Guild of Software Architects
The Guild of Software Architects is a 12-week combination apprenticeship and mobile programming bootcamp based in Dallas, Texas. Courses are offered in either iOS or Android app development. Technologies covered include Java, Swift, Android Studio, Xcode, Objective-C, Git, and more. Scholarships for Women in Tech, and military veterans and their spouses are available. Job placement is offered through our partnerships with local recruiters and our ever growing list of hungry start-ups and mobile dev shops.
Courses are taught by industry professionals such as Founder & Lead Instructor, Kevin Harris. Prior to launching The Guild, Kevin was the Lead Wearables Architect at Fossil where he developed the watch faces and micro apps for Fossil's new series of Android Wear-based smart watches. Before Fossil, The Guild's lead instructor was the mobile architect at ilumi, an IOT startup in Plano, TX which appeared on Shark Tank. His mobile experience includes working on such apps as Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Doodle Jump, the official CarMax app for iOS, and mobile games for LEGO. In addition, students will learn from a lead instructor who has taught for 10 years as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Guildhall at SMU, a Master's level program in interactive game development.
The Guild of Software Architects believes that when it comes to picking a coding bootcamp, students should not settle for a program that uses former students as teachers. A proper apprenticeship program should involve working under a master craftsmen with the war stories and experience to drive home the proper way to build software.
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Start Date None scheduled Cost N/A Class size 12 Location DallasWith a much wider support for mobile hardware, combined with a desire by many companies to create Android versions of their iOS apps, Google’s Android OS has not only caught up to iOS in popularity, it has pushed the demand for mobile developers into the stratosphere. Our Android apprenticeship course is a 12 week long immersion into the world of Android development. The course is designed for students who have the potential, but lack the professional experience required to land a junior level Android developer position. Therefore, the goal of the course is to arm the student with all of the basic skills required to become a useful and contributing member of an Android development team.
Deposit $2000 is required to hold your seat. The remaining balance will be required prior to the courses start date. Scholarship $2000 for women or $5000 for qualified veterans and their spouses.
Minimum Skill Level A basic understanding of the Java programming language is highly advisable, but not required. Students who are familiar with at least one other object-oriented programming language should have no problem transitioning into Java. Prep Work If you're new to programming you may contact the Guild for recommended learning resources and materials. Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $6,000 Class size 12 Location DallasApple released the first iPhone in 2007 and it not only redefined the term “smart phone,” it has created an ever growing demand for iOS developers as more and more companies fight to create the apps that will make their presence felt in this new mobile space. Our iOS apprenticeship course is a 12 week long immersion into the world of iPhone and iPad development using the Swift programming language. The course is designed for students who have the potential, but lack the professional experience required to land a junior level iOS developer position. Therefore, the goal of the Bootcamp is to arm the student with all of the basic skills required to become a useful and contributing member of an iOS development team.
Deposit $2000 is required to hold your seat. The remaining balance will be required prior to the courses start date. Scholarship $1000 for women or $3000 for qualified veterans and their spouses.
Minimum Skill Level A basic understanding of the Swift programming language is highly advisable, but not required. Students who are familiar with at least one other object-oriented programming language should have no problem transitioning into Swift. Prep Work If you're new to programming you may contact the Guild for recommended learning resources and materials. Placement Test No Interview Yes
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- Best decision I ever made- 11/4/2016Jon Fishman • iOS Developer • Student • Course: iOS Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas
The coding bootcamp at the Guild of Software Architects was exactly what I needed to change career paths. In 12 weeks I went from knowing very little about mobile development to having an app in the Apple App Store and many new job opportunities to choose from. I appreciate the in-person and hands-on approach that it provided and Kevin is one of the best instructors I have ever had. Before the class started I was able to meet with him in person to talk which a lot of other bootcamps wouldn't do. Best decision I have ever made!
- Student- 11/3/2016Danny Nguyen • Student • Campus: Dallas
The instructor was very knowledgeable and effective in explaining difficult concepts to the class. The lectures were well organized and planned accordingly to the overall class structure during the course of the program. I was able to receive a lot of help and recommendations while working on my projects and learned a lot of useful skills that helped me further push my career choice. Overall, I highly recommend this program to anyone who is willing to put in the effort in learning a new lanuage that is in high demand in today's job market.
- Current Student in the first iOS cohort- 9/29/2016Melissa Phillips • Course: iOS Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas
I am a current student of the iOS bootcamp at GuildSA. It is a traditional 12 week full time boot camp which gives me the structure, camaraderie and accountability I need. Currently they offer iOS as well as a separate course for Android development. I chose GuildSA because it is very affordable as they have scholarships for women as well as veterans and spouses. On top op that, Frisco is a much more affordable city than SF or NYC or even Austin. You can rent a room here for $500 a month and the cost of living is amazing. It’s a wonderful place to live my opinion. The tech scene in Dallas is growing rapidly and there is less competition for junior Dev jobs here in this area than other cities. It is a new bootcamp and I am in the first cohort, however they have had two apprentices (part time students who primarily study independently) get developer jobs in the past few months.
The curriculum is pretty thorough and the time commitment is considerable both in and out of class. This intensity is needed if you really want a career change after completing the program. You can take it as far as you want to and the instructor, Kevin Harris, is both a seasoned engineer and instructor who definitely can help you get wherever you might want to go in your studies. While there’s definitive assignments you must complete, there is also time in the course to go more in depth in special topics you are interested in and of course ample opportunity to develop your own app idea that will get in the app store.
I came into this course with some self-taught knowledge in front end web development as well as the introductory swift courses on Treehouse. I would definitely recommend preparing for the program with at least having a beginner level understanding of programming as it moves very fast and you will have to comprehend some rather advanced concepts in a very short amount of time. If you're interested in attending, I would highly recommend you join the GuildSA group on meetup.com and come to some of the events here. You'll meet other graduates and tech professionals and get a sense of whether you feel it would be a good fit for you.
Update: I received numerous interviews and a job offer within a few weeks of graduating the iOS bootcamp.
- Amazing Bootcamp- 8/30/2016Rasheda • Student • Course: iOS Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas
Kevin is an awesome instructor. Learning to code is hard, but he makes it very understandable and breaks it down in everyday life examples, which makes it easier. He is very approachable and you can tell he has a passion for teaching. I had a couple of local options when I considered picking an in person boot camp and I'm extremely happy I picked The Guild.
I haven't finished my course yet, but I'm positive that I will come out of this with enough knowledge to be able to complete my goals.
- Wonderful Program- 4/26/2016James • Student
Guild SA offers two main tracks: the mobile bootcamp (iOS or Android) or the apprenticeship program. This is a review of the apprenticeship.
Guild SA's Android Apprenticeship program is tailored for those who've grasped the fundamentals of Java but need guidance and mentorship to take their skills to the next level. That fit my situation well. My goal was to release an Android app to the Google Play Store and that the app be designed and built as if a professional developer created it. This standard likely won't be achieved by watching YouTube tutorials or taking college courses, which is what I did for about 6 months prior to joining. When I became a Guild SA Android apprentice, I saw my skill jump up right away. The greatest benefit of having Kevin, the lead architect and instructor, as a mentor is that 1) you literally have an architect answering your questions and reviewing your code and 2) he explains why the code does what it does. Not knowing why a piece of obscure code is written can be frustrating but Kevin can be relentless in researching the answer and then explaining how it works. That's so much better than waiting hours, days or even weeks for an answer on StackOverflow.
Already after a month, I have an Android app under my belt and my confidence as a mobile developer grows every day knowing that I'm learning the right way under Guild SA's mentorship.
If you're over being a novice and have the drive and initiative to build a portfolio of apps to show off to the world but need guidance to do it the right way, check out Guilda SA's apprenticeship program.
- Great Learning Experience!- 4/20/2016Justin • Student • Course: iOS Career Accelerator • Campus: Dallas
I'm currently an apprentice and couldn't have made a better decision. The instructor is very knowlegeable and patient when it comes to dealing with mobile app questions. I learned in a few weeks what would have taken me months on my own. I highly reccomend the program for anyone that is interested in mobile app development!
- Easy going instructor- 1/29/2016Chatchai Wangwiwattana • Graduate • Course: Android Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas
- Wonderful Instructor- 1/14/2016Katie • SMU Guildhall Student
Kevin Harris served as my Adjunct Lecturer at the SMU Guildhall for an Art and Scripting Course. He did a fantastic job of exposing us to mobile development and, more specifically, Lua and Corona SDK. From the outset of the course, we built upon the basics, reviewing concepts for those who were unfamiliar with coding languages. By combining lecture and practical applicaiton, each student, regardless of skill, successfully created their own version of a mobile game project. If I had the opportunity, I would jump at the chance to participate in this program!