Links to Student Software

These software recommendations are not needed for entering the weekly classroom. If your student is proficient in another software, they are allowed to use it for The Animation Course.

No software is needed to enter the classroom or for the assignments with The Drawing Course.


Autodesk Maya

Computer Animation

Free Student Download license (read below before you download)

Maya 3D animation software offers a comprehensive creative feature set for 3D computer animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. Maya has next-generation display technology, accelerated modeling workflows, and tools for handling complex data. *When downloading they ask for an educational institution because it is a free software to students for 3 years. You need to "add" The Animation Course or "add" your school or home school organization.*


FlipBook 6

Hand Drawn

$19.99 to download from the Digicel website

FlipBook 6 is a professional level, hand drawn animation software used in major studios.  It has many different versions and levels and can be used with a wacom or other tablet or used with a camera/scanner if the student wishes to animate on paper.  If your student is serious about hand drawn animation, this is the program we recommend. For our classes the “lite” version will be just what you need!

A note from our Digicel FlipBook vendor: “The info on how to download FlipBook appears on the order complete page and again on the email confirmation they receive after placing their order. In addition to this, FlipBook is also available for download before they buy it. It is available to everyone - all the time.

After customers pay for it they need to send us the unique ID that FlipBook creates on their computer and then we confirm their order and send them a code to unlock FlipBook, which removes the watermark from all future scenes. Our website explains that these codes will be sent out within 1 business day.” (Kent Braun)


If you have any technical questions or would just like some assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.