functions to digital product design. Start with an idea and a moodboard: finish with a production‐ready mockup of a responsive webpage. Grasp how effective visual communication — from font pairings to style tiles — helps translate compelling ideas across any team, in any field.
    Financing
    Deposit$250
    Financing
    Financing options available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansBy application
    Refund / Guarantee$0
    ScholarshipBy application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCourse is open to beginners. Some familiarity with Photoshop or Adobe CC is useful, but not required.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo

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  • "K" • Entrepreneur • Graduate
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    This program was a major financial setback. The price you pay does not match the quality you pay for. There is no set curriculum for each class, I've sat in on an instructor meeting and they typically create it 2-3 weeks before the class launch. This causes a lot of unexpected errors to go in class and makes the whole experience lackluster. 

    A lot of the instructors are past students who "know" the curriculum enough to teach it. The presentation of core concepts and fundaments was random. I did not feel like each class connected nor did I feel like my skills were developing throughout the 12 weeks. 

    This did not feel like a classroom but more of a "hangout" spot. GA does a good job dressing up their facilities and portraying their environment as "trendy/hip/techy". Although I did build good relationships with the people around me. Mostly because we all had common feelings about how GA was a waste of time.

    There were happy hours and hot UX/UI girls walking around all the time, but that's pretty much it. 

    You're giving a lot of false hope about becoming a developer from 12 weeks of irrelevant training. The saddest day for me was our Demo Day (graduation day) - there was so much promise of this being the big day for students to present to potential employers. Nope not even one, it was all students.. parents.. instructors.. That point I knew I had took a huge financial burden, yielding nothing but bits and pieces of knowledge.

    While I was applying to jobs I was laughed at by every employer. I was not prepared to handle the truth. It took me time to actually develop some skill, but that was all on my own from using resources like udemy/treehouse/lynda.

    This is my honest experience at GA, you guys are just another venture backed start up racking up the dollars from the rest of the world. 

     

  • Great experience
    - 11/17/2016
    Marcelo De Rada Ocampo • Account Executive • Graduate
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    I decided to take the class after I was struggling to learn JS by myself. I needed some kind of structure to force me to be more serious about learning the language. I then decided to take this class. I couldn't have been happier to made that decision.

    From the first day to the last, the class content was very engaging and practical. That is the key aspect of any educational program now: to teach you something that you can start using or be close to using as soon as you walk out of class. Avand Amiri, our instructor, was probably one of the best instructors I've had in my entire life. He was easygoing, clear in the way he taught, and always bringing his previous experiences with the ways he had used the concepts in the past (box-sizing, flexbox, stylesheets, functions, etc.). Every class I came out knowing something new and something that I could go back home to experiment with.

    If you are on the fence on whether to take a class or not you should go for it. Investing 6 hours for ten weeks will go a loooong way in helping you learn the most important language of the future: programming.

  • MIa • Freelance Digital Marketer
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    General Assembly was an incredible place to kickstart my digital marketing career.  I came from a start-up background where all aspects of digital marketing were more or less "self-taught."  So it was the right place to learn the latest real-world concepts and trends, and actually put them into action with colleages with really diverse experience. 

    Keep in mind, DM is such a broad skillset, and the course is a good way to get an OVERVIEW and understanding of digital marketing.  I recommend it for people who want to know "what's out there/where to go next" as opposed to people who've already worked in the industry a couple years.  

    But overall, it's a great experience, and everyone's super welcome to an exchange of ideas and resources.  I took the DM course in Los Angeles, and then became an instructional associate when I moved to San Francisco a year later.  You'll always get what you put into it--do the work, ask for help, get involved.  It's worth it!

  • Belinda Gill • Marketing Manager • Graduate
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the above course. It was very intense but by the end of the week I was so motivated and enspired. I learnt so many new things and got some great ideas for generating leads. It was the first time the course had been run over a week. It was full on but really effective. The teachers were always available to assist me at any time. I have now taken on new ideas for our website and analytics and adwords. 

  • UXDW4
    - 11/6/2016
    Jessica O'Keefe • Graduate
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    I had such a great week building up my UX Design skills. The content was all industry based which means that I can apply it all to real life work and situations. It was great to have a class size of only 13 people which I think is optimal for being able to create a good classroom dynamic, and the avaliability of two instructors (who created a wonderful working environment and enhanced the ability to share ideas) was also really helpful. Feedback was always taken on board, and students were able to contribute to the direction of the class. 

