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The Guild of Software Architects is a 12-week combination apprenticeship and mobile programming bootcamp based in Dallas, Texas. Courses are offered in either iOS or Android app development.... Read More

Courses are taught by industry professionals such as Founder & Lead Instructor, Kevin Harris. Prior to launching The Guild, Kevin was the Lead Wearables Architect at Fossil where he developed the watch faces and micro apps for Fossil's new series of Android Wear-based smart watches. Before Fossil, The Guild's lead instructor was the mobile architect at ilumi, an IOT startup in Plano, TX which appeared on Shark Tank. His mobile experience includes working on such apps as Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Doodle Jump, the official CarMax app for iOS, and mobile games for LEGO. In addition, students will learn from a lead instructor who has taught for 10 years as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Guildhall at SMU, a Master's level program in interactive game development.

The Guild of Software Architects believes that when it comes to picking a coding bootcamp, students should not settle for a program that uses former students as teachers. A proper apprenticeship program should involve working under a master craftsmen with the war stories and experience to drive home the proper way to build software.

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The Guild of Software Architects Reviews

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5.0/5

(7 reviews)
    11/4/2016
  • Jon Fishman | Student
  • iOS Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Best Coding Bootcamp in the DFW area"

In 12 weeks I went from knowing very little about mobile development to having an app in the Apple App Store and many new job opportunities to choose from. I appreciate the in-person and hands-on approach that it provided and Kevin is one of the best... Read More

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    9/29/2016
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Great Choice for Mobile Development"

I am a current student of the iOS bootcamp at GuildSA. It is a traditional 12 week full time boot camp which gives me the structure, camaraderie and accountability I need. Currently they offer iOS as well as a separate course for Android development.... Read More

The curriculum is pretty thorough and the time commitment is considerable both in and out of class. This intensity is needed if you really want a career change after completing the program. You can take it as far as you want to and the instructor, Kevin Harris, is both a seasoned engineer and instructor who definitely can help you get wherever you might want to go in your studies. While there’s definitive assignments you must complete, there is also time in the course to go more in depth in special topics you are interested in and of course ample opportunity to develop your own app idea that will get in the app store.

I came into this course with some self-taught knowledge in front end web development as well as the introductory swift courses on Treehouse. I would definitely recommend preparing for the program with at least having a beginner level understanding of programming as it moves very fast and you will have to comprehend some rather advanced concepts in a very short amount of time. If you're interested in attending, I would highly recommend you join the GuildSA group on meetup.com and come to some of the events here. You'll meet other graduates and tech professionals and get a sense of whether you feel it would be a good fit for you.

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    9/5/2016
  • Priya
  • iOS Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Excellent learning experience!"

I am currently attending the iOS code bootcamp at the Guild/SA. Kevin is an amazing teacher. I have tried learning programming from online classes and those come nowhere close to the material and information that I receive here. He is very patient in... Read More

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    9/1/2016
  • Rasheda
  • Android Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Amazing Bootcamp"

Kevin is an awesome instructor. Learning to code is hard, but he makes it very understandable and breaks it down in everyday life examples, which makes it easier. He is very approachable and you can tell he has a passion for teaching. I had a couple of... Read More

I haven't finished my course yet, but I'm positive that I will come out of this with enough knowledge to be able to accomplish my goals.

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    5/17/2016
  • Justin | iOS Developer
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Great Program!"

I did the apprenticeship program and it was a great experience. Not only will you learn how to code but the instructor actively helps you with job placement. I was able to secure a contract because of the program. If you want to learn how to code or improve... Read More

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    4/26/2016
  • James
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Awesome Program"

Guild SA offers two main tracks: the mobile bootcamp (iOS or Android) or the apprenticeship program. This is a review of the apprenticeship.

Guild SA's Android Apprenticeship program is tailored for those who've grasped the fundamentals of Java but need... Read More

When I became a Guild SA Android apprentice, I saw my skill jump up right away. The greatest benefit of having Kevin, the lead architect and instructor, as a mentor is that 1) you literally have an ARCHITECT answering your questions and reviewing your code and 2) he explains why the code does what it does. Not knowing why a piece of obscure code is written can be frustrating but Kevin can be relentless in researching the answer and then explaining how it works. That's so much better than waiting hours, days or even weeks for an answer on StackOverflow.

Already after a month, I have an Android app under my belt and my confidence as a mobile developer grows every day knowing that I'm learning the right way under Guild SA's mentorship.

If you're over being a novice and have the drive and initiative to build a portfolio of apps yourself to show off to the world but need guidance to do it right, check out Guild SA's apprenticeship program.

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    1/14/2016
  • Katie

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"Wonderful Instructor"

Kevin Harris served as my Adjunct Lecturer at the SMU Guildhall for an Art and Scripting Course. He did a fantastic job of exposing us to mobile development and, more specifically, Lua and Corona SDK. From the outset of the course, we built upon the basics,... Read More

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The Guild of Software Architects's average rating is 5.0 out of 5.0 based on 7 review(s).

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