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General Assembly

Avg Rating:4.32 ( 419 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 through best-in-class instruction 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, SQL, Excel
    OnlinePart Time12 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Scholarship
    No
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    No previous experience required.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Data Analytics (Part-Time)

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    Data Science
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $3,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
      
    Tuition Plans
    Payment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Course is open to beginners. Familiarity with Excel is useful, but not required.
    Prep Work
    Approximately 3 hours of self-guided pre-work to complete prior to starting the course.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Data Science Immersive

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    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $15,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available - please contact our admissions team for more details.
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic 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 Work
    Approximately 40 hours of self-guided pre-work to complete prior to starting the course.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • 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 size
    20
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available include Meritize and Climb
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Familiarity with math and statistics and Python syntax/programming fundamentals is required.
    Prep Work
    Approximately 20 hours of self-guided pre-work to complete prior to starting the course.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Digital Marketing On-Demand

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    Digital Marketing
    OnlinePart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Scholarship
    No
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    No previous experience required.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Digital Marketing (Part-time)

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    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available include Meritize and Climb
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • 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 size
    25
    Location
    Boston
    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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including  Pave and Climb
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • 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 size
    22
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Tuition Plans
    Payment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner Course is open to beginners. Some familiarity with HTML, CSS and/or JavaScript is useful but not required.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • 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 size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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 Plans
    Most students choose to pursue a 3-part payment plan with a deposit of $250 and then 2 additional installments of $500.
    Refund / Guarantee
    Please see our course catalogue: http://bit.ly/2c6WT3t
    Scholarship
    No
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    No previous experience required.
    Prep Work
    1-2 hours pre-course.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • iOS Development (Part-time)

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    Mobile, iOS, Swift
    In PersonPart Time12 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    N/A
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    New 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Financing available through Earnest  Climb  Affirm or Pave.
    Tuition Plans
    Payment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • JavaScript Circuit

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    HTML, JavaScript, CSS
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $1,250
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Scholarship
    No
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    No previous experience required.
    Prep Work
    1-2 hours pre-course.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • JavaScript Development (Part-time)

    Apply
    Git, JavaScript, Front End
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $4,500
    Class size
    22
    Location
    Los 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 Plans
    By application
    Refund / Guarantee
    $0
    Scholarship
    By application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Familiarity with HTML and CSS is required. Some exposure to JavaScript is useful, but not required. Macs are preferred.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Product Management (Part-time)

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    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Financing available 
    Tuition Plans
    Payment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Python Programming (Part-Time)

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    Data Science, Python, Data Structures
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,950
    Class size
    15
    Location
    Los 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 Plans
    By application
    Refund / Guarantee
    $0
    Scholarship
    By application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    No prerequisite knowledge required
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • React Development (Part-Time)

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    JavaScript
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,950
    Class size
    15
    Location
    Los 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 Plans
    By application
    Refund / Guarantee
    $0
    Scholarship
    By application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Software Engineering Immersive

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    HTML, Python, JavaScript, Django, SQL, Rails, CSS, React.js, Front End, Ruby
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $14,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Financing options available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • Software Engineering Immersive - Remote

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $14,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Flexible financing options available
    Tuition Plans
    Available - discuss with your Admissions Representative.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • Software Engineering Immersive - Remote (Flex)

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    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $14,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Flexible Financing available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • User Experience Design (Accelerated 1 Week)

    Apply
    User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time40 Hours/week1 Week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Melbourne, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available - please contact our admissions team for more details.
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Course is open to beginners.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • User Experience Design Immersive

    Apply
    User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $14,950
    Class size
    22
    Location
    Los 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
    Tuition Plans
    Payment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • User Experience Design On-Demand

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    User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $950
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Los 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
    Scholarship
    No.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    No previous experience required.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • User Experience Design (Part-Time)

    Apply
    User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $5,000
    Class size
    20
    Location
    Los 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partners available include Meritize and Climb
    Tuition Plans
    Payment Plans Available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Course is open to beginners.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Visual Design (Part-time)

