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10 of the best online courses to help you upskill right now

And most of them are completely FREE!

1. Feminism and Social Justice, University of California Santa Cruz

We may all be feminists now (thanks Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) but how much do we actually know about the fraught history behind the f-word? Led by Professor Bettina Aptheker, this course takes a look at crucial movements in feminism from the trial of Angela Davis to the #MeToo movement.  

Duration: 10 hours 

Price: Course content is free however a fee is required for a verified certificate.

Enrol here.

Understanding Fashion: From Business to Culture, Institut Français de la Mode

Still not sure you’re pronouncing Versace right? Fear no more. Led by Professor Benjamin Simmenauer, this course examines the intersection of fashion, business and culture, featuring exclusive input from major designers including Simon Porte Jacquemus and Paul Smith. For the record, it’s Versach-EH. 

Duration: 4 weeks

Price: Course content is free however a fee is required for a verified certificate.

Enrol here

Anna Wintour Teaches Creativity and Leadership, MasterClass

As the Editor-in Chief of US Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour’s visionary leadership informs the creative landscape, driving cultural conversations across the globe. In this course, Wintour teaches the processes behind her famously effective leadership style. Grab a pair of Chanel sunnies and you’re good to go! 

Duration: 2 hours 36 minutes

Price: MasterClass membership grants access to lessons for £170 per year or £14.17 per month.

Enrol here.

Learn a New Language Online, Rosetta Stone

Okay, so you may not be going on holiday anytime soon but who says you can’t start learning today?  Getting to grips with a new language is a great way to enhance your holiday experience (that smug feeling everytime you correctly pronounce ‘bruschetta’) and it’s also a great way to improve your career opportunities. With 24 languages to choose from and speech recognition software to maximise your learning, it’s no wonder that Rosetta Stone has won  ‘Best Language Learning Software’ for 7 years in a row.

Duration: Unlimited

Price: £16.33 per month for 3 months (for one language) or £15.75 per month for 1 year (all languages included)

Enrol here

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing, Google Digital Garage

If you’ve ever smiled, nodded and secretly wondered ‘what the f-ck’ in response to the letters S-E-O, then this one’s for you. This course is jam-packed with video tutorials, case studies, and quizzes, which you can do entirely at your own pace. With 26 modules to work through, including search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing and web analytics, you’ll never have to blag your way through a meeting with the digital team again.

Duration: 40 hours

Price: Free (including certification) 

Enrol here.   

Fashion as Design, The Museum of Modern Art

If you’re a fan of Making the Cut and/or Next in Fashion, now’s the time to see if you’ve got what it takes to be the next fashion designer on everyone’s lips. Led by Paola Antonelli, this course examines fashion design through a critical lens exploring the politics, identity and economics behind what we wear. Next stop, Central St Martins… 

Duration: 7 weeks

Price: Course content is free however a verified certificate costs £39.

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Business Fundamentals: Project Management, The Open University

Eager to progress within your organisation but unsure how to take your experience to the next level? This course equips you with the tools to become a project management pro: from determining scope and objectives to executing productive team meetings and project reviews. By the end of this course you may even have the confidence to put yourself forward as team leader in the first week of The Apprentice. 

Duration: 4 weeks

Price: Course content is free however a fee is required for a verified certificate.

Enrol here

Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing, MasterClass

Unlock your inner bestseller with this masterful course led by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The New York Times’ ‘Prophet of Dystopia’. Atwood teaches the building blocks of transforming your ideas into a successful, marketable novel: from creating compelling characters and a robust narrative structure, to finding a publisher and dealing with criticism. You’ll be an Oprah’s Book Club regular in no time. 

Duration: 3 hours 43 minutes

Price: MasterClass membership grants access to lessons for £170 per year or £14.17 per month.

Enrol here.

Make-up Artist Course, Trendimi

Concealer at the ready, it’s time to (finally) learn how to contour. Upgrade your make-up skills with this self-paced, CPD certified course. While this qualification is perfect for boosting your confidence with a Beautyblender, it also opens up new career opportunities: whether it’s side-hustling at weddings or becoming a full time make-up artist to the stars. This course will help you ‘make up’ your mind. Soz. 

Duration: 50 hours

Price: £12 reduced from £119 (limited offer).

Enrol here

Beginner Guitar Course, Justin Guitar

Full disclosure: while this course may be totally free, you are going to need your own guitar for this one. Led by Justin Sandercoe, this comprehensive course is absolutely essential for beginners, with 3 ‘grades’ to work through plus additional beginner modules including ‘Master Rock Power Chords’. Anyway, here’s Wonderwall…

Duration: Unlimited

Price: Free

Enrol here.

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Lucy is an English Literature and Law graduate. As well as editing for Debut, she’s written for Cosmopolitan UK, Grazia and London College of Style. She is particularly passionate about books, beauty and social justice, recognising their transformative impact in modern society.

Fave quote: ‘Tenderness is what love feels like in private. Justice is what love looks like in public’ – Dr Cornel West

“The creative industries are notoriously difficult to break into – now more than ever. I love working for Debut as we give unpublished writers, designers and PRs the opportunity to jump-start their portfolio; as well as releasing daily content that connects with women and non-binary people across the world.”

Blog: www.lucyalexandra.uk

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