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, still by far the most 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; 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 the much-reduced price of £275.
This is great news for animation graduates; with this new license 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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