Toronto, Canada

Intro to HTML & CSS

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins February 10th, 2015 / Ends March 19th, 2015
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

This winter, HackerYou’s popular 39-hour Intro to HTML & CSS course is back. Come and learn HTML5 and CSS3, build websites and collaborate with a group of people just like you – people who see that learning to code is going to help them take their careers to the next level. With an intense focus on hands-on, project-based learning, this course will give you the opportunity to learn directly from some of Toronto’s most talented developers and designers and discover how to create beautiful, functional websites from scratch.

This course is designed for beginners, and is a great option for people working full-time as well as those with more flexible schedules. Whether you’re interested in learning to code in order to further your career, make a  career switch, or start your own business as an entrepreneur or freelancer, HackerYou’s HTML & CSS course is for you. Space is limited and this course always sells out (this will be our seventh time running it), so if you’re interested in joining us, apply now!

Please note that this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 30 students.

Want to take your learning experience even further? Join our Intro to Responsive Design & Advanced CSS course and learn how to optimize your websites for mobile and tablet devices. Graduates of this course are eligible to take Intro to Responsive Design & Advanced CSS for only $500 including HST.

What you will learn

  • setting up your development environment, using Sublime Text 3
  • Best practices and fundamentals of web design and development
  • Style, architecture and layout of a website
  • How to write semantic and accessible HTML5
  • CSS3 techniques for layout, typography and more
  • Typography and custom web fonts
  • Form elements and field validation
  • embedding media and social widgets
  • Debugging with Chrome and Firefox developer tools
  • Cross-browser and cross-device testing

What you will build

In just six weeks, you’ll build:


Toronto, Canada

Intro to Responsive Design & Advanced CSS

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins March 24th, 2015 / Ends April 30th, 2015
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

The web has evolved. It isn’t something we engage with only on desktops and laptops – today, most people engage regularly with the web on a mobile device. As a result, the way we think about web design and architecture has completely changed. A strong understanding of why and how to optimize websites for mobile devices is a valuable skill for people in a variety of different roles and industries. This 39-hour course will give students the skills needed to design and create a responsive website for laptops, phones, tablets, and beyond using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques. It will also dive deeper into CSS and teach participants the very latest and greatest CSS3 techniques for creating even richer web experiences.

Please note that this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 30 students.

Note that graduates of our part-time Intro to HTML & CSS course are eligible to take our Intro to Responsive Design & Advanced CSS for only $500 including HST.

What you will learn

  • Best practices and fundamentals of responsive web design and development
  • Tips and tricks for determining the style, architecture and layout of a responsive website
  • The latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques for creating both desktop- and mobile-friendly websites.
  • CSS3 techniques to take your website to the next level

What you will build

  • Start with a simple, non-responsive site design
  • Design and architect layouts optimized for various screen sizes
  • Implement the designs using CSS3 media queries and stylesheets

FINAL PROJECT: Create a beautiful responsive website from scratch.


Toronto, Canada

Advanced JavaScript & jQuery

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins June 17th, 2015 / Ends July 29th, 2015
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

Join us this fall for HackerYou’s inaugural part-time advanced JavaScript & jQuery course. The course will build upon the JavaScript and jQuery fundamentals learned in the introductory course. Each class will build upon the last, with each class becoming more and more challenging. In the course, we will cover advanced topics such as building modular and reusable code, working with HTML5 video and audio, integrating Google Maps, and most importantly working with AJAX and JSON APIS to pull in data from other websites and services. As always, everything is taught through a series of hands-on exercises, code-alongs and projects.

This 39-hour course has been developed for folks with a strong understanding of the basics of JavaScript & jQuery. If you complete our Introductory JavaScript & jQuery course, you’re a fit. If not, you may still be able to join us! Email heather [at] hackeryou.com for more info and a placement test.

Whether you’re interested in career advancement, becoming a freelancer, or just improving your front-end development skills – this course is a perfect fit. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate your schedule. Availability is limited, so if you’re interested in joining, apply now!

