Dev Academy Online FAQs


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.

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 12 months of graduating. The course is designed to help students land their first programming job, though some of our alumni have used 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.

Cost: $9,779 * 

As with our Auckland and Wellington bootcamps, this fee enables a low student-to-teacher ratio — we have 1 teacher per 3-5 students in every cohort, and live support is only a click away on Discord. This also covers coaching, mentoring, curriculum development and career services. 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.

Cost of Enspiral Dev Academy vs University
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

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* Estimated price. Student Loans are available, and see if you’re eligible to study Fees Free. More info on pricing here.

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.

For more info on whether web development is right for you, check out this cheeky quiz.

What hardware / software requirements does this course have?

A modern computer (made within the last few years) in good condition, with a minimum of 8G ram (16G is better), a solid state drive, webcam, and microphone. Ideally your machine will be running macOS or Linux. Windows 10 is the only Windows OS we can work with. You will need headphones with a mic if you’re in a noisy place! If you’re not sure whether your machine will meet our standards, have a look at getting a refurbished machine here, or get in touch with us to have a chat.

There is no special software required for the course. We use Visual Studio as our text editor and most people use Google Chrome as their browser.

Where should I study?

You will be expected to be online from 8:45am — 6pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll need a stable internet connection and good device to participate, as well as a good learning environment. You can study from a co-working space, or from home, so long as you can be available for voice connection at all times. We also strongly recommend a dual-monitor setup with a comfortable working space (rather than in bed with a laptop). A great setup is one where you can sit or stand, and switch throughout the day.

During the 9 week immersion you’ll be required to be online 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 everyone meets for a standup (a short check-in)
  • From 6pm on is free time. Many students will stay 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.

You can find more information on the curriculum and course structure here.

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