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Classes

Getting Started



  • Q: I am a total novice. What class should I take?

    We offer beginner-friendly classes in web development, mobile development and web design. For beginners looking to change careers, the best option is the Web Development Intensive. This is a full-time course, designed to take you from beginner to junior full-stack developer in three months. For those beginners who are unable take a full-time class, we offer part-time evening courses in web development, iOS development and UI/UX design. We also offer beginner 2- and 4-week Code Camps for Kids, Teens, and Adults during the summer. Check out the class pages for more information, or contact one of our admissions counselors at 844-322-CODE (2633) to learn more.


  • Q: What are classes like?

    Our curriculum may be rigorous, but students at NYCDA learn in a laid back environment with plenty of freedom to work on their own projects in between lectures.

    When you enroll here, the school becomes your space too! We welcome all of our students to use our space to study and work on projects. In fact, most of our students come in early or stay late to get extra help or collaborate with one another.

    Grab a coffee and join us for an informal code review between classes!


  • Q: What makes class at NYCDA different from an online course?

    Online courses are great for getting started, but aren’t meant to train developers for the workplace. Our project-based curriculum, focus on group projects and collaboration, and talented instructors immerse students in the developer community. You won’t just learn languages as standalone skills. You’ll grow as a well-rounded programmer.


  • Q: What happens if I fall behind?

    Our instructors do their best to monitor students’ progress and are available by email. We also offer weekend study groups and office hours for students who need a little extra help.


  • Q: Are NYCDA classes credit bearing?

    The New York Code + Design Academy courses are not credit bearing. The New York Code + Design Academy does not accept credit from other institutions. Courses completed are unlikely to count as transfer credit at another institution. NYCDA makes no claim or guarantee that credit earned will transfer to another institution.


What You Need



  • Q: Do I need my own computer?

    Yes, please bring your own laptop to class every day. For all of our web development classes, we encourage students to be running the latest version of Mac OS X or a Linux distribution.


  • Q: Do I need to pay for any special software to get started?

    For our web development classes, we recommend our students use Google Chrome, Sublime Text 2 and iTerm2, which are downloadable for free.


  • Q: Can I run Windows?

    Yes, Windows machines can be used. However, Windows students may have a harder time with certain Ruby libraries, which is why we recommend Unix based systems. Students running Windows can expect to look up some commands on their own.


  • Q: If I don’t have a laptop, but still want to take class, what can I do?

    NYCDA can help some students attain a laptop at a discounted price. Please contact us for details.


Online Classes



  • Q: What if I have to miss a class?

    Our connected classrooms make it easy to catch up on any work you miss. All of our classrooms are equipped with Panopto video recording software. Panopto records every lecture, so you can see what you missed or review online.


Applying



  • Q: How can I apply?

    Interested students are encouraged to apply online. Click here to do so now.


  • Q: How do I secure my spot in a course?

    We offer rolling enrollment for all of our classes. To secure your seat, a deposit of $500 for all evening classes and $1,000 for the Web Development Intensive class is required. Your deposit can be paid online when you submit your application.


Financing

  • Q: Can I get help with financing?

    We want to teach as many students as possible, and do our best to offer payment plans and assistance. We can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments, or loan assistance through a financial partner. For further information regarding financing partners and plans, please contact info@nycda.com.


  • Q: If my schedule changes or I decide the course isn’t for me, can I get a refund?

    Yes. A student who withdraws for any reason prior to the course’s start date or up to one week into the program receives all monies returned, with the exception of the non-refundable deposit.

    Refunds after the first week will be pro-rated based on the date of withdrawal in the following amounts:

    • During Week 2: 75% of tuition returned
    • During Week 3: 50% of tuition returned
    • During Week 4: 25% of tuition returned
    • During Week 5 or any subsequent week: 0% tuition returned

    No refunds or credits will be given after four weeks. Course deposits ($1,000 for Web Development Intensive or $500 for all other courses) are non-refundable.

    Note Regarding Financing Options and Payment Plans: Refunds are calculated based on total course cost, not tuition paid. For example, if a student withdraws in Week 2 and has only paid 25% of the total course tuition, the student is not entitled to a refund.


Career Services

  • Q: Can NYCDA help me change careers?

    Our Web Development Intensive is the best fit for students who wish to change career tracks after graduation. This full-time course provides the broadest full stack education, plus soft skill training and career workshops.


  • Q: Does NYCDA offer assistance with career placement?

    Our graduates have gone on to work at Buzzfeed, Google, The Huffington Post, AOL, Hearst, and WebMD. We offer a competitive job board, employer meet & greets, and job training resources.

    While we cannot guarantee job placement for any student, we do provide students with the tools and networking opportunities they need to get hired.


  • Q: What kind of jobs are available to NYCDA graduates?

    Our grads work for corporations, small startups, and themselves. Students can expect to enter the tech industry as junior full stack web developers, junior front end developers, junior back end developers or freelance web developers, depending on their chosen track and level of dedication to code.

    For more information on career services, check out our Career Services Page.


Events

  • Q: What’s happening on the NYCDA event calendar?

    When we’re not in class, we’re still talking code. The New York Code + Design Academy hosts workshops, lectures, employer meet & greets, and more events through the year. Check out our Events page for more information and to RSVP.


  • Q: If I’m not a student, can I still come to events hosted by NYCDA?

    Absolutely! We want to give everyone in the greater community the chance to learn more about the technology industry. Most of our events are open to the general public.


  • Q: Are there any events that are exclusive to students at NYCDA?

    Yes. As students at The New York Code + Design Academy, you get access to office tours, career development workshops, hackathons and more.


New York City

  • Q: Is parking available?

    NYCDA headquarters are located in the Financial District. Street parking is limited.