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Coding

"My number one piece of advice is: you should learn to program."
Mark Zuckerberg
Why do we offer this department:

Whether we’re interacting with cellphones, the internet, smartwatches or even smart fridges, technology is prevalent wherever we look. Our world is rapidly changing from a physical to a digitally integrated society, and coders are the master builders of this new world. As users gain increasingly easier access to this technology, the demand for skilled developers required to build has risen as well.

Career Prospects

- Role and earning potential

Coders can work for the largest or smallest companies, working on neural networks for Google or building basic websites for mom and pop shops. Wherever there is a need for digital development work, there is a need for coders/developers.

Once you graduate from Umuzi, you’ll be able to work Job Opportunities as a :

  • Full Stack developer
  • Front end developer
  • Back end developer
  • Database developer

QA (“quality assurance” which is all about testing code to check it does what it should) With a global focus on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and natural language learning systems. The current market welcomes motivated developers with open arms.

Tech Skills you will learn:

Umuzi has identified key languages being used in the current market that are vital for coders to know. These are:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Node.js
Professional Skills you will learn:

A key focus for Umuzi is to produce coders that are not just one-trick ponies. We want coders to enter the market with a good foundation of general knowledge surrounding the digital development space. This means learning skills such as:

  • Agile
  • Human Centered Design
  • Project Management - Prioritising work with Kanban boards
  • Basic Wireframing
  • Conducting meetings
  • Basic UX
  • Basic copywriting and design.

MULTIMEDIA/ STORYTELLING

"Stories are the currency of human contact."
Robert McKee

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a story. Whether you’re sitting around a fire or watching the latest Hollywood 3D blockbuster, storytelling is our most powerful means of communication. The skill of storytelling is increasingly in demand as organizations and brands realize its power to connect and communicate.

Today’s storytellers play with a variety of mediums from video, motion graphics, animation, and even interactive games, to develop rich, focused narratives.

Your career can go anywhere from Researcher, Production Assistant, to Video Editor, Cinematographer, Motion Graphic Designer all the way to Director or Producer. Or just a kick-ass Freelancer Generalist.

Regardless of the specific career path you choose, the core multimedia storytelling skills we focus on provide a solid base for growth. We explore various forms of storytelling from advertising, to documentary, and creative using Human Centered Design as our process.

Technical skills you will learn:
  • Camera and Lighting
  • Video Editing
  • Motion Graphics
  • Directing & Producing
  • Basic Sound + Mixing
  • Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Photoshop, Illustrator
Professional skills you will learn:
  •  Time Management
  •  Brief Fulfillment
  •  Production Management
  •  Agile
  • Begin your story with Umuzi.

Copywriting

Talent is most likely to be found among nonconformists, dissenters, and rebels
David Ogilvy

Copy may be writing, but copywriting isn’t about words. It’s about playing with ideas. Whether it’s the instructions for a sex toy or the inauguration speech for a president, copywriters create meaning, deliver a message, and call an audience to action.

Writing seems like a solitary pursuit. It isn’t here. At Umuzi, you’ll learn to work in a team, often with a designer, sometimes a strategist, and always with your target audience top of mind. You’ll use empathy to understand the audience you’re trying to reach, define their problems, come up with ideas, prototype, and test them, using our Human Centred Design process.

Where to next? Many of our alumni turn to advertising, working for top agencies and brands, en route to becoming Creative Directors. Others move into the world of content creation, writing for online publications or themselves. Imagine where this career could take you. Now write your story.

 

Strategy

You cannot predict the future, but you can create it.
Peter Drucker

The world and is becoming more complicated and interconnected. To thrive, every organization needs to be more strategic and more human-centered. In our strategy department, we develop business analysts with a focus on digital strategy and user experience design.

To thrive, every organization needs to be more strategic and more human-centered. In our strategy department, we develop business analysts with a focus on digital strategy and user experience design.

We practice a process-driven approach based on Human-Centred Design and Agile principles. We are data-driven, using tools like Google Analytics to better understand users and their behavior. We’re rigorous, digging below the surface to understand businesses and supply chains. We’re scientific: we develop