    Apply
    Design
    In PersonPart Time4 Hours/week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,000
    Class size
    22
    Location
    Los 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
    Lending partners available - please contact our admissions team for more details.
    Tuition Plans
    By application
    Refund / Guarantee
    $0
    Scholarship
    By application
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Course is open to beginners. Some familiarity with Photoshop or Adobe CC is useful, but not required.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No

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    GA's data science immersive has been the single most intellectually challenging experience of my life, making college look like a walk in park.  However, in the past 11 weeks, I have learned an extraordinary amount and feel confident about my prospects in entering the workforce, particularly given the extremely high demand for data scientists right now.

    As earlier reviewers have mentioned, the GA's data science immersive is a pilot program, and GA DC got off to a particularly rocky start, due to some mishaps with curriculum development, followed by our primary instructor quitting without notice a week and a half in.

    While this was a very frustrating experience for the student body, I was very impressed with GA's swift and appropriate response to the situation.  They exploited their many connections to hire a highly qualified new instructor immediately, while highly qualified and capable instructors from other immersives helped fill in the gaps.  They also gave a substantial refund and added extra time to the program to insure that students would have adequate time to master the material and complete capstone projects.

    GA must have lost an enormous amount of money on our pilot program, but they did what they had to do to insure that we came away with a quality education.  The next cohort will have it much better than we did, as the curriculum has been improved and a strong instructional team is in place.

    Of course, this class is still really really hard. Instructors do not, and cannot, take the time to walk you through how to do everything step by step.  They give us direction and help us out when we are stuck, but ultimately, the onus is on us to learn the material.

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    I loved my experience at GA. My instructors were invested, knowledgeable and genuinely cared about sending us into the working world prepared. The instructors are constantly iterating on the curriculum, based on student feedback, and market-specific research. The immersive courses are intense - expect to put in between 70-100 hours a week, depending on the project you're working on.

    You absolutely get out what you put in - if you aren't super focused on the course, the immersive is likely not the best fit for you. The UXDI immersive also emphazises group work - that is something to keep in mind when considering UXDI, be prepared to work on a team, with compassion and respect. Because the UXDI program encourages project-based work, you leave the program with a work-ready portfolio. GA is an incredibly welcoming community, and one that they encourage you to stay part of beyond your time in class. 

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    I went to GA Seattle WDI (Web Development Immersive) course. It changed my life. Within 1 1/2 months of graduation, I was offered a great job at a company that's considered one of the top 5 to work for in the pacific NW. Starting next week I'll be a Software Engineer making more than twice what I made in my previous career, and I enjoy the work much more. I can't heap enough praise onto the General Assembly Web Development program. Like I said, it's changed my life in ways I didn't think possible.

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    The WDI experience varies from class to class largely depending on the teachers. There is no standard curriculum across WDI classes, they are put together by the teachers of that class. So people from one WDI class learn things a person from another WDI might not not. There is also no standard pre-work, this too is put together by the teachers for their class. Seeing how this varies from classes in one location, I can only imagine the difference compared to several locations.

    Credit the folks at GA for being very quick to make adjustments based on the student feedback. It’s great to know they do listen to the feedback, and are constantly making adjustments, but it doesn’t change what you’ve missed out on. 

    GA is fitting so much into 3 months, there is so much taught at a very quick pace, some things are squeezed in so while “covered” it’s not really a learning experience. 

    The overall WDI learning experience also depends on if you’re starting with prior experience with at least one or two languages. The pre-work was not adequate preparation for the class if you were starting with no experience. Before starting WDI, it would be best to spend a couple of months at least becoming familiar with JS and Ruby, you will be setting yourself up for a much better learning experience. If you need extra assistance/time with a teacher you’re out of luck, this was not something available to students.

