In-Demand Class Topics

Wondering what to teach on Skillshare? Read more about topics that our members most frequently search for to help inform your future classes.

In this article:

Keep in mind some topics are off-limits for Skillshare:

How to Use This Data

New and existing teachers frequently reach out to us and ask what they should teach. We’ve put together a list of the most in-demand and most frequently searched-for topics on Skillshare, broken down by our top subcategories.

There are two ways you can use this list:

  1. Pair this information about in-demand topics with the Choose Your Class Topic article. Start by identifying what you’re passionate about teaching, and then review this list to see which keywords or topic areas can further refine that and point you in a specific direction.
  2. Plan Your Class first, and then return to this list to pull out relevant keywords. Include these in your class title, class description, and class skills tags to help your class get discovered by students who are searching for something like it!

Where applicable, we’ve also included Areas of Opportunity: specific class topics that we want to grow in our catalog — we are actively sourcing for these!


Overall Search Insights

Here are some overall search insights and trends for the period April 1 to June 30, 2023.

What’s Continuing

  • Like last quarter, our members are increasingly searching for content in generative AI programs for productivity and illustration (Chat GPT, Midjourney, AI), catching up to external demand elsewhere. We saw increased activity around searches for Stable Diffusion as well.
  • Search terms within Freelance & Entrepreneurship continued to rise. Etsy is still increasing in demand, but Etsy Digital has been slowly rising as well, potentially showing an increased interest in selling digital products.
  • Searches for free or inexpensive video editing and music creation tools, such as Capcut, DaVinci, and Ableton, are also on the rise.
  • Searches for the free 3D graphics program Blender have also continued to rise. Some of the top searches related to Blender are Blender animation, Blender modeling and Blender character.

What’s New

  • We’re seeing low yet increasing demand around automations, such as Zapier and Youtube Automations.
  • Patreon is an emerging search term, showing more interest in the Freelance & Entrepreneurship trend.

What’s Falling

  • Search terms that are showing less interest than in previous years are NFTs and podcasting — both have been steadily falling over the last year.


In-Demand Topics List

Last updated: August 14, 2023

This data represents the top search terms in English by our member community for the period April 1 to June 30, 2023, organized alphabetically within each subcategory.



Top Search Terms: Adobe Illustrator, anime, calligraphy, character design, digital illustration, digital painting, hand lettering and lettering, Maya, Midjourney, Procreate, ZBrush.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Procreate continues to trend high in search, though more intermediate- and advanced-level classes are needed to complement beginner-level content.
  • Anime-style character design is a particular focus area we’re excited about.


Fine Art

Top Search Terms: acrylic painting, drawing, drawing for beginners, figure drawing, gouache, lettering, oil painting, sketching, watercolor, watercolor for beginners.


Graphic Design

Top Search Terms: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Designer, Canva, logo design, surface pattern design, typography.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Advanced-level classes on Canva — niche topics welcome!


UI/UX Design

Top Search Terms: Adobe XD, Figma, Flutter, web design, Webflow.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Intermediate- and advanced-level classes in Figma and Adobe XD.



Top Search Terms: 2D animation, Adobe Animate, AutoCAD, Blender, Cinema 4D, Krita, Maya.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Blender continues to trend high across search! Seeking Blender classes at all levels, particularly advanced-level classes.
  • More advanced-level Cinema 4D classes would be a complement to our existing catalog.



Top Search Terms: food photography, iPhone photography, Lightroom, photo editing, portraits, product photography.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • iPhone photography continues to be a popular topic, but there is more demand for new or updated classes focused on the latest software and apps.


Film & Video

Top Search Terms: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Capcut, cinematography, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, motion graphics, VFX, video editing, videography, YouTube.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Advanced classes on lighting in cinematography would be an asset.
  • ​​​​More advanced classes that offer skills, tips, and techniques for YouTube, particularly around working more efficiently or managing a larger community, and making the most out of the platform's style and voice.



Top Search Terms: blogging, copywriting, digital marketing, Google ads, Instagram and Instagram marketing, SEO, social media and social media marketing, TikTok.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • More high-quality content on TikTok will help keep up with demand for this topic in search.


Freelance & Entrepreneurship

Top Search Terms: branding, Etsy, Fiverr, LinkedIn, podcasting, Shopify.


Crafts & Lifestyle

Top Search Terms: crochet, embroidery, fashion, fashion design, knitting, sewing, woodworking.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Classes teaching specific and more advanced techniques in sewing, such as smocking and darts, are an ongoing need. In addition, classes on the following topics would be welcomed: following patterns and pattern design; tailoring; and alterations.
  • More classes in knitting and crochet at intermediate- and advanced-levels would be a great complement to our existing content.



Top Search Terms: Ableton, FL studio, guitar, music production, music theory, piano, singing.

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Intermediate- and advanced-level classes in any of the following topics: guitar, piano, singing, and music theory.


Creative Writing

Top Search Terms: content writing, creative writing, storytelling.


Productivity / Health & Wellness

Top Search Terms: Airtable, bullet journal, ChatGPT, journaling, meditation, Notion, personal development, project management, time management.