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MasterClass just announced a new promo on their site today, serving as a perfect gift as we ready for the holiday season.
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The limited-time offer, which runs from Sept. 14 through Sept. 29, is a Buy One, Share One promo, meaning that customers get one membership entirely free for every membership bought — great for sharing the site’s star-studded classes with friends and family at no cost.
The offer applies to all of MasterClass’s courses, which cut a swath through almost every industry, from cooking and interior design to writing and sports. But if you or a loved one is looking for expertise within the entertainment industry, specifically, there’s no lack of top talent to show you the ropes. Spike Lee, Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese, and David Lynch are among the industry vets who have signed on to teach writing, acting, and filmmaking courses.
Here are the best courses taught by film industry icons to take this year.
MasterClass joins a number of other sites out there that offer online courses for a nominal fee. LinkedIn recently unveiled their “LinkedIn Learning” platform, which focuses on courses for career advancement, while Udemy has been in the marketplace since 2010, and now offers more than 80,000 course options, ranging from upgrading your technical skills, to courses on personal growth and development. All of the sites allow students to stream video tutorials, download course materials, and take part in interactive exercises, with many also offering the ability to connect with peers and instructors. The hook: an ability for students to learn at their own pace, and on their own time, from the convenience of home.
Unlike traditional continuing education classes, which require in-person attendance and tuition fees, MasterClass courses are available as part of an annual subscription for $180 (for access to all the classes on the site). The fee gets you lifetime access to the course videos and materials, so you can reference the lesson plans and tips at any time.
MasterClass courses focus on film and television, cooking, photography, sports, writing, and science. “Scandal” showrunner Shonda Rhimes teaches a course on writing for television, while students can also sign up for a Scorsese-led course on movie-making, which includes 30 video lessons and “office hours,” where the legendary director will respond to select student questions. The site has also added classes more recently from Chris Hadfield (space exploration), and Daniel Negreanu, whose poker class continues to be a hit.
MasterClass says it has a “robust pipeline” of new courses and categories set to launch in the next few months, which will bring its catalog to more than 90 classes, and more than a thousand lessons. Best of all, it makes an awesome gift for the film buff on your list that you send easily and instantly online (which is how most of us will be gifting this year). Prices are $15 per class and $180 for the year.
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