    They have some terrific teachers and several not so terrific teachers. People can be highly qualified skill-wise but this doesn’t necessarily make them a good teacher. Additionally, they have many teachers who are only recently out of their WDI program. Like most learning situations, the teacher has a big impact on the learning experience. When you need to learn in 3 months, and don't get a do-over, it's a big drawback to have a not-so-good teacher for the 3 months. 

    WDI is a grueling program that can be truly amazing and rewarding if you’re lucky to have quality teachers. It’s a very comfortable environment, which is important since you’re there from morning to evening. Their emphasis on “community” is great. If you’re not starting with a good amount of prior experience you will need to be fully committed for the 3 months. The majority of students who took the program with no prior experience finish and still need to learn while those who took the program with some prior experience are ready and able to land jobs. 

    There is a weekly session with a career person but once the program ends, aside from some shared leads, you feel like you’re on your own in the job search. Which can be intimidating when you’re trying to land that first job as a developer and you see the job posts which make you feel like you're not qualified for the job.

    I have no regrets about taking WDI but I also wish I would’ve known what I now do. GA can be a great experience but depending upon your learning style and needs it might not be best for everyone. There’s no way I would have the knowledge I gained in the 3 months if I was learning on my own but learning more about other bootcamps, I can think of at least one that would’ve better suited my learning style and needs.

  • FEWD Course
    - 5/28/2015
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    I took to the nighttime FEWD course at GA's SF campus. I thought the first 2 curriculum sections (HTML and CSS) were good. The teachers explained the concepts well and had us apply new concepts to projects. However, the last section covering JS was very difficult and the curriculum was not in depth, leaving the majority of the students lost in the last 3rd of the course. GA should have realized that JS was a much more difficult concept to grasp and created more material for students to read, create better practice projects and so forth.

    Over all it was a good intro class for frontend web development. Most people weren't looking to switch careers, just up-level their current skill set. 

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    GA scaled too quickly.. it seems to me that instructors are overworked.. use poorly designed courses, in many cases the code challenge had some bugs in it.. and wasn't the most useful.. the videos weren't the best at explaining things.. 

    I only learned something mostly in the live lectures where you could ask quesitons.. doing it through email was difficult to get a response I could understand. 

    expensive for what you get..

     

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    I didn't have a great experience.  I was really pressured to sign up and was assured multiple times that I did not need Adobe CC experience - which for this class was just not the case.  I think if I had some level of comfort with Photoshop and Illustrator, I would have enjoyed the class more. 

    I thought the business strategy was basic - and my instructor was pretty terrible.  He has lots of skill and experience, but those two things combined do not always make a good teacher. 

    Overall, a massive waste of my time and money.  

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    I took a one day course to get a review, which wasn't that great. A few students left before the class ended with hours to spare. I think the guy was very knowledgeable about Analytics but couldn't teach worth a dime. 

    I looked into their digi marketing program and was considering that but declinced to move forward after speaking to a couple of reps. The first was very wishy-washy in her statements and contradictory. I spoke to another rep upon request. She was better, but I could tell a lot of her answers seemed made up on the spot. I'm comparing this program to other programs and continuing to look. Here are some things that should be readily available for prospective students: 

    -feedback from random graduates who can be emailed.

    -success rate of students who intended to find work afterwards and actually got placed, inclusive of data on part timers, contract, and full-time.

    After checking out the digital marketing teacher and not being very impressed (no website and almost zilch on social media presence), I realized that it was initially supposed to be a female teacher. Now it's been switched to a male teacher who was probably brought in the last minute, which would explain why he didn't have much of an online presence. Not very appealing when the subject to be taught includes social media. FYI, I've read quite a bit on these start-up bootcamps (very low barrier to entry) and the digital marketing programs seemed to be treated as an afterthought, including the amount of teaching practice, or lack thereof, that these instructors have. Not to mention that the founders have no background in education as a past interest or career.  It seems I'll have to patchwork the coursework I need from different places. I'm looking at Stanford, Duke, Berkeley, and MarketMotive next. Here's something to read on: http://www.fastcompany.com/3023456/become-an-ios-developer-in-8-weeks-the-truth-about-hack-schools

    Regarding bootcamps for coders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-U5D4RSHRI&feature=youtu.be

     

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    Maybe it was the particular representative who forgot to attend charm school, but this place really rubbed me the wrong way.

