For over ten years, BDA has a proven track record of providing high-impact, low-cost training for creative professionals and entrepreneurs. Our community-powered, in-person classes & workshops are focused on practical skills and taught by industry professionals;... Read More in addition, we offer a wide variety of social and networking events, coworking and private offices, a professional directory, a membership program, and much more. Whether you work in film, technology, design, photography, or business, we seek to empower your creative process with resources, education, community and collaboration.
BDA is not a school! We are here to help you learn specific new skills quickly throughout your career or creative process - learn just what you need, when you need it. Since we are not a school or academic institution, our classes and workshops are open to anyone regardless of your age, profession or background with no admissions requirements. As a non-academic organization, our sole focus is providing great learning experiences. We don't test or issue degrees or academic credentials. You can take any class at any time on any subject and in any sequence. How refreshing!
Based in the technology mecca of Boulder, Colorado, we leverage the world-class talent in the area so that our students can learn from some of the best instructors in the world! All BDA instructors are working industry professionals who have deep knowledge and real-world experience and insights in the subjects they teach.
We believe in the unique value of in-person training. Attending a class in person allows our participants to be completely focused on learning, a rare environment in today's busy world. It also furthers our goal of empowering the creative and entrepreneurial community by bringing people together in the real world to create opportunities for collaboration, mentoring and simply meeting like-minded people.
In this In-Depth Intensive you will learn how to develop cutting-edge mobile apps for the Android platform. You'll be introduced to the Android development environment and its SDK (software development kit), the Java programming language, the process of building apps and how to distribute and sell your apps through the Google Play store. All students who finish this intensive will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.
This Intensive is a great way to get up-to-speed with Android mobile app development quickly from a veteran programmer! Android developers are in high demand, making this one of the best skills to supplement your skill set - plus you'll discover how fun it can be to create awesome mobile apps!
This In-Depth Intensive is held over the course of two consecutive weeks and totals 5 full days of training (9am - 5pm each day). The first three days of the program are held Monday through Wednesday of the first week. Then you'll have Thursday through Sunday of that week to practice what you've learned during those first three days by continuing development on your Android app and widget. You'll return to class on the Monday and Tuesday of the second week to wrap up the program.
Digital Marketing and Social Media In-Depth Intensive
Duration: 3 weeks
In this In-Depth Intensive you will learn about search engine optimization, managing pay-for-placement advertising campaigns (including Google AdWords) and social media marketing techniques. You will gain the skills necessary to increase valuable traffic and build bigger online audiences. All students who finish this intensive will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.
In this one-of-a-kind In-Depth Intensive you will learn about search engine optimization, managing pay-for-placement advertising campaigns (including Google AdWords) and social media marketing techniques. You will gain vital skills necessary to increase valuable traffic and build bigger online audiences.
During the Intensive, you'll learn proven strategies for growing your online audience with qualified traffic from a marketing and tech industry veteran who has been online for decades! You'll learn fundamental principles and insider tips for building your brand identity and marketing strategy, search engine optimization, social media marketing and more. This Intensive will help give you much of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide these immensely valuable and in-demand services for organizations who need to grow their online audiences, including your own.
Subjects: Digital Marketing
Mobile & Responsive Website Development Hands-On
Duration: 1 week
Leverage the power of the Bootstrap framework to create sleek responsive websites that are mobile friendly and adapt to all screen sizes and devices! The popular Bootstrap CSS framework makes it easy to assemble the common elements you see on nearly every web page - navigations, buttons, forms, and even includes a grid system that makes creating column based layouts a breeze. Using a CSS framework like Bootstrap which was created by Twitter, takes the guesswork and headaches out of the process of creating realiably responsive sites!
In this class you'll learn:
What is Bootstrap and why responsive design matters
How to Install the Bootstrap framework
How to apply Bootstrap styles and using the grid system for responsive layouts
How to create elegant forms with ease using Bootstrap
How to use Bootstrap "components" (dropdowns, navbars, button groups, etc)
Subjects: Design Principles
Ruby On Rails Hands-On
Duration: 2 weeks
We've left the era of web pages and are now squarely in the age of web applications. Whenever you check your Gmail, send a tweet, or buy something on Amazon, you're using a software application that happens to live on the web.
Ruby on Rails is a framework that makes creating these types of applications easy. With enough determination, anyone can build and launch their own web application using Rails' easy and mature tooling.
In this three day class you'll get a deep understanding of the components that make up a modern web application. We'll cover the concepts of REST and MVC and create a full application in minutes yes, minutes using Rails scaffolding. We'll then learn how to tune each component of the application stack, and extend this functionality with ruby gems. Finally, we'll learn how to deploy an application to the wider Internet.
Day 1: Learning objectives: How web apps work, understanding the different components of a Rails app, tracing a web request through the whole Rails stack
Day 2: Learning objectives: Creating an app from scratch, asset pipeline, working with gems, deploying, authentication
Homework: Between day one and three you should prepare a short presentation on assigned topic. Also, research and implement authentication in a sample app.
