Frequently Asked Questions
Software Access and System Requirements
All of our students receive access to the CAD, BIM, Virtual Design, etc. software which you need to participate in your course.
When you receive your "Welcome to Class" email, you will be provided specific instructions on how to access our Autodesk software.
In our courses, you will be accessing our Learning Management System and using our cloud-based servers to run your Autodesk software.
For our courses, you will need to have a computer which supports broadband and which has adequate processing power. Autodesk software typically requires that you have a 64-bit Operating System, such as Windows System 7 or Windows System 8. Please click here to learn what the computer system requirements are for the software being used in our courses.
Autodesk Education Community Software Access
As a nationally accredited institutuion, VDCI is able to provide you access the Autodesk Education Software if you are taking multiple courses, training bundles or technology certificates.
*Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services subject to an Educational license may be used solely for Educational Purposes.
Generally “Educational Purposes” means (i) in the case of a Qualified Educational Institution, Faculty or Other Authorized Educational Licensees, purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a Qualified Educational Institution or Other Authorized Educational Licensee and (ii) in the case of Students, purposes related to learning, training, research or development. “Educational Purposes” does not include commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes. Please see the license agreement or terms of service that applies to the product or service you are licensing and/or using for all specific terms, conditions and definitions.
“Qualified Educational Institution” means an educational institution which has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal, or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students. Examples, without limitation, of entities that are included and excluded from this definition are described at http://www.autodesk.com/educationterms.
Examples of Qualified Educational Institutions include, without limitation, public or private:
- Elementary schools, middle schools and high schools
- Junior colleges
- Colleges, universities and technical schools
- Home school programs which belong to a nationally recognized home schooling body or are expressly recognized by a local school governing body as an acceptable alternative to an accredited educational institution
Specifically excluded, without limitation, from the definition of Qualified Educational Institution are:
- Non-accredited educational institutions
- Training centers
- Hospitals, healthcare systems & research laboratories