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General Assembly

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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, SQL, Excel
    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, Python, Data Structures
    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, 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 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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    Entering the data science boot camp at GA was one of the best professional and academic choices I have made. The material I was exposed is directly applicable to the demands of the industry, as I have found many leading tech companies using them. The time and money I invested in this boot camp have been worthwhile.

    The boot camp is indeed heavy on the math and stats - as it should be- after all, data scientist deal with quantitative matters. It combines practical applications of machine learning algorithms. In fact, when the instructors introduce a new method, they take their time explaining the mechanics (math and stats) behind, before they start coding them. The type of datasets they used to describe the new methods range from your traditional "Titanic/iris data set" to more complex ones "NBA players performance" and others, which helps to make the learning process move from simple to complex.  The instructors were fantastic at creating a healthy - collaborative - atmosphere in the classroom where students felt free to ask as many questions as they need. They made sure we had a hands-on experience implementing the new models during the labs and made themselves available to us during this time. Beyond this, the instructors also offered their time after school hours to go over the materials with students that had a hard time grasping the new concepts. Also, the evening and in-class TA(s) were super helpful, as they were prompt to answer my questions and provided me with extra materials to complement my learning.

    As far as my classmates, many of them had stronger math and programming background, which was not my case. I invested my free time (which was not much during the boot camp) to become better at programming. I decided to be more proactive and took the initiative to get to class 15 min early and master one or two new Python methods. Also, every other night, I asked the instructors and TAs to provide me with math and Python materials that I used while implementing the machine learning algorithms or cleaning the datasets.

    Before the boot camp, I considered other online courses like Coursera, edX, DataQuest and others, but I didn’t find in them the depth of explanation I received at GA. Honestly, I got the returns I expected from the boot camp.

     

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    After graduating with a B.S. in a non-quant heavy major, I wanted to continue my education and applied to the GA DSI program.  For such a rigorous and math heavy curriculum, the technical assessment assignment only consisted of coding in SQL and then visualizing those results. If GA wanted to assess if an individual was ready for a quantitatively heavy and coding heavy program, the technical assessment should have been more centered on Statistics, Calculus, and Python instead of just SQL which is very simple to pick up in a short amount of time. 

    I would not reccommend this program to someone who doesn't have either a very high quantitative acumen or a very solid understanding of computer science. The reality of the program is, you aren't going to become a data scientist in three short months, unless your field of study was in close proximity to data science or you were already in the work force for several years and working with data. 

    For how much the program costs, I'd reccomend either courses from edX, Udacity, or Coursera. There are several online resources like DataCamp or DataQuest that can teach the fundamentals of coding. If you aren't comfortable with very high level mathematics, you will not get your money's worth from this course. The instructors did not do a good job of teaching, rather just display how but they don't explain why. The pre-work required for the course claims to put everyone on an equal level of knowledge, but that is simply not the case. If you are from an engineering background or have extensively worked with data in some capacity, you will be much more prepared and equipped to succeed. If the course were better structured, organized, and promoted as to what it actually is, I could reccommend it. But in it's current state, unless you are someone with experience or education related to data science, you will not become a data scientist in three months and instead be burdened with at least 15k in loans.

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    I've taken General Assembly courses online and offline. They're commitment to quality is obvious and consistent no matter the format or topic of the course. In every class, you're working with professionals in the field. This means you're learning applicable tools, understanding how things really work (not theroteically but realistically), and hearing the language as it's used in the industry. You get a real feel for what working in that space is like. Teachers make themselves available for extra help and 1:1 help. They're excited to work with students and hear about why you're taking these courses, what your goals are, and how you've been able to apply what you're learning in class day to day. The content is thoughtfully delivered in an constantly-optimized fashion (they're always collecting student feedback and updating content for the students and needs of the particular class). Everyone is so helpful and the skills taught are immediately applicable. I'm a huge fan of this institution. 

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    Instructors: I am so lucky to have a knowledgable instructor along with two other awesome TAs in my cohort. they are really awesome. They are really passionate about teaching and wanting students to succeed. They do know how to teach. I would suggest you to find out who the instructor is before taking this course because instructor is the key here.

    Recommandation: I wouldn't suggest you just go in there and only spend your time in the classroom. Utilizing your resources, TAs, instructor and ask questions. You are there to learn, and not just to get that certificate(the paper to me is just a piece of paper). What matter the most is what goes into your brain and know that you will become very confident after this program if you put in the work. There wouldn't be any assessment tests.

    ClassSize: We originally had around 20 students, but only 12 students remained. What I would say is that GA didn't do a good job in recruiting their students and so some people left the program because they didn't know what would be expecting in the later part of the course-(SQL, which is the part that i evaulated the most, they thought excel was too easy so they left). What other students drop out was because they never used excel before. I can always always can get help from teachers/TA. Think about it:12 to 3 instructos ratio. This was the best class size I have taken in my life because of the accidental drop out students(or maybe GA should just limit the class size to 12 already) and I got a lot out of the program. I believe the best ratio is 4-1 or 3-1. 

    Thought:  I would say I improved a lot whether in SQL, presentation but also met a lot of awesome people who all worked in different field and it felt pretty awesome just to be a part of this group since those who still remained in the program are the ones who really want to learn and not afriad of struggles. I would say everyone in my cohort are all very nice and knowledage.

    I would give the instructors and TAs 5 starts: They would always answer your questions through slack. I had one TA answered my question during his time at work. I felt so thanksful for him. They really care about your success. 

    I would give the GA curriculum a 3 since not all the materials in the courses I found it to be useful.

    Instructors are the key, find out who will be teaching- if they love what they do( teaching, helping, and want their students to succeed). I was lucky to be in a awesome cohort.  

     

  • Wouldn't recommend
    - 11/11/2016
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    After completing General Assembly’s full-time, 12-week WDI (Web Development Immersive) Bootcamp in San Francisco, I highly recommend choosing another bootcamp. There are far better bootcamps out there than GA that will get you where you want to be; hired as a Web Developer/Android Developer/UX..

    What General Assembly is really good at is creating a supportive and encouraging community of students and teachers that support each other and don’t pressure you beyond what you’re physically capable of. They have free coffee all day long which is pretty cool. Their outcomes team is incredible. They have great career coaches that walk you through every step of the job hunting process. You have a workshop with the career coaches once a week and they continue workshops after the program with feedback on resumes, interview tips, cover letters, informational interviews, every piece of job advice you’d want/need. Also, we did a ton of pair programming which is great experience. We pair programmed almost every single day.

    As for the bad, and why I wouldn’t recommend General Assembly, here’s what I have to say. I came to General Assembly with basically zero coding experience. I spent about 40–50 hours on Codecademy. The pace is extremely fast and I put in 12–15 hour days as well as an hour and a half commute each way. That’s expected. It’s bootcamp. What was unexpected was the student to teacher ratio which they claim is 3–4 students to 1. Not the case. Usually, the ratio was about 18 to 1-2. There’s not a lot of help available. They also promised one on one feedback and code reviews. Not true. I received feedback twice the entire time I was at GA. And it was never code reviews. Most of the feedback was behavioral, which isn’t what I was there for, I was there to learn to code.

    They also said you can go to bootcamp with no experience and be successful. Also not true. Out of our group and the group before us, 2 people are hired 2 months out. In past groups, 4–5 months out, about half of them are hired. I have no idea where they get their 99% hiring rate from, but it’s not accurate. In my class, every single person had previous experience, years of experience in some cases in the field. Only me and 5 other students were coming in as true beginners and 2 of those students dropped within three weeks. The worst part about General Assembly and the primary reason I wouldn’t recommend it is wasted time in class and mistakes during the lectures. Almost every single lecture, the teachers were obviously not familiar with the material and made huge mistakes in the code that at times set us back 8 hours of work. That is totally unacceptable when we’re paying close to 14,000$ for a 12–week bootcamp. There were so many mistakes that students actually stated they didn’t even come to class/did other stuff during class because they knew they’d have to reteach themselves later.

    General Assembly is a middle ground where the more experienced students aren’t challenged enough and the less experienced students don’t stand a chance. GA is spending all their money expanding and not enough money fixing what they have. If they keep up the bad experience my group and I had, GA will not be around much longer. There’s way too many bootcamps that can actually fulfill what they promise, and do it for cheaper.

    Sidenote: GA is constantly asking for feedback and I did communicate all of this to them in feedback surveys. I know they try to incorporate feedback so I hope they fix their program because I’m not the only student feeling extremely disappointed in my outlay of time and money.

    Not to say it wasn’t a good experience because it was and I learned so, so much. It’s been a great launchpad and I feel excited about learning much more on my own/online programs such as Udacity. But, I don’t think it’s a comprehensive jumpstart to actually begin a career as it would be at Hack Reactor/Galvanize.

    If you have any questions at all about details of the course, or you want any more information about my experience, feel free to reach out. I’m happy to talk.

    Contact: geckogirl312@yahoo.com

    **Used my less frequent email as to remain anonymous

  • Anonymous • UI Designer • Graduate
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    Like all study's there are ups (fun class great insturctor and assistant) and downs (jam packed with fast moving topics to cover and semi difficult assignments to complete while working) 

    Nick ( the instructor) and Vito (assistant) were well rounded, very pro in all topics , there is never an "I don't know moment".

    Fun classes and assignments, great encouragement and enthusiasm.

