Frequently Asked Questions

What Dev Academy Looks for in students

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 Codecademy. 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 Foundations.

People who are passionate and intelligent learners; empathetic and clear communicators; curiosity, tenacity, commitment; motivated and excited about problem solving. If you’re wondering whether web development is right for you, check out this cheeky quiz.

Absolutely. Many university graduates with Computer Science degrees choose to do our course to gain the practical experience needed to enter the workforce. We teach modern technologies and methodologies that align with current industry practice so you get the education you need to hit the ground running in a web development job. You also graduate with a portfolio of project examples, which shows employers what you’ve worked on, how you think and how you code. This portfolio is crucial for employers, and is something many university graduates aren’t yet equipped with.

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 to your team in an entry level developer job, but you’ll be constantly learning more while you work. During the 9 week in-class bootcamp you will be working full time, 40+ hour weeks, while in a university degree you might get 12 hours of lectures and tutorials a week. We simply pack the job-relevant education into a tighter space of time. Read more here.

The Admission Process

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 to meet and once your interview is complete we’ll let you know within 8 hours if you’ve been successful.

Dev Academy runs regular one day tasters called A Day in the Life. It’s the best way best way to experience whether Dev Academy is right for you.

Check out our events page for more details

You can apply at any time for any cohort. We have several intakes through out the year. You can see a full list of course dates here. It’s a good idea to apply as soon as possible, because then we’ll get in touch with you to talk about your options.

Be sure to have done enough coding to know that you are serious about committing to this course. It is a big investment in your time and money, but the return is massive. To do this course however, you need to have tasted enough code to know that it is something that excites you. We recommend checking out Codecademy to try your hand at JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Unfortunately we can only take students with a New Zealand residency or citizenship or Australian citizenship at this time.

Tuition / Fees

Tuition is $9,779. This covers low student-to-teacher ratio, coaching, mentoring, curriculum development and all the career services benefits you receive.

86% of Dev Academy students who graduated more than 6 months ago are working in web development or adjacent tech roles. 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).

We make it our job to get you work ready in just 15 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. Check out Mischa’s story – he was able to pay back the cost months after graduating.

Enspiral Dev Academy Year University
-$9,779 1st Year -$8,000
$53,000 2nd Year -$8,000
$60,000 3rd Year -$8,000
$66,000 4th Year -$8,000
$72,000 5th Year $53,000
$241,221 TOTAL EARNED $21,000

We fund a limited amount of loans per year. These are at the discretion of Dev Academy and are reserved for students who would otherwise be unable to attend the course.

YES – Full time Dev Academy students are eligible for a Student Loan, Living Cost and Course-Related Costs, and may be eligible for a Student Allowance as well. Head over to now and begin an application for a Student Loan. It’s good to get on to this early as it can take some time.

More information here.

Yes, if you’re eligible as a student you can study with us “fees free”. Check your eligibility at

If you would like to apply for a Student Loan for Dev Academy, it’s important that you start the Studylink application immediately. This is because it can take much longer for Studylink to process you than Dev Academy, but we need confirmation from Studylink before you can start the course. Head over to and begin your application now.

Course curriculum and structure

Our programme 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 programme is split into two main phases:

Foundations: Our preparation course, completed remotely in 5 weeks full time, at a total of 200 – 225 hours. Read one student’s journey here.
Bootcamp: 9 weeks, 40 – 70 hours per week, intensive in-class learning. It’s important to note that while ‘classes’ run 40 hours per week, you will probably want to spend extra time getting the work done. Most students work on their code for up to 60 – 70 hours a week during bootcamp.

You will be exposed to a variety of modern technologies for full stack web programming (full stack means you can work in the back end of a web application, where the majority of the functionality lies, and the front end, that users see) and be able to build small applications or prototypes without supervision. We primarily focus on JavaScript using Node on the server side and students explore multiple front end frameworks including React, Angular, Ember, D3 and Three.js. These will enable you to build a good looking website, and web applications that move around, input and output data and make more complicated things happen online.

We emphasise testing heavily and students are familiar with test driven development (TDD) and multiple testing frameworks.

You will become well practiced in working in teams, using git (an industry tool), facilitating simple agile processes and delivering technical and non-technical presentations. This is essential for launching your career – our classroom simulates real world experience, which is of great value to employers.

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 feel the need.

Our careers week 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. We remain committed to supporting you during your job search and many students continue to come in to the space while they are searching for work or building personal projects. Read more about Dev Academy’s job placement rate.

Though this programme 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. Read more about how Dev Academy helps you find a job.

About Dev Academy

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 startups (scrappy small tech-based businesses with huge growth potential)– giving them access to potential collaborators, service providers, mentors and funders. These startups 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.

Our focus is on creating an industry-led approach to learning. That means we surround our small cohorts of coding bootcamp students with a community of exciting startups, freelancers, educators, and entrepreneurs who all work out of our co-working space. The feeling in the space is described in detail here. Feel free to drop by the Dev Academy spaces at Level 5, 12 Morgan Street, Newmarket, Auckland and Level 2, 275 Cuba Street, Wellington.

If you’re interested in renting a desk, read more here. Our working space offers a healthy, vibrant, creative place to make real connections and get some serious work done! Enjoy fresh organic fruit, free yoga sessions twice a week, and networking lunches.

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