Front-End After-Hours Coding Bootcamp

Keep your day job while getting the training you need to become an entry-level software developer. The Front-End After-Hours bootcamp at Grand Circus is designed to transform you from coding novice to programming powerhouse in twenty-six weeks of intensive technical and career readiness training. You’ll leave bootcamp with a solid foundation of coding front-end experiences using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript and Angular. Because the web is powered by a combination of visual front ends with data-crunching back ends, Grand Circus integrates back-end coursework like servers and JSON APIs, and SQL so you leave with an understanding of how front-end experiences relate to back-end systems. All along the way and after bootcamp, get essential training and support you need for a successful job search.
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.

This After-Hours Bootcamp is a 26-week program, this includes two weeks of mandatory at-home work we call Unit One.
Classes are hosted three evenings a week - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - from 6:30-10pm.

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What will I learn?

You will learn:

  • How to create responsive experiences with Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript
  • Front-end web application development with modern JavaScript frameworks such as Angular
  • Collaborative software development and version control with Git and GitHub
  • Software development and programming best practices tha separate great developers from the rest
  • Best practices for deploying applications
  • Working with back-end servers and JSON APIs to provide the data behind the experience
  • Consuming and integrating third-party application programming interfaces (APIs) in an application
  • Agile application development


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

Then, you’ll start classroom instruction Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30pm-10pm.

The after-hours curriculum is staggered with two typical weeks:


Due to COVID-19, all our classrooms are operating remotely, live and online.

The health and safety of our students and community are most important to us. Our bootcamps will be fully remote until the COVID-19 virus has been controlled to a safe level at which point, we hope to bring everyone back in person. From one-on-one support to a full learning experience, our remote bootcamps provide the family vibes of our in-person model. Learn more about what to expect. 

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

We help you find your new job.

As a Grand Circus bootcamp student, you’ll receive personalized support from our team of career coaches and program managers designed to support your future career ambitions, not only for your first job after bootcamp but for your long-term career in tech (or wherever your new skills will take you!).

Navigating a new industry can be difficult; our career services team has crafted a learning approach that teaches students how to identify goals, research their options and find their competitive edge. This collaborative relationship between students and staff takes hustle and hard work. Our proven process works when students work with the process.

Students build their career and soft skills through sessions on:

  • Impostor Syndrome + Giving & Receiving Feedback Workshop
  • Career Inspiration & Exploration
  • Employable You (LinkedIn Workshop)
  • Communicating for Success
  • Interview Prep
  • Distinct Value Add
  • Mock Behavioral & Technical Interviews

Throughout bootcamp you will:

  • Learn skills to combat imposter syndrome, something many developers struggle with. We’ll help you identify signs of self-doubt, ways to overcome them and guide you through constructive ways to give and receive feedback
  • Understand and prepare for the career search process in your new industry
  • Determine career goals and keep motivated in successfully finding your dream job
  • Practice behavioral and technical interviews with upfront training, tips, and mock interviews to improve your interviewing confidence
  • Hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops designed to prepare you for your new career
  • Learn to assess your skills objectively against job descriptions
  • Build your unique professional brand
  • Show off your new skills and connect with employers at the Student Showcase
  • Get connected to the tech community through hosted meetups and community events

Costs & Financing

Total Tuition: $11,750

It is free to apply. If you're accepted, the deposit is $100 to save your seat and unlock the bootcamp pre-work we call Unit 1.


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 $1,750 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

OCT 12, 2020 - MARCH 26, 2021; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Remote) — Apply by September 4
Apply by August 21 to lock in your early application discount

JAN 11, 2021 - JUNE 24, 2021; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Remote) — Apply by December 14
Apply by November 24 to lock in your early application discount

APRIL 5 - SEPT 30, 2021; Mon, Weds, Thurs — Apply by March 7
Apply by February 15 to lock in your early application discount

MAY 24 - NOV 18, 2021; Mon, Weds, Thurs — Apply by April 26
Apply by April 6 to lock in your early application discount

AUG 2, 2021 - FEB 10, 2022; Mon, Weds, Thurs — Apply by July 5
Apply by June 15 to lock in your early application discount

OCT 12 - APRIL 21, 2022; Mon, Weds, Thurs — Apply by August 15
Apply by Sept 27 to lock in your early application discount

NOV 29 - JUNE 9, 2022; Mon, Weds, Thurs — Apply by Nov 1
Apply by Oct 13 to lock in your early application discount

Frequently Asked Questions

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 to know how to code before bootcamp?

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 either from taking one of our Learn to Code workshops or learning on their own. The Intro to Front-End Workshop gives you the skills and confidence you’ll need to complete the bootcamp pre-work and start your path to becoming a software developer.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree is not required to get into our coding bootcamps or a job in tech. 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 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 Front-End 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 difference is the schedule.

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