Summary
  • Cost
    $0-$11,995
  • Programs Pace
    Full-time, Part-time
  • Payment Options
    Upfront, Financing
  • Programs Available
    UX Design, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Tech Sales, Digital Marketing
Description

UC Berkeley Extension offers one of the most subject-diverse university bootcamps in the nation. This Trilogy Education Services-backed coding bootcamp offers courses in full stack web development, data analytics, UX/UI development, cybersecurity, and digital marketing. UC Berkeley’s coding bootcamps offer both part-time and full-time courses, depending which bootcamp you choose. Each course costs $11,995, and scholarships are available through UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley’s bootcamps are open to students and non-students and take place on or near the school’s Northern California campus.

Additional Info

UC Berkeley’s coding bootcamp curriculum is intensive, and each course is unique. The full stack web development bootcamp focuses on foundational programming languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS and even covers advanced programming languages. These include jQuery, Python, Django, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, MongoDB, MySQL, Command-Line, and Git. Students are not expected to master each of these languages; instead, the program provides enough foundational information to get students started and specialize down the road. The data analytics program at UC Berkeley covers several of the same coding languages (for front end web development) but also deviates towards a data-focused curriculum. The additional skills offered by this program include advanced Excel, fundamental statistics, databases, in-depth Python, business intelligence software, machine learning, and data analytics with Hadoop. With this curriculum, the data analytics program at UC Berkeley covers all of the major bases in the field. UX and UI (user experience and user interface) is a growing career path that may be especially suitable for artistic types. UC Berkeley's UI/UX bootcamp offers a comprehensive education in this field with plenty of coding lessons mixed in. This program covers user-centric design, research tools, visual prototyping and wireframing, user interface development, and web prototyping. The coding languages included in the web prototyping lesson include HTML, CSS, GitHub, Bootstrap, JavaScript, and jQuery. UC Berkeley’s digital marketing class is unique and not available at most other university bootcamps (including others in California). This program is designed to teach marketing strategies specifically for the digital world. The comprehensive curriculum covers digital marketing, web analytics and design coding, content marketing, email marketing, and CRM software.

UC Berkeley’s coding bootcamp is actually comprised of several independent programs. The university’s full stack web development is one of the most popular and is available in part-time and full-time schedules, as well as online. Full-time students spend 12 weeks in Berkeley or San Francisco, depending which location is most convenient. Part-time students either attend class in Berkeley, San Francisco, or online for 24 weeks. Data analytics students can attend a part-time course in Belmont, San Francisco, or Berkeley. UX/UI students, who also have a part-time schedule, attend class in San Francisco. Cybersecurity classes are available in Belmont, while digital marketing is held in Berkeley. Currently, the only full-time bootcamp offered by UC Berkeley is its immersive full stack web development course. This program, which lasts 12 weeks, runs Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The other part-time, 24-week courses have a much lighter schedule—classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, and again on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Part-time students are expected to prepare for an extra 20 hours of take-home work per week, which is necessary to complete the course and build a portfolio.

UC Berkeley’s coding bootcamp is designed by Trilogy Education Services. At this time, Trilogy doesn’t publish job placement statistics, so it’s difficult to accurately determine how many students find jobs after completing the program.Yet, alumni reviews indicate high student satisfaction, and the program offers career and job services at no extra cost. Students can also count on portfolio-building exercises and assignments, many of which are included in the course curriculum.

Programs Pace

Full-time, Part-time

Programs Available

UX Design, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Tech Sales, Digital Marketing

Financing Options

Upfront, Financing

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  • Mikhail Metrikin
    November 13, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I recently (1.5 months ago) completed the 6-month variant of the UC Berkeley Bootcamp as one of the members of the very first cohort, and just this past week I excepted a job as a front-end engineer at a startup with a starting salary in the 90k range.

    Before coming to this bootcamp I had been teaching myself to program for about a year, but slowly, and had also been able to essentially intern(largely for free) for a company slowly learning to write automated tests in Python. So my experience with code was past absolute beginner.