  • 10/10
    - 11/1/2016
    Sean • Graduate
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    An intense 10 weeks but very rewarding. I recommend people with design/graphics backgrounds who want to expand their tool kit if they're looking for a new career change with transferable skills. A great environment for learning with solid instructors and support from the GA Team.

  • Sharif • UX designer • Graduate
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    I loved it.

    For me, it was worth the investment for 3 main reasons: 1) I got to cut my teeth on heaps of new skills and techniques in a great learning environment. 2) I gained 600 hours of experience honing a UX arsenal and got a taste of what living and breathing design is like in the real world. 3) I bought into an amazing network in Melbourne. And not only my classmates and fellow GA alumni, but the 50+ industry people I met throughout the course, many of whom I now work with. 

    That being said, you will get out of this course what you put in. My 600 hours came from 20 hours outside class per week. And through it all, I was able to ask questions, make mistakes, share ideas, and learn exponentially about the world of UX design.

    It took me 48 days to get a full-time job offer after the Meet & Greet networking event following the course, and I had support from GA the whole time. I even had several spontaneous meetings with potential employers just from working on campus after the course. 

    I've cut pages out of this review, because I could go on and on about my great experience in UXDI6.

     

  • Luke • Junior Developer • Student
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    I went back to university and took a couple of coding subjects after deciding I wanted a career change. I really liked the content of my course but wanted to learn in a more intensive setting. A friend recommended GA and I saw the WDI course lined up well with the summer holidays, so I decided to give it a go. The WDI is the best thing I have ever done for myself. My classmates and I coded 5 days a week for 12 weeks and learned the fundamentals of full-stack web developement. We worked on individual and group projects, and built a portfolio to help with our job searches. Since finishing I have been coding as a freelancer and recently secured a permanent position as a junior developer. I really can't recommend GA highly enough!

  • Matt • UX Designer • Graduate
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    To give you a glimpse into my journey, I was years removed from college, working service industry jobs with only a small amount of graphic design internships under my belt. I was seriously lacking in the skills and needed a major turn-around. I began to turn my attention to user experience design in an attempt to carve a different path, while also recognizing that it would be an appropriate move that supported my current skills.

    The instructors and the other students (if that's the appropriate term) in my cohort were top class. It was a great way to get hands-on and very collaborative. A truly immersive experience. They provided us with the means to get the experience we needed. The way that I look at is this: General Assembly only benefits me if I get a job. Luckily, I got a job. So, yes, it worked. I have so much thanks to Nicole (outcomes career coach) and Katy (partnerships lead) because they were the ones that referred me to my current job. Who knows where I'll be in the long run, but GA was the stepping stone that gave me the boost I needed--and we all know that first big step is the hardest one to take.

  • Deidre • Operations Manager - System Admin • Student
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    The course was very intensive (as promised) and you did find yourself running on a treadmill at 21 speed level, hanging on for dear life, but that was only the first few lessons for the 1 week accelerated course. It was amazing how by the third session everything just...fell into place and the clouds parted - it all just, made sense. 

    The instructors were experienced and well knowledged. The mix of students and experience just topped off all the learnings

    Staff were super helpful , friendly and the venue was bright and welcoming. 

    So glad I did the course and valudated my work experience with it. Signing up for more courses soon. 

    Thanks guys

  • Locky Keaney • Full-Stack Web Developer • Graduate
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    I was a classic case of finishing a Uni degree and still had no idea what to do. I love technology and fast pace learning, so GA was perfect for me. A few weeks after graduation I started the WDI immersive course.

    Because I chose to do it over the summer, I really lucked out, with a small class that I had a great time with, 2 great instructors, and a personal connection with all the staff that seemed to really care about your outcome. 

    The course taught me a lot about coding and development, but in a way that taught me to enjoy and learn about the industry, which is the most important skill in the fast paced tech world these days. When I finished, I was so confident that I could accomplish something and my career tradjectory, for the first time in my life, actually existed.

    I now have a great job that I love, but what is more important is that I have a career that I love and am very excited about where it can take me. Everything about it excites me, and GA help me get there. 

  • Allie S • Implementation Engineer • Graduate
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    TL;DR - it was truly a transformative experience and I am very glad I took the WDI course at General Assembly. 

    For those of you wanting details...

    After working in the tech industry in non-technical positions, I finally decided to take the leap and began codeschool at General Assembly. 

