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iOS Development Nanodegree   

Year Granted: 2015
Institute: Udacity - co-created with AT&T

Nanodegree Program Summary

Being an iOS Developer is a remarkable occupation. Creating new apps for the iPhone and iPad opens up worlds of opportunity, and allows you to leverage your creativity to connect users around the world in innovative, interesting, fun, and sometimes even world-changing ways. There is a reason why iOS developers are so in-demand, and why it’s such an enviable career. We’ve designed this Nanodegree program to teach you the skills required to become an entry-level iOS Developer.

Over the course of your iOS Developer Nanodegree program you’ll build five portfolio-worthy iOS apps that demonstrate your expertise as an iOS Developer. You’ll write these apps in Swift, Apple’s custom programming language designed specifically for building iOS and OS X apps. You’ll receive community and mentor support throughout, as well as benefit from the rigor and rapidity of our peerless code review system. Finally, you’ll receive career guidance as we review your resume, audit your online presence, provide you interview training, and more. You’ll even take part in a new program facilitating job placement.

Excited? Ready to begin? Great! We just need you to take the Readiness Assessment first, to ensure you're prepared for the curriculum level. (We require past programming experience.)

What is a Nanodegree Program Curriculum?

A Nanodegree program is both a curriculum and a credential, developed in partnership with leading technology companies. Our belief is the best way to establish the ultimate hireability of our students is to see them certified with credentials created - and endorsed - by the very companies where they want to work. We make this possible by:

  • creating best-in-class courses taught by expert instructors
  • deploying a responsive and rigorous review model
  • enabling the creation of viable employer-ready work portfolios
  • equipping students with the presentation skills necessary to show themselves in the best career light possible

Why Take This Nanodegree Program?

Today about half the adult population owns a smartphone; by 2020, 80% will.1 The average American smartphone user spends 162 minutes per day on their device. This presents enormous opportunities for companies seeking to become a part of people's daily lives. The smart device market is growing exponentially, with no end in sight. iOS developers are going to be very in-demand for a very long time.

In partnership with industry leaders, we've built a comprehensive set of projects and skills designed to launch your career as an iOS Developer. Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • MVC architecture and why it's important when developing apps
  • How to build sophisticated and polished user interfaces with UIKit components
  • How to implement common frameworks used by iOS developers
  • How to implement Core Data for local persistence of an object structure
  • How to use external APIs to make use of data from other companies

1 “Planet of Phones”, The Economist, http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21645180-smartphone-ubiquitous-addictive-and-transformative-planet-phones

Prerequisites and Requirements

In order to determine whether or not the iOS Developer Nanodegree is right for you, please take this readiness assessment. It will ask you a series of technical and time management questions to help you determine if now is the right time to start the program. General prerequisites are summarized below.

General Requirements:

  • You are self-driven and motivated to learn. Participation in this program requires consistently meeting deadlines and devoting at least 10 hours per week to your work.
  • You can communicate fluently and professionally in written and spoken English.
  • Collaboration with peers and interactive feedback are critical to the success of the program. You must be a committed and contributing participant of the community.

iOS Developer Nanodegree Specific Requirements:

  • Access to a Mac computer running OS X 10.10.4 or later
  • Prior object-oriented programming experience, in any object-oriented language
  • Strong understanding of programming concepts like variables, if statements, and loops, as well as object-oriented programming concepts like functions and classes

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.


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