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Domestika is an online learning platform which was founded in 2002 and it’s specialized in creative topics, like Design, Adobe photoshop, Illustrator and Photography.
“Domestika is the largest community for creative professionals”
December 14th, 2020
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1. What is Domestika?
Domestika is an online learning platform for creative persons, with different creative topics. It suits best for a person who wants to learn creative topics and be part of the creative community. Course teachers are usually self-learned professionals in their field and anyone can become a teacher in Domestika (once you have passed their criterias).
Domestica’s seeds were sown in Spain a decade ago but has since moved its headquarters to San Francisco, U.S. That’s one of the reasons why they have so many teachers or as they call “creative professionals” teaching in Spanish on their learning platform. More about course languages you can find here.
Their focus as an online learning provider is on creative topics like Design, Photography, Crafts and more. Yes, you can find few courses on topics like business, marketing and web development, but the majority of the courses are focused on creative topics. All of their courses are high-quality and well produced.
2. The Trustworthiness of Domestika learning platform
Domestika is a relatively new online learning platform and it might be that you haven even heard of it before. So it’s important to make a clear answer to a question: Is Domestika legit? Yes, it is and reviews tell you all about it.
Over 1,4 million people like their Facebook page and the page received an average score of 4.2/5 from users. In the Play store their app has over 500k downloads, 13k reviews and have scored 4,7/5 and App store 4,9/5.
Trustpilot gives them quite a bad over score of 2,9/5, but there are only 25 reviews. It seems that some people have had problems with accessing the course, but there will always be problems with something at some point, so I wouldn’t worry about it.
You should also check ratings on courses that you are about to attend. That tells you more about that specific course. Most of the Domestika courses have a positive rating above 90%. That number tells you the percentage of how many students have left a positive review from overall reviews.
In 2020 we shouldn’t forget the importance of security. To attend Domestika courses you have to give at least your name, email and payment information.
All Domestica course pages use HTTPS, so you can sleep well at night. HTTPS means that all user information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, remains private when sent to the site. You can also use Paypal for purchases
3. For whom Domestika is a fitting learning platform?
Especially adult learners who like creative topics, such as photography, editing, crafts and design. There is lots of content in these topics and they expand it all the time.
Also, for a learner who doesn’t need accreditation. You do get a certificate from the course, but it’s more likely a certificate of participation. If you are looking for courses in more accredited fields I recommend you to try Coursera.
That doesn’t mean that you should change the learning platform automatically. Accredited courses are courses that meet industry standards. However there are few things why you should try non-accredited courses, like courses on Domestika.
Non-accredited courses are usually:
- Much cheaper
- Much faster to complete put into practice
- More flexible, you can do at your own pace
- More practical
- Wider or narrower area, depending on the topic and type of the course you are looking for.
- There are definitely persons who are professionals in their field and this kind of platform is the Zimplest way to share their knowledge.
And in many cases you don’t even need the accreditation.
Domestica is definitely legit and worth trying if you want to learn or deepen your skills. Courses are also cheap, good quality, and if you are not happy you can always get a refund within 14 days of purchase.
4. How much does learning on Domestika cost?
Domestika works on a pay per course basis. That means you only need to pay for the course that you want to enroll in. The normal price for every course is $39, but they run sales from time to time. Sometimes you have a chance to buy courses as low as $9,90.
If you are not happy with the course, you can request a refund within 14 days from the date of purchase. You may also request a change of course, which is a much faster process than a refund.
The second option is to subscribe to their monthly plan, Domestika PRO. Click here to move to the Domestika PRO section.
You can also create your own course bundle safe up to 60%.
Domestika is the only online learning platform (at least what I know) where you can give a Gift card and the recipient of the gift can decide which course he or she wants to attend. You can also make a preselected gift bundle if you want to surprise someone. You can find it here.
5. How does the platform works?
All Domestika courses are online, but however, some courses offer resources such as templates, reading materials, and spreadsheets.
You must create an account on the platform to sign up. You can sign up with your Facebook account or use your email. After you have signed up you can choose the course and proceed with the purchase. Once attended to a course you can access materials whenever you want as long as you want.
The duration of the courses is usually from two hours up to 10 hours (sometimes even longer) and are displayed in video format.
Teachers are usually professionals in their creative field who have a burning desire to teach in that specific subject. They have all passed the platform evaluations and have the support of Domestika to produce the materials with the platform’s quality standard.
Each course forms its own internal community where they can share their thoughts, knowledge and interact with like-minded people.
You can find your own courses and carry on those, it’s very zimply. Application is also the only place where you can download courses offline. You can also find new courses to attend and purchase those through the app.
When you click on the course, the app shows you a preview video of the course and description. You will also notice at a glance what kind of feedback the course has received, what is the duration of the course, the language and how many students have completed the course.
They have had minor problems with their application earlier this year, but at the time I’m writing this it works fine on Android.
So, most of their courses are in Spanish, with auto-subtitles in English, Portuguese, and German. This can be a crucial point for many and the reason why they don’t want to use the platform. But because Domestika’s focus is on creative topics, courses are more showing rather than telling and you should be able to keep it up. There are also courses in English and the company will publish more in the future.
I’m not going to lie to you. At the moment, if you want to participate in courses that are taught in English, you should go to platforms like Skillshare or CreativeLive. They offer lots of content in English. At this point, the majority of Domestika courses are in Spanish, so if you are willing to learn with English subtitles then Domestika might be the right choice.
What is Domestika PRO?