    Here I was, all set to attend an informational session and ready to shell out big bucks for continuing education.  And then, prior to the informational session, I get a phone call from the head of admissions demanding to *screen* me and know about my profession before letting me attend the informational session, even though this information should have been clear from my LinkedIn profile and company URL!!!!

    I should mention a couple of things about my "profession" and "background": I'm CEO of a software company with a graduate degree in computer science.  And my name is obviously foreign-sounding.

    I do believe these people discriminate based on some factors that are not clear.

     

  • Quincy Iheme • Software Development Engineer • Graduate
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    It's definitely a difficult path...but rewarding if you put in the time and effort. General Assembly fosters a community that thrives off of on another and also pushes young programmers towards a job that they will treasure. I had literally the best group of instructors in the school's history, not to mention being put amognst a brilliant crop of students. The 9-5 12 week schedule is rough, but there are some days off in between. We learn Ruby, SQL with Postgres, Testing with Rspec, Cucumber and Jasmine, Sinatra, Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Underscore and Backbone. They do a lot also with the Job Search Standup to try and get you jobs, but you should be prepared to do a considerable amount of work on your own as well. I would recommend the WDI program to everyone.

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    I think back fondly of my time at GA and my classmates and instructors altho I found the experience stressful and physically taxing at the time.  I would say peoples experiance during the course varies very widly depending on the insturctors, you really don't know what you are going to get coming in.  Some of them are better with code, some of them are better with teaching, some of them are better with dealing with people.  Different groups of students have different needs.  I will say that they do take feedback seriously and pivot fast to meet needs of group.   

    When it comes to results the sales people said 99 - 95 percent get jobs.  So far this has shown to be almost true, I would say 6 months later maybe 70 - 80% are working either in internship or job.  They have a phenominal support program in place but it is still on you to get yourself hired, and it difficult to break into this industry.  Those who obtain employment work very hard at getting it, employers do not generally trust someone without real paid programming experiance.  When the course is over you will be exhuasted but still have a lot of work to do. Its also important to mention that where you were in life before taking the course does still have bearing on your employability.  This is not direct ticket to a career, you have to find a way to differentiate yourself, these bootcamps are pumping people out onto the job market at an excellerated rate.

    I definatly feel more part of the tech industry.  They did give me many skills and knowledge necessary to access it in a short timeframe, I dont think I could have learned so fast any other way.

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    For validty and Gravitas I need to mention that I have a background in teaching the STEM sciences. That being said, the experience at General Assembly was far below SUB STANDARD and HERE is why:
         1. The course producers had/have no experience in teaching, curriculum design, or coding....Let me reiterate....the people designing the courses have no prior experience, education, or training.  My original course producer I saw only once in 3 months.  Another course producer quit without notice, leaving our class without this support for a month.  A handfull of students would regularly meet with the staff to provide viable simple solutions to recuring problems, these solutions were ignored, yet they would ask us to take time out of our day to complete feedback forms to help them shape future classes.  Students who continued to voice thier opinions were asked to leave the program.

         2.  The instructors, although good coders, were awful teachers.  Examples: teachers yelling at students, teachers walking away from students during instruction, teachers not available during critical project weeks (by unavailable I mean holding meetings in another room for several hours unapproachable and unresponsive to student needs),  Teachers frequently going off topic at length.  Teachers leaving for vacation without replacement staff.  The coup de grâce was that after 2/3rds of the course was finished half of the students could not make a simple Ruby on Rails App !!!  The material was retaught at the expense of learning any remaining curriculum.

