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Our Education Collective groups all the products on the left (Nuke, Mari, Modo, Cara VR 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.

Choose the one-year package that’s right for you


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First Year Free

  • Get the Education Collective for free with First Year Free program
  • Includes access to Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo, Cara VR and Katana and 3Delight
  • For full-time school or university students
  • Please use your university email address to apply
  • Must be a new Foundry customer

Discounted Student Licenses

  • Get Nuke, Cara VR, Mari, Modo, Katana and 3Delight with the Education Collective
  • Lasts one year. Students can purchase consecutively up to three years
  • Please note this is a node-locked license
  • Student Price: $262 / £158 / €188

Graduate Licenses

  • For recent graduates graduating within past 6 months
  • Apply for a graduate license today
  • Please note proof of course and course length are required
  • Graduate Price: $262 / £158 / €188

Upgrade to Commercial

  • By joining the Education program, you are automatically eligible to upgrade to a free, permanent commercial license and only pay the price of annual maintenance


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Education FAQs

1) What is the First Year Free program and how do I qualify?

The First Year Free program is an opportunity for new students to experiment with Foundry products for one year, free of charge. The program allows students to obtain a one year Education Collective license. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a full-time school or university. You must also be a new Foundry customer. Existing customers do not qualify.

2) When can I get a Student license?

Students are able to apply for the First Year Free Education Collective license at any time in their studies as long as they are a current, full-time student. To be considered a full-time student, they need to be enrolled in a program that meets at least twice a week and is at least five months long.

3) What do I do when my first year free student license expires?

After your First Year Education Collective license expires, students are able to renew their license up to three times as a student license. In the fourth year, you’re able to renew it as a graduate license. Both of these licenses are paid annually, at $262 / £158 / €188 per year.

4) When am I eligible for a Graduate License?

Students are eligible to renew their license as a Graduate license 6 months before and up to 6 months after graduation. The Graduate license is the same as a student license and is valid for one year.

Our Graduate Licenses are $262 / £158 / €188, for the year.

5) When can I upgrade to a Commercial license?

To upgrade to a Commercial license, students will need to have owned a student or graduate license for at least one year. After that, students are eligible to upgrade to a commercial license while you are a student or recent graduate.

6) How do I upgrade my license to a Commercial license?

We offer an upgrade from an annual student or Graduate license to a permanent Commercial license at a 70% discount. The upgrade cost is the annual commercial maintenance fee.

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. Please contact with the request to upgrade to the desired product, we will then issue you a quotation to sign and return. When we receive the signed document, we can then go ahead and process your order for you.

7) What’s the difference between Non-commercial and Education licensing?

Non-commercial licenses are for home-use only; therefore, they cannot be used in a commercial environment. This includes schools.

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, commercial 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. Foundry education licenses allow students and graduates to upgrade to permanent commercial licenses at 70% off the commercial price when their student licenses expire.

8) What products are available for free?

We do not offer free independent products. Full time students may qualify for a one time discount on our Education Collective, via the First Year Free program.

9) Can my 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.

10) How do I get a system ID?

To get a 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.

11) How do I pay for my license?

Students and graduates are issued a secure payment link after 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.

The Worldpay links can take up to 24 hours after your order is processed to be dispatched, 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.

Once payment has been made, our accounts team will be notified and your full license will be e-mailed to you within 1 working day. Payment methods will be listed on the invoice, but please be aware that we do not accept Paypal.

12) How do I install my license?

Please visit the Support Portal here for installation instructions or to contact our support team.

13) How can I update my product version?

So 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.

14) I am having difficulty with my First Year Free Education Collective license, how can I resolve the issue with my license?

Support for students is provided via our dedicated support forum which can be found here.

Here you will find a designated section with details on everything you need to get you up and running. The forums are also a great place to ask questions, get help, post your work and exchange tips and tricks with other users.

15) Can I use my license on commercial work?

You may not use a first year free or paid student license for commercial work. You are permitted to use a graduate or upgraded commercial license for commercial projects.

16) I graduated more than 6 months ago. Do I have any options?

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