    Though in the industry, I myself lacked any real technical knowledge outside of some CSS selectors and some regex. So, like the naive caterpillar I was, I entered the GA cocoon and 12 weeks later, emerged a beautiful technical butterfly. 

    Don't get me wrong, those 12 weeks of class are intense and stressful, long long long days and a touch of being overwhelmed. But once you land that job and start a new career that you enjoy, the pain fades quickly and you're left with a badass new skillset and a FANTASTIC community. The folks at GA are simply A+ humans and I'm happy that they're in my life. 

    I think the biggest thing to understand is that you'll get out of this experience what you put into it. If you want to be a developer, you're going to not only have to bust your ass in class, but you'll also need to be working on developing those skills outside of class. You have to learn to teach yourself and learn to stretch and grow constantly. You're not going to learn everything you need to know in 12 short weeks, but you'll establish a really solid foundation to continue learning with. 

    I think the other thing worth noting is that you don't have to be a developer if you take this class. In my current role, I am a basically a technical consultant for clients implementing our product. I don't write a lot of code, but I read code and debug code and solve complicated issues every day, and I love it. There are a lot of different paths that you can take after finishing GA's WDI course. The career counselor there (shout out to Nicole in Austin... she's amazing) will help you figure out what jobs are out there and what speaks to you.

  • Melissa • UX Designer • Graduate
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    I graduated from the User Experience Design Immersive course at General Assembly in April 2016. The immersive course is challenging but definitely worth its weight in gold.

    Throughout the course I was given the opportunity to practice the UX craft in a supportive environment with guidance from experienced instructors. As the title suggests, you are fully immersed in the course every single day for 10 weeks and I abosolutely loved it. I learnt so much during those 10 weeks and met some of the greatest people. 

    One of the great things about GA is the collaborative environment which helped me to build my UX network, meet mentors, connect with industry contacts, potential employers and lifelong friends. 

    I was able to gain so much more out of the course than one would initially think & still reaping the benefits now. It was amazing to see my own evolution during the course and I can safely say that this course was a pivotal moment for myself & some of my peers. 

    I worked a number of contract jobs after I graduated through contacts that I made through General Assembly & currently working as a UX Designer agency side. 

    All in all, I would definitely do it all over again. 

  • Coding is fun
    - 10/12/2016
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    I always thought about programming as an 'unnecessary evil' until the very first day of the course, when my instructor DT had showed us how much fun it actually is and what amazing things you can build with just a few lines of code.

    I was learning  for almost 20 years (since primary school up to Master's of Engineering) and studying at GA was one of the best educational experiences with one of the best teachers I had.

    The course itself is very intensive, it's important to complete, understand and remember all the materials from the prework and  if possible do some extra on your own (eg Code Academy).
    It really takes 40 hours per week with afterhours for homework and going through the notes. 

    Great atmosphere, support, resources, materials and many occasions to socialise and meet other programmers. 

    Teachers are very passionate, helpful, experienced, patient and encourageing to try and do new things.

    Classes are intensive, but run and explained in a very funny and easy way :)

    Before, I also thought that you can't really change careers in 12 weeks, but trust me yes you can (if you put enough effort and commitment). 
    Fantastic career support with all the strategies of how to find the right job (not just an any job).

    Good luck! 👍🏻

  • Roelof Neuman • Graduate
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    I went into this course as the least experienced and youngest student of my class, but at the end I felt like I could stand next to my peers and look at them as equals, rather than view myself as less capable. The course was designed to get you a job as an ux designer as fast as possible while equipping you with all the skills and knowledge you'll need for your first job. Although all coursework was very realistic and practical, with the last project having an actual client, the learning environment is amazing. As a current university student I can say that although the course wasn't designed for me, I got so much from it and I think if you want to learn anything about anything related to UX this is course is for you!
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    This 10 week course was perfectly designed for anyone that want to put the first foot in the door of the UX industry. The curriculum was carefully selected to provide you with the most up to date and relevant skills to be industry ready. My instructors had great industry experience and are still currently practicing and provided a solid mentorship. The course helped me switched careers and I landed a role in less than a week upon finishing.
     

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    Learn to gather, analyze, and tell stories through data with SQL, Excel, and visualization.

  • Cindy Smith • IT Specialist • Student
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    I completed the Data Analysis Circuit on-line course offered by General Assembly.  The level of support offered by General Assembly is outstanding, each student is encouraged to select a Mentor for the course, attend on-line meetings, and participate in the class meetings.