         3. The Job Assistance staff and Outcomes Staff changed multiple times.  The lead outcomes producer would spout the same speech each time she met with us.  This should have been provided in note form or Powerpoint presentation and critical information addressed. The information she provided was topical and cursory, it was plainly obvious that she was a good meet-n-greet person, but lacked the skills at actually instructing how to land a job.  The remainder of the staff was primarily recruiters with no real incentive to assist in job placement.  They claim to have a mentorship/internship program, to this day I know of no one in ANY of the graduating classes that took part in any such program.  GA claims that they have 90% placement within 3 months after graduation.  This was not even close.  In fact while they gave us this speech 50% of the previous class was unemployed 4 months after graduation.  50% of my class is also without placement.

  • Julia Lovett • Product Manager, Framebridge • Graduate
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    I just finished the January cohort of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive in New York last week, and am pleased to share that the quality of my instructors, the curriculum, and my classmates all exceeded my expectations! We started with a strong foundation in Ruby and then built upon that foundation by learning SQL, PostgreSQL, Rails, and basic HTML. We combined all of those tools to build our first independent projects (basic CRUD application utilizing an API with user authorization & authentication). Next, we transitioned to a deeper dive into HTML5 & CSS before shifting our core focus to JavaScript in the back half of the course. After being introduced to the basics of JavaScript and jQuery we started working in small teams on group projects modeling the agile development process. Finally, we learned Backbone.js before embarking on our final independent projects for the course – a capstone of everything we'd learned and an opportunity to utilize the process we'd learned to work with new frameworks and technologies. Beyond the full-stack of languages we learned, our course placed a huge emphasis on the principles and process of good software design. We always utilized Test-Driven Development and mastered RSpec, Jasmine, and Capybara as tools for unit and acceptance testing. We also always modeled the full agile, behavior-driven development cycle from collecting user stories, to daily SCRUMs, to full retrospectives after every sprint. I'm incredibly pleased with everything we learned and feel empowered with the process and tools to design excellent web applications. I'm also really confident in my ability to continue learning more on my own! The first part of the course placed a strong emphasis on traditional pedagogy – our instructors were largely teaching us the ins and outs of Ruby, but as we started to gain momentum in our technical grasp of our first programming language the pedagogical model shifted slightly to more of a "teach us how to fish" style of learning. We learned the techniques and process to approach new languages and technologies, and it's exciting to know that I can continue to grow and learn on my own!
  • Anonymous • Product Designer • Student
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    Understand that this program is only 10 weeks. A lot is crammed into the curriculum, and a lot is left out of it as well.  Understand that you need to put in 100% to get out 100%, inside and outside of the program. If you're not ready for that, you will struggle.

    If you're ready, read on.

    My background is in visual design and management. Those skills flow very nicely into UX. If you have a similar background, you will have an advantage. If you don't, you just have to work a little harder. I loved the program. It is structured so that you learn to apply the whole UX process of research, synthesis, wireframing, prototyping and usability testing to 5 projects. The first 4 projects prepares you for the 5th, your capstone. I the program prepared me very well for a career in UX, but I recognize that if you don't have a design background, then YMMV.

    The most important part of this curriculum, is actually what you do outside of class. It's easy to show up and follow instructions everyday. You have to network (they teach you, it's easy). You have to read, listen to podcasts, talk to other designers. You have to learn new software. You have to put yourself out there. That is how you will be successful in this program. (GA will teach you how to do all of this, and very well)

    The Outcomes team (career coaches) are fantastic. They give you all the resources, tools, advice, and time with them as you need to help you find a job. They do not find one for you. Same advice goes as above. You have to put in a lot of work, supplemented by the Outcomes team.

    GA has great alumni resources who stay in the community, participate in GA events, and give great advice. A lot has given their time to me to help me, and I will undoubtedly pay if forward.

    Extra things I'd recommend if you enroll in this program:

    1) Learn how to write/tell a good story. GA teaches you how to write a case study, but it's only effective if it tells an interesting story people want to hear.

    2) Learn how to work with engineers. The program does not involve any coding or working with engineers. Seek out opportunities where you can learn how the dynamics work.

