Update: November 30, 2020
MasterClass rarely goes on sale, but we caught wind of a not-to-be-missed Cyber Monday deal. On November 30—for 24 hours only—you can score two (!) one-year subscriptions to the digital streaming platform for the price of one. (FYI, an annual membership typically costs $180, so you’re technically getting 50% off with this promo). MasterClass has only offered this “buy one, get one free” deal once before, so now’s is definitely the time to sign up.
As we said: The offer will end at 11:59 p.m. on November 30, so if you—or a close friend or relative—have been eager to watch Serena Williams or Tan France show you what’s good, don’t wait for the clock to strike midnight to miss out on this deal.
Original story: May 8, 2020
If you have an Instagram account, you’ve no doubt seen an ad for MasterClass on your feed in recent weeks. The online learning platform launched in 2015 with three instructors—and in the years since, it’s tapped nearly 100 celebrities and industry leaders to share expert courses through an exclusive membership. Admittedly, I’m not much of an online learner, but something about being holed up in an apartment with nowhere to go has me wanting to do something other than bake another loaf of banana bread or failing at puzzling. Just me?
MasterClass courses run the gamut: lifestyle, politics, entertainment, fashion, design, and film. Each expert creates a virtual lesson plan, which shakes out to about 20 videos—all around 10 minutes each. The courses are billed as “classes that look like movies,” and the description is pretty spot-on, if you take a sneak peek on Instagram or YouTube. From the lighting to the coloring to the editing, the overarching vibe is objectively cinematic, but the content is fed to you in popcorn-size portions.
Courses stretch over two to five hours, and you could technically binge-watch a whole series in a single sitting—though after months of quarantine, you might’ve learned that slow and steady wins the race. The clips are short and sweet; you can pause, skip, or rewind to your heart’s content (something you can’t do in an IRL class). Phones, tablets, and laptops work just fine as viewing devices, but if your eyes hurt from staring at tiny fonts all day, I highly recommend hooking up to your TV with an HDMI cable or a Roku to get the most out of the cinematic quality video. (MasterClass is also compatible with Apple TV and Amazon Firestick, FYI.)
About those experts…MasterClass has you (virtually) face-to-face with everyone you’d want to invite to the imaginary dinner party of your dreams: Alicia Keys, Tan France, Serena Williams, Marc Jacobs, Margaret Atwood, Natalie Portman, Diane Von Furstenburg, Martin Scorcese, Anna Wintour, Gordon Ramsey, RuPaul, even Armin Van Buuren and Timbaland (!!). The list really does go on, so whether you’re into photography or cooking, politics or sports, you’ll find your niche here. Or maybe the opposite will happen, and you’ll find yourself piqued by ideas and stories outside your norm—arguably one of the few silver linings to quarantine at this point.