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Online classes and tutorials for creatives

Resources

Here you can find my favourite platforms for learning! Some are free, others charge a membership fee. There are also mobile and/or tablet apps developed for most of them if you’d like to take your learning dose on-the-go.

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CreativeLive

This tends to be my favourite due to the format, you can watch classes live and interact with the speaker on chat with the help of the CreativeLive staff. There are five categories: art & design, photo & video, music & audio, craft & maker, money & life. The sessions can be watched for free while on air or bought afterwards to watch at your convenience. There is also a very nice calendar that gets updated with the classes available during a month for each of the categories. This allows you to schedule ahead and register to all that is of interest to you.

Skillshare

Arguably the second best, be aware it is a strong competition! Skillshare is full of classes for creatives in a wide range of areas: from culinary arts to crafts, photography, design, fashion, film, writing, music and even entrepreneurship. The class is a series of videos that sum up usually to around 1 to 2 hours but can go to several hours as well. What is really engaging on Skillshare is their approach of learning by doing as each class ends with a project that should make use of the acquired skills and techniques.

They are also preaching that everyone can teach so if you feel up to, you can give it a try and share your skills with the world. You don’t need to have any kind of teaching experience, only a big passion for the chosen topic.

Coursera

Not focused on Arts & Design but there is a section you can check out and you’ll come across some very well documented courses. The instructors are from universities around the world and the courses are a long-term engagement spreading on a few months usually. Each week you have a series of short videos to watch and an assignment to complete. They use a peer assessment model, therefore you’ll be graded by your colleagues around the world. End of the course, there is also an exam to take and you have the option to earn verified certificates if this is one of the things you’re looking after.

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EDX

Less coverage on the creative domains, most of the courses are in areas like math, computer science and physics but art and design are also amongst the subjects. Like Coursera, they have nice partnerships with top universities around the globe, Harvard is one of them!

Iversity

Same as the last two, this is worth mentioning especially because of the powerful institutions where the teachers come from. And there is a wide range of courses you can take in several languages: English, German, Spanish and Russian.

Gibbon

Based on your topic of choice, you can subscribe to playlists that point to resources over the web, be it an article, documentary or book.

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Hack Design

This is a 1-year commitment to learning design. If you sign in, you’ll get one email a week with the most relevant blogs, books, videos and tutorials organised in topics like graphic design principles, typography, UI / UX, product design and a few more. The lessons are curated by designers specialised in these domains to make the best of the experience!

Lynda

The first place to go to for the best tutorials if you’re up to learn the Adobe suite, on different skill levels, from the very beginner to advanced.

Tuts+

As an alternative to Lynda, with a huge library of free articles embedding videos to help you learn.

Most of what I know now in the graphic design field I owe to these incredible, wonderful, don’t know what I would do without them, learning platforms. Hope you’ll find a few minutes to check them out as I’m sure everyone can find something valuable in here! And please share if you also have some great go-to learning sources, as I’m sure you all do! 🙂

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