Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Maya Student License - Free Download

Now that our students are transitioning to online study, it's important to remember that Autodesk, the makers of Maya, offer free education licenses for teachers and students.

You can download the latest version of Maya from the official site here, in the education section.

Working from home
Now that our students are working from home, being able to run Maya from your own workstation is now more important than ever. To see our tips on what kind of machine to buy, to run the software, see this link

Autodesk Maya Indie License
As well as the free education license, Autodesk also offers a "Maya Indie License", allowing students who have learned to animate using the free student version of the software to enter the marketplace at a much-reduced price. This is great news for our graduates; Autodesk offers junior animators the chance to "become a pro at a price you can afford". No longer are digital artists and animators blocked from entering the market for making animated films in Maya by the high price tag for a commercial license.

Autodesk is currently piloting indie versions of Maya so that recent graduates, freelancers, hobbyists and those starting out in the industry have a more affordable option to use the software.  This means that a Bucks graduate could take on, for example, a small indie project with a modest budget - perhaps £1-2,000 - and still make a profit on the job.

Who is Eligibile for the Indie License
  • Your annual gross revenue from design work must be less than USD$100,000 per year
  • Only one license can be used per user or organization
  • You must be based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or the USA
The automatic renewal will be turned off before your annual subscription of Maya Indie expires. You may check your automatic renewal setting by going to your Autodesk Account.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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