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Software for institutions

Inspire. Engage. Prepare.

The next generation of designers, innovators, and creators are today’s students. 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 such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max, Maya, and more.

Create an ARC account

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

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If your educational institution obtained Autodesk educational grant software prior to February 24, 2014, you may sign in with the account you used to activate that software. You will be prompted to update your user profile (including the name of your educational institution) before you can download more software on behalf of your educational institution.

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 professional services to arrange customized training and for 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
Design a competitive robot to accomplish this year's design challenge.

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

Prepare students for careers

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

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

School badges
Show students that your school and classes are powered by leading professional design software with a school badge.

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*Free software available through Academic Resource Center (ARC) portal is limited to Autodesk approved education 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