Meet industry needs today and tomorrow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For international and fee-paying students the program fee is 180,000 SEK.
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
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
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
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:
- 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
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.