Creative training courses available online and in person in London
We can all agree that the pandemic has been a horrible thing for everyone, but sometimes it’s good to find the sliver lining in things, even if it’s a very thin line compared to the rest of the cloud. One positive that I think people experienced during the many lockdowns was remembering their old hobbies, or even discovering new ones. Many of us got creative with our time at home and learned some new skills. This determination to expand our abilities should not end with the pandemic, we should continue to experiment creatively and see what what we’re capable of.
This is why I thought it would be a good idea to list some of the creative training classes and courses available both online and in person, if you’re based in London. The prices range from free, to monthly subscriptions, to one off payments, depending on the course and provider. I hope you find something that interests you in this article.
Linkedin has countless online creative training courses available. They’re very easy to search for, if you already know what you’re looking for you can simply search for the course on the website. For example type in the search bar ‘Video editing course’ and you’ll see a range of options, from general editing fundamentals to using specific software such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can just go to ‘Courses’, select ‘All filters’ and tick ‘Creative’, you can also chose your level, beginner, intermediate or advanced and then look through all the options until you find something that excites you.
Linkedin courses are free for those with a premium membership, which you can get a free trial of for 1 month and then it costs £29.99 per month. If you are employed in a creative job, consider asking your employer to fund your membership temporarily while you take some courses, and if you’re on Universal Credit you could ask your local job centre if they could support you financially in this.
ScreenSkills is a bit more specific, offering support and training for those working or wanting to work in film, TV, VFX, animation and games. Their website offers various online creative training courses, many of which are completely free. You can filter your search to only see free courses, adjust your experience level and select the industry you’re interested in.
ScreenSkills offers training in practical skills, like film budgeting or hair and makeup, but it also helps raise awareness and make workplaces a safer space for us all. It does this by offering free online training in subjects like tackling harassment at work, mental health awareness in the workplace, and coronavirus awareness in production.
Future Learn has a long list of online creative training courses, which, similarly to Linkedin, are including in the Unlimited Membership, which costs £16.67 per month. You can pick between Short Courses, Expert Tracks, Micro-credentials and even Online degrees. If you select Short Courses you can then scroll down and select the subject you are interested in, such as Creative Arts & Media.
The short creative training courses cover many different areas, from acting, to writing, to fashion, and more unique topics such as using film to teach literacy.
City Academy is great for creatives, especially performers, with online classes in acting, musical theatre, singling and dancing, but also for non performers who want to practice writing or drawing and many more. These creative courses do not require a membership or regular fee, instead you just pay for each class you attend. The prices vary, depending on the subject and length of the course, but can be very affordable.
Chiswick Art School
Especially if you’re local to West London, like us, and want an in person learning experience, you might find a class that interests you at Chiswick Art School. Their creative training focuses on painting, drawing and sculpture, and accommodates any level of experience. If you’re unsure what you’d enjoy, or you don’t want to commit to something new yet, you can always try a taster session. But if you’re ready to get back into art, or try it out for the first time, check out their regular classes.
You can book your classes as a taster, as 6 sessions or 12 sessions, the more you book in advance the more cost efficient your training will be. Prices vary depending on the class and the materials provided.
No matter what your budget is, you should be able to find a creative training course that interests you, I hope this list helps you find it.
As a video production company in London, we often get asked how much it would cost to produce a video ourselves. The truth is, with the right equipment and some know-how, you can save a lot of money by creating your own videos. Of course, there is an initial investment involved in purchasing the necessary equipment.
However, once you have your own set-up, the sky is the limit in terms of what you can create. And if you’re willing to put in the time to learn the ropes, you can start producing high-quality videos that will save you money in the long run. So if you’re looking to create video content on a budget, don’t be afraid to go DIY. With a little effort, you can create professional-grade videos that will help you save money and reach your target audience.