The Web Developer Blueprint is a 3-month long Blueprint that includes everything you could possibly need to get started the right way: structured lessons, useful exercises, master classes with experts, killer cheatsheets and instructors there at every step along the way! Your Blueprint is structured around three core classes:
Are you done making tens of thousands of dollars LESS than the technical people at your company, when you know that you are every bit as smart? You CAN learn the digital skills you need to transform your career and life.
You just need to get started, the RIGHT way, with our web developer blueprint. It’s everything you need to know to become a kick-a$%, take-no-prisoners, digital native.
What Web Developers Do:
Web developers are builders and problem-solvers.
Every single website, app, and piece of software you work on daily was created by a developer, from Snapchat and Instagram to Buzzfeed and CNN.com. Developers love to dream up a crazy idea or identify a BIG problem, and then come up with an elegant solution.
If you like to make things: to build furniture, knit cozy sweaters, throw a ceramic mug, then you will love learning how to take your crazy creative vision and build it into a real-live interactive web application.
Become an architect of our digital future.
- Title: Software Engineer
- Company: Uber
- Where: San Francisco, CA
- What I Do:
I am a designer turned web developer turned software engineer. In my job now, I build software with Python and JS.
- Why I Love It:
I get excited about building really fast systems that connect people. Also, I feel most inspired when I am thinking through difficult problems with people I admire. That is the best feeling in the world.
- How I Got Here:
I was always interested in computers, but had no idea you could have a job programming them. As a designer I taught myself HTML and CSS, but I really learned how to program at Hacker School in NYC. Hacker School changed my life - it was a risky decision to quit my job and leave Tennessee, but it paid off considerably. I think we should all take more risks like that!
- Advice For Aspiring Web Developers:
Do not let the "fear of looking like an idiot" get in the way of asking questions or learning new things. Programming is not so different from writing a great paper or learning a foreign language. The biggest barrier to entry is very conceptual. When you approach programming with an intense willingness to learn, amazing things will happen.
Your First Class
Don’t know the first thing about technology? Then this class is for you. HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web. Learn how to structure, design and launch your own website in class. Don’t worry about getting stuck – We’re here to answer any questions you have along the way!
YOU WILL LEARN: HTMLCSSFTPDomainsHosting
This class begins Monday, January 12th.
Your Second Class
This class begins Monday, February 9th.
Your Third Class
Once you’ve learned how to build the front end of a site, learn how to make it function with Ruby, a back-end programming language! And then create your very own weather forecasting app.
YOU WILL LEARN: RubyCommand LineGit & GitHub
This class begins Monday, March 9th.
Workshops on Command Line & Git
15 Awesome Cheatsheets
Personal Letter of Recommendation
A Professional-Looking Portfolio
Certificate of Completion
Practical Training That Fits Your Schedule
A Community of Impressive Fellow Students
Expert Support & Mentorship From Super-Friendly Instructors
What previous knowledge do I need to take this course?
None! As long as you’re pretty familiar with your computer and how to use it and are comfortable on the web, we’ll teach you the rest.
I’m looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this blueprint help me?
There are many places to start in tech, but learning the fundamentals of the web and programming and building projects from scratch – both of which you’ll do in this Blueprint – will give you a wide variety of the most important tech skills. So, you’ll leave this Blueprint with a solid understanding with which you can continue your professional transition into tech.
I work full time. Can I fit this course into my busy schedule?
Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the course materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.
Some of our students can’t devote an hour every day to the course but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.
What if I get behind in the course? Will the lessons still be available to me?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the course well beyond the “official” course dates so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.
What kind of computer or software do I need for this course?
Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.
We recommend a Mac for the course and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work fine too.
You don’t need to have any special software before you start the Blueprint. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the course, and there are free versions or trials of all of them available for both Mac and Windows.
Do you provide any printable materials I can access?
Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print out and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn by just looking at them for a few minutes a day!
How do I know if this Blueprint is for me?
This Blueprint is for you if:
- You want to get started in tech but don’t know how to begin.
- You are itching to code.
- You’ve dabbled in HTML and CSS but need to learn the fundamentals.
- You have been meaning to make your own website FOREVER.
- You like learning to be fun and collaborative.
This Blueprint is NOT for you if:
- You’ve already designed and coded your own websites from scratch.
- You’re looking to learn advanced topics such as back-end programming.
- You want to make mobile apps.
- You think learning has to be serious.
- You don’t like fun or collaboration.
When does the course meet?
The course doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.
Throughout the course, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.
The only “scheduled” course events are the circle chats, live group office hours and master classes. But these are all optional, and, if you can’t make the scheduled time, you can read a transcript of the circle chat, ask questions in the online student community or watch the recording of the master class later. So, there’s always a way to fit the Blueprint into your life!
How do office hours work?
We offer live office hours using Google+ Hangouts. Group office hours give us the chance to help as many students as possible. And we’ve found that, since students tend to have similar questions and challenges, you’ll learn a lot from hearing answers to other students’ questions too. That said, you’ll also have the chance to ask your own questions from the instructor and make sure you get the answers you need as well.
How does the online student community work?
We use a service called Mightybell for our online student community. It’s completely free, and we’ll send you an invitation to your Blueprint’s own “Circle” before your course starts.
In your Mightybell Circle, you can meet your classmates, ask questions about the lessons, get feedback on your work, share tech resources and much more! Plus, it’s a great chance to get to know other people who are just as excited about tech as you are and to start networking and making great friends and career connections.
Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.
We welcome men at Skillcrush as well and can’t wait for you to join us too! In fact, about 25% of our students are men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds, professions, countries and yes… genders! :). So, please join us – and bring a friend!
Our Blueprints come out to around $5 a day. Less than HALF the price of comparable programs – and 100% more fun! You can make 3 monthly payments of $199 or a full payment of $499, whatever fits your life and budget.