    Fast pace for beginners that will come out at the end proud to have developed working web apps and better understanding of the lingo and being able to manipulate code, fixing bugs, start writing own scripts from scratch, and explore libraries.

    People with experience in coding or a bit of JavaScript will gain knowledge in most recent trends , frameworks, and will enjoy the subject as much as newbies, as The instructor had reworked the course to make it very relevant to what the industry is currently using, and what would be most relevant.

    My work is confident in GA, therefore very confident to let me use the skills I have just recently learnt, at work. 

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    Mixed bag of instructors. Materials had a some errors. Admin staff was unresponsive at times. Not enough data scientists brought in for teaching and career insight. This could change going forward as feedback was given and the instructors for the next cohort sound potentially better. I was still able to learn machine learning, but the process could have been much smoother.

  • Best Investment
    - 10/12/2016
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    I attended web development immersive course at GA and it's undoubtedly the best investment of my time and money. I came from a programming background but still I have learnt so many new things and improved my coding skills. It helped me make a career change and landed me in the job I love to do.

  • Front End Web Dev
    - 10/11/2016
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    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.

    Use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, GitHub, and Sublime in concert.

    I was so excited to be in this course and it was marketed as a Beginner course that anyone could take!

    I felt overwhelmed from day one, utilized the tutors but could not catch up. I asked my teacher for help understanding topics and he could not explain them in a way that I could understand.

    I had just come off a semester of Straight A's from a nearby college studying various Computer Science topics. I felt very discouraged with the teacher's inability to teach me and the misrespresentation that anyone could follow a long with the program with no prior experience.

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    I personally thought it was a great program that was really what you made of it. It had a vast array of resources to define one's skills, but at the same time was not too time consuming and demanding. 

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    We're in week 10 of the 12-week data science immersive program, and I really regret choosing GA. Last week, after almost 2 months of ignoring student concerns, the administration parted ways with our lead instructor, gave us a 20% discount, and decided to extend the program by a week. You can imagine what the program has been like for these things to happen.

    There ARE some wonderful people working at GA. However there isn't quality control (on anything), and the administration has handled the situation in our class quite poorly. I'd recommend choosing a better and better-established program, even if you plan to work in DC. 

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    The instructors are hit or miss; we had one amazing instructor, but the other instructor was often unprepared to teach.  The curriculum gives a good introduction to the basics as well as cutting edge technologies for web development and the projects provide good hands on experience.  There is very little job assistance following graduation.  GA advertises a reverse job fair where employers come to see your work, but for ours only 5 recruiters showed up and they were looking for people with previous tech experience.  GA does not have relationships with companies to place students for internships or jobs.  Especially in Seattle, if you do not have previous experience in the tech industry or a large network of friends in tech, you will struggle to find a job.  5 months after graduation, only 4 people in our cohort are working in tech.

  • Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate
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    Overall, an incredible opportunity that you can and will see the rewards from if you are willing to put the time and effort in. Having absolutely no technical background 6 months prior to application/acceptance of the web dev bootcamp, I am now a full time web developer. It is one of the most difficult and time consuming thing I have ever done. It is 12 weeks of non stop work, realistically somewhere between 60-80/hrs of work per week. Very fast paced, and a TON of information, much of which you aren't even sure your actually learning until you've moved on from it and are applying the concepts in actual work.

    Very relevant course work and curriculum, they definitely make an effort to stay ahead of industry trends to put you in the best position possible after graduation. 

    You leave the course with the skills you need to be productive in an entry level position, which I guess is really all you can ask for from a school.

    Job Assistance is kind of a joke, keeping in contact with your post graduation career coach is a hassel, they speak to you like a parent making sure their kid did their chores for the week. Many areas of improvement here, the class science fair should be a demo day for potential employers not the students in other cohorts, interview prep was minimal, and the job "leads" they give you are just jobs youd see searching on your own. 

  • UXD-Melbourne
    - 8/15/2016
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    A terrific course that covered off a lot of ground. The entire UX journey is part of the curriculum and in the most part was very interesting and enjoyable.

    As this course was the part time version of UXD unfortunately there is not much emphasis given to assistance transitioning into a UX career, although in saying that I am now confident to conduct my own case studies and apply UX thinking to them.

    The delivery of the course was by 3 people from the industry who ranged in the experience levels. George the main course facilitator was excellent, he was approachable, calm, insightlful and delivered the content in a really pleasent manner.

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    I came to GA with no programming background and I'm 47 y.o.  I started the 10 week course with one instructor.  I lasted two classes (of 20) before dropping.  The instructor was nice, but he had never taught before and it showed.  No preparation -- just winging the lectures.  He knew the concepts but not communicate them.  No go.

