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Introducing the Unity Student plan: Start creating like a pro

February 25, 2020 in Technology | 5 min. read
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Learn how to create like a pro with access to the professional tools and workflows that teams use to create AR/VR, games, and other interactive experiences across industries.

We’re excited to announce the new Unity Student plan. If you’re a student, you can get free access to the same tools and workflows that professionals use on the job in industries like gaming, architecture, engineering, automotive, and entertainment.

 

Get the Unity Student plan

 

We’re witnessing a rapidly growing demand for real-time 3D development skills across the globe. In fact, two of the fastest-growing engineering roles are in gaming and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). If you’re a student, you have good reason to be interested in learning AR/VR and game development.

According to a recent Hired report, the tech job platform saw a 146% increase in demand for game development roles and a 1400% growth in demand in AR/VR roles in 2019. This is a reflection of the broadening applications of AR/VR across multiple industries where world-building, 3D modeling, and visualization are becoming more relevant. 

Whether you’ve got published Unity projects under your belt or you’re just starting to explore your creative or career interests, we are dedicated to supporting you in developing your skills with an arsenal of free learning resources, which now includes the new Unity Student plan.  

“We’re witnessing a shift in the way the economy is moving, making real-time 3D skills absolutely imperative for those entering into the job market,” said Jessica Lindl, Vice President and Global Head of Education, Unity Technologies. “It’s critical that we empower students today with the technical skills that will be demanded of them and we believe the Unity Student Plan is the ideal resource for students to hone their craft and gain a competitive advantage in the workforce.”

Gain access to professional tools and workflows

Our student users told us in a recent survey that most of them learn Unity not just as a hobby, but for their career pursuits. Students also shared that if they learn Unity at school, they primarily learn by working on group projects, where collaboration is critical but can be time-consuming. 

That’s why the Unity Student plan provides access to professional resources and tools like cloud-based collaboration which enable students to use the same workflows that teams use on real-world projects: 

Cloud-based Collaboration 

Work on group projects with up to five teammates, manage versions, share work with teachers, and easily move between home and school computers. 

Cloud Build

Speed up build and iteration cycles on complex projects using minimal hardware. See the impact of your changes quickly, and learn more effectively.

Learn Premium

Supplement in-class learning and dive into the topics you care about most with unlimited access to on-demand, industry-specific resources to solve problems on your own, such as this popular Introduction to XR: VR, AR, and MR Foundations course.

Learn about the foundations of XR, build simple XR applications on your smartphone, and create your own peer-reviewed product brief for your original XR application.

Student Asset Pack
Prototype and iterate your game projects quickly with free access to the Snaps Prototype pack. Beginners can create 3D worlds with ProBuilder and Snaps, without having to use additional 3D modeling tools. These assets easily snap together with ProGrids.

Dark UI theme

Develop your game or project within a dark UI environment.

GitHub Student Developer Pack

We’ve partnered with GitHub, who are similarly committed to empowering student creators, to provide the Unity Student plan. That means when you sign up for the Unity Student plan, and your student status is verified by GitHub, you’ll also get automatic access to the GitHub Student Developer Pack, which provides free access to the best developer tools from more than 100 partners, and growing.

Ready to get started?

Students who are enrolled in an accredited educational institution, and of legal age to consent to the collection and processing of their personal information (e.g., age 13 in the US, 16 in the EU), are eligible to use the Unity Student plan at home, school, and anywhere in between.

If you’re an educator interested in bringing Unity into the classroom or lab, please check out the Unity Education Grant License

 

Sign up now

 

  • When you sign up, you’ll be asked to create a Unity ID and GitHub ID if you haven’t already done so.
  • Join the GitHub Student Developer Pack. You’ll be asked to submit proof of enrollment to GitHub, who will provide a timeframe for confirmation of your student status. 
  • When you receive the GitHub confirmation email, make sure to return to the Unity Student plan page and sign in to activate your Unity Student plan!

Note: If you are already a member of the GitHub Student Developer Pack, all you have to do is sign up on the Unity Student plan page to get started with your Unity Student plan.

Stay tuned for more updates, including tips on how to make the most of your student plan, and an upcoming community space for students. 

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To support you during this challenging time, you can get complimentary access to Unity Learn Premium through June 20, or join Create with Code Live, a virtual course for students, teachers, or anyone interested in learning to code. Learn all about these educational resources and many more in our educator-focused Unite Now series.

February 25, 2020 in Technology | 5 min. read