Prime Digital Academy
Prime Digital Academy offers an intensive, 20-week full-stack coding bootcamp and an 18-week UX design bootcamp in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Working directly with Twin Cities tech employers, Prime Digital Academy has created programs that equip emerging engineers and designers with the skills they need to make immediate contributions. Prime students learn modern technologies, practical methodologies, and critical behavioral skills through carefully crafted curriculum and real-world projects for pro-bono clients in the community. Prime’s immersive programs empower learners from diverse backgrounds to begin their new careers in months, not years.
Prime’s full-stack engineering course prepares students with the skills and hands-on experience to develop complex software to solve businesses problems. Prime’s user experience design curriculum prepares students with professional practice in research, design and prototype software that is usable and meaningful. Prime graduates have been hired by nearly 200 companies in Minnesota, and the tight-knit learning community continues long after graduation, with students participating in mentorship, community education and ongoing alumni career support.
Recent Prime Digital Academy Reviews: Rating 4.87
Recent Prime Digital Academy News
- April 2019 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup
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- September 2016 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup + Podcast
In PersonFull Time65 Hours/week20 Weeks
Deposit $1500 Financing Tuition Plans Pay $1500 Deposit and remaining balance in Week 7 Scholarship $500 scholarship to student of color accepted into the program. Additional Minnesota, Minneapolis, and St. Paul grant-based tuition support may be available for eligible accepted students.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work 6 Weeks of required, flipped-classroom study and prep assignments. Placement Test Yes Interview Yes Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $15,500 Class size 22 Location MinneapolisPrime’s 18-week immersive User Experience Design program was crafted to help people with interests in design, organization and technology build the foundational skills to start a career in user experience. Prime works hand-in-hand with industry employers to ensure that graduates are ready for the challenges of building complex experiences that are valuable for businesses and resonate with users.
Deposit $1500 Financing Tuition Plans Pay $1500 Deposit and remaining balance in Week 7 Scholarship $500 scholarship to each person of color accepted into the program. Additional Minnesota and Minneapolis grant-based tuition support may be available for eligible accepted students.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work 6 Weeks of Online Pre-Work Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
Prime Digital Academy Reviews
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- Full Stack Software Engineering- 9/1/2021Mary • Front End Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Minneapolis • Verified via GitHubWhen I was considering attending Prime, I did what you are doing - read reviews online, talked to alumni, and asked as many people as possible about this program. Every single Prime graduate told me the same thing - that it was worth every single dime; that it was so much for than a bootcamp; that they taught way more than coding. Man, I thought to myself These people really drink the cool-aid. Now that I have gone through the progam, I have to admit that I drink the cool-aid too.It will be hard, but remember that hard is okay and uncomfortable is where the real growth happens.
Prime was worth every single penny that I spent to attend. I don't know many programs where you spend just $15k, to later get a job paying over $70k. In just twenty-two weeks (twenty weeks in the program and two weeks full-time job hunting) I doubled my income from last year. Not only is that incredible...that is life changing. With the skills I learned at Prime, I now have job security and financial freedom. I'm still in shock about it!
Prime did teach way more than coding. Each week, we had career development courses with Christy and Bellamy (Christy is an invaluable asset at Prime - listen to what Christy says!!!) where we covered topics such as how to interview well, how to write a polished and professional resume and cover letter, how to exceed in technical interviews, how to job search the "right way" ... SO MUCH MORE. In tier two, we also had personal development with Emily, which really helped me get comfortable talking about myself. Public speaking is also a portion of the curriculum each week.
Now, hear me out - that is not to say that Prime is easy. It will test you in ways that you won't even imagine. The imposter syndrome is real....but the key factor is that at Prime, you have an entire team behind you in your instructor and your cohort.
- Take the Leap!- 9/1/2021Terry O'Keefe • Software Engineer I • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Minneapolis • Verified via LinkedInBefore Prime, I was in retail management for 10+ years. The long hours, stress, and not being able to see friends or family started to wear on me. I decided to transition into a new career field. After researching and having multiple calls with bootcamps, Prime stood out to me from the very first phone call. Once accepted into the program, you are in great hands every step of the way. They truly do prepare you with this intense but gratifying program. They don't just teach you about programming languages. Each week you also learn about job searching, develop soft skills, and collaborate in group projects. The solo project shows that you have what it takes to create applications on your own and reinforces the skills you learned. The client project gets you hands on experience what it will be like in the workplace. You learn a lot in 20 weeks and more importantly you learn about yourself. One of the best things Prime can offer is the amazing support from each and every person involved with Prime. The staff and cohort always have your back. If you are second guessing the decision, like I did, just go for it. Bet on yourself and trust me you won't regret it.
