Athena Digital Design

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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 and JavaScript classes. 

ADDA HTML/CSS Course Application (no prior coding experience required, deadline 12/23):

ADDA JavaScript Course Application (deadline:12/23):

Agency. Once a Barnard student has successfully finished the final project and graduated from our HTML/CSS course, she 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!

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, she 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 team, marketing team, education team, recruitment team, and operation team.

Application (deadline:12/23):

ADDA Fall 2016 Schedule

Orientation on September 13, 2016 
Classes begin on September 20, 2016
Applications for Spring 2017 open by November 15, 2016
Last Tuesday Class on November 29, 2016
Last Wednesday Class on November 30, 2016
Last Thursday Class on December 1, 2016 
ADDA Info session on Friday, December 2, 2016 
Graduation on Friday, December 2, 2016 
Applications for Spring 2017 close on December 14, 2016

ADDA Spring 2017 Schedule 

Class Orientation on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 730pm, LL103 Diana
Agency Orientation on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 730pm, LL104 Diana
Tuesday HTML Class from January 31st thru April 11th
Wednesday JavaScript Class from February 1st thru April 12th
Thursday HTML Class from February 2nd thru April 13th
ADDA Info Session|Graduation on Friday, April 21st from 4-630pm
Applications for Fall 2017 open on May 1st & close on May 22nd

Note: Classes will not be held during the week of Spring break 


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: