The goal of the iOS Development Bootcamp is to transform you into a professional developer. You’ll come to understand coding logic, and learn how to think like a dev by building iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps from the ground up. Our program will provide you with mentorship, data-driven curriculum and a top notch learning environment that will launch you into your first developer role. Your intense work starts a few weeks before coming in with our prep course, hits full speed on day one and won’t stop until you graduate.
We start the course learning how to build apps using Objective-C before moving on to Swift in week five. Your final project can either be written in Objective-C, Swift, or a combination of both.
Persisting data is important if we ever need to use it again. CoreData and Realm are ways to persist data on your phone. Parse is a way to communicate and persist data using a server, akin to building your own API. We will also talk about other Backend-as-a-Service alternatives to Parse.
We will go over specific frameworks that are unique to being a mobile developer. This includes frameworks that allow us to access to the camera, the iPhone’s current location, and give us the ability to push notify users of our app.
Once you know how to build apps, we want our apps to stand out. We go over how to animate view, how to group and chain these animations and how to use different physics characteristics.
We will be working with APIs to understand how to communicate with servers and deal with JSON natively in our iOS apps. This will empower you to work with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other API of your choosing.
Storyboards allow us to lay out each screen in our iOS app. We’ll learn how to interact with them and how to use Auto Layout. This allows us add rules to our views so that they function for all screen sizes.
By the end of the course you will have a midterm project app and a final project app which you can showcase to potential employers and submit to Apple’s App Store.
Our curriculum was created to simulate your real job environment. You'll be exposed to industry relevant technologies and then immediately reinforce that knowledge through building applications and daily projects.
WEEK 1 & 2 iOS Foundations
You’ll learn how to break down big programming problems into manageable pieces. You'll use source control for managing and collaborating, plus the different ways to pass messages between objects.
WEEK 3 View Controllers
You will learn how to build view controllers, how to add visual elements, and how to connect these visual elements up to code. We also learn about Storyboards and Auto Layout so that you can build user interfaces that work on any screen size.
WEEK 4 Data Persistence, APIs & Geolocation
Having users save data on your device is cool. How about making a change on your phone and having your friend's phone update with this new data? We’ll teach you that too. You’ll get insight into a whole new world of APIs. We will also cover Location Services.
WEEK 5 Project Week & Swift
It's Swift time! We start learning Apple’s newest language and how it differs from Objective-C. We’ll walk you through the various ways to debug, measure, and test your app for ultimate usability.
WEEK 6 Parse, Design & Animations
We will learn about databases and servers and what role they play in the iOS ecosystem. Parse is a really powerful tool-set that allows us to build our own APIs. We learn how to use it and talk about other Backend-as-a-Service alternatives to Parse. You’ll spend the rest of the week learning how to make apps look as beautiful on the outside as they run on the inside using best practices for iOS design. We’ll teach you how to take full advantage of iOS’s animation libraries.
WEEK 7 Functional Programming
We'll cover the benefits of Functional Programming, the different design patterns on iOS, and how to integrate both Objective-C and Swift into the same project.
WEEK 8 Final Project & Special Projects
As you continue to work on your final project for Demo Day, we’ll dive into some of the advanced topics that really make iOS development special. These vary depending on your interests and trends in the industry.
Our students build projects as part of their final projects. They also demo them in front of the whole community on monthly basis.
DevClout evaluates the coding skills and influence of developers through Github + StackOverflow, and allows them to compare their score with friends, know their rankings & see where they stand on the leaderboard.
Tournamentor is a bracket management app built for E-Sports/Competitive Gaming that serves to replace large tablets and laptops.
We wanted to build a real-time application and challenge our learning abilities by using technologies that were not covered in the bootcamp & a game fit the bill. Ultimate Breakout - (theoretically) unlimited players.
Smoree allows you to create landing pages for your courses, manage your students, and share your knowledge with the world. It's as simple as that.
Check out other students projects. Student Showcase
Learn from professional developers who bring years of experience and passion for mentorship into the classroom!
You will also be supported by our awesome staff.
At Lighthouse Labs we are looking for a rare breed: someone who is seeking an opportunity for extraordinary growth, is ready to thrive in an intense learning environment and LOVES code.Above all we admire:
We believe that the best developers are passionate, lifelong learners. As for you: you see bootcamp as more than just the means to an end, and it shows in your ever-growing list of side projects.
Some brains are just wired for coding, no matter their previous exposure or education. You think in a logical, structured way that lends itself beautifully to a career as a developer.
Becoming a developer is far from easy. Our program requires motivation, determination, hard work and resilience. You’re goal-oriented and have a solid idea of what you want to accomplish. You get it done.
We’re an array of personalities from every imaginable background, and the result is amazing. If you are kind, quick and a little quirky, we will be fast friends.
