Frequently Asked Questions

Getting to Know Us

What is the UNE Academy of Digital Sciences?
The UNE Academy of Digital Sciences is a series of innovative, blended (online and offline) learning courses designed to give learners at all levels the professional and digital skills that are most in-demand by local and national employers. Our collaborators are some of Maine’s best known businesses, including Idexx, Unum, FieldStack, Tyler Technologies and L.L. Bean. Learners who complete a course receive a certificate of course completion and the opportunity to meet with area employers.

What is the course fee?
The course fee for one (1) 8-week Academy program is $1,450. This course fee includes instruction, mentoring, and support as defined in the Academy Guidelines for Learners. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. American Express is not accepted at this time.

If you withdraw during the first week of the course, 40% of payment can be refunded. If you withdraw during the second week of course, 20% of payment can be refunded. After the second week of the course, no refund is available. Courses start on Mondays, so they can be dropped no later than 11:59 p.m. on the first or second Sunday of the session.

How long will each course take to complete?
Courses are offered in eight-week sessions. However, within the eight-week window, the courses are designed so that you can advance through more than half of the course elements at your own pace. All the learning material, assessments and projects for each course are accessible from the first day of each session. You set your own pace for learning and engagement, while receiving course support from the Academy. Learners should be able to complete each course in about 80 hours, or about 10 hours a week. 

Each UNE Academy course is similar in length to a college course, and targeted closely to what's needed in the profession. Two of our Fundamentals courses will provide as much career-relevant experience as a typical first-year college student would receive in the first two courses in their major.

According to a recent survey of Project>Login employers, more than two thirds of paid interns in computing and IT positions are hired for continuing work.

Are there pre-requisites to taking UNE Academy courses?
There are no pre-requisites for an Academy course, however, learners must commit to our learner expectations before registering.

We recommend starting with our “Digital Sciences Essentials” course, which requires only your curiosity about digital science and digital learning. 

The four subsequent “Fundamentals” courses cover more advanced curricula, so we recommend you complete our "Find Your Fit" survey and speak with a UNE Academy specialist before registering. 

Is the UNE Academy for undergraduates preparing to enter the workforce or people who are already working?
The UNE Academy is designed to support the success of learners at all levels — whether you are a student or a professional looking for change or advancement, such as a brush-up or refresher course. The “Essentials” course is general enough to help anyone use digital tools and techniques to solve problems in more complex and effective ways, while the “Fundamentals” courses allow interested learners to dive deeper into particular areas of focus and learn professional skills.

What do the courses cover?
The “Essentials” course provides an overview of the UNE Academy’s four main career development areas, and more in-depth “Fundamentals” courses are offered in each of these areas:

  • Development and Programming
  • Interaction and Interface
  • Analysis and Data
  • Project Management

The “Essentials” overview is designed to give you a brief introduction to the subject matter. For beginners, especially, this is an excellent opportunity to explore and assess your interest in the digital professions try before making a larger investment of time and money.

By the end, we want you to have a positive experience and have a better idea of what your next steps are, whether your takeaway is “That was great and I want to learn more,” or “That was great, but a digital career is not for me.”

Each “Fundamentals” course is a deeper dive, designed to give you employer-ready, professional-level skills in that area.

What will I do in a UNE Academy course?
In addition to engaging online learning modules from world-class instructors, you’ll take on a workplace-relevant project cycle with each course, supported by mentors who are accomplished local professionals.

Through the project component of each course we ensure that you are able to apply your learning to real-world activites that are relevant to the workplaces of leading Maine businesses. Your mentor will guide you through your work to make sure it is up-to-date and applicable to what’s going on in today’s business world.

You will also have the ability to meet professionals other than your mentor at regularly scheduled events and meetings that you can attend in person on UNE's Portland campus and virtually online. 

Find more information about Course Elements, Competencies, Support Resources, and Computer Proficiency, Hardware, and Software Requirements in our Academy Guidelines for Learners.

How do I learn more?
Academy advisors are available to help you with any and all questions you may have. We are your resource and are here to help guide you through the process of becoming a successful Academy learner at UNE, from first inquiry through registration and throughout the entire learning course into your role as an Academy Alumni.

If you have further questions regarding UNE Academy courses, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at or give us a call at (207) 221-4001.