FutureLearn is kicking off free online courses for pros across branding, design, animation, VFX and more.

The courses have been created using £200,000 of funding from government quango Creative Skillset.

FutureLearn, which describes itself as the only UK-based MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform, will allow creative pros to learn skills from brand storytelling to animation techniques from professional bodies and universities.

Courses beginning in the next few weeks include Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web, Brand Storytelling: How to Use Narrative to Sell, An Introduction to Screenwriting, Film Production, and How to build a Sustainable Fashion Business.

These will be followed by Professional Animation Techniques, Commercial photographic practice and the moving image, and Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers in early 2016.

The courses have been created by the D&AD, NTFS (The National Film and Television School), Norwich University of the Arts, The University of Birmingham and The University of East Anglia (UEA).