- Full Stack Software Engineer- 7/1/2021William Krug • Full Stack Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Minneapolis • Verified via LinkedInAttending Prime Digital Academy (Prime) was a game, and life, changer. Over the course of 4 years, I earned an AS in Computer Science while working full time. After being let go, breaking into the tech community with an AS was near impossible. Lots of resumes and cover letters with no bites. I needed something to up my skills and Prime came highly recommended. It was a big, nerve racking, decision to make the commitment but I couldn't be happier that I did.
The biggest advantages Prime gave me are:
- Full Stack Knowledge Earning my AS, I was experienced with coding concepts, algorithms and how to work simple frameworks but I didn't know how to connect it to anything or create a full product. Prime not only gave me the skills to create a full stack application but the practice and guidance on how to make it better and continually improve.
- Career Assistance Prime doesn't guarantee you a job after graduation but they set you up with the skills to get one yourself. Everything from resumes, cover letters, networking, interviews, and more are taught and practiced weekly. This was a huge selling factor for me personally and one of the main reasons I chose Prime over other local boot camps. If you put in the effort and pay attention, you will land a role. You just need to be patient, apply yourself, and trust the system.
- Cohort There's the old saying that "it takes a village..." When you join Prime, you are not alone. You cohort mates become some of the greatest people you will ever meet and you will make connections left and right. From the staff, other students, and alumni, your network of people to reach out to and ask questions grows exponentially. Prime fosters a safe place to learn, grow, and ask questions, and the support and sense of community is amazing. I graduated a few months ago and I'm still in contact with the folks at Prime.
Joining the Prime community has not only made me a better developer but a better problem solver and team mate. I can't thank the staff at Prime and my fellow cohort mates for helping me get to where I am today.
- Great Experience!- 6/10/2021Alex • Application Support Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via LinkedInI enrolled into Prime Digital Academy during the summer of 2020, graduated January 2021. The only thing I would do different, is go back in time and force myself to do it sooner! The whole process from start to finish was well worth it. There are ups and downs just like anything in life. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done but also just as rewarding. You have to trust the process and instructors. They can’t teach you everything in 20 weeks but they give you the tools and basics to propel you into the tech world. The things I learned about myself and the tools I was taught at Prime Digital Academy helped me get my first job in the tech industry, shortly after graduating. Forever thankful for my experience at Prime!
- Great place to facilitate a career change- 3/4/2021Clint • Jr. Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via LinkedIn
- Full Stack Software Engineering Student- 9/25/2020Ace • Student • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Minneapolis • Verified via LinkedIn
- Full Stack Software Engineering- 9/25/2020Alex Calvillo • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via LinkedInTo set the stage, Prime Digital Academy isn't a school that just accepts your money and says "sure take a ride." It's student focused and goes through a process to not only ensure your success (as long as you are willing to work for it), but sets you up with skills beyond "traditional" schooling. This is certainly the most technically and brain bending curriculum I've been challenged with, but it has also been the most rewarding. And after you've finished a challenging lecture, you move into an instruction block to improve your own self-development outside of tech. This is what sets it apart. The student as a whole, even less as a student and more as a software engineer entering the field; that's the difference. I feel just as prepared if not more than CS grads I know and can't wait for the next steps.
- No BS, best experience I have had.- 9/25/2020David Walton • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via GitHubNot going to drag this out but I quit a career after 18 years, went out on a limb, and signed up for this and I could not have asked for anything better. 100% the instructors care and want you to succeed. It isn't easy, you have to do things you won't want to do, but you will grow. Do it. Yourself 5 months from now would thank you.
- Full Stack Software Engineering- 6/22/2020Adam • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via LinkedInWhen I started researching education in software engineering, I was torn between a boot camp or finishing my 4 year degree. I come from a home that greatly values a 4 year degree so I was a little skeptical about a 20 week boot camp. I also had looked at all of the reviews on this site and had a really hard time believing that so many people could have so many positive things to say, it really seemed too good to be true. I love doing research, so I started going over all of the boot camps in the area trying to find out what would be the best. My research repeatedly led me back to Prime, so I finally decided to send them an email and set up a meeting. I'll be honest, $15,000 is a lot of money to me and even after the meeting I was still really nervous. It's not nice to say, but the only thing that calmed my anxiety was that they had a very fair refund policy!
But let's be fair, if you're reading this you're in the same boat as I was. It's a scary step to take. I'm so glad that I took it though. The curriculum goes deep into the technologies that they teach. I spent 3 years at a major technological university and I think we were deeper into technology in about 6 weeks. They teach each topic fully enough that by the end of the week I would be confident that I could move on to the next section without issue. They also exposed us to additional technologies that they didn't teach, but instead challenged us to learn and apply to what we were building.
