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Secondary Schools

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.

Autodesk Design Academy


Autodesk® Design Academy offers secondary educators the right toolset to engage students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). The comprehensive software suite’s design, visualization, and simulation capabilities enable students to easily move between 2D and 3D design environments and fully experience their creative ideas digitally.



  • Supports creativity and the teaching of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of the design thinking process, and 2D and 3D software tools.

  • Helps students see the dynamic connection between science, math, art, and technology, preparing them for college and careers in architecture, engineering, and design.

  • Supported by the Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop, which features online learning content that offers educators a new way of teaching technology. Awarded the ISTE Seal of Alignment for supporting implementation of ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S), the workshop introduces students to industry projects through real-time 3D, storytelling, and short, easy-to-follow videos.


Autodesk Design Academy includes:



AutoCAD® Architecture

AutoCAD® Civil 3D®

AutoCAD® Mechanical

Autodesk® Inventor® Professional

Autodesk® Revit®

Autodesk® SketchBook® Designer

Autodesk® Vault Basic

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design


The following online learning content supports the Autodesk Design Academy:

Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop


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Engage and inspire students to create with Autodesk


Autodesk offers teachers and administrators software, curriculum, and certification options. Help your students develop technology skills with industry-leading software that can help them succeed in higher education or on the job.



The Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop curriculum helps teachers integrate complete project-based learning into the classroom. Learn More



Autodesk provides industry-leading professional software for classroom use. Download it and start using it today. Learn More



Bring fun back to design by celebrating the creative process with your students inside or outside the classroom with a variety of apps. Learn More




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Education Resources


Education Community

Autodesk 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.


Free Apps


Click here to view all the great apps available from Autodesk for your Android or Apple device.


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.



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