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Today’s students will make up the next generation of designers, innovators, and creators. That’s why Autodesk gives educational institutions free* access to the design software and apps used by millions of engineers, designers, and digital artists around the world. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) makes it easy for qualified educational institutions to download leading Autodesk software, including AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max, and Maya.

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Set up an ARC account

Start by setting up an ARC account for your educational institution.
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Get software

After you set up your educational institution’s ARC account, specify the software you want students and teachers to use.
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Maintain your software

Activating any current version of Autodesk software from the Academic Resource Center automatically provides you with a Maintenance Subscription account. Find out how to access the benefits a Maintenance Subscription offers.
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Manage an ARC account

To get started, create an account or sign in with an existing Autodesk account.

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Teach and learn your way

Get help with custom training and support integrating Autodesk software into your academic programs.

  • Learning resources mapped by discipline and curriculum standard introduce design thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills essential to 21st century careers.
  • Discover product guides and tutorials to help students achieve quick success and develop professional design skills.
  • Contact an Authorized Academic Partner to arrange customized training and support integrating Autodesk software into your academic programs.


Challenge and engage students

F1 in Schools
Design and manufacture a C02 powered car, analyze aerodynamics, and create marketing material.

FIRST Robotics
Build a competitive robot to accomplish this year's design challenge.

VEX Robotics
Experiment, collaborate, and construct robots as part of a challenge for middle-school students.


Prepare students for careers

Certification options
Certification on Autodesk products helps students validate skills against global, industry-recognized standards.

Education Expert Network
Build a pool of on-campus experts in design and design technology.

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*Free software available through Academic Resource Center (ARC) portal is limited to Autodesk approved educational institutions in certain markets and subject to the applicable Terms of Use, software license agreement and eligibility requirements.  Any software provided through ARC 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 license agreements