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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 multidisciplinary 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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Entertainment Creation Suite

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

Intended for:

Animators, modelers, visual effects artists, and game developers

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Products included in Entertainment Creation Suite:

3ds Max


Any software provided through the Academic Resource Center 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 license agreements

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 movies that inspire you.

Most popular products


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


Inventor Professional

3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.


3ds Max

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


BIM tools for architectural design, MEP, and structural engineering.


Fusion 360  

Tools combine industrial and mechanical design with collaboration.



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


To participate in the Autodesk Education Community, you must agree to and comply with the applicable Terms of Use. 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* online learning resources.  

Free online learning resources


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

Digital STEAM Workshop for secondary educators
Online resources for educators


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

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Community & Events

Webinars & trainings


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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-recognized credentials. As students advance, they take additional Autodesk Certified User exams. This cutting-edge school is preparing students for college and the workforce.
Brooklyn Technical High School video

Creating the future of animation  

Creating the future of animation
Autodesk gives aspiring animators tools that can help them 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



F1 in Schools
F1 in Schools  


*Free Autodesk software licenses and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the license 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.