Web Development Bootcamp

The hands on coding bootcampthat will transform your career


Our intensive program helps you master the in-demand skills you need to accelerate your career and change your life. Our graduates work at all types of companies, from small startups to some of NZ's technology giants and our alumni network is robust, active and welcoming.

Web development is an amazingly satisfying profession – it’s highly dynamic, beautifully creative and ridiculously rewarding. Web development professionals say that even the master is always the learner – it is a lifelong engagement in which you will always be unravelling new things. Web development is also an enabler – you get to build things from conception to implementation, from idea to reality and its possibilities are endless. Read more here.

“Everyone consumes the internet, but it’s a small group of people who ultimately determine what it looks like and decide how people are going to engage with it. Being a web developer means you can cross that divide and therefore engage in new and meaningful ways”
– Hannah Salmon, Loomio Web Developer and Graduate of Dev Academy

Web developers build the internet. They write in a variety of different languages and often work in highly collaborative and dynamic teams. They create what the user sees when they visit a website as well as the functionality behind the scenes – for example, how users input and retrieve information on Trade Me.

We prepare students to be junior developers. Web Developers are also called developers, software developers, application developers or software engineers, depending on the company and exact role.

Course and curriculum details:


The preparation course begins on the 1st of every month and can be completed in your own time online. Once completed you'll join a 9 week experience of intense coding at either our Auckland or Wellington campus. You graduate with a portfolio of web projects that you've designed and built, which employers love to see.

4-24 weeks (varies) - Study from anywhere in your own time
9 Weeks bootcamp - Study in Auckland or Wellington

We focus on creating a holistic education experience

Our mission to design a rigorous yet accessible programme, driven by our unique culture, has produced a set of values that guides everything we do:


  • Empathy – we care about people more than machines
  • Learning – we empower students to learn more than they thought possible
  • Building – we build beautiful and meaningful things
  • Feedback – we listen, iterate and improve
  • Impact – we celebrate technology that improves our communities

Our curriculum has been carefully crafted in collaboration with employers and the latest research on immersive learning. We use student feedback to improve our curriculum every three weeks – a rate of change that very few educational institutions can match.

Enspiral Dev Academy takes people with some or no programming experience and turns them into world class junior developers.

As a graduate you will have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of working in a web development team, programming, databases, web applications and web design.


Most of our students find work within the first 3 months of graduating. The course is designed to help students land their first programming job, however some choose to use their skills to launch their own tech businesses.

See some of the companies our Alumni work for, or check out some of our student stories.

Programming is both an ability and a mindset.

Our course teaches you not only to code, but how to think and work like a programmer.


You will be exposed to a variety of modern technologies for full stack web programming (full stack means working in both the back end of a web application, where the majority of the functionality lies, and the front end, that users see) and will be able to build small applications or prototypes without supervision. Students explore multiple languages and frameworks including React, Angular, Ember, D3 and Three.js, HTML and CSS and SQL.

We emphasise testing heavily with Test Driven Development (TDD) and multiple testing frameworks.

You’ll be working in teams, using industry tools, facilitating simple agile processes and delivering technical and non-technical presentations – just like you would in the industry.

Dev Academy focuses on JavaScript because it’s an immediate entry into the current job market, but students are equipped with the skills and thinking habits to easily pick up other languages. Our course prepares you to be a full stack web developer. You’ll learn:

  • Object-oriented design
  • Fundamentals of building interactive websites
  • HTML request/response frameworks and APIs
  • Working with databases
  • Introduction to algorithms
  • Client-side programming
  • Scalable design patterns
  • Deployment techniques
  • Test-driven development
  • Agile collaboration and workflows

These are all tools and skills that are used every day by web development teams in the workforce.

Our progressive teaching approach and effective curriculum cultivates exceptional technical proficiency in tandem with deft interpersonal skills. Our curriculum sequence and skills map, optimised over three years with input from employers and hundreds of students, prepares our graduates for jobs in or adjacent to full stack web development.

A combination of self-paced prep, full immersion and career readiness.

In addition to coding, students develop their employability skills through our Engineering Empathy programme and our careers programme.


You’ll have the opportunity to repeat a phase, if necessary, to master the skills.

PHASE ZERO
  • Remote (learn from anywhere)
  • Self-paced (work around your job)
  • Begins the 1st of every month

While remote, Phase Zero is still an accelerated, challenging experience. It includes weekly challenges so it is vital you have reliable access to the internet throughout the duration and are open and willing to pair with others in your group.

BOOTCAMP
  • Auckland or Wellington Campus
  • 60 – 80 hours per week

The nine weeks on-campus at Dev Academy is a completely immersive experience. Expect to be busy and focused. Most students commit 60 to 80 hours per week to complete their assigned work, lectures and side projects. You will be guided by instructors who are passionate about helping students master the principles of software development and you will learn by solving coding challenges in pairs, solo and in group projects.

To help with the intense time commitment, we bring some healthy routines into the day like mindfulness, big lunches and a focus on physical and emotional awareness.

SELFWARE
  • During bootcamp
  • Weekly lectures and practice sessions

While we train you to be world class junior coders, the success of a student hinges on their ability to work collaboratively and to engage a high calibre interpersonal communication skill set. This is because most web development is done in teams, and requires effective communication with designers, project managers, clients, etc. This practical combination of technical and interpersonal training is frequently cited by alumni and employers as one of the most important learning outcomes of the Dev Academy experience and one that distinguishes Dev Academy graduates from those of other courses.

