Front-End After-Hours Coding Bootcamp

Keep your day job while getting the training you need to become an entry-level software developer. Our After-Hours Bootcamp is held three evenings a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) for 24 weeks of on-site training. This coupled with two weeks of mandatory pre-work makes this a 26-week program.

You'll learn to code with JavaScript (or JS), a dynamic programming language that’s most often used to create interactivity in web pages. JavaScript supports object-oriented programming and is highly adaptable. It’s also used in non-browser environments like cars and microwaves.


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What will I learn?

During this Front-End web development course, you’ll train with a whole host of programming languages and skills – in addition to JavaScript – as you work your way through every level of a web application, from the front-end to the server-side code.

During this course, the concepts we cover include:

  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • AngularJS
  • Node.js / Express
  • PostgreSQL
  • Pair Programming


Before you start the bootcamp classroom sessions, you’ll complete mandatory at-home pre-work. This work provides the foundation for the bootcamp lessons and covers fundamentals that all successful developers need to know.

Once you start classroom sessions, you’ll be on-site at Grand Circus in Detroit Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 6:30pm – 10pm. We love to start on time, so please plan to get here a few minutes early.

Ellen Zimmerman

"The value of a Grand Circus bootcamp goes beyond the practical coding skills. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in increasing their technical skills as well as their understanding of the technology career marketplace."

— Ellen Zimmerman
Project Manager at Quicken Loans

Costs & Financing

Total Tuition: $11,750; Save 20% if you apply by November 22

It is free to apply. If you're accepted, the deposit is $800 due upon admission. Apply by November 22 to save 20%.


Taking a 26-week coding bootcamp is a significant investment of both time and money. To help ease the financial burden, we’ve made early registration discounts multiple financing options available for our students.

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We also offer scholarships as part of our diversity program. Women, veterans and underrepresented minorities seeking a new career in tech may receive an automatic $1,500 scholarship. Check out our Financing and Scholarships page for more information.

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Application Process

Step 1:

Interest Form: Our application process is designed so we can get to know you and you can understand our bootcamp model. First, you submit an interest form and you’ll receive our application.

Step 2:

Application: After a few general questions about you, like your name and address, the application consists of four questions.

Step 3:

In-person interview: Once you send your answers back to us, we set you up with an in-person interview at Grand Circus. If you can’t make it to Detroit, we’ll complete the interview over Zoom. Easy!

Class Dates

Front-End After-Hours Coding Bootcamp

January 13, 2020 - June 26, 2020; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit) — Apply by November 15, 2019
Lock in 2019 Tuition Pricing by Nov. 22

April 13 - September 25, 2020; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit or Grand Rapids) — Apply by March 6, 2020
Lock in 2019 Tuition Pricing by Nov. 22

July 6 - December 18, 2020; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit) — Apply by May 29, 2020
Lock in 2019 Tuition Pricing by Nov. 22

October 12 - March 26, 2021; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit or Grand Rapids) — Apply by September 4, 2020
Lock in 2019 Tuition Pricing by Nov. 22

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Grand Circus Front-End After-Hours Bootcamp in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids different than typical bootcamps? 

Because this program is being done in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, students will get exposed to individuals and opportunities happening in the City’s open-sourced data projects.  Through panel discussions, bootcamp students will also interact with companies in the City’s SmartZone, a specially designated zone that contains high-tech high-growth businesses.  

What are you looking for in a candidate?

It’s best if our students to come to us with some, but not a ton, of programming experience. Many of our students have dabbled in code through online tutorials and courses through Codecademy or Udacity. If you’re smart, tenacious, resourceful and hardworking, you’ll be ready for a bootcamp. We want candidates that are self-motivated and committed to the Grand Circus program. Learning any new skill can become frustrating, so it’s important to see this opportunity as a welcome challenge, rather than a stress-inducing problem.

Do I need strong computer skills?

Students should have a basic understanding of computers such as creating files, folders, organization and a working knowledge of using the computer. The ability to install programs on your computer is also important. We have also found that our strongest students have some type of basic understanding of programming languages. To get started, we recommend checking out our free Intro to Coding workshop.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree is not required to get into our coding bootcamps. We’ve had many students without degrees become very successful and find great jobs that they love. However, it’s important to note that some jobs in the tech industry will require a four-year degree of some kind.

What do I need to bring to bootcamp?

We recommend bringing your own laptop, though Grand Circus also has a limited number of laptops that students can borrow during the course.

 What happens after bootcamp is over?

We have strong relationships with companies that are enthusiastic about hiring our entry-level developers and allowing them to grow within their organizations.Once you graduate from a Grand Circus bootcamp, you’ll gain access to our job placement services and our networking events. We also integrate job readiness and soft skills training (on topics like communication and teamwork) into our bootcamps so that our students are ready to interview successfully, once the bootcamp ends.

Can I get a job out of state with a certificate of completion from Grand Circus?

Yes! We’ve had several students get their first entry-level tech jobs outside of Michigan.

How is the after-hours program different than your full-time Front-End coding bootcamp? 

The technical curriculum between these two programs is the same. Students will walk away with the skills necessary to build a fully functional application, with live code to share with prospective employers and a final project that has been built throughout the coding bootcamp. The only differentiator is the duration of the class and the hours they are held.

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