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Inspire. Engage. Prepare.

The next generation of designers, innovators, and creators are your students today. Help them realize their potential by integrating professional design software and creativity apps used by millions of engineers, designers, and digital artists into your curriculum. Autodesk Education helps you inspire, engage, and prepare your students for academic and career success by providing free* access to Autodesk software.


Free software for educators

Choose a title to download software for your individual use. To access software for your college or university, go to institutions.

Entertainment creation

    3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing software

    3ds Max

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

    Character Generator 3D character software

    Character Generator

    Create customized, rigged, and ready-to-animate 3D characters.

    Maya 3D animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and compositing software

    Maya

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

    Maya LT

    A 3D animation tool for indie and mobile game developers.

    MotionBuilder 3D character animation software

    MotionBuilder

    3D character animation software for virtual production.

    Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software

    Mudbox

    3D digital sculpting and texture painting software.

    Smoke professional video editing software

    Smoke

    Professional video editing and effects software for Mac.

    Softimage 3D animation software for visual effects and games production

    Softimage

    3D character animation and visual effects software.


Teach and learn your way

Help your students put theory into practice with free teaching and learning resources.

  • Add project-based learning workshops in engineering, architecture, construction management, or media and entertainment to your curriculum.

  • Discover product guides and tutorials to help students achieve quick success and develop professional design skills.

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

Design in education showcase

Products they used

Fast car. Faster design.

Top Asia FSAE team designs winning Formula Student car using Autodesk software.
FSAE team student story

2013 Solar Decathlon

Teams of students from around the world designed a solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Check out their cool designs and inspirational stories.
2013 Solar Decathlon student video

Inspiring film, video, and visual effects students

Learn how Smoke offers students a range of editing and post-production tools in a single package. Explore real-life examples from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and Chicago’s Columbia College.
Columbia College student story

Integrating design and construction for students

Auburn University prepares future leaders in design and construction for career success in the fast-changing building industry.
Auburn University student project 


Fusion 360 faculty showcase

How faculty help industrial and mechanical engineering students design in new ways using Fusion 360.
Visit the Fusion 360 faculty showcase.


Challenge and engage students

Competitions & events
Design competitions encourage students to collaborate and innovate.

Certification options
Add an Autodesk certification to your resume to validate your skills and attract students to your program.

Education Expert Network
Take experience to the next level by becoming an Educator Expert or groom a team of Student Experts.


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*Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.