Intro to iOS development


This course is focused entirely on equipping you with tools that apply directly to professional iOS development. By the end of 6 weeks, you’ll be creating a beautiful app and understanding the fundamentals of iOS development. If you're interested in learning to code, communicating with your dev team, understanding how to create an MVP or gaining valuable career skills, this course is for you.

  • part time mobile app course

    6 weeks

  • evening ios course

    2 evenings per week

  • learn ios coding part time

    3 hours per evening

  • in person ios course

    In person

Who is it for?

New to coding? Our Intro to iOS Development course is perfect for you. In 6 weeks, you'll go from no coding experience to building beautiful, functional iOS apps.

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    Coding Newbies

    This course is designed to whet your appetite for learning to code. If you are curious about how apps are created and want to learn to build, this course is right up your alley!

  • build app idea

    Entrepreneurs & Ideators

    Have a great idea that you want to bring to life? Trying to build an MVP? Get an understanding of how to make it work!

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    Professional Development

    So you work with developers and want to be able to speak their language? We’ll help you learn to effectively communicate your ideas and understand your dev team’s limitations.

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    Future Bootcamp Students

    Unsure about taking our Bootcamp? If you can't decide if you will enjoy programming as a career, or if you've never coded before, what better way to figure it out than to try it hands on.

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What you will learn:

  • iOS development basics

    iOS Development 101

    What does all that code mean? Have the intricacies explained in a way that informs and empowers you.

  • learn github


    GitHub is used by the top 40% of developers around the world. You’ll take advantage of GitHub to show off and track the progress of the projects you create.

  • learn swift


    Apple’s brand new, exciting and open source language.

  • learn view controllers

    View Controllers

    We will show you how to move between your View Controllers.

  • learn parse

    Parse & BaaS Alternatives

    You’ll create our own API using a product called Parse to send and receive the information that powers our app. We will also talk about other Backend-as-a-Service alternatives to Parse.

  • learn apis


    Build apps that leverage Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and learn how to build APIs for your own apps.

  • build apps for apps store

    App Store

    We'll teach you how to get your app into the App Store.

  • learn storyboarding


    Storyboarding is the process of laying out all the individual screens of an app. It allows you to visually control the flow of your application.

Part-time Curriculum.

We are building an app called Selfiegram (Instagram for selfies). Each week we will learn about different components that make up the app, like: building each screen, working with APIs, using the camera on the phone, and eventually, putting it all together.

  • WEEK 1 & 2 Storyboards, Auto Layout & Intro to Swift

    The first thing we do is storyboard our iOS app. Storyboarding is the process of laying out all the individual screens in the app we’re building. Then, you’ll learn how to add visual elements to the screen and how to tie each of these elements to code. We’ll be coding the whole app in Apple’s brand new language: Swift.


    • Storyboards
    • Auto Layout
    • Swift

  • WEEK 3 & 4 View Controllers, Table Views & Camera

    In this module, we’ll be working with the camera. We’ll learn how to use the front-facing camera to take and store an image, and we’ll introduce the concept of Object Oriented Programming to structure our objects and data. We’ll also be learning about Table Views which you see in iOS apps like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat! We’ll figure out how we can use these tools to show a collection of photos taken on our camera when building your iOS app, Selfiegram.


    • View Controllers
    • Camera
    • Table Views

  • WEEK 5 & 6 Parse, Design Tips & App Store

    In the home stretch, you’ll learn how photos added on one iOS device can show up on another. You’ll create your own API using a product called Parse to send and receive the information that powers our app. We’ll apply all the technologies we’ve covered over the past 6 weeks to complete our iOS app and get it ready for submission to the App Store.


    • Parse
    • Design Tips
    • App Store

Check out our full course curriculum here.

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Head Instructors

Learn from professional developers who bring years of experience and passion for mentorship into our classroom!

