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Post-Secondary Institutions


Autodesk partners with academia and industry to help shape a positive future in design and engineering education. With Autodesk® Education Suites, academic institutions can gain access to comprehensive software products and tools. Educators can help students build valuable workplace skills and prepare for rewarding careers in architecture, engineering, and the digital arts. Use our school badges to showcase real-world industry software used in your coursework.


Autodesk ARC Portal - access to free network versions for your classroom
(South-Africa, Nigeria and Kenya only)








Autodesk is excited to introduce a new educational opportunity available for your institution.


Click here to download the datasheet with more information or click here to view the FAQ document.


Empowering our students, faculties and institutions with real-world tools is imperative to ensuring that they are equipped to address next generation challenges. Widespread access to industry-standard technology and software will help improve education and allow educators to allocate more resources to faculty development and other education programs.


Autodesk’s design software can be made available to your institution free of charge by registering for access to download via the ARC Portal (Network Versions only).  Education versions of Autodesk’s software such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Alias, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya, as well as many other Autodesk software products, are available on the ARC portal. If you do not have the ability to download the software you can purchase one USB Flashdrive from Educad vat which will contain all 35 products available on the portal as well as a single standalone license for you. Please email us to find out more.


We encourage your institution to take this first step towards raising the bar of your students’ design skills.


Standalone Versions


Standalone versions of our software is still available for purchase at highly reduced costs. Please contact us for a quotation.


General Design

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management

Game Art and Design, Film and TV Studies

Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering










Education Resources


Education CommunityAutodesk grants students and educators free* access to the latest versions of Autodesk software for personal use from the Education Community. Autodesk custom curricula and learning materials are also available here.


Autodesk Certification


Autodesk Certified User certification confirms that students have the skills necessary to continue their design careers—whether they attend college, enter the workforce, or work toward additional levels of industry certification after graduation. Find out more from Certiport, the provider for the Autodesk Certified User Program.


*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. Software licenses and/or cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for learning, teaching, and training in relation to the instructional functions performed by a primary or secondary educational institution or other degree- or certificate-granting institution. Such software and cloud-based services shall not be used for commercial, professional or for-profit instructional purposes.


Educational Success Stories

Click here to read about Autodesk's educational success stories from around the world.


Design Competitions


Our design competion for Architecture, Interior Design, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction students is the AfricaBIM Competition. Please click here for more information.










We are also very proud to announce that we are the technology sponsors for the 2013 Pneudrive Challenge.











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