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Autodesk is committed to invest in the next generation and to help them on their journey to imagine, design, and create a better world. Students, educators, and academic institutions worldwide have free* access to Autodesk software—the same tools used by millions in industry today. We’re enabling future makers, engineers, and designers to move their ideas into reality, and helping to prepare students for jobs with free software. We can’t wait to see how they solve real-world design challenges.

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Each year, 1,400 freshmen at Brooklyn Technical High School take the Inventor Certified User exam to build industry-recognized credentials.
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Engineering and architecture students learn to work across disciplines via the cloud with Autodesk BIM 360.
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Students at Art Center College of Design and Columbia College use Autodesk Smoke to get a head start in film, video, and visual effects careers.
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Virginia Tech industrial design students are using Fusion 360 to iterate and make better design decisions early on.

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**Free software available through the Academic Resource Center (ARC) program 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 can be found online at http://usa.autodesk.com/legal-notices-trademarks/.

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