    I knew I needed to find a way to elevate myself quickly to a professional developer’s level, and I knew that the quickest way to do this was to focus on a Javascript – front end to full-stack engineering bootcamp.

    After researching a number of them, I chose this one partly because it was among the least expensive by far, and also because of the name recognition (Berkeley). I was happy about the prospect of taking 6 months to learn everything I wanted as I knew I would need to work part-time and generally use the time to consume more information on my own.

    This bootcamp took me and my cohort through a cirriculum that rivaled if not largely beat the cirriculum of more famous and expensive place like HR, App Acad and Dev BC. This according to notes(and code) compared with my friends who attended each. They cover everything about the front end from your first introduction to HTML/CSS to coding in Javascript all the way through to React powered full-stack applications.

    The instructors Michael and David were both excellent. Personable, kind, and (most importantly) genuinely engaged with the idea of transferring as much of their knowledge of the science and art of programming professionally onto all the student. Michael had a traditional CS background and a number of years of work while David was a grad of HR with a couple of years of working experience, which made them each compelling for their individual experiences. They are both excellent programmers.

    The same idea carries throughout the organization. Rosa the career director cares for the concerns and roadblocks individual students might face, and Sam of career services is constantly involved in building your public profiles and presentational person for career services. Although, ultimately, this part of the program is perhaps the weakest, as their networks are not the same as your bigger and far far more expensive BC’s.

    I also got a chance to meet Pavan, someone from the parent organization of the BC, a company called Trilogy that partners with Universities throughout the country to create these bootcamps for them. Pavan was also smart, kind, and commited to hearing about my experience as a student. They all wanted to see me thrive, and not just collect a check and pepper you with information only to leave you to “sink or swim” as the case in some other programs.

    By the mid-point of the program we were already writing full-stack applications with our own server instances(Node.js), and using them to render templated views of custom sites which would both consume various API’s and also access our own SQL or noSQL backend data services. Students would coluntarily explore topics like user authentication with Passport.js or WebSocket enabled multi-user live interfaces. I dove into a Google Maps Api for my first (one of three) major project and came away with a powerful new tool.

    It was at this time that I started to peek at the work my friends had/were doing at the more popular BC variants out here in SF, only to discover that their body of work was tiny in comparison. Often not particularly broad. Nothing wrong with checking out the competition once in a while. Right?

    Now, like any programming cohort there was a range of stories, many struggled HARD, and some essentially failed or gave up, but to those that did not, the experience has left them with a significant number of projects across the modern Javascript stack and an overall broad knowledge of how the heck a modern web app is built from the ground to the backend MongoDB non-relational databse. Sorry, bad programming humor.

    Ultimately no Bootcamp can singularly gurantee you a great engineering education if you just sit there with your arms crossed waiting for the instructor to automatically funnel the information into your head, you have to do the work. And, not only that, but rise to the occasion to exploit the technology introduced more deeply.

    Having that attitude may mean that you will be successful at most any Bootcamp, but this one will introduce you and set the stage for a deep variety of topics that you will want to expand on and explore to secure a mastery.

    As a student I realize I may have been an exception with my incoming experience and devotion to extra learning on the side. I would constantly look to expand on the assigned hwrk and develop new and unexpected features not explicitly required in the assignment.
    However a number of my peers who I now get to call good friends, had not touched code until starting this program, and through constant devotion to learning and playing with code they have all elevated their skills far beyond what I was able to achieve in my very first half-year of programming knowledge.

    So if you are serious. Want to learn a lot about the modern web, and plan to build on what this school offers you to stand out from the busy bootcamp graduate field out here in the SF/Bay Area, then this school will help you prosper!

    Best decision I have ever made! Can’t wait to get started with my new job on Monday.

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  • Anonymous
    December 23, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    The low cost, good reputation, ability to keep my job while doing the program are huge bonuses. There are a lot of organizational issues that the company running the program could work out – lots of things needed some streamlining and consistency. In spite of that I feel I got a lot out of it and was lucky to have had a wonderful instructor. Bottom line is I would go back and do it all over again for sure.

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