What you will learn

  • jQuery UI
  • Code organization & scope
  • HTML5 video/audio with JavaScript
  • Working with Google Maps
  • Working with AJAX and APIs
  • Hardware Access with JavaScript
  • Using jQuery & CSS together
  • jQuery plugins

What you will build

  • Dozens of small, modular exercises each designed to help you to understand and conquer a specific aspect of JavaScript.
  • A whole bunch of code-alongs and pair-programming assignments in which we will build fun and interactive applications covering a variety of topics from randomized colours to speech recognition to working with weather APIs.
  • A major project. For the project, students will be supplied with lose guidelines and examples, allowing students to exercise creative thinking. Students will work in groups of two, utilizing the popular industry standard of pair-programming.

Toronto, Canada

Intro to JavaScript & jQuery

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins May 4th, 2015 / Ends June 15th, 2015
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

Join us this spring for the return of HackerYou’s part-time introductory JavaScript & jQuery course. JavaScript and jQuery can take your websites to the next level by making them dynamic and interactive. This course will give any HTML + CSS developer the skills they need to unlock the full potential of front-end web development.

This course will start with an introduction to JavaScript and the fundamentals of the programming language. We will then work our way into understanding and using jQuery, a JavaScript library, to select, interact and manipulate elements on our page. As always, everything is taught through a series of hands-on exercises, code-alongs and projects.

This 39-hour course has been developed for folks with a strong understanding of HTML & CSS. If you’re one of the 180 people who have now completed HackerYou’s part-time HTML & CSS and Responsive Design courses, you’re a fit. If not, you can still join us! Email heather [at] hackeryou.com for more info and a placement test.

Whether you’re interested in career advancement, becoming a freelancer, or just improving your front-end development skills – this course is a perfect fit. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate your schedule. Availability is limited, so if you’re interested in joining, apply now!

Please note this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 30 students.

Want to take your learning experience even further? Join our Advanced JavaScript & jQuery course and hone your JavaScript and jQuery skills while building your front-end development portfolio. Graduates of this course are eligible to take Advanced JavaScript & jQuery for only $500 including HST.

What you will learn

  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • Control flow and loops
  • Functions
  • Arrays
  • Objects
  • Introduction to jQuery
  • Using jQuery & CSS together
  • jQuery plugins

What you will build

  • Dozens of small, modular exercises each designed to help you to understand and conquer a specific aspect of JavaScript.
  • A whole bunch of code-alongs and pair-programming assignments in which we will build fun and interactive applications covering a variety of topics from randomized colours to speech recognition to working with weather APIs.
  • Two major projects. For each project, students will be supplied with lose guidelines and examples, allowing students to exercise creative thinking. Students will work in groups of two, utilizing the popular industry standard of pair-programming.

Toronto, Canada

Winter Front-End Web Development Immersive: Become a Professional Developer in Nine Weeks

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins January 19th, 2015 / Ends March 20th, 2015
360+ hours of learning over nine weeks | full-time, five days a week

About the course:

Make 2015 the year that you take charge of your career. Join us for HackerYou’s full-time front-end web development immersive and become a front-end developer in nine weeks. Yes, the only thing standing between you and a rewarding career as a front-end web developer is nine weeks with us. Classes run Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Learn more about the program via our bootcamp webpage here. 

Meet the students from our previous cohorts here.

What to expect:

By the end of the program, you’ll be comfortable using HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, design theory, jQuery, JavaScript, APIs and WordPress to build beautiful, functional and responsive websites and app. For those interested in freelancing, we’ll also teach you the intangible skills involved in running a successful freelance business: personal branding, how to get started, finding and winning clients, scoping, pricing and quoting projects, client management, time management, and more. During the bootcamp, you’ll build a website and blog for your new front-end developer career or freelance business, create a portfolio to show off your skills and fill it with interesting projects, have the chance to work on real client projects and also create systems and processes to help you become an effective front-end developer or freelancer quickly.

>> view the program syllabus here

But that’s not all. Included in your tuition fee is a free month of co-working space at HackerYou HQ, where you’ll continue to be coached and mentored by Heather PayneWes Bos, Brenna O’BrienDrew Minns and others as you find your first front-end developer job or officially launch your freelance business and take on your first clients. We’ll review your code, help you on the hard days, congratulate you on the good days and we’ll even try to send potential employers or clients in your direction! (To clarify, if you’d prefer to work for a company as a front-end developer, you’re a fit for this course, too! We’ll prepare you for those roles and even help you land interviews.)

