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Fullstack's Cutting-Edge Curriculum, Taught Part-Time Over 24 Weeks
Fullstack Academy’s Flex Immersive is the part-time version of the Software Engineering Immersive.
Through an advanced curriculum and project based structure, students learn today’s cutting edge development technologies. The Flex Immersive is designed for students who prefer not to leave their day jobs and are ready to take on an extra educational challenge during their evenings and weekends.
The Fullstack Academy Experience
This is probably the hardest program you'll ever take. But it will change your life.
User expectations of Web and Mobile Applications have significantly increased in the last 10 years and the level of sophistication of front-end development has increased to match it. We'll study HTML5 and CSS and go beyond with modern technologies like React.
Master data persistence by building your own SQL database engine, learning about new NoSQL databases like Redis and Mongo, and how to integrate these into your applications.
Real-world coding tools
You will use popular developer tools like Git, Github, Bash, Sublime and Chrome Dev Tools.
"Fullstack's key to success is our dynamic curriculum, which is constantly updated based on tech trends and direct feedback from our hiring partners."
Co-founder and CEO, Fullstack Academy
Flex is designed to fit perfectly into the working professional's schedule, with a mix of live and remote instruction, balancing educational rigor with work-life balance.
The on-campus portion of the course (24 weeks long) is delivered over 3 weeknights per week and 1 immersive weekend per month. On immersive weekends, students spend all day Saturday and Sunday on campus for an intense learning experience. The other three weekends each month are flexible and meant to be used for review.
The Immersive Weekend structure gives Flex students the immersive experience and extra hours needed to cover the same curriculum and projects as Fullstack's full-time course. And by structuring work remotely 3 weekends each month, you have the flexibility most weeks to complete work when it's convenient for you.
Foundations is a 30-hour per week prep course that you will take for the first 4 weeks. You will work through the Foundations material on your own pace, to get ready for the live portion of the immersive that starts in week 5.
In Foundations, you will develop a solid base of programming knowledge, allowing you to start the live portion of the course at an intermediate level, and at a fast pace.
The on-campus portion of Flex is where students learn Fullstack's core curriculum through lectures, workshops, pair programming and office hours. Additionally, you'll deepen your expertise by building a series of projects from scratch, which will also serve as your coding portfolio.
Flex meets two weeknights each week at the Fullstack Academy campus and one weeknight each week remotely.
One full weekend each month, Flex students come to campus on both Saturday and Sunday for an immersive learning experience. These weekends will pack in a lot of material and hands-on coding, give you the feedback and collaboration needed to get through Fullstack's in-depth curriculum.
In the final four weeks of your course, our placement team will begin matching your interests with employers — a process that will continue after graduation. With our dedicated training program on technical interviewing and becoming a star developer, we'll make sure you're ready!
After graduating from the course, you will have the opportunity to show your projects to and interview with hiring employers at Fullstack's Launch Day. Many students find developer positions directly from Launch Day!
Build a portfolio of apps
By the time you graduate from Flex Immersive, you will have four projects in your software engineering portfolio — including three web applications and a Tech Talk. All of your code will be on Github, which will be impressive to future employers. If you want some inspiration, check out some recent student projects below.
You will get a full classroom experience with your classmates and instructors, through a mix of live lectures, workshops and team projects. Below is an example of what a typical week looks like. Please note that a Flex cohort meets in-person on either a Tuesday-Thursday or Monday-Wednesday schedule for the entire course, depending on the cohort.
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On Campus -
6:40PM to 9:40PM
Remote Class - 3 hrs
On Campus -
6:40PM to 9:40PM
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Immersive Weekend on campus (1 full weekend per month)
During the immersive program, you will pair program with every student in your cohort at least once. You will collaborate to solve programming challenges and double-check each other's work.
Some things are better shared
Employers love to see engineers who have ample pair programming experience — which you will get as you work through the program.
You will also form meaningful new friendships with your programming partners, which will last a lifetime — and that will create networking opportunities for you in the years ahead.
High Quality Instructors
One of the reasons for our top rank in the country is our inspiring team of instructors, including:
At Fullstack Academy, we are focused on making you more than a great coder. We want to make you a great builder. We have started and sold companies, built technology teams and scaled up tech businesses. Building software is about more than code. Our CTO Program is a lecture series that goes beyond programming, and gets you ready to become a leader in the exciting and in-demand software development industry. The lectures cover topics like:
How to make apps that are highly scalable
Learn how to scale your apps in the cloud using powerful tools like Amazon Web Services and Heroku.
David Yang (CEO and co-founder @ Fullstack)
How to run an agile development team
Cut through all the hype about agile workflows, and find out what you really need to know about scrum and kanban.
Mark Davis (Product Hacker @ Fullstack)
How to build a lean startup
Learn how to master the "lean startup" methodology in this fun, hands-on workshop.
Nimit Maru (CTO and Co-founder @ Fullstack)
Explore the most interesting topics in Computer Science. Watch a lecture, then do a workshop based on what you just learned.
