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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 Software Development Intensive (PA Only). or Software Engineering Intensive (NY Only). Both are full-time courses, 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 and UI/UX design. 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 3 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.


  • 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 $99 deposit for 8-week workshops, and $1000 deposit for part-time and full-time intensives is required. Your deposit can be paid online when you submit your application.


  • 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 to qualified students taking full-time and part-time intensive courses, loan assistance through a financial partner or deferred tuition via the Income Share Agreement.

    For further information regarding financing partners and plans, please contact admissions@nycda.com or check out the Financing page.

  • 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 start of class receives all monies returned, with the exception of any non-refundable deposit submitted.

    Refunds after the course begins are based on each state’s respective drop and refund policy.

    New York

    A student who cancels within 7 days of signing the enrollment agreement but before instruction begins receives all monies returned with the exception of any non-­refundable registration fee.

    Thereafter, a student will be liable for tuition liability as of the student’s last date of physical attendance. Tuition liability is divided by the number of quarters in the program. Total tuition liability is limited to the quarter during which the student withdrew or was terminated, and any previous quarters completed.

    First Quarter
    If termination occurs school may keep:

    • Prior to or during the first week 0%
    • During the second week 25%
    • During the third week 50%
    • During the fourth week 75%
    • After the fourth week 100%

    Subsequent Quarters

    • During the first week 25%
    • During the second week 50%
    • During the third week 75%
    • After the third week 100%

    The student refund may be more than that stated before above if the accrediting agency refund policy results in a greater refund.


    The termination date for refund computation purposes is the last date of recorded attendance of the resident student or the date the nonresident students requests cancellation.

    For a student cancelling after the fifth (5) calendar day following the date of ht enrollment as defined in § 73.132 of the Pennsylvania Code (relating to application or registration fee) but prior to the beginning of classes, monies paid to the school shall be refunded except the nonrefundable amount of the application or registration fee as calculated in § 73.132.

    If a student enrolls and withdraws or discontinues after the term, semester or quarter has begin but prior to the completion of the term, semester or quarter, the following minimum refunds apply:

    • For students withdrawing from or discontinuing the program during the first 7 calendar days of the term, semester or quarter, the tuition charges refunded by the school shall be at least 75% of the tuition for the term, semester or quarter.
    • For a student withdrawing from or discontinuing the program after the first 7 calendar days, but within the first 25% of the term, semester or quarter, the tuition charges refunded by the school shall be at last 55% of the tuition for the term, semester or quarter.
    • For a student withdrawing or discontinuing after 25% but within 50% of the term, semester or quarter, the tuition charges refunded by the school shall be at least 30% of the tuition.
    • For a student withdrawing from or discontinuing the program after 50% of the term, semester or quarter, the student is entitled to no refund.

    Washington, D.C.

    Each student shall have a period of seventy-two (72) hours to rescind and contract and to receive a refund of all tuition unless the student has entered training. The period shall commence from the date of signing, but shall not include or end on any Saturday or Sunday or legal holiday. This shall not apply if a student has begun instruction.

    If a student begins instruction and withdraws or is discontinued for any reason after instruction begins prior to completion of sixty percent (60%) of the scheduled program, NYCDA shall refund to the student a sum which is the exact pro rata portion of tuition expended by the student, rounded to the nearest ten percent (10%), less any unpaid non-tuition charges owed by the student for the period of enrollment for which the student has been charged, and less the non-refundable registration fee.

Career Services

  • Q: Can NYCDA help me change careers?

    Our Intensive programs are the best fit for students who wish to change career tracks after graduation. These full-time courses provide the broadest 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.


  • 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.