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Free software for students, educators and schools

The challenges of today will be solved by the designers of tomorrow. That's why Autodesk gives students, educators and educational institutions free* access to professional design software, creativity apps and real-world projects. Autodesk Education helps to inspire and prepare the next generation to imagine, design and create a better world.

Autodesk 3D design and creation suites provide expanded toolsets, unique interoperability and a consistent user experience, plus the convenience of deploying in school labs.

Education Master Suite

This multi-disciplinary software solution helps educators prepare aspiring architects, engineers and digital artists with 2D and 3D software tools.

Intended for:

Designers, architects and engineers

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Most popular products included in Education Master Suite:

3ds Max
3ds Max Design

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Popular products for Architecture, Engineering and Construction:

Revit (US site)
AutoCAD Civil 3D (US site)
3ds Max Design
AutoCAD Map 3D
AutoCAD Architecture
Navisworks Manage

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Entertainment Creation Suite

Experience the creative freedom of having a palette of 3D animation tools at your fingertips.

Intended for:

Animators, modellers, visual effects artists and game developers

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Products included in Entertainment Creation Suite:

3ds Max
MotionBuilder (US site)
Mudbox (US site)
Softimage (US site)


Any software provided through the Academic Resource Centre (US site) portal may only be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a qualified educational institution, and may not be used for commercial, professional, or any other for-profit purposes. 

Autodesk software licence agreements (US site)

Autodesk offers students and educators free* access to nearly all of our products. Get started with the design software and creativity apps used to make the buildings, products, games and films that inspire you.

Most popular products

AutoCAD (US site)

CAD design, drafting, modelling, drawing and engineering software.


Inventor Professional (US site)

3D mechanical CAD, visualisation and documentation software.


3ds Max (US site)

3D modelling software for games, film and video content.

Revit (US site)

BIM tools for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering.


Fusion 360 (US site)  

Tools combine industrial and mechanical design with collaboration.


Maya (US site)

Innovative tools for 3D modelling, animation, effects and rendering.


To participate in the Autodesk Education Community, you must agree to and comply with the applicable Terms of Use (US site). You must also be either a student or faculty member.

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Get started, master professional skills, or prove your expertise with free* on-line learning resources.  

Free on-line learning resources (US site)


Find resources organised by discipline or curriculum standard to teach your way with Autodesk software.

On-line resources for educators (US site)


Autodesk certifications validate skills and knowledge and can help to advance careers.

Certification programmes (US site)



Case studies


High school freshmen get certified

At Brooklyn Technical High School, 1,400 freshmen take the Autodesk Inventor Certified User exam each year to build industry-recognised credentials.

As students advance, they take additional Autodesk Certified User exams. This cutting-edge school is preparing students for college and the workforce.

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Creating the future of animation  

Creating the future of animation
Autodesk gives aspiring animators tools that can help them to succeed in school and beyond.

“We use Autodesk Maya for everything from motion capture data to creating digital doubles to building animated creatures. It's the software of choice at most visual effects houses. That's why I tend to look for students with experience in Maya.”

— Eamonn Butler, Animation Director, Cinesite 

Student animation success story (US site)

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*Free Autodesk software licences and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the licence agreement or terms of service, as applicable, that accompany such software or cloud-based services. The software is for personal use for education purposes and is not intended for classroom or lab use.