    The General Assembly team is always available to answer any questions, review your submitted projects and meet with you one on one.

    This was the most positive and enjoyable training class and working with the staff at General Assembly made this a successful and informative experience.

    I look forward to my next on-line training course and working with General Assembly.

     

  • Karen Schneider • Writer & Event Planner • Student
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    The online course focuses on the funnel of digital marketing; the material was digestible and manageable, yet very informative. 

  • Ashley Broatch • User Experience Designer • Graduate
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    This course was super valuable. It’s true that you don’t know what you don’t know.

    This course has empowered me with the confidence to have UX discussions, use the industry correct language and terminology and have knowledge around what is best practice.

    Since completing this course I have transitioned into a role as User Experience Designer and I am loving challenging those around me to ensure we are user -centric in everything we do.

    I would have liked to have some course material that I could refer back to though.

  • Useful Course
    - 10/10/2016
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    I found the data analysis circut to be a great warmup course for some of GA's other offerings.  If you are looking to ramp up your excel and SQL skills, this is a great starter course.

    Took this course for a ramp up on the Data Science Immersive program.

  • James G. • Interactive Developer • Graduate
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    TL;DR: Worth every minute of my time and every dollar spent.  Invaluable experience with tangible results.  Was hired at a top company within 6 days of graduation.

     

    A little background regarding my education, experience, and character: I hold a BA in History and Comparative Religion from a liberal arts university.  I have worked as a teacher, a fashion photographer, a designer, an account coordinator, and a partner in a wedding photography business.  I enjoy traveling the globe, learning languages, and eating local foods.  In summation, I’d never had anything beyond a slim introduction to HTML prior to my decision to enroll in GA.

     

    I formally began GA’s WDI first remote cohort after completing one month of self-directed study, a prep that gave me a solid foundation to begin but was no substitute for what I learned.  I had my suspicion regarding the efficacy of a completely online platform but it quickly dissolved as I completed my first week.

     

    The 13+ weeks felt simultaneously indefinite and momentary.  I believe the content of the curriculum was so new and challenging that it seemed long but it was also so engaging while augmented by the fun had in class with instructors and classmates.  The most important thing about this course is that you learn and you learn a lot in a short period of time.  While the course is no substitute for a CS degree that teaches you the complex math behind machine code, the jobs a web developer is looking for doesn’t require that!  I think most people are fearful of bootcamp programs because we’ve seen the scandals involving for-profit academies (Everest, ITT, DeVry), but you need to realize that programs like this work far better for those that have already been out in the world gaining experience and looking to pivot in a new direction.

     

    You are assigned HW nightly that certainly requires 3-5 hours of work but the projects are your true tests and ultimately become your portfolio.  I kept on top of my portfolio landing page and projects and eventually received a bite from a top company two weeks prior to my graduation.  My interests lie in front-end and web animation so when I was offered a full-time salary position with killer perks 6 days post gradation, the final validation for this course was checked off my list.

     

    Learning to code is not a passive skill (well, at least not initially) so you must be ready to listen carefully, think critically, and apply what you learn thoughtfully.  If you do this and couple it with dedication/interest/passion/whatever drives you, failure is not an option - you will succeed.  GA has a finely tuned system with kick-ass instructors that are real people, and by that I mean they’re personable and considerate.  Many of the instructors are GA grads themselves that after a few years in the workforce have decided to come back and teach, which is killer because they can speak the same language as the novice.  I haven’t an unkind word for any of the instructors I encountered.

     

    The same kind words apply to the operations and career outcomes staff.  GA has done a fine job sourcing amazing talent and I trust they will continue to apply these tactics to acquire even more.

     

    To summarize, GA has an outstanding curriculum with an amazing staff that keeps you laughing and interested while teaching you hard skills that truly gets you the work you’re looking for.

  • Susannah • Graduate
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    I recently completed GA's Web Development Immersive and I honestly had no idea what to expect going in to the course. I had no prior development experience, beyond the free Codecademy and Code School courses I had been taking online.

    I have a background in journalism and had worked for a media company designing newspapers for a little over two years prior to taking GA's WDI. I had been teaching myself to code and I fell in love with the endless possibilities that web development holds. 

    I decided to make the leap and GA was the best fit for me. GA Austin is in the perfect location downtown amongst the various tech companies and you have the opportunity to meet "out in the wild" developers in that very building! GA also really stresses the importance of community and I truly have found a community within GA. I had a great community of classmates within the classroom. We got to help each other and watch each other grow. We picked each other up when someone was down and we cheer each individual's accomplishments.

    The instructors and GA staff are also part of my community. Everyone wants to know how the course is going, how the job search is going and what they can do to help. I was always greeted with a friendly face or a helping hand. There are tons of networking events that help you meet past students, present students that aren't in your course and future students.

    The Austin tech community is my community. GA provided networking events and invited industry professionals in to our classrooms to meet us, speak with us, and critique our work. I've met a range of developers from a variety of companies, that I know I could call on to ask questions about code, the job search or advice about the industry.

    My real takeaway from General Assembly is the sense of community they provide, because the course is not easy. It takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. It is truly immersive and having that support behind you not only makes it easier, but it makes it even more fun!

  • WDI Immersive
    - 9/1/2016
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    I came to the course with no prior experience coding or designing anything. It was a fantastic jumpstart, super fast, engaging, at times overwhelming but overall awesome. I had two great teachers Jason, who brought his great experience and deep knowledge of the subject knowledge and Will who was a very talented teacher and very passionate coder. The learning experience was great, but I was not prepared to struggle so much to find a job afterwards. It should be expected though, when you launch 100+ Junior developers on the market at the same time the process of getting them hired it is not an easy task. 

    Just be ready, you are going to be amazed about the skills you have learned but getting a job is not an easy ride. 

  • Colin Standefer • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I attended GA for their Web Development Immersive from May 30 - August 19, 2016.  I’ll start by saying it was an experience.  

     

    The bootcamp is a very intense experience where you’re in a classroom for 40 hours per week - taking notes, listening to lectures, and working on mini-labs as well as day-long labs.  You also have, on top of the 40 hours per week in class, an additional 20-40 hours of homework and projects to complete outside of class putting your workload realistically at 60-80 hours per week.  It’s physically exhausting as well as mentally exhausting over the course of the 12 weeks.  Bear in mind that this isn’t a full-time job and part-time job that you’re probably tired of or bored with.  This is a course where you’re constantly being pushed mentally to grasp new material and apply it in solo settings, paired settings, and group settings; it’s exhausting, but also refreshing and exhilarating at the same time.  You’re encouraged to go to meet ups when you find the time between class, homework, and projects if you have the energy, to meet new people, expand your network, and hopefully meet someone who needs what you have to offer (i.e. employers and freelance work).  Somewhere in the mix of all that, you get resume coaching by a professional career coach, personal portfolio site coaching by professional designers, behavioral interview prep by professional recruiters, technical interview prep by professional programmers, and lectures about freelancing, negotiation, and a host of “soft” skills to prepare you for your eventual job search and career.  Somewhere in there, you also tour a couple of local tech/tech-oriented companies.  We visited uShip and Atlassian.  

     

    The 12 weeks are structured in 4 units - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 3 weeks, and 3 weeks.  You’re asked over the course of the 12 weeks to build 1 game, 2 group projects (1 front end, 1 back end), and 1 final capstone solo project with most people opting to make a full stack application for this, but the program leaves it open-ended as to what you do.  With the exception of the game at the end of week 2, where everyone is assigned the same game, the other 3 projects are left completely up to your groups and yourself to decide what to build.  You’re asked to be creative.  You’re asked to be logical.  You’re asked to be patient.  You’re asked to be motivated.  The program is very demanding of what you bring to the table.  

     

    If you’re not so much intimidated by all of that that as you are excited by it, then please keep reading because you might have found your next step in life.  

     

    It’s a blast!  You’ll meet people from so many different walks of life.  In my class, there was a college student majoring in business, a former Computer Science major, a former Army Ranger, a game designer, a journalist, 2 people who worked in finance, a guy who took on various roles at various companies, and a former Apple employee.  I was a music composition major in college, and worked as a pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher for a few years before I decided to transition to something new, which ended up, after a year and a half of searching, to be computer programming for web development.  You’ll come to make friends with these people, love them for their quirks, hate them for their quirks, and eventually have a sense of camaraderie with them because you all made it through something together that not everyone wants to do, nor, I’m not even sure, can do.  

     

    ALSO, you’re in one of the coolest towns in the U.S.!  Austin is the live music capital of the U.S., so just the live music scene alone is something special.  Austin also has all kinds of hiking trails, like the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and natural swimming holes, like Barton Springs, to explore.  Everything Austin offers makes for a great environment to deflate and relax from the intense programming environment you’ll be entering into.  