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    Danny Mathews
    iOS Instructor, Vancouver
    Danny is a stand-up comedian who taught himself how to make iOS apps one day after being boo-ed offstage by a room of 13 year olds. He has been addicted ever since and is happy to be the funniest person in the room again. Before coming to Lighthouse Labs, Danny worked for Hootsuite.
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    Cory Alder
    iOS Instructor, Vancouver
    Cory loves cats. He loves cats so much so that he made a bunch of his living from cat photo apps for iOS in the glory days of the App Store. He also likes long walks on the beach, with his cats.
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    Ivan Cheung
    Singspiel Inc.
    Entrepreneur and CTO specializing in full-stack iOS and web development with over 9 years professional experience. Experienced in leading software design teams from ideation to product distribution. Ivan speaks 3 languages, plays 3 instruments, and is also an expert in Judo.
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    Raeid Saqur
    Ecobee Inc.
    Coder, entrepreneur, mobile evangelist, algo-addict. Raeid is an expert in Smart/Connected Homes, Machine Learning, and FinTech. He has also played 3 different sports professionally - soccer, cricket and chess.

You will also be supported by our awesome staff.


Upon completing your application, you’ll be prompted to pay your non-refundable deposit of $150 to reserve your spot in the course. Graduates of the Intro to iOS Development program will receive an $850 credit towards our Web or iOS Development Bootcamp.

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    What I love about being a dev, is not just the problem solving aspect and feature creation/development, but the culture and community is such a great fit for me. It’s something that's made me realize that this my career path. This is what I'm going to do for the rest of my life.

    Previously: Lead Hand, Parker Johnson Roofing
    Now: Developer at Unbounce

    Lighthouse Labs Testimonials

    I gained the fundamentals of software engineering from university, but that doesn't teach you to be a hacker, who is good at developing a product in a fast-paced environment and is always ready to try out new technologies. This is what I learned from LHL.

    Previously: Project Manager
    Now: Software Engineer at Axiom Zen

    Lighthouse Labs Testimonials

    Not only do you leave with a new skill set under your belt, you meet a significant amount of super talented and passionate people.

    Previously: Designer
    Now: Co-Founder of Fetch

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    Lighthouse Labs kickstarted my career, the curriculum is current, relevant and engaging. It was the best possible use of my time.

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    • Which should I take: the Intro course or the Bootcamp?

      Ask yourself: "Do I want to work as a professional developer?"

      If the answer is 'yes', then there is no question that the full-time development bootcamp is the program you need.

      The goal of our bootcamp is to transform you into a professional full-stack developer. You’ll come to understand coding logic, and learn how to think like a dev by building software from the ground up using industry-relevant technologies. Our program will provide you with mentorship, data-driven curriculum and a top notch learning environment that will launch you into your first junior developer role.

      If the answer is 'not sure', taking our part-time course might be the best option.

      Our Intro to Web & iOS Development courses are excellent for:

      • People interested in learning how to code
      • People interested in learning how to communicate with a development team
      • People looking to gain career skills to help in a hybrid role
      • People interested in learning if they enjoy development before taking our Bootcamp

      You can read more on the subject in our blog post: Full-time vs. Part-time: Which Program Is For Me?

    • Which should I learn: web development or iOS development?

      The choice between web and iOS should be based off your own personal interests and passions. When making your decision, you should weigh the benefits between the two very different development career paths, speak with both web and iOS developers, or try your hand at coding for both web and iOS to get a feel for which you prefer.

      You can also consider your personal preference for your work style. Companies often hire Web Developers into collaborative teams, where as iOS Developers are often working individually on projects. At the end of the day, pursue whichever subject you want to build your new development career on!

      To help weigh between the two options, our General Manager Sylvia has helped break down the pros and cons of each in our blog post: iOS or Web: Which Bootcamp Should You Take

    • Do you offer corporate training?

      Yes! Many organizations have sent their employees to us to upgrade their technical skills.

      Our Intro to Web and iOS Development courses are fantastic for people looking to gain a technical knowledge of development that can help when communicating with a dev team, managing development projects, understanding technical limitations, or transitioning into a hybrid development role.

      Our Web and iOS Development Bootcamps can train someone with zero coding experience, into an agile developer in 8 weeks. This is a great option if you love your company but are looking for a career change, if you are currently a developer but need to learn new technologies, or if you're a founder looking to have more control over your the development of your product.

      We can also build custom curriculum for your organization. If you need niche technical or development training for your team, please get in touch via

    • How often do you run cohorts and how do I apply?

      Our Web and iOS Development Bootcamps run year round, on a rolling basis. In Vancouver and Toronto, our Web Development Bootcamp starts every 4 weeks, and our iOS Development Bootcamp every 8 weeks. Our part-time Intro to Web and iOS Development courses start every 6 weeks.

      You can see all upcoming start dates when submitting your application!