Learn with the YouTube Creator Academy

Whether you're just starting out or want to take your channel to the next level, the Creator Academy can help with free online education about YouTube. Choose from the categories below to see our available courses.

Foundations

The quickstart guide to YouTube

Starting on YouTube? We’ll show you how to quickly set up your channel, upload videos, and align your branding. Plus, we’ll walk you through some important guidelines for being part of the YouTube community.

Create great content

Ready to grow and sustain a loyal audience on YouTube? Get the 10 fundamentals for creating great YouTube videos and other ways to think about quick video formats.
Production

Before your shoot

A lot of planning goes into a successful YouTube video. Before pressing ‘record’, find out what equipment works best for you, how to turn your idea into a story, and what other steps you can take to be ready for your shoot.

During your shoot

It’s time for your shoot. Captivate your audience with interesting shot composition. Use lighting effectively to set the mood. And learn how to record sound like a pro.

After your shoot

Get expert tips for selecting your editing tools and editing your videos like a pro. Also, find out how adding music and sound effects can further engage your audience.

Live streaming on YouTube

Connect with your audience in the moment and grow your channel with live streams. Learn the creative formats, how to plan for and run live stream production, and ways you can make money with Super Chat.

360-degree video and virtual reality on YouTube

Explore how new 360-degree video and virtual reality can bring a different experience to your viewers. Find tips and strategies to get started with these advanced technologies.

Grow your channel
Enhance your channel's search and discovery potential on YouTube. Make your titles, thumbnails, and descriptions bring in viewers and have your playlists and sections keep viewers watching.
Find long-term success by building a loyal community on YouTube and interacting with viewers on and off YouTube.
Get strategies and knowledge of YouTube translation tools to help you boost the visibility of your content so it's accessible to audiences around the world..
Once you've got a few videos in the bank, YouTube Analytics can help you uncover trends to show you how your videos are doing, who your audience is, what they like, and where they're coming from.
Earn money & build your business on YouTube
Get the scoop on how monetization works on YouTube and ways you can make money on your videos with ads and other revenue streams.
Turn your channel into a business by setting a vision, promoting and advertising your brand, building a team, and learning to pitch your channel to potential collaborations with brands.
Assess channel and monetization performance by leveraging knowledge of the YouTube ecosystem and platform strategies.
YouTube content categories
Every audience is different. Learn how to reach the viewers you want and make your channel a daily destination for them. Learn targeting strategies for electronic music, family, health and fitness, food, kids, news, radio, soccer, and sports.
Get your music channel set up so you can promote your music, encourage fans to tune in, and take your channel to the top of the charts.
Level up your gaming channel for success with these tools and techniques.
See how fashion and beauty channels take a spin on YouTube best practices to create tutorials and personality-driven series that get them to stand out from the crowd.
Learn ways to tell your nonprofit stories on YouTube through video and capture viewers' attention with emotion. We'll also give you quick tips for fine-tuning your channel and getting the most out of YouTube.
Subscribe to the YouTube Creators channel to get insider tips from YouTube's education experts.
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