What makes HackerYou’s Web Development Immersive special?

1. It’s led by Wes Bos, and mentored by Brenna O’Brien and Drew Minns, three of Toronto’s most talented developers and instructors. During the program, their full-time commitment is to the 25 students enrolled. Wes is a web developer, UI designer and speaker who has been creating websites for around nine years. Brenna has led numerous sold out workshops for Ladies Learning Code and has been teaching with HackerYou since September of 2013. Drew joined the HackerYou team in May of 2014 after teaching a web development course at Humber College as a part-time instructor and realizing that teaching is really fun.

2. With three full-time instructors and only 25 students, the student-to-instructor ratio at HackerYou is hard to beat. Few college programs or other programming bootcamps feature an 8:1 ratio.

3. When designing this program, we’ve drawn on all of the experiences we’ve had teaching programming and other technical skills to adults through both HackerYou and Ladies Learning Code since 2011. This program will be HackerYou’s fourth full-time bootcamp – and they always sell out.

4. Our Alumni community is amazing. Graduates have gone on to join companies like Teehan+Lax, Telus, Demac Media, JUICE Mobile, K.Lab (in Berlin!), Zync, BlackJet, Filament Creative and more. Many have gone on to start their own businesses as freelancers. You can do it, too!

Program details:

Space is limited to 25 students and our bootcamps always sell out, so if you’re interested in joining us, taking charge of your career and joining the creative class, apply now! We will then contact you to schedule an informational interview so that we can tell you more about the program and also learn more about you and your personal and professional goals.

>> click here to apply now

What you will learn

We’ll cover all of these technical skills:

  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Responsive Design
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • APIs
  • WordPress Theme Development

Plus you’ll learn all of these intangibles:

  • Personal branding
  • Starting a freelance business
  • Finding and winning clients
  • Scoping, pricing & quoting Projects
  • Client management
  • Time management
  • Tools of the trade
  • Building your business
  • Forming strategic partnerships
  • …and more

 

What you will build

  • A responsive website and blog for your new career or freelance business
  • A portfolio of 12+ web projects to show off your skills with HTML and CSS, responsive design, JavaScript, jQuery, APIs and WordPress
  • Websites and projects for real clients (if you like!)
  • Systems and processes that will help you become an effective front-end developer or freelancer quickly

BONUS: You can even make back your tuition before the program ends by charging clients and building them awesome websites!


Toronto, Canada

Intro to Design Fundamentals

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins May 5th, 2015 / Ends June 11th, 2015
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

It’s back! Join us this spring for HackerYou’s Design Fundamentals course. This program will focus on the principles of successful visual design, how to use design thinking, and help you develop practical skills through a series of hands-on, collaborative exercises. Learn more about typography, visual identities, and logo design while developing skills with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

This 39-hour course has been engineered for beginners who want to develop visual sensitivities and convert their interest in design to practical skills. Whether you’re interested in career advancement, starting a new business, or complementing an existing ability in web development with visual design – this course is a perfect fit. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate your schedule. Availability is limited, so if you’re interested in joining, apply now!

Please note this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 30 students.

Want to take your learning experience even further? Join our Intro to Applied Visual Design course and hone your new skills while growing your design portfolio. Graduates of this course are eligible to take Intro to Applied Visual Design for only $500 including HST.

What you will learn

  • Fundamentals of successful visual design
  • The design process / Creative thinking
  • Typography: basic history and best practices
  • Icon theory / Vector drawing
  • Practical applications of design principles and elements
  • Working with grids, visual hierarchy
  • Intro to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Logo and visual identity design
  • Presenting creative ideas to peers and clients

What you will build

  • Working with design briefs
  • Creative sketches and wireframes to guide designs
  • Typographic compositions
  • Colour and mood boards
  • Develop your own process for thinking creatively
  • Build a portfolio of exercises to showcase your abilities

Toronto, Canada

Intro to Applied Visual Design

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins June 16th, 2015 / Ends July 23rd, 2015
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

Being a successful designer requires versatility – we will help you get there. Learning to combine your skills and apply yourself to a range of design challenges is what this course is all about. Through a series of classroom projects, students will compose creative briefs, create visual identities, explore responsive web design, and learn to effectively communicate their thought process to clients.

