Frequently Asked Questions

Course curriculum and structure

During the 9 week immersion you’ll be required to be on campus every day during core programme hours, which are 8.45am to 5:30pm, but most students also work into the evenings and on weekends. Although it will vary cohort to cohort and week to week, your work during core hours will be broken down into pair programming, group projects, and 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 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 everyone 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.

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.
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.

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.

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 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

Applications usually open 2 months before the Foundations start date of each cohort*, for 2 weeks. This will be followed by a two-week period where we’ll interview applicants. These are an opportunity for us to meet each other, and for you to ask questions. You can expect to find out whether your application has been successful after the interview period.

Spaces in our cohorts are competitive, and above all we are looking for people who can commit to the intensive programme and do well here. We also aim to create balanced cohorts — equity is important to us, as is ensuring students have a challenging but well-supported and rewarding experience.

* Except for the first cohort of the year. Please refer to the Course Dates page  for a full list of dates

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, 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. We’re looking for people with passion and enthusiasm for learning, specifically learning to code!

Equally important are your drive and tenacity, self-awareness and ability to relate to others. In the application and interview we’ll ask about your professional, educational or community experience.

We also assess competency with written and spoken English as well as basic numeracy and literacy.

— Where open questions are asked, include as much relevant information as possible in your answers

— Use bullet points or paragraphs to give detailed answers

— Include your motivation for studying with us

— We look at community and volunteer experience too, not just education or employment

— An indication of whether you’ve done any coding or have basic html / CSS knowledge is a bonus

Interviews include a 1 hour group session in the morning + an individual 20-30 minute interview on the same day. Group sessions are a chance for us to get to know each other in a friendly environment, and for us to tell you more about Dev Academy as a whole. The individual interviews are a chance for you to talk more about your aspirations and goals.

We endeavour to make this a safe and welcoming space for everyone, and encourage you to prepare any questions but also just be open to connection with our team and other students. Dress comfortably!

Check out our blog for student and alumni stories. We also run regular events like Open Evenings, Graduation, social coding and other meetups which are the best way to experience whether Dev Academy is right for you.

Check out our events page for more details

You can usually apply 2 months before a cohort starts*. We have several intakes throughout the year and you can see a full list of course dates here. If you are weighing up two cohorts, it’s a good idea to apply for the earlier one or as soon as possible, and our team can talk to you about your options.

* Except for the first cohort of the year. To allow for the longer summer break, applications for the intake starting 31 January 2022 (Kahikatea, Pīwakawaka, Whai) will open from 18 October 2021. For a full list of dates, see the Course Dates page.

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

COVID-19 Response

This will apply once the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) is in place. 

At all levels (Green, Orange and Red) we will be requiring My Vaccine Pass verification for anyone on site with us in any capacity. 

This means all teaching staff and any other staff members based on-campus will be fully vaccinated, as will any students and co-working space users. We’ll also be asking visitors and anyone attending our events to wear a mask and to only come inside after My Vaccine Pass verification. 

All staff, students, space users and visitors in our spaces will also need to get a booster vaccine six months after their second dose. We will communicate any changes with regard to boosters as they happen. More info here.

Anyone who is not vaccinated will still have the option of remote study in our Online bootcamp. 

We know things can change quickly with COVID, and we want to maintain our smooth process for transitioning between levels if needed.

For students who are vaccinated, the process is simple. My Vaccine Pass verification will take place alongside the I.D. checks that already happen as part of the enrolment process. Students will be responsible for getting their booster shots as needed.

If you are interested in studying with us but are not vaccinated, we have a fully remote Online campus and we will work to make sure that you can still learn with us. 

We will be following public health advice, as follows:

Red — masks to be worn at all times on campus, as well as social distancing. 

Orange — masks to be worn when walking around the space, in the kitchen, in the bathrooms and when talking with people outside your team. 

Green — TBC.

This is subject to change, and will be explained fully to anyone based on-campus during routine health and safety updates.

This guidance will apply in the event of a lockdown for our Auckland and Wellington campuses, or for any students who are not vaccinated (Online campus only).

We have a good process in place for moving all staff and students to working and studying remotely to ensure their safety. 

Students will be set up with user-friendly tools like Discord, Zoom and Miro for online delivery and will still have the same intensive, hands-on learning experience. Studying online still includes pair programming, live teacher support and plenty of connection with each other.

These students can also expect their daily routines to stay the same, with mindfulness and yoga, and their final project presentation and graduation ceremony will always go ahead as scheduled, albeit virtually. Read about one student’s experience with the Online bootcamp here.

Tuition / Fees

Learn to code with industry professionals in our intensive, hands on course — and pay no fees until December 2022, through the government Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). 

This applies to all domestic students eligible for government tuition subsidies (New Zealand citizens or residence visa holders studying in New Zealand).

This government initiative aims to support industry skill needs, where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong or is expected to grow during our recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19. For a full list of FAQs please visit the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website.

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Ordinarily, tuition is NZD$10,054. This covers low student-to-teacher ratio, a high amount of contact time and teaching support, coaching, mentoring, and career services. 

While course fees are fully covered until the end of 2022 through TTAF, you may still want to apply for other funding through Studylink. Head over to www.studylink.govt.nz to start an application — it’s a good idea to start this early as it can take some time.

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.

Any eligible study within the period covered by TTAF does not impact on, or use up, your entitlement to Fees Free funding. For a full list of FAQs please visit the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website.

After this period, if you’re eligible as a student you can study with us fees free. Check your eligibility at www.feesfree.govt.nz

It’s important that you start the Studylink application as soon as possible. Head over to www.studylink.govt.nz and begin your application now.

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.