    3) Understand what UX means in relations to the business/company you want to work for. This is how you speak the language of decision makers.

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    This bootcamp has serious limitations. Unless you have a  background in design, graphic design and/or have previously started working on a portfolio you might probably be better off investing in a different bootcamp that is serious about the quality of its teachers. There is some learning, but it is important for a  prospective student to seriously ponder if such learning justify $14,000, and forgoing at least 3 months of salary.

    The bootcamp is designed for the student to deliver fast in a high pressure environment but without adequate knowledge transmission and feedback, students are left on their own. We were aware, from week 1, of the lack of quality of the lectures and teacher support. However, few people will speak up about the program limitations and demand for improved curricula and better teaching quality.

    Unfortunately, it seems that such limitations are caused by GA corporate modus operandi. Its focus on making short term profits and to be competitive drives them to hire poor quality assistant teachers and to fail in providing an adequate training and support for teachers. There are standards for teaching adults in a bootcamp setting, it seems that corporate GA is not aware of such standards and as a result the teachers consistently failed to give clear adequate guidance and to communicate knowledge effectively. Teachers spent valuable time an energy of students discussing irrelevant anecdotes about their professional lives, reading from slides without providing any valuable insights and/or correcting concepts conveyed wrongly the first time. On top of that, none of them were available outside class hours and their feedback about our projects was consistently delayed. We were required to ask our questions to the assistant teacher before asking a question to the teacher. Which wouldn’t be a problem if the assistant teacher were slightly competent at his job. He was close to student level knowledge and his feedback was most of the time irrelevant. Most of us would ask feedback to a teacher from a different class.

    While the main teacher was clearly competent at his craft, had numerous industry connections and sound professional judgement he lacked teacher training background. Although he was very open to feedback he carried all the weight of the class and of organizing class related activities that limited the time he could connect with students. Instead of helping him, the assistant teacher was a liability to the whole class.

    The assistant teacher was a GA graduated with no professional experience and no disposition to help students. Even when he wanted to help he had no insight. He would repeat what the teacher said and most of the time had to idea of what he was saying. He will read slides and will find about the content of such slides at the time he was lecturing. He never prepared before the class and wouldn’t know about class concepts even though he was a student like us just 6 months prior. When asked for help "he would respond ask your classmates". He will sit in the back of the class and play video games, do shopping or fall sleep. He had no work ethic, no self awareness and no-one that would held him accountable. Most of us were frustrated and voiced our concerns about it but nothing was done.

    The Bootcamp format is demanding and it has the potential to be rewarding but most of the success depends on the quality of the teachers. We did not have an assistant teacher and our teacher, in spite of his best intentions was overwhelmed by the amount of work he carried on his own. It was unacceptable for GA to provide such quality of support to the students given the high stress that the Bootcamp model was already causing to us. More than Ginger.io memberships we deserved and needed decent quality academic experience.

    We learned from this bootcamp, we had to, after all the time we invested. Was it worth the investment? This is something that each of my classmates might answer differently. It depends on the quality of your academic experience at other institutions and it certainly depends how much you put into. Without going too far, I had much more rewarding experiences at Community College classes. The Bootcamp format worked for me, I put a lot of energy and time and I got what I put into in spite of the quality of this institution. Most people would want to convince themselves that the investment was worth to avoid the depressing thought that the class was not worth more than half the price. I won’t do it again or recommend it to anyone whether anyone has the money and resources or not. This course is an overpriced introduction to UX. There were so many concepts not explained or explained wrongly in the class. Our portfolios are competing with other portfolios elaborated with much more technical knowledge and honed by much more rigorous critique process. If you don’t have a background in UX, design, graphic design or something similar this course is not a good investment. There are much better introductory classes and other online bootcamps where you can develop a portfolio with mentorship. This course won’t make you a UX designer. Learning in a Bootcamp setting can be very valuable and now there are other options in Seattle. You owe yourself to do your due diligence and invest your money wisely before you put yourself on the hands of GA or any institution without academic competency to deliver.

