Why enroll at DaVinci Coders when I can learn coding for free online somewhere like Codecademy?
Not everyone does well in an online learning environment. Taking coding classes online requires a lot of self-motivation and self-direction, and there's no one to help you if you get stuck. At DaVinci Coders, you'll join a supportive community where each individual is invested in helping others succeed, plus you'll benefit from the 65 years of combined programming experience of our instructors.
How old do I have to be to enroll?
Due to Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) regulations, all students must be at least 16 years old to attend.
What's the application process?
We have a simple, 4-step application process to enroll at DaVinci Coders:
- Fill out our online application
- We'll contact you to set up a phone interview
- We'll follow up with an in-person interview
- You'll take an aptitude, computer literacy and general comprehension assessment
Prospective students can enroll at any time. Late enrollments will be accepted up to one day before the first day of class.
Coding isn't for everyone. Some students may not be able to hack it (pun intended), but our school does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
How much is tuition? Do you offer financial aid?
Tuition varies by programming course, but typically ranges from $6,000 to $9,995. A $500 deposit is all that's required to hold your seat in the program. DaVinci Coders isn't recognized by the federal government as a public or private university or college, so students can't fill out a FAFSA or qualify for government grants. However, there are many other alternative financing options available.
I already have some coding experience. Will I learn anything new at DaVinci Coders?
Absolutely. Students come to us from very different backgrounds and with widely varying skill sets, ranging from complete beginner on up. Teaching a classroom full of students with mixed experience levels is what our instructors do best.
What's the benefit of attending a coding boot camp like DaVinci Coders compared to a 2- or 4-year program?
Going to a coding micro college like ours lets you launch a new career in a fraction of the time it would take to get a 4-year degree or even a 2-year degree. You can immediately enter a field where your skills are in high demand, and you won't graduate with the burden of crippling financial debt from student loans hanging over your head.
Will I get a degree or certification after completing your coding courses?
DaVinci Coders is an accredited MicroDegree™ boot camp, sometimes called a micro college. Students who enroll in our program must spend a total of 1,000 hours (equivalent to two of our web development courses) of instructor-led training and successfully complete each course to achieve a MicroDegree™.
Alternatively, you can complete 500 hours of instructor-led training by taking one of our web development courses, then complete 500 hours of relevant on-the-job training working in the web development field. Students must pass the course to complete the MicroDegree™ program. Course audits don't apply toward hours spent on a second course.
Will I need to buy expensive hardware or software to attend your courses?
For all our coding courses, you'll simply need a working laptop that meets the minimum requirements for the programming course you're taking. Each course has its own requirements, so be sure you check the course overview ahead of time.
Before your first day of class, you'll attend Installfest, where our instructors will help you download and install all the necessary software you'll need. You should also come to class prepared to work hard and bring along a true passion for learning.
How often do classes meet? How much homework will I have?
We combine classroom time with online and independent study. Each coding course meets 3 times a week on campus. Although classes are recorded and provided to students for further review, an overall attendance rate of at least 90 percent is required. Instructors can request a student’s withdrawal from a course or program if absences or tardiness exceed 70 percent without advance approval.
Most of our students spend 30 to 40 hours per week on class-related programming work outside the classroom. If you need a place to work and collaborate, students have free, 24/7 access to the DaVinci Institute co-working space.
Where are DaVinci Coders classes held?
Our programming courses are held at the DaVinci Institute Campus, centrally located between Boulder and Denver, right off the Highway 36 corridor. Our address is 9191 N. Sheridan Blvd in Westminster, Colorado, 80031. DaVinci Coders is on the third floor in Suite 300.
What's the DaVinci Institute?
Founded by engineer, futurist, author and keynote speaker Thomas Frey, the DaVinci Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit education-based think tank. The DaVinci Institute has served the Boulder/Westminster/Denver area for 17 years as a community center and networking powerhouse for forward-thinking individuals committed to invention, entrepreneurship and the future of education. All DaVinci Institute events are free to DaVinci Coders students.