Day 3: Learning objectives: Creating a full blog application, preview of advanced topics for further learning.
Who Should Take This:
You should have familiarity with HTML and basic CSS. Participants who are new to programming should go through the following Ruby exercises on CodeAcademy (all together this should only take around 40 minutes):
1. Introduction to Ruby
3. Control Flow in Ruby
5. Loops and Iterators
7. Data Structures
9. Methods, Blocks, and Sorting
Subjects: Ruby on Rails
UI/UX Design In-Depth Intensive
Duration: 1 week
In this In-Depth Intensive, you will gain real-world skills and knowledge to be better able to design and develop world class User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) designs. This class will cover web and mobile with an emphasis on mobile applications and learning through hands-on exercises. All students who finish this intensive will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.
Our UI/UX Design In-Depth Intensive will assist you on your path to becoming a skilled and marketable UI/UX (user interface/user experience) designer. UI/UX is critical to the success of any website or mobile app and, in today's environment, often the key competitive advantage. As such, people with these skills are in high demand in a rapidly growing industry. During this week-long course, you'll explore a range of highly successful approaches and understand why they work so well, in step-by-step detail.
You'll learn how to define the real needs and goals of your target audience, determine the range of required features & functionality of a given concept, and develop a style that communicates a relationship with the end user.
A User Interface (UI) is more than just a "look and feel" or design, it is a deeply embedded experience that today - more than ever - envelops a user in a brand, a product concept and a journey that can define its success or failure. It is a relationship interface conceived and implemented with design tools inspired from art & science.
In parallel to UI runs the emerging role of a User Experience (UX) specialist who acts as a bridge between the various teams that work on a given project. The UX designer is not only able to understand all the differing aspects of marketing, product development, and design that go into a new product or service but, at the same time, must be able to grasp the technical implementation, and integrate feedback & advice offered from an experienced development team that is actually building the website or app.
Whether you are a total newbie to design, or a graphic designer looking to add UI/UX skills, or a person who works in the tech industry who would like to more fully understand UI/UX design, this course will give you valuable skills and actionable insights to help you see the world of interactive design with a more nuanced eye, adding your own unique voice to the mix.
Video Editing & Motion Graphics In-Depth Intensive
Duration: 1 week
In this In-Depth Intensive you will learn how to edit and tell a story using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, use After Effects CC to create motion graphics and titles and use Adobe’s Dynamic Linking to make the most efficient workflow possible. Lastly we’ll look at using Adobe’s Media Encoder to create digital masters and web ready versions of your work.
You’ll not only learn the basics of editing but also examine the process of story telling so you’ll know not just how, but why you should make a cut. In the later courses we’ll cover color correction and sound mixing to make your videos look and sound the best the possibly can.
To really make your videos stand apart from the crowd we’ll cover round trip workflow with After Effects CC to add dynamic and engaging motion graphics and titles. By using dynamic linking we can do all of this without any extra rendering or exporting.
We go in depth into finding the right compression setting using Media Encoder to get you the right balance of file size vs quality. So your digital videos always look good no matter where they are playing.
Subjects: Digital Marketing
Video Production In-Depth Intensive
Duration: 1 week
In this In-Depth Intensive you will learn how to produce professional quality video using state-of-the-art equipment including cameras, audio and lighting gear. All students who finish this intensive will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.
This one-week intensive is designed to get you up to speed with using modern digital video cameras and lighting, and enabling your creative vision. The class will take you through the ins and outs of shooting with today's digital video cameras, both tape and tapeless. You'll learn the essentials like shutter speed, exposure, white balance, and composition, then go much further to good professional audio using a variety of microphones and setting up and creating professional video lighting.
You'll learn recommended workflows for tape and tapeless acquisition to be ready for real-world, professional editing. This course emphasizes shooting for the edit, essential to telling a good story.
You are strongly encouraged to bring your own video camera if you have one; however BDA will provide several industry-standard professional video and DSLR video cameras for you to use. In addition you'll have plenty of hands-on learning time with the entire range of professional video production equipment including camera support, lighting and grip gear, audio and monitoring.
Subjects: Game Design
Web Design In-Depth Intensive
Duration: 1 week
In this accelerated In-Depth Intensive you will learn how to design a simple website including preparing the user interface design in Photoshop, building standards compliant pages using HTML, CSS and Adobe Dreamweaver. All students who finish this intensive will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.
This class is the perfect way to get a professional web design skill set to add your tools. You'll learn from an industry veteran by building an actual sample website from the ground up using best practices. An engaging combination of lectures, hands-on learning and guided practice time will guide you through the process, from preparing the user interface to writing HTML and CSS and even Search Engine Optimization.
Many people learn antiquated layout methods, such as using tables - we teach you the right way, so that your code is clean, manageable, semantic and search engine friendly right from the beginning.
You should have a basic understanding of the web, be comfortable using Photoshop, and feel able to learn a reasonably technical skill set. This class will focus on professional web development methodologies and tools rather than relying on visual or WYSIWYG editors, though Adobe Dreamweaver will be used for the HTML and CSS coding.
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