Engaging content for your classroom

Autodesk Design Academy creates high quality content for secondary and post-secondary students and educators. Read below to learn how we structure content and ensure that it aligns with academic standards.

Content types

Autodesk Design Academy offers three types of content – exercises, projects, and courses – to provide a diverse range of learning experiences.  Whether you’re a beginner looking for simple exercises, an enthusiast searching for a new challenge, or an instructor in need of course material, Design Academy has something for you.

These short lessons cover a limited, specific set of design or software skills.  They’re typically a single activity or a quick, simple project. Included resources: lesson plan, dataset, step-by-step guide and software tutorials.


Hands-on, in-depth projects challenge students to apply Design Thinking and Autodesk software skills in order to create unique solutions to a design problem. Included resources: instructor and student manuals, datasets, software tutorials, and step-by-step guides.


Courses are in-depth explorations of how design works in a specific industry. These multi-week experiences are comprised of multiple projects and additional course material, along with lecture tools for teachers.

Learning content levels

Autodesk Design Academy learning content comes in three skill levels. Students can develop their software and Design Thinking prowess from foundational to conceptual with learning content tailored to accommodate anyone from novice to master.

In beginner-level projects and exercises, students learn basic software and Design Thinking skills to develop a foundation in 3D design.


At the Intermediate level, projects and exercises teach students more advanced software techniques and design principles, encouraging them to begin making real design decisions.


The highest level of projects and exercises requires students to find creative solutions for design challenges while demonstrating a robust knowledge of Autodesk software and Design Thinking.

Asset types

Every project comes with a range of resources for both students and instructors. Instructor resources bolster courses with in-class activities and background knowledge, and student resources help students learn not just how to use Autodesk software, but to think like designers.

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In-depth guides for teachers that put each project in context and give guidance on learning objectives. Instructor manuals also contain rubrics and academic standards alignment tables.

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These manuals provide students with an overview of Design Thinking, an introduction to the industry the project relates to, and a notebook with exercises that walk students through Design Thinking and the project.

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Lesson plans help the instructor fame the project in a larger context of STEAM-based learning. They feature key terms, guiding questions, rubrics, and academic standards alignments.


Autodesk files that show the beginning and final states of the project. They can also include files the students need to use to complete their project and can be imported directly into the software.

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PDF guides that demonstrate exactly how to use Autodesk software to complete a project.

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Videos featuring subject matter experts who show click by click how to complete the project.

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Profiles highlight the designer who created the project, their work and process, as well as their unique insights into their industry.


Typically a problem set or a task in the software, this content can be done by students in their own time to supplement their learning.


Lecture slides that can be used to supplement classroom work and guide students through projects in class.

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Assignments that ask students to complete a series of tasks in the software related to what they’re learning that week.

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Our free Digital STEAM iPad apps are now available on PC. Download the free Unity Player to open them.

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These videos provide an overview of the steps in Design Thinking and explore the ways they can be used in the context of the specific project.

Academic standards

When we develop new content, it is carefully mapped to typical courses of study and the latest academic standards. Design Academy materials meet the following standards:
Common Core standards for English and Math.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
ITEA Standards for Technological Literacy.
National Standards for School Mathematics, Visual Arts, and Science.
ISTE Seal of Alignment

Additional Design Academy features


Share your design work by uploading images, software files, and more. If you’re an instructor, you can also share lesson plans, lectures, and other content you’ve created.

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Product How-to

Watch supplementary practice videos that cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced level skills in the following products: AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, 3ds Max, Inventor, and Fusion 360.

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