Autodesk Education: Supporting Students And Educators

Like many "big name companies" Autodesk is committed to supporting students and educators. They do soby providing access to powerful design software, innovative programs and resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals to experience their ideas before they’re real. By advancing education in the key areas of science, technology, engineering, math and visual communication, Autodesk is helping students develop critical skills for future academic and career success. Read on for more about the Autodesk student design community website, free educational software opportunities, and a student contest with fantastic prizes. Students, be sure to take advantage of these free programs and resources while you can… I did but wished I would have done even more!

Looking for discounted or free educational software from Autodesk? There are two ways students can get access to Autodesk software: by joining Autodesk’s free Student Engineering & Design Community site or by purchasing at a discounted educational rate.

To support their educational offerings, Autodesk EDU provides an online collaboration community via the student Engineering & Design Community – a place where students and educators alike can join forums, download software, tools, curriculum and more. Even more??? Check it out at See – Note: A school issued email address will make registration much easier and faster for you!

Member Benefits: – download free student editions of Autodesk software
find jobs
discuss projects & share work
learn from community experts
find out about industry and educational trends in your field
take self-paced tutorials on all downloadable products
ask & answer questions
make new friends!

Members of the community are also encouraged to take part in the annual Student Engineering & Desdign competition. This year the winner took home a sweet prize (HP xw4400 Workstation with 20 flat panel monitor) for submitting a design for a Wheelchair for the 21st Century

Image: Wheelchair for the 21st Century – by
Michal Piersa, Milosz Jamrozy, Igor Modelski,
Bogusz Radziemski, Rafal Krzysiak and Kamil Ruszczyk
Politechnika Warszawska, Poland (Image source: Autodesk)

Products available for free download (for members):

Autodesk Inventor Professional
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Revit Architecture
Autodesk AliasStudio
Autodesk VIZ
Revit Structure
AutoCAD Raster Design
Autodesk Impression
AutoCAD Map 3D

Students can also gain access to Autodesk products for film and video artists, game developers, design visualization professionals, and visual effects artists. The Student Engineering & Design Community site provides learning tutorials and resources for the following products:

Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk MotionBuilder

Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs, training, curricula development and community resources.

Other Autodesk Academic Solution Offerings:

Autodesk Design Institute
Autodesk Design Institute is a program for post-secondary institutions that provides a wide range of Autodesk design tools for teaching in the fields of manufacturing, industrial design, architecture, construction, and civil engineering.

Autodesk Design Academy
Autodesk Design Academy is a comprehensive and challenging pre-engineering, pre-architecture, and cross-discipline program for high school students. It includes the latest Autodesk software used by professionals supplemented with the Introduction to Engineering foundation course from Project Lead the Way, geometry lessons, and a sustainable design section.

Autodesk Animation Academy
Most recently, Autodesk has introduced a New Animation Academy Curriculum for High School Students. Autodesk Animation Academy is the premier visual communication program for secondary schools wishing to bring mathematical, technical, scientific and artistic subject matter to life. The team-based curriculum teaches students sophisticated 3D visualization and animation skills with the same technology that is used by professionals in the media and entertainment industry. To learn more about Animation Academy, please visit Immerse students in science, math, language, arts, and technology with this exciting visual communication curriculum featuring Autodesk 3ds Max animation software. Animation Academy includes everything educators need to introduce 3ds Max animation technology, captivating students while exposing them to a variety of academic subjects.

Autodesk DesignKids
Autodesk DesignKids introduces middle-school students to the design process through fun and motivating projects such as creating a skate park or jewelry line. The project-based approach helps students develop teamwork, critical thinking and presentation skills while building self-esteem and confidence.

Autodesk Student Licensing
This program gives institutions the opportunity to sell Autodesk software to students at discounted prices.

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