Students and Graduates

Students can enjoy free or discounted access to all Foundry products

Free access to Foundry software

Our Education Collective groups all the products on the left (Nuke, Mari, Modo, and Katana) into one package. This gives you access to all the tools for a production workflow in one license. The products in this package are completely unrestricted; it's the same software you'll use in the industry.

Our tools are used to win Oscars. We’ve packaged them into the Education Collective, which can help students become the artists that studios want to hire, and give them the confidence they need to pursue a career in VFX.

Click the links on the left to learn more about each product or apply for your license below.

Note that the Education Collective license is node-locked and lasts for one year.

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free student licenses

Free Student Licenses

  • Free access for students at qualifying educational institutions
  • Includes access to Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo, Cara VR and Katana and 3Delight
  • For full-time school or university students
  • Complete your course details to find out if you qualify for free access

Discounted Student Licenses

  • Discounted access for students at non-qualifying educational institutions
  • Includes access to Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo and Katana
  • Available for students on any full-time course, even if your educational institution does not qualify for free licenses
  • Student Price: $262 / £158 / €188

Graduate Licenses

  • Discounted access for recent graduates
  • Includes access to Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo and Katana
  • Available for graduates who have completed a full-time course in the past 6 months (proof of course and length are required)
  • Graduate Price: $262 / £158 / €188

Upgrade to Commercial

  • Upgrade to a full commercial license at the end of your student term
  • Upgrade to a permanent commercial license, and only pay the price of annual maintenance
  • Holders of Student and Graduate licenses are automatically eligible at the end of their term


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Education FAQs

What is the Free Student license program and how do I qualify?

The Free Student license program is an opportunity for students to experiment with all Foundry products, free of charge. To qualify, you must be enrolled full-time at an eligible school or university. To be considered a full-time student, your program must meet at least twice a week and run for at least five months. You can check your eligibility and apply for a Free Student License.

If I don’t qualify, can I purchase a Discounted Student license instead?

Yes, if your school or university is not eligible for Free Student licenses, then provided you are a full-time student you can still purchase a Discounted Student license. You can apply for a Discounted Student license here.

What do I do when my Free Student license expires?

When your Free Student license expires, if you are still in full-time education you can apply for a one year license extension. Then once you graduate, you can either purchase a one year Graduate license or upgrade to a Commercial license here.

When am I eligible for a Graduate license?

Students are eligible to purchase a Graduate license from 6 months before until 6 months after their graduation date. A Graduate license gives you the same product access as a Student license and is valid for one year. You can apply for a Graduate license here.

I graduated more than 6 months ago. Can I still purchase a Graduate license?

Please email us at and we can discuss options with you.

When can I upgrade to a Commercial license?

To upgrade to a Commercial license, students need to have owned a Student license or Graduate license for at least one year, and you must purchase the update within six month of your current license expiring. You can apply for an upgrade to a Commercial license here.

How do I upgrade my license to a Commercial license?

We offer an upgrade from a Student or Graduate license to a permanent Commercial license at a 70% discount to normal pricing. You'll find all pricing for the upgrade on our website here. The upgrade to commercial fee is for a full permanent license, with one year of maintenance.

The upgrade must be purchased within 6 months of the annual license expiring and the license is node-locked. You can apply for an upgrade to a Commercial license here.

What is the difference between Non-commercial and Education licensing?

Non-commercial licenses are for home-use only, so they cannot be used in a commercial environment or in schools for teaching.

Once a project is started in Non-commercial, it cannot later be transferred to education or commercial versions due to file encryption, so projects would need to be started from scratch in full commercial versions.

Our Education licenses provide full, non-limited versions of the software. This means students can easily transfer files between home and school machines and take their work with them into the industry. Education licenses also allow students and graduates to upgrade to permanent commercial licenses at 70% off the commercial price when their student licenses expire.

Can my Education license be used on multiple machines?

The Education Collective for students can be used on one machine only. If you wish to transfer your license to another machine, you can request an education form at We permit a maximum of two license transfers per year.

If you require a license for a second computer, this may be purchased with a 50% discount. Please email us at requesting the discounted second license and we will be happy to assist.

How do I find my system ID?

To find your system ID, you need to download and run our Foundry License Utility (FLU) which you can do here. The system ID is the 12 digit code displayed along the bottom of the FLU window.

How do I pay for my license?

Students and graduates are issued a secure payment link once their order is processed. Your order will be processed within two working days of receiving your information and you will be emailed a secure link to make your payment via Worldpay.

It can take up to 24 hours after your order is processed, for the licenses to be dispatched to you. To avoid delays, please submit your payment within 24 hours of receiving the link. Your license will run one year plus 2 working days from the date of order.

How do I install my license? How can I get help with the installation?

Please visit the Support Portal here for installation instructions. Support for students is provided via our dedicated support forum here. The forum is also a great place to ask questions, get help, post your work and exchange tips and tricks with other users.

How can I update my product version?

As long as you have active maintenance, you will have access to all the latest versions of the software by re-downloading the product from the Product Downloads page here.

Can I use my license on commercial work?

You may not use a Student license for commercial work. You are permitted to use a Graduate or upgraded commercial license for commercial projects.

I applied for the free student license but received a reply that my course provider has a key for me. What do I do next?

Please contact your course provider for access to your student license.  We now provide student licenses directly to the school rather than via individual applications.  If your course provider is unsure of how to access the key, the instructor can email us directly at and we'll be happy to assist them with access for the class.  We can not issue home-use keys directly to the students, so please request your course provider to email in.