    I re-enrolled in the next 10 week course and it was awesome.  Sarah Holden in the star in SF.  In every class she had 30 to 80 slides, a cheat sheet, little exercises, and lots of support.  Her lectures are superb -- night v day from the other class.  If you take the part time front end web design class in SF, take Sarah's class or don't enroll -- that's my advice.

  • N/A
    - 8/7/2016
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    he cGreat coding school. A lot depends on the instructors. Classes can feel crowded. The curriculum was relevant then but less so now (may have changed).

  • Anonymous • Web Developer, Online Instructor • Graduate
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    Enrolling in the full-time Web Development Immersive (WDI) at General Assembly was one of the best decisions of my life. The people and instructors I met there were incredible; we have fantastic relationships to this day, and as a freelancer, my network has been utterly invaluable in building my own self-sustained business. I highly recommend the school and the course; do your homework, do all of the pre-work, and make sure this is what you want to do. Then, spend all of your time learning, experimenting, and making apps that truly interest you. Break code. Fix code. Learn code. Google everything. This course taught me how to ask the right questions, much like a new developer does on the job. The skills I learned here were absolutely transferable to a real-life job situation. The instructors not only introduced us to code, but the entire coding community. Our guest speakers were movers and shakers in the tech industry, and they never hesitated to teach us what was relevant in the world, even if that meant minor additions to the curriculum. We were tight-knit and eager to learn; our instructors saw our genuine interest and potential, and our class has remained incredibly close two years later. It wasn't my intention, but I made friends for life at General Assembly and learned life-changing career skills. 

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    Part-time class in SF learning the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The class focused largely on JavaScript and culminated in individual projects.

  • Good Experience
    - 8/4/2016
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    The intensity of coursework seemed appropriate and I came out of the Immersive with what I feel is a strong foundation in web development. They may want to consider expanding the length of the course to better prepare people for the job market with further skills, as it seems getting in at the entry level requires more experience than the Immersive provides. Stronger internship placement would be a boon as well. The instructors were very good, dealt well with the varying skill levels in the class, and I would recommend the experience overall. 

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    I think GA delivered on what they promised. At times, it felt like glorified, guided self-education. A lot of it involves googling answers to problems. You know what? That's fine, really. That's often what you do in the real world. Sometimes, I felt like the instruction was a little too hands off for the price tag, though. I'd still do it again. No regrets.

    The basic jist is it will prepare you for working in a web job. It's heavily technology-based, light on computer science and theory, which is fine. It doesn't help in some interviews where they'll ask a lot of computer science questions that you have no idea how to answer, but dammit, you've built web applications! And that should be good enough. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching programming and development. Their model is relatively good at making people into entry-level to junior level developers with some hands-on experience in current web technologies.

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    I had a good experience attending General Assembly - my teachers were knowledgeable and engaging, my classmates were awesome, and the material was good for the change I was making. 

    I think my overall impression since having left is not great though. There is no interest or support for students after they leave and GA misses a huge mark by not pursuing alumni engagement. 

    Lots of potential and good opportunities here, especially in the DC network, but I think this GA team is more focused on its own internal drama and not enough on growing a solid curriculum and network. 

  • Anonymous • Lead Front-End Developer • Graduate
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    I had a great experience at General Assembly's Web Development Immersive. I came into it with virtually no programming experience, other than the pre-work we were assigned after enrolling. It's a cliche, but it is definitely a situation where you get out of it what you put into it, and I worked as hard as I could tolerate throughout the 12 weeks (and I continue to do so), because I knew how much catching up I would have to do to be able to market myself and my skills.

    The instructors were excellent, very knowledgeable and available, with varying experience levels between them. The course itself was very project-focused, so that we would have applications to demo for potential employers at the end of it, but there was also ample time given to covering concepts we might expect to be asked about in interviews, and what to expect upon entering the workforce. 

    The only major complaint I have is the focus on Ruby on Rails for so much of the course, despite its apparent dwindling in popularity in my development market. I understand later WDIs incorporated more JavaScript/Node, which I wish I had had more exposure to throughout the course. 

    It's important to understand how little you actually know even after intensely working for 12 weeks, but as long as an incoming students expectations of both the process and the results are appropriate, I'd recommend it. The real value in the course (for me, anyway) was in providing enough knowledge and experience to enable continued self-teaching with the vast supply of tutorials, articles, and other online resources.

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    Learn to design and build beautiful, responsive, websites using HTML and CSS.

  • HTML AND CSS
    - 8/3/2016
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    GREAT EXPERIENCE. LOVED THE ONLINE COURSE, WISH THEY OFFERED ONE IN JAVA AND OTHER LANGUAGES. WOULD DEFINITELY ATTEND AGAIN EVEN THOUGH IT WAS VERY EXPENSIVE. 

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