Autodesk Maya has been the dominant software package in 3D animation for over 20 years. I first used Maya 1.0 on "The Iron Giant", back in 1998. And today it remains the most powerful package for the creation of 3D animation, widely used in industry.
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Our students can get hold of a free student license for Maya, which is restricted to non-commercial use. The license lasts for 3 years, but you won't need it longer than that because each year Autodesk releases a new version of the software.
Autodesk Maya "Indie License" - for Commercial Use
Autodesk has also launched 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 graduates; Autodesk offers junior animators the chance to "become a pro at a price you can afford". The idea is that recent graduates, freelancers, hobbyists and those starting out in the industry have a more affordable option to use the software.
Eligibility for 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
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