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Foundry is empowering the next generation of superstar artists with affordable access to industry-leading toolsets



Get to know all of Foundry's creative software though our free student license program. Students from qualifying schools can now experiment with Foundry products free of charge.

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Foundry Education
Showreel 2024

Empowering the next generation of artists

What do I get?

  • Unbeatable pricing

    Students can upgrade to fully commercial licenses at 70% off the regular price. Educational licenses are over 95% off compared to commercial pricing!

    Access four of our leading products, free of charge. Eligible students can get an Education Collective license, giving them access to Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo and Katana.
  • Learn

    We've got a wide range of learning materials to help you get to grips with our tools as quickly as possible. Everything from online tutorials to community forums where you can get answers to your questions.
  • Education Collective

    Our Education Collective groups Nuke, Mari, Modo, Cara VR and Katana into one package, providing all the tools for a production workflow in one license.



Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between non-commercial and education licensing?

Non-commercial licenses have usage limitations and restrictions. Non-commercial licenses are for home-use only; therefore, they cannot be used in a commercial environment including schools. Our education licenses provide full non-limited commercial versions of the software meaning students can easily transfer files between home and school machines and take their work with them into the industry. Once a project is started in non-commercial, it cannot later be transferred to education/commercial versions due to file encryption, so projects would need to be started from scratch in full commercial versions. Additionally, Foundry education licenses allow students and graduates to upgrade to permanent commercial licenses at 70% off the commercial price.

I’m a faculty member interested in teaching your products. Whom do I contact for licenses, training material, and other help?

Please email us at and the team can help answer all of your questions

I'm not a student or currently enrolled in a program. What are my options?

If you're not currently a student or are learning on your own, our non-commercial version or 30-day trial (available for Nuke, Mari, Modo and Katana) will be your best options. For tutorials and learning content, please check out our Learn page

Do you have training material to help me learn?

Yes, we have a wide range of learning materials to help you get to grips with our tools as quickly as possible. Check out our tutorials and learning docs on our Learn page. If you are an instructor looking for additional learning content, please email us at so we can best assist you with content requests.

Where can I find advice for my VFX career?

Start building your professional network by gaining access to people you might not have met otherwise and get your foot in the door to 30+ award-winning VFX, animation and games studios through our partner ACCESS: VFX. Find out more about the free mentoring program and sign up here!

What's included in the Education Collective?

The Education Collective gives you access to Nuke, NukeX, NukeStudio, Katana, Mari and Modo, all in a single license