CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Great Courses – the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment – is partnering with the world-renowned National Geographic Society to produce a series of comprehensive photography classes, video travel expeditions and engaging lectures by notable National Geographic photographers.
“This partnership allows us to create best-in-class educational materials, starting with photography courses taught by our world-class photographers,” said Lynn Cutter, executive vice president at National Geographic Travel. “Our photographers will have the very best platform to share their one-of-a-kind expertise and further National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet.”
“National Geographic and The Great Courses are both preeminent institutions made even stronger by this union,” said Paul Suijk, president of The Great Courses. “Our highly engaged customers expect to learn from the world’s greatest instructors, and our library of exceptional industry-leading learning products just got stronger with the addition of this compelling new content.”
The initiative launches with two titles from National Geographic Fellow and magazine photographer Joel Sartore: “Fundamentals of Photography” and “The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons” (available at www.thegreatcourses.com). These titles will be followed by a series of lessons from National Geographic’s Masters of Photography.
“There is no greater or more aspirational example in the photography industry than National Geographic,” said Ed Leon, chief brand officer and head of product development for The Great Courses, which has been touted on “60 Minutes” by Bill Gates and more recently on Oprah.com. “These comprehensive courses feature expert tips and techniques that every level of photographer can aspire to learn.”
Under the new partnership, The Great Courses and National Geographic will offer at least a dozen additional courses over the next five years, including titles on the art of videography, photographer-led video expeditions that explore how to photograph some of the world’s most scenic locales, and on-location lectures on science, culture and exploration delivered by the remarkable explorers and experts of the National Geographic Society.
About The Great Courses
The Great Courses is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio (digital streaming, downloads, DVDs and CDs), these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich, proprietary library spans nearly 500 titles with close to 7,000 hours and 13,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, personal growth and high school curriculum. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company based in Chantilly, Va. More information can be found at www.thegreatcourses.com.
About National Geographic
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, films, books, DVDs, radio, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.