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    I took the Web Development Immersive in Providence which is supported by the Boston GA office. The immersive was everything I wanted it to be. Expectations for course content were very clear and there was support at every step from instructors and outcomes staff. 

    Taking a bootcamp feels like a big risk and I looked into a few different options before choosing GA. I chose this bootcamp because it had positive reviews, friendly and informative staff, relevant programming langauages, and some convenience factors including cost and location. The full-time immersive curriculum is very challenging and definitely requires full commitment. 

    When you finish the program there is still so much opportunity to stay connected with classmates and instructors. The job support staff hold ongoing weekly workshops and regularly check in about the job search. They are also available for one on ones to talk through any challenges and offer input on job offers. After two months of rigorous job search after completing the course I accepted a position as a software engineer and the GA reputation really helped get my foot in the door. The possibilities after GA are endless and you will walk away with a solid understanding of full-stack development and object oriented programming. You will also walk away with a sense of community. 

  • Great school!
    - 3/18/2019
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    Hi,

    I graduated from General Assembly's Web Development Immersive Bootcamp in June of 2018.They offerred amazing support and great lessons in how to build web applications. I didn't have a strong technical background and, at first, the material was hard to grasp. However, I was able to complete the bootcamp and learn a great deal about computer programming and gained a skillset in a number of coding languages!

    Best,

    Mike

     

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    The course content was nothing more than could be obtained for a fraction of the price on various sites: exclusively lectures that provided a very broad overview of JS and various flavors (jQuery, APIs, React, etc.) but never got into depth with any of them. The scope would have been excusable, but there was none of the interaction/cooperation with peers or the instructor that I expected from an in-person class. Additionally, the little homework that was assigned was barely graded and the only “project” was something that the instructor loosely defined as “anything that can prove you learned something from this class.”

    Short version: look elsewhere for a cheaper introduction to JS.

  • disappointing
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    Here is a honnest summary of my experience at GA:

    The instructor was often disrespectful and would make fun of foreign student accents, show lack of patience or inappriopriate humour.

    During projects, he would just go out to the hairdresser or disappear, and sigh when we ask questions.

    The content of the curriculum was ok, but would not be explained in details. If you want to learn to code, then learn it beforehand...

    At times, the teacher was showing a clear lack of mastery of the languages he was supposed to teach, being corrected by students on several occasions. Courses were lacking a clear structure.

    They would spend more time telling you off if you run 2' late rather than making sure you understand it all...

    Also, there is a pressure as they pretend they are supposed to be your future reference for employer which adds some tension.

    If you say you don't understand, they will get rid of you and just say "You will understand later and this is absolutely normal".

    Don’t expect any support from the Program Team either who will reply that this formula has worked perfectly for the previous cohorts.

    Finally, the outcome team would stress you out so much about job search and provide minimum support, spending time correcting insipid details from your CV and expecting you to standardize your portfolio to fit the mold.

    Response From: Julien Deslangles-Blanch of General Assembly
    Title: Senior Regional Director - Europe
    Monday, Dec 17 2018
    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We always strive to provide a stellar experience to all of our students, and we take your comments very seriously. While we do not have a student matching the name on this review, we would welcome the opportunity to connect and discuss these concerns. We encourage you to reach out to our team at studentserviceslondon@generalassemb.ly? Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon.
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    You'll get a broad understanding of core UX principles and methodologies. The structure and schedule was a bit disrupted mid-course. Class schedule and dispersal of course materials could be improved.

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    Very comprehensive and well-paced class. I have project management experience and this class really helped enforce a clear framework for clear decision making and action as a PRODUCT manager, as well as a rundown of all terms one needs to know.