Tom Kelly (Software Engineer @ Fullstack)
By the time you complete the immersive program, you will have everything you need to power your job search — and land your dream job as a software engineer:
Portfolio of apps
The projects you build will create an amazing portfolio that showcases your skills and experience
Employers want to see a strong Github profile (like this one) — and that is exactly what you will have by the end of the program
We will help you write a software engineering profile that will really stand out from the crowd (including demo videos of your applications)
You will work with our Career Success Team to craft an elegant resume that shows off your skills as a fullstack software engineer
We will help you get ready for technical interviews by doing practice interviews and working through dozens of sample technical questions.
And we will introduce you to our hiring partners at top technology firms, to find opportunities that might be a good fit.
Our graduates get hired by industry leaders:
Software Engineer, CraftOps
I can't say enough good things about my experience. Eric Katz, the lead instructor, did an incredible job, and consistently went above and beyond to make sure we learned the material, and learned it well.
For my startup, I'm launching clusters of networked docker containers, utilizing machine learning, and develop on the tools of industry leaders. This past year I was in San Francisco with a Y-Combinator startup. None of this would be even remotely possible without Fullstack.
Software Engineer, Artivest
I would highly recommend Fullstack’s Flex program as a feasible way to get the learning experience of their full time course but in a part time format.
Software Engineer, Google
As co-founder David Yang warned me during our first conversation last year, there is no such thing as a "magic pill" when it comes to anything in life, and Fullstack is no exception. It requires hard work and determination, but the experience and end result -- at least in my case -- is nothing short of magical.
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What do our students do after finishing the Software Engineering Immersive? Watch some recent grads answer this in their own words.
Developer Evangelist @ Adobe
Fullstack developer @ Hightower
Fullstack developer @ Zuzu
David Chang & Christian Sakai
Founders @ Ninth Beat
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The flex immersive program is a challenging and rewarding educational experience.
With an in-depth curriculum spanning computer science fundamentals to front-end and back-end software development, Fullstack is a great environment for motivated, passionate students.
The curriculum does not start at a beginner level, so some programming experience is required to succeed in the course. We recommend checking out our Bootcamp Prep course to see if it's right for you.
What are we looking for?
Passion for coding
You have demonstrated your passion by beginning to learn on your own, and are determined to become a developer whether you get into Fullstack or not.
Whatever you have worked on so far, you have strived for excellence. You are focused on growth for yourself and others.
"No asshole" rule*
We live by a no-asshole policy. We look for students who are considerate, understanding, helpful and generally pleasant to be around.
If you want to build a career in software development, Fullstack offers you the best launchpad. Through a combination of thorough admissions, a carefully crafted curriculum & educational structure, and top-notch instructors, Fullstack's program takes passionate students with a base of programming skill and makes them into professional software engineers. We know what it takes from a professional, personal and mental level to be a top-performer.
The expectations of Flex are different from that of the full-time Immersive. Students should plan on not just studying on the days they are in class. Students are also expected to work outside of class hours (especially on weekends) which is done through the help of curated projects designed by the instructors.
The curriculum is less based on large multi-hour workshops, and more focused on many smaller targeted focus workshops. While ‘in-class’ hours may in fact be lower, the total hours spent learning over 6 months is much higher. And Flex has its own content to make sure this is guided, even if not by the instructors in person at all times.
There is no formal lecture on Wednesday evenings but students are encouraged to dedicate this time to Flex work. Help is available from fellows and mentors, and students are encouraged to carve out the time to work with each other.
If you take Bootcamp Prep, then all of the tuition you pay for that course will count towards the immersive program.
If you are eligible for rollover tuition, then simply email the receipt for tuition for which you're eligible for a rollover to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll provide a refund via the same payment method that you originally used.
We hear time and time again from our students that one of the best parts of the Immersive experience is meeting other awesome, driven people. This is absolutely not limited if you choose the Flex program. You’ll meet other like-minded, brilliant individuals, and have opportunities to network with other students at outside events, like Hacker Hours.
Another advantage of Flex is that you’ll get to know your classmates very well over the period of 6 months!
It's definitely a marathon, but you’ll get into the swing of it after a bit. There's a constant stream of new concepts in junior phase and new projects in senior phase that will keep you moving and thinking! When you think of it, most good things require a challenge. What’s good to know is that you will be surrounded by an incredibly supportive community and faculty, and, of course, powered on by the end goal of becoming a software engineer.
This depends largely on the student and the concept. Some students put in much more time than others. Some concepts and projects may take more time. On average, you can expect to put in about 15+ hours a week. You also won’t have to guess what to work on--the instructors will provide you with ideas and concepts to focus on outside of the workshop material.
The Flex program has a solid and growing alumni network! Your alumni network also isn’t limited to Flex grads--you can reach out to pretty much anyone in the Fullstack alumni network, which is worldwide!
Students often choose Flex because of the ability to work while studying. Many students also choose Flex because of the amount of time they get to spend with the material--6 months compared to 3 months.