CAREERS
  • Auckland and Wellington
  • 1 week, after bootcamp – 10 hours

We work with you to develop the skills necessary to land your first job and grow your career. We introduce you to the tech community and you gain assistance in:

  • Succeeding in both technical and team culture interviews
  • Developing your personal brand by identifying how to tell your unique story
  • Strategic and effective job searching techniques
  • Coding and whiteboarding challenges
  • Building your confidence as a job seeker
  • Sharpening your networking skills and how to best connect with employers
  • Effectively negotiating your salary

Based on building projects not sitting tests. Mentorship, code and career development.

Dev Academy feels much more like a supportive innovation hub than a typical school.


During the 9 week immersion you’ll be required to be on campus every day during core programme hours, which are 8.45am to 6pm, but most students also work into the evenings and on weekends. Although it will vary cohort to cohort and week to week, an approximate breakdown of the work during core hours is 65% pair programming, 25% group projects, and 10% individual work.

An example schedule might look something like this:

  • Early in the programme, students begin at 8.45am, have a 40 minute lecture, then pair on challenges until lunch break at 12.30pm
  • Twice weekly there are yoga sessions either in the morning or at lunchtime
  • Lunch is free time for an hour and a half
  • At 2pm, another 40 minute lecture, followed by pairing until 4:50pm when the entire school meets for a standup (a short check-in)
  • From 6pm on is free time. Many students will stay on site working until 8pm or later
  • Students are assigned weekend projects, and most students decide to code for one or two full days every weekend

Later in the programme, challenges become multi-day projects, mirroring the flow of software development teams. Lectures become less common and teachers will engage with you to help solve project-specific problems.

Cheaper and more practical than university

Enables low student-to-teacher ratio, coaching, mentoring, curriculum development and career services.


86% of Dev Academy students who graduated more than 4 months ago have web development jobs. The average starting salary nationwide is around $53,000, and across New Zealand, median salaries tend to increase by 60% in the first 6 years of a tech job (read more).

Cost: $11,000

We make it our job to get you work ready in just 18 weeks, training you in up-to-date and in-demand skills. Packing your learning into a short space of time means you have less lost income, less rent and household costs to cover while you’re studying, and you’re earning again far more rapidly than if you were at university.

Cost of Dev Academy vs University
Dev AcademyYearUniversity
-$11,0001st Year-$8,000
$53,0002nd Year-$8,000
$60,0003rd Year-$8,000
$66,0004th Year-$8,000
$72,0005th Year$53,000
$240,000TOTAL EARNED$21,000

Data/ Read More

Scholarships at Dev Academy

Diversity matters! We want to see more Women, Māori and other under represented groups in the tech industry.



2017 Te Uru Rangi scholarships announced. If you’re māori and would like to apply for a scholarship checkout the Te Uru Rangi scholarships page

Most software developers in New Zealand approach problems from a similar perspective because they come from similar backgrounds. By supporting people into the sector from a range of backgrounds, New Zealand will be able to solve problems in better and more innovative ways, which means our technology industry will not only thrive – it will be one of the best in the world.

Diversity is important to us so we offer a $500 scholarship to people under-represented in the technology workforce. This includes

  • Anyone who identifies as a woman or is a part of the diverse gender community (e.g. trans*, gender-queer)
  • Anyone who belongs to an ethnic group under-represented in tech (e.g. Māori, Samoan, Tongan)

Entry Criteria - Is this right for me?


Our course is not for the faint hearted. Be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked before. We look for individuals who have tenacity, commitment and a passion for problem solving. We do not base our admissions on prior programming experience, and you do not need to be good at maths or science to excel in the field of web development.

Because culture is at the heart of everything we do, we look for students who will work well in a team and who fit our 3 core values: Integrity, Kindness and Effort.

Our students are from a range of backgrounds and ages. This course is ideal for:

  • People who have dabbled enough to know that they want a career in coding.
  • Professionals who want to switch careers.
  • IT and Computer Science graduates who need practical skills.
  • People who want to start their own business venture.

We look for students who have:

  • A desire to create beautiful and meaningful projects in the world through code.
  • An ability to think creatively, analytically and in-depth about problems.
  • An ability to learn, teach and communicate under pressure.
  • An alignment with our values, a commitment to deeper self-awareness and a passion for working with others.

The human side to software development

In the working world, software projects often fail because of team dynamics, not a lack of technical ability. Software development today is a team effort and research shows that emotional intelligence (EQ) is more predictive of success than intelligence quotient (IQ).

Selfware is our emotional intelligence curriculum. Selfware helps us create an optimal learning mindset and environment for our students by addressing the human side of software development. Through a series of lectures, exercises and routine practice we help students tackle difficult intra-personal and interpersonal issues that keep teams from operating to their full potential.

Whether you’re an avid Ashtanga practitioner or have never done yoga before in your life, most students love the balance exercise provides during the programme. When you’re coding for 8-10 hours a day, the time to step away from the screen gives your mind a break and engages your entire body with stretches and poses.

If you don’t like yoga you only have to give it a shot for 2 weeks and then you can use this hour for any exercise or activity you choose. Students report being able to think more clearly, communicate more effectively and feeling less stressed after an hour of yoga.


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