Free Course: Creative Pro Careers: Staying Ahead

Modern-day creatives often wear many hats. Yesterday, you worked on a website, today you’re taking photos, tomorrow you need to design a print layout. It’s great to be multi-talented because it leads to more (and better) opportunities. But it can get a bit overwhelming, so you need to know where to invest your time and effort for the best payback. In his course, Creative Pro Careers: Staying Ahead, Jim Heid offers a survey of the top creative fields and the tools and techniques you need to master to maximize your career opportunities.


Here’s the official course description:

Often, creative professionals find themselves in their current roles due to a combination of aptitude for a particular craft—photography, for example—and an insatiable curiosity that drives them to cultivate a diverse skill set. In today’s market, where photographers often need to know design and designers often need to know how to take great pictures, these varied skill sets are crucial. Essentially, the more you know, the greater your professional value. In this course, get a high-level overview of some of the most popular creative fields—including graphic design, photography, video, and UX design—and learn which techniques you need to know to stay competitive. Join instructor Jim Heid as he shows the tools needed for various kinds of work, the skills that you’ll need to get the most out of those tools, and the LinkedIn Learning courses that allow you to explore these tools and skills at your own pace.

Topics include:

  • Identifying essential creative professional skills
  • Reviewing different creative tools
  • Learning about the field of graphic design
  • Working in the photography and video fields
  • Working with audio and music
  • Reviewing motion graphics and 3D animation
  • Working in UX and web design

Note that this entire course is free for all to watch. You don’t have to be a member of or LinkedIn Learning to watch all the movies. So there’s no excuse not to! Here’s a sampling:

Creative Pro Careers: Staying Ahead

Essential skills creative professional

Graphic design


UX web design

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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