     

    This is pretty standard information, though, so I’d like to talk more about my personal experience with and in the program.  

     

    I had never coded before GA, and so I was really going out on a limb here spending that kind of money, investing that kind of time, and putting myself way outside my comfort zone.  I’ve never been “a computer person”.  I used computers, but not for anything extraordinary; just Facebook, YouTube… the usual suspects.  I always had this weird interest in learning to program for some reason, though, and an acquaintance of mine always talked about it with such passion and verve.  I never gave myself the time or credit to teach myself how to program, so I ended up telling myself, “Now or never… you’re not interested in pursuing music professionally anymore, you’ve worked several odds-and-end jobs with nothing really catching your imagination… go for it!”  So I did.  It was the best decision I’ve made in my adult life.  I’m 27.  So now you know my non-existent programming background prior to GA.

     

    (Note:  For anyone older reading this, there were also people much older than me, though.  I think in the cohort that started a few weeks after mine, there was a guy who was in his 40s.  In my class, the aforementioned game designer was 31.)

     

    The application process was cool.  They give you very limited resources and ask you to build your own About Me website and submit it.  I did this, so they scheduled an interview.  I got accepted.  It wasn’t stressful.  They just try to engage you, see what gets you ticking, and get to know you.  Next was the pre-work to be completed before the program started, so there was at least an exposure to fundamental concepts.  The pre-work is challenging, and, unfortunately, in my opinion, I think GA could do way better with this pre-work.  Every time you come to the exercises, you feel like you aren’t prepared for them, which is not how the program is.  The labs, homework, and projects are very challenging, but you’re very well-prepared for them.  It may seem like you’re not at times, but you are.  You just have to really mine your mind for the information you’ve been exposed to.  This pre-work, however, can be quite harrowing at times, so if you decide to enroll, start working on the pre-work, and feel like an idiot… don’t worry… I was the same.  I’m not sure if it’s the exposure to a completely new way of thinking, or if it’s just the pre-work is insufficient in its explanations… it definitely leaves you wondering whether you’re going to be able to do this.  I can assure you again, though, the rest of the program plays out much better.  

     

    My instructors were awesome!  Sean, Amanda, and Britney Jo… they were something else.  Very patient people who want nothing more than to see you succeed.  I don’t know GA’s process for hiring teachers, but they seem to pick the cream of the crop.  These people are so knowledgeable and very kind.  To boot, instructors from the other classes like Ross, Riley, and Mike reach out to you and make sure you’re doing well.  

     

    The staff is really great, too!  Really cool people from Leah and Emily, to Nicole and Sarah, to Chris… there’s several of them.  They went above and beyond to make sure all of us were doing alright, and would always say, “Hey, how’s it going?” when you passed them in the hallway.  They hosted a potluck where all of the students brought food, and we ate together.  They know you’re spending money and time to be there, and they want to make it worth your while and really make you feel like you’re part of something.  

     

    Something I haven’t mentioned about my experience is what was happening in my life outside of GA.  My father passed away halfway through the program, and I was very distraught by this loss.  The staff and faculty, with the exception of 2 or 3, all came up to me individually and privately to express their condolences.  Leah sent flowers to my mother.  They were incredibly flexible and accommodating, going so far as to offering to extend the program an extra week for me so I could go be with family for a week in the immediate aftermath.  They were also very supportive.  Everyone would engage me in conversation and check to make sure I was doing alright.  I really wouldn’t have graduated without the support they gave me.  I was completely alone in Austin.  I’m from Arkansas, so Austin is 9 hours away from my family and friends.  What they did for me meant the world to me, and, I think, speaks very positive worlds about the people you’ll be engaged with on a daily basis.  

     

    I’m a very cynical person, but I believe in this school. 

     

    A friend of mine I met there who was enrolled in the previous Web Development Immersive which started prior to but overlapped with mine, said something very succinct, which describes the experience in a hilarious, but apt way.  He said, “WDI was the greatest experience of my life that I never want to repeat again.”  I expressed this sentiment to my friends in my cohort as well as my friends in the Android Development Immersive and the User Design Immersive that were happening simultaneously with my cohort, and everyone who heard it laughed and agreed.  It’s damn intense, but it’s also a damn good time.  

     

    If you have any further questions you didn’t get answered here, I encourage you to talk to the staff, but you’re welcome to contact me on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/colinstandefer 

Thanks!