Software for Personal Devices and Educational Discounts

Software Provided by CalArts


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.

Highland 2

Highland 2 is software for writing screenplays that can work for almost every kind of document you write. From novels to blog posts and school reports, Highland’s clean design and innovative tools help you focus on words, not formatting.

For instructions on how to obtain a free license to Highland 2 Pro, submit a ticket selecting “Highland 2 Pro” in the ticket drop down menu.

Soundly (Soundminer cloud-based alternative)

Soundly is a cloud-based sound effects database application. It has a limited number of sound effects available for free to students in the School of Film/Video.

To receive a Soundly promo code and instructions, submit a ticket selecting “Soundly” in the ticket drop down menu.


TVPaint Animation software offers a comprehensive set of flexible drawing and animation tools for computers or tablets. CalArts offers TVPaint licenses to students. To request a license, submit a ticket.

Software Educational Discounts


Live Intro, Standard and Suite are available with an educational discount via the Ableton website.


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

Apple Pro Apps

Apple has a Pro Apps Bundle for education that includes Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Compressor, Motion, and MainStage.


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

Backstage is an online platform for casting. Students can create a filmmaker account at and post jobs for free using the promo code: CALARTS.


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. To get this software, you need to first register for an OnTheHub / Kivuto account by following these instructions. Verification may take a few days. Once your account has been verified, you can download Cinema 4D from Maxon’s website here.


Dragonframe offers student discounts on their website.

Final Draft

Final Draft offers student discounts on their website. They also offer a free trial that lasts 22 weeks (or the duration of one semester).


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 to 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.

To apply for a temporary educational license, please email Justin Hogan, Head of Production Services:

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

Red Giant

Red Giant offers student discounts on 6-month Maxon One licenses via their website.


Storyboarder is a free storyboarding tool you can download from their website.

Toon Boom

Toon Boom has student discounts available on their website.


Wacom has educational discounts for students. You can visit their Educational Discount website here.

Hardware Educational Discounts


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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