Frequently Asked Questions
What is Boulder Digital Arts?
For over 13 years, Boulder Digital Arts has been a resource organization for creative professionals and digital entrepreneurs offering a membership program, community-powered, in-person classes & workshops that are focused on practical skills and taught by industry professionals, a variety of social and networking events, coworking offices, a professional directory and much more. Whether you work in film, technology, design, photography, or business, we seek to empower your creative process with membership, resources, education, community and collaboration.
Our membership program allows you to join a unique community of over 500 peers and provides you privileged access to all BDA has to offer.
Do I need to be a member of Boulder Digital Arts to take classes?
No, you do not need to be a member of Boulder Digital Arts to take our classes! One advantage to being a member is a significant discount on tuition. Typically, the membership will pay for itself if you plan on taking at least two classes or workshops during the course of a year. Click here to find out more about our membership program.
What's the difference between BDA and CodeCraft?
We often say BDA is the all-you-can-eat buffet of digital skills. You can get a little of anything and mix things up however you want. BDA student outcomes and intents are unpredictable, and we keep things flexible on purpose. In contrast, CodeCraft is a five-course meal. Everything is planned for a very specific outcome. Desert comes last and integrates perfectly with everything that came in the first four courses. Simply put, CodeCraft prepares you for a job when you graduate.
BDA courses are designed to be practical, affordable and accessible. They are generally only a single evening or day so they get you started with a tool or technology, but rely on the attendee to take what they've learned, and then build proficiency on their own time outside of class. Many of BDA's classes are named "Getting Started with...". CodeCraft's bootcamps are a minimum of 10 weeks of full-time commitment with much more practice time and projects in and out of class.
CodeCraft programs are all designed for career change/career prep. As such CodeCraft is officially a "school" with the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS), whereas BDA is exempted from their regulations as BDA is a provider of "supplementary" and "ancillary" training in digital skills. BDA's programs are not designed for career transformation - they're designed for anyone who wants that very specific skill. People take BDA classes for personal reasons, for professional reasons, sometimes just to see if they even like a topic. The reasons are infinite. On the other hand, CodeCraft customers attend bootcamps to become professionals in that particular field.
What's the difference between a user profile and a membership?
A free Boulder Digital Arts profile is your key to all the features and functionality on the Boulder Digital Arts web site - it's how we know who you are when you're using our site. When you login with a Boulder Digital Arts profile you are able to register for training, create directory listings, post to our discussion forums, view current and past event registrations and manage all aspects of your account with us. Once you have a Boulder Digital Arts profile you can become a member in one easy step. This basically "upgrades" your profile. Once you login to the Boulder Digital Arts web site as a member you are able to register for events and training at the discounted rate. Click here to find out more about our membership program.
Where is your facility and what are the hours?
The BDA Arapahoe Studio is located at Arapahoe Avenue and Range Street in Boulder (approximately 52nd and Arapahoe) on the northeast corner of Range and Arapahoe. The building is .6 miles east of Foothills Parkway, and .25 miles west of 55th Street. Range is the street that is between the stoplights at Conestoga and Commerce. Parking is available all around the building.
Our hours vary depending on what's going on that particular day/week, so it's generally best to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call first (303-800-4647). We are closed for holidays on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & the Friday after, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
What are the specific differences between BDA's UI/UX certificate program and CodeCraft's UX Design bootcamp?
- BDA's class is only $1,299, whereas CodeCraft's bootcamp is $9,500.
- BDA's course is about 40 hours CodeCraft's bootcamp is about 400 hours.
- CodeCraft's program includes a great deal of project work that creates a portfolio of work when you graduate.
- CodeCraft offers career services, post-graduation career mentoring and support, and more. BDA does not offer any of those.
- You must apply and be accepted to CodeCraft programs whereas BDA has no admissions requirements.
- BDA's certificate program is in UI/UX, CodeCraft's bootcamp is UX focused.
Am I going to get junk mail from you once I'm on your mailing list?
How do I contact Boulder Digital Arts?
The best way to contact us is to email email@example.com - we reply to most emails pretty quickly. Since we are a small organization, we try to discourage phone calls. However, if you absolutely need to talk with someone immediately, please call 303-800-4647, and we will do our best to reply in a timely manner.
What's the format of Boulder Digital Arts' classes?
We have a few styles of classes, so you can find the type that best fits your needs, and your individual learning style. Many Boulder Digital Arts events are one-night workshops, typically held from 6pm to 9pm on a weekday. These workshops are held lecture-style, with the instructor demonstrating on their computer, which is projected from our ceiling-mounted high-definition projector for the class to follow along. For those students that prefer a more hands-on learning style, Boulder Digital Arts offers hands-on training, typically from 9am to 5pm on a weekend day. Hands-on classes require you to bring your own computer, or rent one of BDA's very affordable Mac computers.
BDA's Certificate Programs provide participants with a wide range of knowledge and skills within a particular discipline. They emphasize practical knowledge and skills with a project-based learning approach that combines engaging lectures with hands-on practice. Certificate Programs are offered in a variety of schedule formats including weekday, weekend and evening. Every Certificate Program has a clear and concise outcome for students and is designed to provide maximum value in a relatively short period of time. Learn more.
What are my options for paying event registration fees?
You can pay by credit card, check, or cash. The easiest way to pay for a class is by credit card when registering online. For your security, we provide a secure server in which to process the transaction, and do not store any of your credit card information in our database. If you prefer, you can also pay by check by mailing it to Boulder Digital Arts, 1600 Range Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301. However, it is important to note that due to the delay in sending payment by mail, there is the slight chance that the event will sell out before we receive your payment. In that case, we will notify you immediately of your options. In the rare instances when people show up the night of a class not having pre-registered, payment can also be made by credit card or cash.
Is there a minimum number of students needed to hold an event?
Typically, there is a minimum number of six students required to hold an evening workshop, and a minimum of three students for our all-day hands-on classes.
Do I have to pre-register - can't I just show up for a class?
Since Boulder Digital Arts keeps its class sizes to a minimum, it is important to pre-register, and pay, ahead of time. If you have not pre-registered, there is the chance that the class will be full when you show up, and you will not be admitted. In addition, by not pre-registering, there is a chance that the class will not be held at all since it might not have met the minimum number of students required.
How do I register more than one person for an event?
To register more than one person, simply register each additional person one at a time under your name, and in the "Notes" section, just indicate the specific individual who will actually be attending or indicate during the online registartion process when asked.
We have a group of people that we'd like to get trained right away but we can't wait till the next time Boulder Digital Arts is offering the class - can we have our own class?
Yes! Boulder Digital Arts has been offering corporate and private training for many years. We can provide training at our facility, or we can teach it at your company's location. Please contact us with your needs, and we'll work with you to come up with a curriculum that is not only cost-effective, but also perfectly suited to your company's requirements.
If I need to cancel my class registration, what is the refund policy?
Though we try to be flexible whenever possible, we do have a very detailed refund and credit policy - please click here to read.
What if I'm not happy with a class I just took?
Boulder Digital Arts strives to provide the highest quality training to each and every participant. If for some reason you are ever unhappy with the quality of instruction you have received, please let us know immediately by emailing us through our contact form, or simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if a class is canceled due to bad weather?
Boulder Digital Arts very rarely cancels a workshop when the weather is bad. If the weather is severe enough that we decide to cancel, we will call AND e-mail everyone registered for the class as soon as we make the decision. If you do not hear from us, assume the class is on! Please keep in mind that if you are interested in a class but have not registered, you will not receive ANY notifications about its status, so please register early! In addition, please be sure to have a current phone number listed in your profile, so that we're able to call you ahead of time.
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