Mobile Applications Development

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for this program?

Applications are available online at Ontario Colleges www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies. Applications for Fall Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available. International applicants applying from out-of-country should contact the Registrar's Office. For further information on the admissions process, contact: Registrar's Office St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario The contact for all three computer programs is: Marlene LaChance; mlachance@stclaircollege.ca 519.972.2727 ext. 4635

Why should I come to St. Clair College?

This is the essence of what an education at St. Clair College is all about. It’s the place to start your journey in pursuit of your career and lifelong learning. It’s where you will learn new things, expand your mind, create lasting friendships, experience college life, and most importantly get the skills and knowledge you need to get the job! St. Clair College embraces the very best in a college education - excellence in teaching, applied learning in our state-of-the-art labs, numerous student support services to help you succeed, and an amazing campus life experience. St. Clair provides all of this and more for 8,300 full time students who participate in over 100 advanced diplomas, diplomas, degrees and graduate certificates focused in Health, Technology, Business, Media Arts and Social Services. - A quality education that will prepare you for your chosen career path. - A learning environment that will support you. - Campus life that is welcoming and provides you with lots of extracurricular activities. - Professional faculty who know their program, their industry and have great contacts in the community. - Relevant, hands-on knowledge and skills training that set you up for success. For more information go to the St. Clair College website. www.stclaircollege.ca/futurestudents/

What are my career options after graduating from this program?

Graduates may be employed in a wide variety of positions in both the public and private sectors including web developer, web designer, ecommerce developer, interface designer (UI), user experience designer (UX), project manager, usability tester, mobile application marketer, technical project analyst, junior programmer, web / mobile marketer, entrepreneur, mobile application designer or mobile application developer.

What does it take to be successful in this program?

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are interested in working with computers and mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
  • Enjoy working with evolving mobile technology.
  • Have good problem-solving skills.
  • Enjoy the challenge of developing new and creative solutions.
  • Can work well with others as a member of a team and can also work independently.
  • Are organized and pay attention to detail.
  • Are committed, dedicated, and have a passion for Coding.

Do I have to buy the textbooks/materials required for every class?

The professors will provide a list of all the required material for each course at the start of every semester. We recommend following the professor’s suggestions to be as prepared as possible.

Do I need any prior knowledge in Web Development or Computer Programming to take this program?

Prior knowledge isn’t necessary, however, having some web development or computer programming background will make learning the foundation skills much easier.

Is the workload heavy and/or difficult?

Becoming a Mobile App Developer is an incredibly rewarding career choice, but it comes with many challenges. Computer programming and interface design for mobile are difficult skills to learn and require many hours of practice and devotion. You will spend many hours each week coding and testing your applications. A PASSION for programming is required. This program requires full-time availability. You will be expected to spend 30-40 hours per week working on assignments. There are a number of languages, platforms, vendors, and tools to learn. But remember, a hard work ethic, a commitment to learning, and a passion for creating apps will bring success.

Is it hard finding a job after the completion of the program?

Many students in our programs find jobs and/or have done some freelance work before even finishing their 3rd year and graduate. Currently Mobile App Development skills are in high demand as Canada faces a skills shortage in this area.

Do I need a laptop?

Having a laptop at school is beneficial, but it is not required. The college provides computer labs for students to work on both during, between and after class.

Do I need a smartphone and tablet?

Most students own a mobile device today, either Android, Apple or other. You will be able to test your applications using your own device(s). The college has a device lab that contains some mobile devices that students may use for testing purposes.

Do I have to buy any programs/software?

The college labs contain all the software you required to complete assigned work. You may need to purchase software for your personal computer or laptop (optional).

What if I fail a class?

You are required to complete and pass all 32 courses offered by this program in order to graduate. You may retake courses the next time they are offered. Many of the courses are also offered through the continuing education department at night school. - There’s also a drop date for classes/course every semester. - See your program coordinator if you have any questions regarding course load, dropping and retaking classes etc.

What if I require help for a certain class?

The college offers free Peer Tutoring and you can always visit you professors during their office hours for extra help. Be sure to ask any questions you may have, the professors are more than willing to help any way possible.

I own a mac laptop, can I still use it for the program?

This program supports the use of Mac or Windows.

How do I apply for the program?

Applications are handled through the Ontario Colleges website.

Additional Information

It is recommended that applicants be proficient with basic computer skills, such as keyboarding and the use of an office software suite (word processing and spreadsheets, etc.) prior to the start of the program. Programming experience is not a requirement to enter the program, however having taken a previous computer programming course will help a student decide whether this program is right for them. This program has an annual intake in the Fall. Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time. Wish you all the best in your mobile development success!