Makers Academy is a highly-selective, 10 week full-time program that teaches web development. We accept only the top applicants onto the course for a rigorous program that culminates with graduation (AKA hiring) day where we introduce them to London's top technology companies looking to hire entry-level developers.
Ruby on Rails is the elite framework of startups. We'll show you the ins and outs so you'll be building websites within hours.
The fundamentals are always important — let's show you how to make things look slick.
The lean startup principles are increasingly important in startups as well as large organisations. We go through them thoroughly.
Every web application needs a front-end, let's show you how to do it the easy way.
But what if I ruin my code and can't figure out how to fix it? Revert back with Git.
From Model-View-Controller to Test Driven Development, we'll show you how to properly write software that works. Additionally, we give you the soft skills required to get a position as a developer such as experience pairing, communicating and working in teams.
Forget textbooks and homework. You'll be learning from world class developers and immediately implementing the concepts into your own projects. Be prepared to drink from the firehose.
During your hands on training, we invite engineers from top tech companies to guide you. You'll be learning while simultaneously networking with key members in the technology community.
We've gone out and partnered with many of London's top technology companies. Some of them are actively looking to hire entry-level developers and some just want to make the Makers Academy community as strong as possible. The final day of the course you'll meet with each of our partners looking to hire. Our goal is to have a 100% placement rate among graduates seeking employment.
Paul Graham, the tech startup visionary behind YCombinator, coined the term Maker as those individuals that truly produce. The Makers Academy mission is to give every student the skills to call themselves a Maker.
After submitting your application, we'll provide you with a couple of online lessons to complete and invite you for an interview. In the interview we'll ask a few questions and do a bit of simple pair programming.
We accept roughly the top ten percent.
The Makers Academy studio is in Shoreditch at 25 City Road – right at the centre of the tech startup community, a few minutes away from the Old St tube station and Google Campus. We welcome anyone who wants to come visit and see how we operate.
No. All you need is passion and the ability to unlearn the word "quit."
Absolutely. Makers Academy is more than just learning how to program – it's learning how to be a coder. It's learning how to build your own prototypes. It's learning where to go to find answers. It's learning about what the atmosphere of working in a startup is really like. It's learning to be a Maker from some of the best Makers in the world.
No. Makers Academy will provide all of the equipment needed. That being said, feel free to bring your own laptop if you'd like.
Yes. We want to help in any way that we can - be that helping a student find their first (or second or third) position or just merely providing advice. We're building an extensive alumni network for all graduates.
Absolutely. Programming expertise takes years to master, but that's not the point of Makers Academy. We want to give you a foundation so that you can be a top candidate for an entry-level position at a world class startup or technology company. Whether you're looking to change careers or you want to start your own startup but can't find a technical cofounder, Makers Academy is for you. To learn more about the underlying research, see this essay on Why is Learning to Code So Hard
Students will be at Makers Academy from 9AM until 6PM, Monday through Friday for the duration of the 10 week course. We use a combination of self-study, instruction, exercises and pairing to give you a well-rounded overview of how to apply each new concept.
Makers Academy is taught by a cadre of world-class technologists and entrepreneurs. They have founded various technology startups and have decades of educational experience. In addition, Makers Academy brings in world class speakers from top London technology companies.
While we can't guarantee a position at the end of the course, our target placement is 100%.
No. Certifications would require us to bend our curriculum to a governing body, thus reducing our agility to teach what's most relevant and to stay at the bleeding edge of what's important to the technology community.
Currently we only offer our full-time course because we don't believe we could deliver a world-class result on a part-time basis. One of the main problems people have in teaching themselves to code is the inconsistency in learning. The 10-week program provides full immersion to overcome this barrier and we're not yet certain how we could deliver that with a part-time regiment.
Unfortunately not. We will however assist with making arrangements in any way that we can – feel free to email us with any questions or requests that you may have.
Discounts and payment plans available.
Starting with our April cohort, we're offering a £1k tuition refund to graduates that get placed with one of our hiring partners.