When looking for a new job in the arts, having more qualifications can make you feel less like a small fish in a big pond. However, the thought of gaining these qualifications can send people into panic mode when thinking of the steep costs. Now a days, not all education is expensive though. By diving head first into the realms of the internet you can find a variety of free and relatively cheap creative courses. The wide selection of courses on offer will not only help with your creativity but also boost cognitive functions and hone in those problem-solving and thinking skills.These online courses are also great for those of you with busy schedules, as they allow you to learn at a leisurely pace, at a time when you are free with an internet connection – bonus!
Here we share our top 10 creative courses to add to your CV to help you dive head first into your job search.
- Modern Art & Ideas
This course from MoMA, is designed for anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art. During the duration of five weeks, you will look at art through a variety of themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Identity, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society. Each week kicks off with a video that connects works of art from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection to the theme.
- Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime
This course offered by the University of Glasgow is great for those who want to get into the art auction or museum industry. Delve into the seedy underbelly of the art world, looking at smuggling, theft, fakes, and fraud, with this free online course.
- Using Creative Problem Solving
In a world that seems to be changing faster than ever, problem-solving skills are essential – but traditional approaches are not always enough. Learn how to solve everyday problems using creativity with this online course about hands-on Creative Problem Solving.
- Fundamentals of Graphic Design
Graphic Design is all around us, with words and pictures being the building blocks of graphic design. As graphic design becomes more visible in our lives, graphic design as a practice becomes more important in our culture. To understand the world of graphic design better and get ahead in the job world, take this course from the California Institute of the Arts.
- Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art
Art can be a powerful catalyst for building skills and understanding a range of subjects. Art & Activity offered by MoMA, is great for primary and secondary teachers of all disciplines as it builds upon the inquiry-based approaches of Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom. Delve into activity-based strategies that will make your students empowered participants.
- Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation
Learn the fundamentals of how design thinking and creativity can be used to enable innovation on this course from The University of Queensland Australia, that looks at how individuals and organizations use creativity and design thinking skills to identify and choose opportunities that enable innovation. This course deals directly with your ability for creativity which is a critical skill in any job. Through a series of creativity building exercises, short lectures, and readings, you will develop both an understanding of creativity and increase your own creative skills.
- Fundamentals of DSLR Photography
New to DSLR cameras? Learn fundamentals for your best photos yet! This introductory photography class is a smart, inspiring way to get up to speed quickly. Taught by photographer Justin Bridges, you’ll learn how to manually balance shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to achieve perfect exposure, every time.
- Psychology of Art and Creativity
Art is everywhere. You are sitting on it, wearing it, listening to it. This course is for anyone who wants to learn about the power of art and what it reveals about the power of the human experience.
- Healing with the Arts
Through art projects—including visual arts, dance, writing, and music—along with spiritual practices and guided imagery, Healing With the Arts course from The University of Florida gives you the tools to heal what you need to heal in your life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
- Adobe Photoshop CC: The Basics
In this class from Skillshare, you will learn how to work with Photoshop and how to more importantly understand Photoshop. These tutorials are for complete beginners. All you need is a fresh mind and to install Photoshop onto your computer.
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