The Flex Immersive at
Fullstack Academy Chicago

Take advantage of Fullstack Academy Chicago’s part-time coding bootcamp so you can keep living the life you have—and learn programming to build the life you want.

As part of our ongoing response to COVID-19, all campuses are operating remotely.
Learn more about the online experience or request the Chicago Flex Immersive syllabus below.

All the Benefits of Bootcamp on a Part-Time Schedule

Fullstack Academy is one of the most challenging educational experiences you’ll ever have

Our part-time coding bootcamp curriculum is built to:

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  • Help you master a single in-demand language: fullstack JavaScript
  • Expose you to pair programming and team projects
  • Give you a leg up in the working world

Combine all that with top-notch career counseling and you’ll graduate with the tech skills and career know-how to land your next position and build the career you want.

Our 28-week part-time coding bootcamp offers you all the benefits of a full-time bootcamp:

  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Diverse cohort of students working hard to reach their career goals
  • Whip-smart instructors invested in student success
  • Welcoming and supportive network of staff and fellows

Plus the perks of attending part-time:

  • More time to absorb concepts and build projects
  • Ability to keep earning, studying, parenting—anything your life requires
  • Lower cost ($15,980 part-time vs. $17,910 full-time)

The Fullstack Academy Experience

This is probably the hardest program you’ll ever take. But it will change your life.

Top-Rated Coding Bootcamp

Fullstack Academy is a highly rated coding school in the US, and our student reviews reflect that.

Experienced Instructors

Work with passionate programmers who love to teach. From large open-source libraries to quantum computer simulators, they’ve hacked it all.

Real-World Coding Tools

You will use popular developer tools like Git, Github, Bash, Sublime, and Chrome Dev Tools.

Professional Results

Our graduates get hired by amazing companies like Google and Amazon.

The Fastest-Growing Cities in Tech

Gain access to roles in New York City or Chicago, ranked the #1 and #2 fastest-growing tech hubs in America.


Culture of Collaboration

Work with other students who are considerate, understanding, and generally pleasant to be around.

How It Works

Each Fullstack coding bootcamp is divided into 3 phases.

  • 1
    Foundations Remote | Part-Time
  • 2
    Junior Phase Remote | Part-Time
  • 3
    Senior Phase Remote | Part-Time

In this phase, all students rise to the same technical level before the start of the immersive.

Program Overview

  • Off-campus
  • Part-time 15–30 hrs, depending on skill level
  • Min. 4 weeks to complete
  • Regular timed assessments
  • Rolling start each Friday Materials available once deposit & SEA submitted

Resources

  • Videos, workshops, projects
  • Experienced industry mentor
  • Discussion forum

Curriculum

  • HTML & CSS
  • Advanced JavaScript Closure, scoping, prototypal inheritance, recursion
  • Web development environment
  • Intro to front-end vs. back-end development

FAQs

  • Foundations is required Students may not opt out
  • Students must pass final checkpoint to move on to immersive
  • The sooner you enroll, the sooner you'll get access to Foundations materials
  • Many students work part-tirne during Foundations

This is one of the most intense phases of the program, when you will be working two nights a week plus one weekend day. You will study:

1. Front-end development

User expectations of Web and Mobile Applications have significantly increased in the last 10 years, and the sophistication of front-end development has increased to match it. You will study HTML5 and advanced CSS, and go beyond with modern technologies like React.

2. Back-end development

You will take your JavaScript skills to the back-end, with Node.js and the amazing ecosystem of libraries that have made JavaScript the leader in next-generation back-end web engineering. You will master the use of APIs to connect to vast amounts of user data.

3. Databases

You will master data persistence by building your own SQL database engine, learning about popular SQL databases like Postgres, and how to integrate these into your applications.

At this point, you will have a solid understanding of the core technologies taught in the immersive program. It is now time to put that knowledge to use by building fully functional web applications from scratch. You will continue to work two nights a week, plus one weekend day, during this phase, while you deepen your knowledge by solving real-world problems and learning best practices.

1. Guided team project

You will work in a group of three to four students to build an e-commerce site, and will build all the components of a web application from the ground up — including the front-end, back-end and database.

2. Personal project

You will come up with an idea for a web or mobile application and build it from scratch. You will take design considerations into account, like user experience and information architecture. You will learn new technologies or libraries in order to complete this project, which will help you learn how to learn new areas in software development.

3. Capstone project

You will work with a team of students to come up with an ambitious idea for an app, and build it out over 4 weeks. This will be the most impressive project in your portfolio and will demonstrate your full understanding of software development and industry best practices.

