Frontend Developer

Want to be the bridge between designers, project managers and clients? Want to produce amazing user experiences? If so, this Frontend Developer program is for you.

Overview

Meet industry needs today and tomorrow

The Frontend Developer program is designed to help you create user experiences on the web and in applications through the use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript as well as a constantly changing battery of tools and programming languages.

The content of this program has been designed to meet the needs of today’s industry and is delivered by experienced professionals. You’ll be challenged to create solutions to real-world problems through idea generation and business transformation.

Study mode
Full time, 80 weeks (2 years), of which 27 weeks are an internship.
Location: Hyper Island campus in Stockholm, Sweden.
The course is delivered in English.

Methodology
Hyper Island methodology focuses on the ‘why’ as much as the ‘how’ and the ‘what’. We emphasize team collaboration over individual effort and we encourage students to grow both personally and professionally.

At Hyper Island, we strive to create learning experiences that reflect real-world workplaces, where you learn while working with real clients, coached by industry professionals. You will share knowledge with other students as well as learning on your own. Our program leaders will introduce new ways of thinking and learning for students to develop into lifelong learners.

You will discover how to use learning-by-doing and reflection as active learning tools. Through regular feedback you will practice self-leadership, enhancing your ability to work effectively both as a team member and leader. You’ll learn to create and run effective teams, navigate group dynamics and develop your skills in project management and leadership.

Your diploma
This program is accredited by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskola). Graduates receive a diploma in Higher Vocational Education (HVE). International students graduating from the program receive a non-accredited diploma of successful completion from Hyper Island.

Requirements
Successful applicants need to have a high school diploma (“Gymnasieexamen”) or foreign equivalent as well as the Swedish Highschool courses “Math 2” and “Programmering 1” or equivalent knowledge gained from high school, higher education, or through previous practical experience.

Nordic student? No program fee
It is possible to apply for one of the government-funded seats available each year if you have legal residency (regardless of nationality or citizenship) in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Faroe Islands. To be recognized as a Nordic applicant, you need to have a legal residency in one of the abovementioned countries and a personal ID number from any of the Nordic countries at the time of your application.

International students
For international and fee-paying students the program fee is 180,000 SEK.

Program courses

What you will learn

PROJECT 1 - Foundation Weeks

Introduction to a number of tools that will support in the continuation of all other projects and courses of the program. Tools about personal development, group development, leadership, and idea development and presentation techniques are introduced and worked with in a practical manner. Current global trends in key related areas of the program are explored.

PROJECT 2 - The Ecosystem of Frontend 

The student will research and map out the industry of frontend development, exploring the wide range of what frontend is and can be and what roles and industries to work with. They will look at global trends, most wanted skills, main players, relevant sources and adjacent fields to the world of frontend.

PROJECT 3 - The Fundamentals

The student will learn the purpose and fundamentals of the trinity; HTML + CSS + JavaScript and understand the importance of responsiveness. The student will also get hands-on experience and create a toolbox to set up their development environment.

PROJECT 4 - If this... then that

The student will learn to plan their work, to understand the problem that they are solving and methods of deconstructing. They will learn about debugging, prototyping, architecture and to “talk” code.

PROJECT 5 - Design for the User

The student will be introduced to the field of design, UX and UI, learning to create with the end user in mind. They will learn different design tools and visual forms of expression to understand the important connection between frontend design, UX and graphic design.

PROJECT 6 - The First App

The student will do a JavaScript deep dive, develop applications for both mobile and/or web with the skills and knowledge they have gotten so far. The student will learn and try out agile methods and explore areas such as planning, estimating, wireframing and prototyping. Specifics: ReactJS, IOS & Android.

PROJECT 7 - Accessible to all

Humans are not the only users who interact with frontend. In this project students will explore different types of users (humans, screen readers, AIs, search bots) and methods of optimizing frontend code to be accessible to all.

PROJECT 8 - Data Interaction

This project will take place where frontend meets back end development. The student will understand how to build a content management system (CMS) and learn to work with databases as well as explore dynamic content. Specifics: PHP, API’s, Node.js, MySQL and REST.

PROJECT 9 - Code and Collaborate

The student will learn how to effectively collaborate and communicate with designers, ux-designers and other team members in a web project from beginning to end. The student will also learn how to break down and implement designs into a functional product and explore learning design systems and social coding (mob programming / pair programming etc).

PROJECT 10 - Exploring Code

The students will get to create outside the norm and challenge the way interfaces are built. Art, music, virtual reality experiences – the possibilities are endless. Hands-on creation, testing the limits and insights of the creative process.

PROJECT 11 - Individual Project

The student will drive a project of their own choosing and turn their ideas into reality. During this project, the student will use the abilities they have learned so far to practice, deepen, and show their understanding of the digital industry.

PROJECT 12 - Industrial Placement

Industrial Placement shall provide the students with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding in their field of specialization by being in a professional environment under the guidance of industry professionals. Last week of Industrial Placement students gather at school and focuses on presenting and sharing gained knowledge, skills and competence as well as evaluating their full learning journey of the program.

*The Curriculum may be subject to change

Career & Key skills

Careers

By the time you graduated from the Frontend Developer program, you will have had the chance to acquire basic knowledge on translating digital design to a developed final product, as well as skills in testing and error searching for code. When it comes to tools and languages, you will have:

  • A working knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript and MySQL
  • An overview of CMS systems: WordPress, Drupal and Adobe AEM
  • An overview of Backbone, Angular, Node.js AJAX, REST, JSON, API and SEO
  • Database knowledge within SQL, MongoDB or similar

Graduates go on to work in business, service- and product development, project management, technology, web startups and creative agencies. This program is built on current market needs. You’ll get a great internship, and will be well-positioned to find a job when you are done. Several companies have committed to hiring students from this program for roles such as:

  • Frontend Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Javascript Developer
Stockholm campus

Campus

Our biggest school and the global head office is located in Stockholm, in Hammarby Sjöstad, close to the water in a brand new building, designed for our needs. Every year the school welcomes over 320 full-time students across 7 different programs.