Building on the skills developed in the Intro to Design Fundamentals course, this 39-hour course allows students to pursue various avenues of design for their final project – students are free to explore print, responsive web, and multi-page document design, with our team of talented professionals guiding the process each step of the way.

Please note this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 30 students.

What you will learn

  • Working with a creative brief
  • Creating cohesive visual design systems
  • Content strategy / Layout design
  • Using colour and image to create mood
  • Selecting and pairing typefaces
  • Best practices for visual identity design
  • How to present your concepts effectively

What you will build

  • Logos and visual identities for different types of clients
  • Content wireframes / Design planning
  • A responsive website design
  • Other design pieces of your choosing

Toronto, Canada

Intro to Ruby on Rails for Entrepreneurs & Wantrepreneurs

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins January 26, 2015 / Ends March 9, 2015
Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Intro to Ruby on Rails students can enrol in Advanced Rails for only $500 including HST!

In 2015, HackerYou’s popular part-time Intro to Ruby on Rails course will be back. Come and learn Ruby on Rails, build web applications and collaborate with a group of people just like you – up-and-coming entrepreneurs (or wantrepreneurs) who know that a technical skill set will help them get further, faster. With an intense focus on hands-on, project-based learning, this course will give you the opportunity to learn directly from some of Toronto’s most talented Ruby on Rails developers (including Ryan Brunner and Brad Robertson) and discover how to create beautiful, functional web applications from scratch.

This course is designed for beginners, and is a great option for people working full-time as well as those with more flexible schedules. Whether you’re interested in learning to code in order to become a better entrepreneur, to prototype an idea, or communicate more effectively with developers, HackerYou’s Intro to Ruby on Rails course is for you. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in joining us, apply now!

Please note that this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 25 students.

Want to take your learning experience even further? Join our Advanced Rails: Prototyping Your Idea course and create a prototype of your very own app idea. Graduates of this course are eligible to take our Advanced Ruby on Rails course for only $500 including HST.

What you will learn

  • What software developers really do
  • Setting up a development environment
  • Ruby (a programming language) and Object-Oriented Programming
  • Web application development using Sinatra
  • MVC pattern
  • Ruby on Rails (what is it, directory structure, naming conventions, CRUD, etc.)
  • Incorporating Twitter Bootstrap to make your app look good

 

What you will build

  • Dozens of mini-Ruby programs
  • A simple web app using Sinatra

FINAL PROJECT: A Rails app called HackLaunch - your very own future app’s pre-launch page that will countdown to launch, collect email addresses and encourage people to spread the word (think LaunchRock).

 


Toronto, Canada

Advanced Rails: Prototyping Your Idea

Hosted at The Lab (483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto)
Begins March 11th 2015 / Ends April 20th, 2015
Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
39 hours of learning over six weeks | part-time, in the evenings

Expand upon skills learned in our Introduction to Ruby on Rails course by building two additional Rails applications: first, you’ll build your own team communications tool, similar to Shopify’s Unicorn. Simultaneously, either on your own or in pairs, you’ll build a complex, real world web application based on your own idea. This course is perfect for up-and-coming entrepreneurs who want to turn their idea into a real, working prototype. Last year, two students collaborated and built Weblox, which they’ve continued to work on together as a side project.

Please note that this program is offered in English. Course capacity: 30 students.

Planning to attend our Introduction to Ruby on Rails course? If so, you’re eligible to take this course for only $500 including HST.

What you will learn

  • Test Driven Development
  • SQL Databases
  • Querying data from your database using Ruby
  • More about Models (validations, associations, etc.)
  • Cookies and sessions
  • Partial templates
  • Complex routes
  • Mailers
  • Authentication using a third party like Twitter
  • Asset pipelines
  • Caching
  • Production and deployment

What you will build

  • You’ll work with a bunch of Rails apps, learning to build advanced functionality for each of them.

Final Project: Turn your own app idea into a working prototype!

 


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