Weekly Schedule

October 2020 Chicago Flex Cohort

FoundationsJunior PhaseSenior Phase
LocationRemoteOn CampusOn Campus
Duration4 weeks15 weeks9 weeks
Schedule Self-Paced,
20–30 hrs/week
Mon/Wed 6:40pm–9:40pm
Sat 9am–1pm (remote)
Mon/Wed 6:40pm–9:40pm
Sat 9am–1pm (remote)
Curriculum Web/Programming Basics Workshops & Lectures Projects & Career Success

Chicago Flex Immersive
Tuition & Dates

All students pay a $2,000 $500 enrollment deposit upon acceptance—reduced for a limited time.

Chicago Part-Time Tuition

Full Tuition

$15,980

or
Financing options starting at

$336/mo*

*We partner with lenders Skills Fund and Climb. Terms and APR depend on credit and program.
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CohortJanuary 2021
Application DeadlineNov 22, 2020
On-Campus Start & EndJan 12, 2021–Jul 1, 2021
Remote Pre-Work StartFriday, Dec 4
Class ScheduleTue/Thu/Sat

Chicago Flex Immersive Admissions Process

Our admissions process is one of the most rigorous in the industry—and you only get two attempts. So here are the four steps you’ll need to successfully pass admissions at Fullstack Chicago.

  • 1
    Prepare
    • Familiarize yourself with
      • Variables
      • Loops
      • Conditionals
      • Functions
      • Recursion
  • 2
    Apply
    • Submit application form on our website by indicated deadline
    • Takes 30–45 mins
  • 3
    Complete the Assessment
    • Link emailed to you upon application submission
    • Timed 75-minute exam
    • 5 coding challenges in total
  • 4
    Interview
    • Invited to interview based on assessment score
    • 75-minute Skype pair-programming challenge
    • Conducted by Fullstack grad or instructor
    • Behavioral as well as technical

Fullstack Flex grads go on to get hired at companies like these:

Strong Outcomes for All

You don’t have to have worked in web development or gotten a degree in CS to be successful here. If you can be disciplined enough to learn the basics on your own, pass our assessment, and dedicate yourself to software engineering for 28 weeks, you can emerge with the training required to land a job in tech.

The Fullstack Experience

Student Projects

  • DJ.JS

    DJ’ing with motion capture and JavaScript

    Duck Hunt

    Retro video game (controlled with a tablet!)

    Hey… how you doin’?

    Facial recognition figures out your mood

    Reptiwatch

    Monitor your critters over the internet

  • Evox

    An immersive 3D life simulator engine

    Dance Dance Evolution

    A web-based rhythmic dance game

    Reel Cool

    Instagram for Video in your browser

    BreezeBlocks

    Make apps using React Native

  • How to Use Node.js Streams

    Andrew Ash

    Basic UX Principles

    Nick Ellsworth

    Heroku vs. AWS

    Jungho Son

    Debugging with Chrome Dev Tools

    Lily Jen

Instructors & Staff

Ben Neiswander

Chicago Campus Director

Brett Krutz

Program Lead

Travis Stratton

Instructor

Finn Terdal

Senior Instructor

Career Success

To get a job in tech, you’ll need more than just the right technical skills. You’ll need to understand the industry, how to network, and how to differentiate yourself as a candidate. Our career counselors will work with you both during our program, starting in Senior phase, and throughout your job search.

During the program,
counselors will help you…

  • Build a technical resume
  • Optimize your LinkedIn
  • Learn to network
  • Prepare for behavioral interviews
  • Understand your market value and practice negotiating offers

Once you graduate, counselors will…

  • Motivate you to keep up with your job search
  • Review your cover letters
  • Hype you up for interviews
  • Help you determine the job offer that’s right for you
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Portfolios

During the last week of classes, Chicago Flex Immersive graduates present their final of three projects to fellow classmates at an evening of demos and can then use the full portfolio they’ve built to demonstrate their qualifications to employers.

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Facilitated Connections

While many part-time coding bootcamp students are looking to either move up or move into a more technical role at their current place of work, other Chicago Flex Immersive grads are looking for new opportunities. That’s why we offer Flex grads the chance to attend Launch Day, our in-house job fair exclusively for Fullstack Academy and Grace Hopper grads. It’s a full afternoon of speed-interviews, plus a networking happy hour with 20–30 hiring partners like Google, JPMorgan Chase, Zola, Black Rock, Data Dog, and many more.

Master Series

Get the tools to build a long and successful career in software development.

Master series

We know learning doesn’t end on graduation day. That’s why we’ve created the Masters Series, a collection of workshops and lectures designed to deepen your understanding of key computer science concepts and industry best practices. These materials give you the tools and confidence you need to keep moving forward in your new career.

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