Frequently Asked Questions
None – although you should have explored programming enough to know that you want to do it full time! While we teach you from scratch, most successful students have been introduced to programming by writing some code independently or by working through courses on e-learning platforms such as CodeSchool or Codeacademy. If you haven’t written any code yet, you will be given a list of resources when you apply. If you study from those resources for a few hours a day, you’ll be super equiped to hit the ground running into phase zero.
People who are passionate and intelligent learners; empathetic and clear communicators; curiosity, tenacity, commitment; motivated and excited about problem solving.
Absolutely. We’ve had several students study with us who come from a computer science background or other technical experience.
Software engineering is a craft that takes years of deliberate practice and learning to master. Our goal is to graduate world-class beginners, and jumpstart your journey towards becoming an elite coder. You will graduate from our program with enough knowledge and technical skill to start contributing value as an entry level developer.
Firstly, submit your application form here. If you’re not sure about something, then give us a call or email first. After submitting your application form, you should receive an email from us advising you on the next steps. We’ll arrange a time for us to meet and once your interview is complete we’ll let you know within 8 hours if you’ve been successful.
Tuition is $11,000. This covers low student-to-teacher ratio, coaching, mentoring, curriculum development and all the career services benefits you receive. We offer $500 scholarships for the following groups:
- Anyone who identifies as a woman or is a part of the diverse gender community (trans*, gender-queer, gender non-conforming, etc.)
- Anyone who belongs to a racial group under-represented in tech (Māori, Pacific Islander, Aboriginal etc)
We fund a limited amount of loans per year. These are at the discretion of Dev Academy and for students who would otherwise be unable to attend the course.
It’s in the pipeline – Dev Academy is working on getting NZQA approved, but unfortunately at this stage students are unable to seek assistance such as interest free loans through Studylink.
Our program is designed to be intense – the amount of time spent varies on the person, but everyone works incredibly hard. The structure and time varies – depending on which phase of the course you are in. The program is split into to main phases:
Phase 0: 20-40 hours per week, remote learning from home
Bootcamp: 40-80 hours per week, boot camp in class*
*It’s really important to note that while ‘classes’ run 40 hours per week – you are likely to need and want to spend extra time getting the work done.
We emphasise testing heavily and students are familiar with TDD and multiple testing frameworks.
They are well practiced in working in teams, using git, facilitating simple agile processes and delivering technical and non-technical presentations.
While our course is optimised to help students find their first programming job, some choose to use their skills to complement their existing roles or start their own tech businesses.
You can expect to be in class around 8.30am. At 9 everyone checks in, and the arc or topics of the day are introduced. The format varies from day to day – but typically there may be a short lecture followed by some class exercises to get students working on applying the topic. On Tuesdays and Thursdays you will break for yoga. On other days there will be basic meditation and mindfulness training. You’ll spend time working in pairs, small groups, with teachers, and on your own. The day wraps up at around 6pm with a final check in, but most students continue working into the evening, or meet with a coach/mentor if they need.
Our one week careers immersive will help you to launch into the job market. We’ll support you in preparing for technical interviews, introducing you to potential job interviews and getting your online profile up to speed.
Though this program gives you a tremendous leg-up in the job market and our goal is to see all of our students succeed, finding a job is ultimately up to you. We will however support you right through to landing your first web dev job.
Enspiral is a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work. Established in 2010, Enspiral has worked with pioneering social entrepreneurs to launch their game-changing start-ups – giving them access to potential collaborators, service providers, mentors and funders. These start-ups are innovative digital-based solutions that create value for society as part of their core operations – from enabling local food distribution to collaborative decision-making and reinventing education. Dev Academy is one of those startups and our relationship with Enspiral provides our graduates with opportunities to get involved in Wellington’s startup sector.
We provide all the equipment that you’ll use in the class room, however you will need your own computer at home.