What will I learn?
You will learn:
- 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.
Once you start classroom sessions, you’ll be on site at Grand Circus
"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
It is free to apply. If you're accepted, the deposit is $800 due upon admission.
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.Learn About Financing
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.Learn About Scholarships
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.
Application: After a few general questions about you, like your name and address, the application consists of four questions.
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!
Front-End After-Hours Coding Bootcamp
January 13, 2020 - June 26, 2020; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit) — Apply by
April 13 - September 25, 2020; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit or Grand Rapids) —
Apply by March 6
Apply by February 21 to lock in your early application discount and save $1,000
July 6 - December 18, 2020; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit) —
Apply by May 29
Apply by May 15 to lock in your early application discount and save $1,000
October 12 - March 26, 2021; Mon, Weds, Thurs; (Detroit or Grand Rapids) —
Apply by September 4
Apply by August 21 to lock in your early application discount and save $1,000
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 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 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.More Answers