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Educational Discounts

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For software available during the 2020-2021 academic year to School of Film/Video students, visit our Software for Personally-owned Computers 2020-2021 article, here.



Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, which includes all of Adobe’s apps such as Photoshop and After Effects, is available to CalArts students through CalArts IT.


Live Standard and Suite are available with an educational discount for CalArts students and faculty. Submit a ticket for the code.


Autodesk products such as Maya are available to students for free via their website.


There are a limited number of licenses for Pro Tools and Media Composer for students currently enrolled in a School of Film/Video course. Go to the Software for Personally-owned Computers 2020-2021 article for more information.

Avid offers student discounts on subscriptions and perpetual licenses for Pro Tools, Media Composer, and Sibelius.


ChronoSync, a macOS application that is capable of backing up your data, cloning your hard drive, synching files between two computers, and storing redundant backups in the cloud, offers students a 30% discount.

Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D, a popular 3D animation application, is available to students for free via Maxon’s website.

Final Draft

Final Draft is the #1–selling screenwriting program for screenwriters, TV writers, playwrights, and writers of new media. It enables the aspiring writer to create professional–looking scripts like those passed around in Hollywood studios.

For over 25 years, nearly every film and television show has been written with Final Draft, and they are offering an educational discount for Final Draft 11.

Or if you are not ready to buy but still wish to use a fully functional Final Draft 11 for one semester, you can request the Final Draft Educational Trial at no cost.

To get the discount code, submit a ticket.


iZotope offers 50% off a full range of products for current students and faculty.

This discount is available directly through the iZotope web store and is only available for full, single product licenses. The discount cannot be used to purchase upgrades, add-on packs (such as the Iris Sound Libraries), or bundles/suites and cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Microsoft Office 365

Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

Go to Microsoft Office 365 and enter a valid school email address get started.

Movie Magic

Movie Magic Budgeting software has tools to enable you to create professional budgets for your projects and Movie Magic Scheduling software has tools to enable you to create and view schedules for your projects.

CalArts participates in the Movie Magic Academic Program which gives students a substantial discount on their software. Email for the CalArts coupon code.

Entertainment Partners, the makers of Movie Magic, has free 1 hour online tutorials available on YouTube. On there, you can find the Movie Magic Scheduling tutorial and the Movie Magic Budgeting tutorial

For those who would like in person training, Entertainment Partners has free regularly scheduled training sessions at their headquarters in Burbank. 


MUBI’s Film Schools Program gives free accounts to students. 

Red Giant

Red Giant offers free 6-month access to Red Giant Complete for academic accounts via their website.

Toon Boom

CalArts and the School of Film/Video have partnered with Toon Boom for the academic year. In addition to adding Harmony Premium and Storyboard Pro to our computer labs, we have also arranged for currently enrolled students to obtain free personal desktop licenses.

As a student at CalArts, you are entitled to a free one-year desktop subscription of ToonBoom’s Harmony Premium and Storyboard Pro software to use on your own personal computer.

To get the special instructions to download your Harmony and Storyboard Pro licenses, submit a ticket.


TVPaint Développement company offers discount prices on the Educational licenses. The “Educational” licenses contain exactly the same tools as commercial licenses and are not limited in time. So you are allowed to use your software at the end of your curriculum, even for commercial purposes, as freelance artists. However, it is forbidden to use an Educational license in an animation studio. 

To get the discount code, submit a ticket.



GoPro offers a student discount of 20% on all cameras and accessories on GoPro Products.


The RED® Educational Program offers educational pricing for many products to students, faculty, and schools. 

For students and faculty, RED Educational pricing expires one (1) year from the date of approval. After one (1) year, students and faculty need to submit up-to-date documentation to reestablish eligibility.


MacEnthusiasts are a LA based computer rental house. To use the academic discount, tell them you are a CalArts student when you get a rental quote. To rent a computer, you will be required to provide a deposit.

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