There are no ifs and or buts, being put in a lockdown can be exhausting. Vital, obviously, yet exhausting. Whether you’re living solo or sharing with flatmates, family or partners, it can get very dull very quickly. Significantly more so in case, you’re one of the millions of people to have been placed on some colourful variation of temporary leave with online courses!
Let’s be honest, we’d all rather be going about our normal routines whether that’s eating out, going to the gym, going on holiday etc.. I do anyway have a recommendation of how to fill your newly discovered available time… upskill and gain some new useful knowledge! Maybe you’ve been talking about learning Art and Design or you’re interested in photography but never found the time or you always just end up wondering what is that you actually want to do. Well, whatever it is, now you have the time!
And you also have the means. I’ve put together my top 9 online courses for the Creative Soul during the lockdown. I know it’s not the time to be splashing the cash for most of us, so to make it onto the list, the course not only had to offer top-quality content, but it also had to be reasonably priced or mainly free.
In Rajasthan Studio
We at Rajasthan Studio have connected to all types of artists, Artists that have a clear understanding of what they want to do and some artists that are still figuring out what they want. I contacted an artist that has a band and is an amazing singer, composer and guitarist but he is unsure about how he should promote or how much time he should invest in his creative spot.
After intensive research, we found these courses that will help you through your life and your career.
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List of Online Courses
Creativity, Innovation, and Change by Coursera
Coursera is a world-wide online learning platform founded in 2012 by Stanford professors Andrew Ng” and “Daphne Koller” that offers massive open online courses (MOOC), specializations, and degrees.
Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in a variety of subjects, such as engineering, data science, machine learning, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, and others.
I found the perfect course for the creative soul at Coursera. It is a course of Creativity, Innovation, and Change. The total duration of the course is 28 hours and it is absolutely free of cost.
Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy by The Open University
The Open University (OU) is a public research university and the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education.
The majority of the OU’s undergraduate students are based in the United Kingdom and principally study off-campus; many of its courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can also be studied anywhere in the world.
Have you always wanted to learn The missing mystery of philosophy? We got you covered. The Open University has a course of Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy. The total duration of the course is 20 hours and it is absolutely free and that’s a great price.
Creation of an Attractive and Responsible Brand by Domestika
Domestika is the largest community for creative professionals. On Domestika, creative professionals can share their projects, contribute to and learn in forums, connect with other creatives, and find employment.
Domestika is also a reference brand in the industry and it has a niche audience that extends far beyond Domestika website.
Are you a pixel lover? Do you want to share your knowledge and promote your creative work? Domestika is the place to be.
The creative course that I found for the creative soul is Creation of an Attractive and Responsible Brand. It is a 1-hour course and it is only for $13 (979.86 Indian Rupee)
Art and Design in the Digital Age by edX
edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms.
Open edX is the open-source platform that powers edX courses and is freely available. With Open edX, educators and technologists can build learning tools and contribute new features to the platform, creating innovative solutions to benefit students everywhere.
The course I found for the creative mind is Art and Design in the Digital Age. The total duration of the course is 8 weeks (4-5 hours each week) for absolutely nothing.
Colour Theory for Artists and Designer by Alison
Alison was founded in Galway, Ireland, in 2007 and has grown organically to become a major force in free online education and skills training. Today, with more than 15 million learners in 195 countries, Alison is changing how the world learns and up-skills.
Alison is free of charge to you.
The course for the creative artist inside you is Colour Theory for Artists and Designer. Duration for the course is 3 hours and it’s absolutely free.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by CreativeLive
CreativeLive is an online education platform that broadcasts live classes to an international audience. In 2009, Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson started kicking around the idea of making workshops to inspire and support people with the tools to develop their creative skills.
The goal was to take a fresh approach to education – to give anyone interested access to visionaries, leaders, and professionals who are doing the work.
CreativeLive can help your artist mind with the course of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. The duration of this course is 5 hours and the price is $29 (2,185.92 Indian Rupee).
Acumen Presents: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop by Udemy
Udemy is an American online learning platform aimed at professional adults and students, developed in May 2010. As of Jan 2020, the platform has more than 50 million students and 57,000 instructors teaching courses in over 65 languages. There have been over 295 million course enrollments.
They have the world’s largest selection of courses and the course I found suitable for the creative bug in you is – Acumen Presents: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop. You can complete this course in 1 hour and that too for ₹2,880 only.
Unlocking Your Potential: 5 Exercises to Build Creative Confidence by Skillshare
Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.
At Skillshare, they’ve seen again and again how the seemingly simple act of creating can be a force for growth, change, and discovery in people’s lives. They want to inspire and multiply the kind of creative exploration that furthers expression, learning and application.
Have you always wanted to build your confidence? Now is the time to do it and build your confidence creatively. Skillshare has a course for you and it is Unlocking Your Potential: 5 Exercises to Build Creative Confidence. The total duration of the course is 1 hour and that too absolutely free.
Using Creative Problem Solving by FutureLearn
FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. They offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
Every artist faces problems, problems like artist block, Wrong target audiences or Negative attitude etc.. FutureLearn has a course that will help you overcome any problems that you are facing or will face in the future.
The course is Using Creative Problem Solving and the course is starting from 25th of May 2020. You don’t have to pay a single penny for all the help you receive from this course. It is absolutely free.
We hope you’ve found a course to make the best use of your quaran-time. What have you done to distract yourself from the current circumstances? Tell us below!
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