The instructors were fantastic. We developed a very close relationship with them which made it very easy to ask the questions we needed to ask. Our group had to do remote learning due to Covid-19, but the instructors went out of their way to make sure we were communicating with them and each other. I don't think there was a time that I didn't feel supported whether it was with my education or searching for a job.
As far a job assistance, no they are not just going to hand you a job when you complete the course. But what they will do is put you in a great position to find a job. The education they provide is centered around what many employers find important. They also do weekly job search trainings where they assist you with cleaning up or creating your resume and prepare you for finding a job. They put us in touch with a mentor group who give us a different perspective of getting employed in the software development field.
As a student, you have to know that the course is immersive. To say that it is full time is an understatement. In the second and third tier, you must be certain that you can dedicate around 60 hours or more each week to your education. Some of the base content takes less time, but there are always a lot of "stretch" goals that solidify the understanding of the topics that are very important to attempt to complete. The course requires a lot of patience. There are times that you will feel frustrated, and that's not unusual. It's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by a topic on Thursday, only to be very comfortable with the topic by the following Monday. Just know that there are tons of resources there for you to use and sometimes you have to swallow your pride, ask questions, and trust the program.
Overall, I am so glad that I decided to attend Prime. The education I received has put me in a great position to get a better job and the support continues on past graduation. I feel like the decision to come here has positively impacted my life and has set me on the path to success.
- For the love of code- 6/20/2020Colby • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via GitHubAre you ready to grow? To challenge yourself? To invest in your future? To affect change and to create opportunity - for yourself and for others? To build both a career and a community? To learn skills that can be applied in any field, business, or industry?
Did you answer yes? Then consider Prime Digital Academy for an experience that will enrich you both professionally and personally. I did - and I have grown, I have been challenged, I have invested, and I have built. As a recent graduate, this is just the beginning, in the best possible way and I am confident and well prepared for it.
This program asks you to commit. To succeed, you HAVE to commit - know this going in. What is required? 20 intensive weeks (including most weekends for coding challenges that you do on your own) so consider if this is something you can do without exception and if this is a good time in your life. Be realistic and know there several cohorts each year so if you aren't quite ready now, you have options! Reach out to Prime and have a conversation.
After that conversation, the application process is the first place to start. Even if you don't have coding experience, they provide you with tutorials that include what you need to accomplish the assessment tasks. The application is a pretty good indicator of whether this is the right direction for you. If you genuinely enjoy the application tasks and find yourself inspired, then you may be on the right path. Did you find those tasks hard? That's ok, don't rule yourself out just because of that. Keep reading and I'll explain why.
Hard is ok. If you are accepted and enroll, you will learn to embrace hard - but you won't be doing it alone. You will be supported by a generous and incredible network of staff, peers, mentors, and alumni and you WILL learn to rely on them. The sooner you learn to trust yourself, your progress, your decision to do Prime, and all those people I just mentioned, the more you will get out of Prime. You will explore and dig for strength and capability you might not have known you possess. You will discover a whole new way to learn that you haven't experienced before, and that learning will be meaningful. I have a background in higher education so believe me when I say Prime is a refreshing, engaging, holistic approach of applied learning and discovery.
The skills and technologies Prime teaches are relevant and keep current with the job market. How do I know this? Because local working professionals serve as mentors, guest speakers, and participate in mock interviews. They tell it like it is, sharing what their day-to-day is like. Because Prime is a part of the community. Prime hosts events (remote and in-person). Prime has community partners. During Prime you work on real projects, real solutions - including one for a local non-profit. This is as real as it gets.
Only you know you. Take an inventory of where you are and where you want to be. Ask questions, research, put yourself out there. That's what I did and now I am proud to be a Prime graduate. I am looking forward to my career as a full-stack software engineer - that sounds pretty good, right? Now it's your turn.
- Full Stack Software Engineering - Ursus- 6/18/2020Cole Chelton • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via LinkedInPrime Digital Academy was game changing. It's an extremely intense program that has prepared me for my career in software development. Prime taught me so much, and the staff is incredibly supportive. Prime also gave me a wonderful introduction into the tech community here in Kansas City as well. Also, I never would've imagined that I'd come out of Prime with the professional network I have now.
- It's been amazing- 6/18/2020Hyunsu Kim • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Engineering • Campus: Kansas City • Verified via LinkedInWhen I was looking for a coding boot camp, Prime's graduates told me it's worth every single dime which seemed hard to believe. Now that I went through the program, I find myself agreeing with them. What I loved about this program is that this program doesn't just teach how to code. You get to practice speeches every week which will prepare you to be a better professional. Also, you will have a guest speaker every week as well which will allow you to hear from professionals from the industry who all have different backgrounds and different positions. This is definitely a well-rounded program and definitely recommend it!