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Autodesk Delivers 2009 Design Software Products for Education Market

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 25, 2008—Autodesk launches newest versions of its design software solutions for the education market: Autodesk Design Institute, Autodesk Design Academy and Autodesk DesignKids.

Autodesk Design Institute
Autodesk Design Institute offers academic institutions Autodesk 2D and 3D design software and curricula for teaching architecture and engineering, civil and structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial design. Featuring the same design software used by professionals worldwide, the solution supports advancing design education at post-secondary institutions.


  • Revit Architecture Education Curriculum
  • Revit Architecture Sustainable Design Curriculum
  • Revit Architecture Visualization Supplemental Curriculum
  • Autodesk Inventor Education Curriculum
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Education Curriculum
  • Autodesk AliasStudio Education Curriculum
  • Autodesk 3ds Max for Design Visualization Curriculum


  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Revit family of products
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 
  • AutoCAD Raster Design
  • AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Autodesk AutoStudio
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Autodesk Impression
  • Autodesk Design Review
  • AutoCAD Architecture

Autodesk Design Academy
Autodesk Design Academy is a comprehensive pre-engineering, pre-architecture, and inter-disciplinary solution developed specifically for secondary schools. With 2D and 3D design software and flexible, modular, project-based curricula, Autodesk Design Academy stimulates student interest in the key areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and prepares students for academic and career success.


  • Pre-Architecture curriculum
  • Pre-Civil Engineering curriculum
  • Pre-Mechanical Engineering curriculum
  • Introduction to Engineering Foundation—curriculum from Project Lead the Way
  • Math and Science Lessons
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design curriculum


  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • Revit Architecture
  • AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
  • Autodesk Inventor Suite
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design  
  • Autodesk Design Review

Autodesk DesignKids
The Autodesk DesignKids software solution is designed specifically for primary schools to support academic performance and bridge the gap between theory and practice through fun and challenging learning activities. With 2D and 3D design software and project-based curricula, Autodesk DesignKids brings real-world context to students in key areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and prepares students for academic success. 
This newest release features enhancements to the curricula and software:


  • Design Basics is an introduction to the design process.
  • Jewelry Designer teaches students to design and create their own jewelry.
  • Flight teaches students to develop a layout pattern for a paper airplane, build it, and fly it.
  • My House teaches student how to design and build their dream house.
  • Bridge Design teaches students to build and test a virtual bridge.
  • Skate Park teaches students to design a skate park.


  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Inventor Suite

Autodesk’s education solutions are designed to help today’s students compete in tomorrow's global workplace. Providing faculty and students with digital design tools used by design professionals in the real world and multi-disciplinary and project-based curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and working skills necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of the next 30 years.

PURCHASING: Autodesk education solutions are scheduled for delivery in the United States in late May and early June.

Purchase Options for Autodesk Design Institute —United States and Canada

  • System Solution—ideal for large college or university systems; an institution may install as many software licenses as needed (3ds Max Design is limited to 75 seats).
  • Campus Pack—ideal for medium-size college or university systems; you can install up to 75 Autodesk software licenses.
  • Class Pack—ideal for the single classroom or lab; you can install up to 25 Autodesk software licenses.

Purchase Options for Autodesk Design Academy

  • Annual term license—ideal for schools with limited funding or expiring budgets. Annual term licenses are available in one-year or multiple-year terms. At the end of the term, the software and curriculum licenses can be renewed for another term or can be removed from computers without any further commitment.
  • Perpetual license—ideal for schools that want to purchase and own the Autodesk Design Academy license without any commitment to future purchases. Perpetual licenses do not expire and can be upgraded. You can simply purchase upgrades yearly or as budgets permit.
  • Autodesk Design Academy Plusgrade—ideal for schools that already license Autodesk stand-alone software or a qualifying competitive product. Upgrade (or “plusgrade”) your existing Autodesk software and/or qualifying competitive products to Autodesk Design Academy and receive curricula and a suite of Autodesk software titles.

Purchase Options for Autodesk DesignKids:

  • Autodesk DesignKids License—available as a 10-seat license with additional licenses available for purchase. The software license can be upgraded, allowing schools to purchase upgrades yearly or as budgets permit.
  • Autodesk DesignKids Plusgrade—ideal for institutions that already license Autodesk stand-alone software or a qualifying competitive product. You can upgrade (or “plusgrade”) your Autodesk software and/or qualifying competitive products to Autodesk Design Academy and receive curricula and a suite of Autodesk software titles.

For more information about Autodesk DesignKids, Autodesk Design Institute and Autodesk Design Academy, please contact and Autodesk Academic Value Added Reseller.

CONTACT: Angela Simoes, 415-547-2388,

About Autodesk Education
Autodesk is committed to supporting students and educators by providing powerful 2D and 3D design software, innovative programs and resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals to experience their ideas before they're real. By supporting educators advance design education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, Autodesk is helping prepare students develop for future academic and career success. Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs, training, curricula development and community resources. For more information about Autodesk education programs and solutions, visit

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets.  Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are built. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation.  For additional information about Autodesk, visit

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