Domestika Pro is an annual subscription, with additional discounts in courses, free access to open video lessons every month and certificates of completed courses. You also get a Pro badge on your profile.
The price of a Domestika Pro Subscription is $59 per year.
Benefits of Domestika Pro subscription
- 20% discount on all courses, also from already reduced prices.
- Certificates of the courses.
- Free monthly changing video lessons.
- Featured profile with Pro badge.
- Personalized consultation.
- Access to fresh news.
If you want to become a Domestika PRO user, you only have to buy their annual subscription for $19,90 ($59).The payment of the subscription is in a single annual fee.
Let’s do a little bit of math, to clarify the pricing. (Being cost-effective is almost an obsession for me).
Let’s assume that you find this platform good for you and you will attend several courses next year. If you will buy all courses without a discount (which is hardly unlikely) you will pay $39 for each course.
Without Pro subscription:
Price of a course: $39
Amount of courses: 7 pcs
Total Price: $273
The price of Domestika PRO yearly subscription was $59 and that gives you a 20% discount on all courses.
With Pro subscription:
Price of Pro: $59
Price of a course: $31,20 (after -20% discount)
Amount of courses: 7 pcs
Total price: $277,4
The conclusion. Price of the courses turns more cost-effective after seven courses are attended. If you are going to attend more than seven courses in a year it’s cheaper to subscribe to Domestika Pro (plus you will get all the other perks).
In fact, it doesn’t matter if you buy the courses at full price or at a discount. The turning point is roughly in those seven courses.
It is up to you to decide, how much you give a value on those certificates, free monthly changing courses, badges and stuff.
In my opinion, if you are going to attend more than one course in a two months period or you want to have certificates from those courses, then you should join that monthly Pro subscription. You can check the current price of subscription from here.
6. Choosing the course and validation
No matter where the study takes place, online, at school or in a seminar, there will always be this same and most relevant question; Will this course or class be the right one for me? It’s a quite difficult question when there are so many options. Fortunately, there are good ways to narrow down your options.
Here are a few to help you choose the right course on the Domestika platform (Many of them also apply to other platforms)
How to find the right course?
- If you know exactly what you are looking for, use a specific search term on the search bar, like “graphic design for beginners”. Domestika’s search algorithm begins to narrow down the results, the more specific your search term is the more specific the result.
- If you don’t know the exact topic or you didn’t find the right one on a search, you should go to their “categories” section. There you will find a lot of categories, different topic areas, and software.
- Once you find the right topic you can sort courses by popularity, release date, best rated and best seller.
- When you find a relevant looking course, go to the course page. There you can find a lot of handy information about the course and the author.
You can also go directly to watch recommended, popular and top-rated courses. In these categories, you will find courses that have received particularly good feedback from students.
One handy feature is, if you use a laptop, you can watch the course demonstration directly by pressing on the video, without having to go to that course page. Below the video will also be a small description of the course and the same information box as on the course page.
Domestika’s search functionality works well, but one thing that they are missing is that you can’t search for courses by the teaching language. They are trying to get more English speaking users to participate in their courses, but for a person like me who knows only two sentences in Spanish (“Buenos días” and “¿Dónde está la playa?”) and is not a Native English speaker, the language barrier can be too big to even give it a change.
But I’m glad I gave! Now, let’s go to the course evaluation.
- On this platform, first, check the language, if you want courses only in English.
- Check the percentage and amount of positive reviews. I also highly recommend you to check what the reviews say about the course. Things that others have noticed may come up, so these will no longer come as a surprise to you if you decide to attend this course.
- Third, take a look at an infobox next to a preview video (or under the video if you are using a mobile). You will find there, in addition to these previous:
- Length of the course
- Amount of a downloadable material
- Subtitle possibilities
- and how long you have access to the course materials
- After checking that the infobox looks okay, you should still check two things; Preview video and Content of the course. That short video is the only sneak peek inside of the course. You also get a little bit of information about the teacher’s background. The content shows the topics that you will go through on the course.
To find the content of the course you have to scroll down the page. On the way there you see a written description of the course and technical requirements (computer, software and stuff like that). Read those also.
Choosing the course can be quite a long process, but following these steps, you will be able to curate the most relevant course for you in the shortest time possible.
Domestika offers certifications for PRO users only (yearly subscription). If you become a PRO member, you can download a certificate for each course you take at Domestika and you are willing to get certificates from completed courses even before you start the PRO subscription. Many of these certificates are signed with teachers’ signatures and those are also available on pdf. version, so you can share those wherever you want.
So, if you want a certificate you have to pay for the yearly subscription.
If you don’t need that certification, I think you should first attend a course and after that, if you like the platform and are going to buy several courses in the future, only then you should buy Domestika PRO.
7. Free trial / Free materials
Usually, Domestika doesn’t offer any free trials or free courses, but because of this hard and unique worldwide situation, they want to help to keep people safe and that’s why they are offering few free courses to keep on learning new things.
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10. Top rated courses
Domestika works well as an online learning platform and I especially like that through the application you can download courses online and continue them wherever you are traveling.
The courses are high quality and clear to follow. The only downside that Domestika has is that the range of courses in English is very narrow. Even though I like to listen to Spanish, it would be more fluent to study English. Subtitling is a great help in this situation. They are constantly adding English-language content, but now and in the future, it would be good to be able to search for courses by language.
The price is reasonable (especially if they are running a sale), so it’s worth giving Spanish-language courses a chance, at least the loss isn’t very big financially. Give it a go!
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