  • Anonymous • UX Researcher • Graduate
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    I am really glad I did the UX Design Immersive program! I did a lot of informational interviews with past graduates before enrolling in the program. I think that was helpful in terms of expectation setting. I knew the biggest value of the program would come from the fantastic instructors, the connections we would be able to make in local industry, projects we could display in our portfolio, and the immediate network we would have with the cohort. I was totally satisfied in regards to those thigs. I know there are cheaper ways to go about a pivot such as this, but the immersive experience and the connection with others going through the same process were both really important to me. 

    There are some kinks that they are still working out in terms of on-boarding, curriculum, and career services - but most of that is due to the fact that the program itself is still fairly new and they had just brought on a new career services person (who works really hard to help out all the students and graduates from each immersive program GA offers). 

    I felt like I received everything I needed to prepare me for the career search hustle. I was given concrete tools to work more effeciently in my search. And like others have said, it is important to check your expectations - GA will not place you in a job. But they will give you what you need to engage in that process. 

    I found the landscape to be a slightly difficult for a junior designer. All the more reason a program like this worked for me. It provided me with an opportunity to build relationships with others in the industry and totally dive into this new world. 

    GA and the immersive program is not for everyone. I definitely recommend speaking with graduates and finding out as much as you can given the cost. But it worked for me!

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    I'm so glad I found this class! I took this class to broaden my skillset and explore whether or not UX would be a good career choice for me. Our teacher had a great deal of experience in the field, plus he brought in several guest speakers to dive deeper into specific topics. Every class focused on an aspect of UX design, and the curriculum was incredibly thorough. We ended up with a polished final project to potentially use as a portfolio piece. Overall, this really was a great experience; GA puts together a very collaborative environment that's focused on students' growth.

  • Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate
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    Having wanted to learn Web Development for years—and having failed to do so in my spare time—I dropped everything and spent my savings to attend General Assembly's Web Development Immersive. The immersive nature of the course helped to make this a turning point in my life, where I left behind a career that was comfortable for me, but less and less satisfying. Between classroom time and homework, I spent up to 80 hours a week learning the technology. I liken it to holding on for dear life to the rear of a speeding train. Every day, a new subject folded into the tools we were taught. I felt more uncomfortable than most, moving on before feeling I had a firm grasp on the subjects we'd already covered, but that’s the model. Maximum exposure, minimum depth. And it has proved true in the real world of tech that I’m utilizing new tools constantly, and need to skim and integrate on the fly.  
     
    The curriculum varied depending on the teachers. A second Web Development cohort that ran concurrent with ours had somewhat different scheduling and subjects covered. 
     
    Since our cohort of around 24 students had 3 teachers, I'd expected more individualized attention than what we got. (Instead, it was an opportunity for the teachers to rotate lectures. Different teachers had different areas of expertise, and the lectures were excellent.) We were often told that this was a pedagogical choice, with the constant refrain, "Nobody will hold your hand in the real world.” As a person who had spent many years in the “real world,” I found this exasperating. I know that I’m not learning unless I struggle. I also know when I’m not learning because I need a push in the right direction. This was not the real world. It was an expensive one-time opportunity to learn all I could in 12 weeks. Teacher interaction would be a thing that separated the experience from, say, online courses. 
     
    In the same vein, we were provided a teacher’s assistant for a few hours, 4 nights a week. It was hard to take advantage of this, as the competition for the TA’s attention was overwhelming. 
     
    Overall, I'm glad I did it. The curriculum was fine, the lectures were interesting, the environment was pleasant, and it served to give me a new direction. But the promise given the night I attended an information session before enrolling—"It's hard, but you won't be struggling alone"—was unfulfilled. 
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    Pros

    -great study environment

    -friendly and encouraging instructors (especially if what you're studying isn't your strong suit)

    -well-balanced curriculum and great hands-on experience

     

    Cons

    -expensive if your company isn't paying for the course

  • Anonymous • Digital Designer • Graduate
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    I thought it was very interesting and presented a different approach to design than I had previously thought of. I learnt a lot and felt that there was strong support from tutors. 

    The downside was that towards the end resources did feel a little stretched and there was not much support in the way of job vacancies and industry involvement.