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Skillshare vs Brilliant - Pricing and Classes Compared

June 12, 2020 - By August van de Ven

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Course platforms have gained a ton of popularity lately. As people are more getting used to learning from home in their past-time or as a replacement to real-life classes, subscribing to a course platform seems like to perfect option for a lot of people. It’s often a lot easier to learn via a video course at home than it would be if you would have to visit classes. Brilliant and Skillshare are two of these major course platforms that have gotten a lot of attention as of late. As more and more people like YouTubers are getting sponsored by both Brilliant and Skillshare, the two seem to be fighting for the top spot in course platform space. While you may think that they are both much of the same, they are in fact very different and try to serve different demographics. In this post, we’ll get into the details of Skillshare vs Brilliant to see what platform suits you best.

Breakdown of Skillshare vs Brilliant

Pricing$99/year or $15/mo$150/yr or $25/mo
Trial14 Days1 week
Free Classes700+Course intros
PlatformiOS, Android, WebiOS, Android, Web


Skillshare is a video course platform that exists for over 10 years and has gained quite some popularity lately. It has long been the top course platform as it is one of the older popular platforms. This means that it has grown a very impressive collection of over 28,000 classes on the platform. Skillshare classes offer much of everything while they seem to be a bit more focused on creative topics. That is because the platform was initially launched as a course platform for creative courses only. Nowadays it also offers a ton of classes on topics like business, entrepreneurship, and tech.

A screenshot of Skillshare's course library - Skillshare vs Brilliant


Brilliant is also a course platform but it differs quite a bit from Skillshare. First of all, Brilliant is focused more on topics related to science and technology rather than creativity. Brilliant also handles the courses differently. Rather than only using video as Skillshare does, Brilliant's courses are mostly text-based. They also test users taking the courses by quick quizzes between the course classes. Although Brilliant offers far fewer courses than Skillshare does — 60+ compared to 28,000+ — their courses seem to be of slightly higher quality. The quizzes in between the classes on Brilliant are also a better way to ensure you've understood the thing you were taught in the course.

A screenshot of Brilliant's course library - Skillshare vs Brilliant

Pros and Cons of Skillshare and Brilliant

When it comes to the number of courses the platforms have, Skillshare is a clear winner with over 28,000 courses. You should know, however, that the courses on both platforms are set up differently. With Brilliant, you seem to get slightly higher quality courses than the average Skillshare course because all courses on Brilliant are made in-house by experts. Brilliant also has added various tests and quizzes to courses to ensure your progress, which Skillshare doesn’t have. Although Brilliant’s courses seem to be of higher quality, unless you want to learn about every topic they offer courses on, it seems like you’d fairly quickly run out of new interesting courses to take. That doesn’t make their yearly subscription worth it unless they add more courses to their course library.

Skillshare or Brilliant? Which should you pick?

First of all, I would recommend you to start a free trial on both platforms to see for yourself which platform fits you best. Skillshare offers a 14-day trial and Brilliant a 7-day trial.

If you are looking to get bang for your buck, I would go with Skillshare. They offer far more courses for a lower monthly cost. The advantage of that is that if you want to learn something really specific, there’s likely a course about it on Skillshare. If you don’t know what you want to learn specifically and you’d like to improve your math skills, for example, Brilliant is also a great option. Brilliant is also a good choice for students that, for example, are behind in math or science, as Brilliant offers a different way of learning more about these topics that may be beneficial to them.

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