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

The main trend in Q4 (Oct 1 to Dec 31, 2024) has been a continuation of what we’ve been seeing: rising demand for ways to find success and make money as a creative professional.

Ongoing Trends

  • Our top 10 search terms on Skillshare remain Procreate, Blender, drawing, graphic design, illustration, photography, watercolor, animation, Figma, and After Effects.
  • Topics in Freelance & Entrepreneurship continue to rise; we’re seeing increased or sustained interest for classes on Shopify and Substack, as well as digital products and Etsy.
  • Search demand related to generative AI remains high, with Adobe Firefly continuing to grow. Demand for ChatGPT and Midjourney has slowed slightly but remains very high.
  • Searches for marketing tools and techniques, especially those related to short form video, have been increasing; we’re seeing steady growth for interest in Reels, Tiktok and Pinterest.
  • Free and inexpensive video editing or content creation tools like Capcut and Davinci are increasing steadily.
  • Productivity and note-taking apps such as Notion and Obsidian have been consistently rising.

New Trends

  • Besides Blender, which continues to trend high, we’re seeing demand for other 3D modeling tools like Maya, Houdini, Nomad Sculpt, ZBrush and Spline.

Falling Trends

  • Searches for Web3 related-topics like NFTs and blockchain continue to slide.

 

In-Demand Topics List

Last updated: February 14, 2024

This data represents the top search terms in English on Skillshare by our member community for the period October 1 to December 31, 2024, organized alphabetically within each subcategory, with areas of opportunity where applicable.

 

Illustration

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

Areas of Opportunity:

  • There is increasing demand for the digital sculpting tool ZBrush.
  • The popular 3D computer graphics Unreal Engine has also been showing increasing demand.
  • Procreate continues to trend high in search, though more intermediate- and advanced-level classes are needed to complement beginner-level content.
  • With the launch of Procreate Dreams, there is big potential for content here as students seek out Skillshare as a learning destination for Procreate and Procreate Dreams.

 

Fine Art

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

 

Graphic Design

Top Search Terms: Adobe Express, 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.

 

Animation

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.

 

Photography

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

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Beginner photography also has shown an increase in demand.
  • 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, shortform content, 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.

 

Marketing

Top Search Terms: blogging, copywriting, digital marketing, Google ads, Instagram, Instagram marketing, Reels, SEO, Shorts, social media, 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, LinkedIn, Framer, Fiverr, newsletter, Patreon, podcasting, Shopify, Substack.

 

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.

 

Music

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, journaling, ChatGPT, meditation, Notion, Obsidian, personal development, project management, time management.