In case it wasn’t clear:
No previous coding education or experience is required to attend Lighthouse Labs.
Career Services is how we connect our graduates with their first role as a developer. Our team will work with you to identify your unique career goals, and guide you to success.
We’ll help you cultivate your career goals and lay out a plan of attack.
You will have endless opportunities to practice your elevator pitch and we’ll show you how to highlight your assets.
Our monthly events will connect you with our ever-expanding network and their amazing opportunities.
The Career Services team is always reaching out to new employers, curating resumes and arranging interviews.
Our students put their trust in us, so we hold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure that everyone coming into our program is set up for success.
A short 5-10 minutes application for you to introduce yourself, including your education and coding experience, plus your super power. You know, the important details that will help us get to know you. New cohorts fill up on a rolling basis so make sure to submit your application as soon as possible!
Our admissions team will get in touch (quickly!) after reviewing your application and invite you for an interview. We want to meet you, show you our space and give you a chance to see the current cohort in action! This is also your opportunity to ask us anything.
4 weeks, part-time, remote work.
The first step to becoming a developer is laying your foundation with our Prep Course. The 40-60 hours you’ll spend on completing prep will introduce the basic technologies you’ll use throughout bootcamp. You are required to complete the Prep Course remotely before your first day on campus.
Once you are accepted into a cohort, your place in the program will only be reserved once we have received your deposit. Deposits can be paid by credit card, and we are able to accept cheques, wire transfers, bank drafts, or cash for the remainder of your tuition. Your tuition is due 2 weeks before your start date.
6-10 weeks before your intended start date.
For bootcamp, we recommend you apply 6-10 weeks before your desired start date as our cohorts start on a rolling basis. The more time you have for prep and stretch goals, the better!
Length: 40-60 hours
Completed remotely at your own pace.
Length: 8 weeks immersive in-person learning
Present your final project to the masses!
View past projects page here
What I love about being a dev, is not just the problem solving aspect and feature creation/development, but the culture and community is such a great fit for me. It’s something that's made me realize that this my career path. This is what I'm going to do for the rest of my life.
Previously: Lead Hand, Parker Johnson Roofing
Now: Developer at Unbounce
I gained the fundamentals of software engineering from university, but that doesn't teach you to be a hacker, who is good at developing a product in a fast-paced environment and is always ready to try out new technologies. This is what I learned from LHL.
Previously: Project Manager
Now: Software Engineer at Axiom Zen
Not only do you leave with a new skill set under your belt, you meet a significant amount of super talented and passionate people.
Now: Co-Founder of Fetch
Lighthouse Labs kickstarted my career, the curriculum is current, relevant and engaging. It was the best possible use of my time.
Previously: .Net Developer
Now: Developer at Retsly
Which should I learn: web development or iOS development?
The choice between web and iOS should be based off your own personal interests and passions. When making your decision, you should weigh the benefits between the two very different development career paths, speak with both web and iOS developers, or try your hand at coding for both web and iOS to get a feel for which you prefer.
You can also consider your personal preference for your work style. Companies often hire Web Developers into collaborative teams, where as iOS Developers are often working individually on projects. At the end of the day, pursue whichever subject you want to build your new development career on!
To help weigh between the two options, our General Manager Sylvia has helped break down the pros and cons of each in our blog post: iOS or Web: Which Bootcamp Should You Take
How much programming experience do I need to take your Bootcamp?
No formal education is required to being admitted to Lighthouse Labs! While having some coding knowledge always helps, your background does not matter as much as a genuine interest in development and a raw determination to succeed in this challenging environment.
How do coding bootcamps compare to traditional education, like a Computer Science degree?
The bootcamp educational model is built very differently from the ones you experienced in high school and/or university. Lighthouse Labs practices a flipped, immersive model of education that puts the emphasis on the development of practical skills through building real-world applications using an incremental and cumulative collection of tools and best practices.
Lectures take up a maximum of two and a half hours in any given day, with another eight to ten hours being spent each day working in a lab setting. You can expect to introduce yourself to new concepts through readings and exercises, getting your knowledge bolstered and backfilled with lectures throughout the week. You can learn more about the bootcamp experience our blog post: So You Want To Take A Bootcamp
It is our core belief that 80% of the learning should be done on the job and we’ve tailored every part of our program around it. Our curriculum is constantly interrupted by a community of passionate developers based off feedback from employers, students, alumni and industry trends. We won’t teach you everything about software development (that takes years of practice), but we will give you the foundation so you can continue learning in your new career as a developer as quickly as possible.
What are your graduate employment rates?
96% of our job-seeking graduates have been hired within 120 days! You can view the complete breakdown of our employment statistics in our Student Outcomes Report.