Athena Digital Design Agency (ADDA)

Coding is the language of the future. Become literate with Athena Digital Design.

Our mission is to champion and inspire Barnard women on their journey into coding literacy through web development. Participants will begin by learning the fundamentals of web design so they can be competitive in the new economy.

The Athena Digital Design Agency (ADDA) is made up of three entities - Academy, Agency, and Student Advisory board. 

Academy. Educate and train Barnard students custom web design & development for 8-10 weeks. Students will have the opportunity to apply to the Athena Digital Design Agency, which connects local businesses and organizations with students to help build or maintain their websites. ADDA offers HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Introduction and Design for Web Developers classes.


This class is perfect for students who would like to learn the basics of web development! Learning HTML/CSS is the foundation for learning other programming languages like JavaScript that will help enhance the appearance and function of your website or application! Students will successfully complete several websites by the completion of this course. NO CODING EXPERIENCE or computer science background will be required for enrollment.  Applications open only to Barnard students.

WHAT is HTML/CSS? HTML and CSS serve as the front end of every webpage and application - they're what everyday users interact with! HTML is the core of every page and app - it will help you generate the desired structure of your app or webpage! CSS spices it up with colors, different layouts, and many other visual modifications!

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JavaScript Course

This class is for students to learn to develop their own interactive games and web applications. This class is recommended for students who have already taken the ADDA HTML/CSS course, or have equivalent coding experience. Python and other functional programming languages are not required, and will not be taught.

WHAT is JavaScript? JavaScript is a programming language used on the web to manipulate HTML and CSS. This means you can create interactive sites with animations or games and so much more. Most of the sites you use every day (Facebook! Twitter!) are built entirely with JavaScript or rely on it heavily. JavaScript is a great skill to have if you'd like to build more functional sites in the future, or if you're interested in pursuing programming or computer science further.

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Agency. Once a Barnard student has successfully finished the final project and graduated from our HTML/CSS course, they can apply to work for the Agency. Agency members can attend workshops which can help them develop more skills to meet clients' website need. They can then be matched with clients and get paid!

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Student Advisory Board. Members of the Student Advisory Board take on leadership positions on the agency startup team in various capacities. If a Barnard student has already taken an ADDA course and is not graduating this year, they can apply to join the Student Advisory Board. Once the student has successfully become a student advisory board member, the student can join one (or more) of the 5 core teams: Finance, Marketing, Agency, Academy, Admissions, and Operations.

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Key Course Application Deadlines for Fall 2019:
Application Opens: 4/26/2019
Early-bird deadline: 5/3/2019 (first 10 applicants will receive guaranteed admission, at discretion of admissions committee) 
Regular deadline: 5/24/2019        



ADDA Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Class Orientation: Thursday, January 31, 730-830pm, Diana LL103

HTML/CSS Section A Class: Tuesdays from February 5th thru April 16th, 6:30-8:30pm, Diana 504: Instructor: Carey Tan

JavaScript Class: Wednesdays from February 6th thru April 17th, 6:30-8:30pm, Diana LL104: Instructor Adam Driggers

HTML/CSS Section B Class: Thursdays from February 7th thru April 18th, 6:30-8:30pm, Diana 504: Instructor: Adam Driggers

ADDA Info Session|Graduation on Friday, April 26th from 4:30-6pm, Altschul Hall, 202 Lehman Auditorium


  • March 13th Wednesday class will meet in Diana LL103
  • Classes will not meet during spring break, March 19, 20, 21.
  • JavaScript Class on Wednesday, April 17th will meet in Milstein Center LL002, Lynn Chu Classroom


We encourage students interested in learning more and staying in touch to sign up to join the mailing list here


The latest in a long tradition of Barnard startups.

Inspired by student-run businesses, Barnard Bartending Agency & Barnard Babysitting, Barnard students will be trained to develop websites, in order to provide these services, for hire, to the community. 

  • Once successfully through Phase I of our custom web design & development training (8-10 weeks), students will have the opportunity to apply to the Athena Digital Design Agency, which connects local businesses and organizations with students to help build or maintain their web sites.
  • Athena Digital Design will be a student-run business, advised and funded through Entrepreneurs@Athena, a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.
  • NO CODING EXPERIENCE or computer science background will be required for participation and applications will be open to ALL Barnard students. 

Interested in hiring Barnard students to develop, design or maintain your web presence? Learn more at:

Press Coverage for Athena Digital Design (formerly Barnard Codes):

Barnard College Press Release, June 2014

Press for our Partner, SkillCrush: