Get Sketch for free as a student or educator Do your best work, faster — for free. With access to our design platform you’ll get a whole set of powerful tools, including a Mac app, web app and iPhone app — for design, collaboration, prototyping and handoff. All you need is a macOS compatible device.
It’s easy to get started
In just two simple steps you can design, prototype and collaborate with your classmates and colleagues (and maybe even your design idols).
Sign up for Sketch
Create your Sketch account and set up your Workspace (no credit card or payment details required). If you already have your own Workspace, you can skip this step!Create account Create account
Answer a few questions
Tell us about your student or educator status using our application form — we need a few details as proof of eligibility (that’s all we’ll use those details for). Once we’ve verified you, you’ll have free access for a year!Apply for your education status Apply here
P.S. Once you’ve signed up, you can use Sketch for free — for 30 days — while we verify your application.
You’ll need a macOS compatible device to design with Sketch – our Mac app requires macOS Big Sur (11.0.0) or newer.
Looking for a MacBook or iMac? Try Apple’s Education Store for discounts. Availability may depend on your country.
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What’s an Education Plan?
An Education Plan includes a free Workspace with 5GB of storage and a number of editor seats (depending on your education status) — that means free access to the Mac app.
Students and Teachers are entitled to a Workspace with 1 Editor seat, and Institutions are entitled to a Workspace with multiple seats — depending on requirements.
So, if you’re a student or teacher, you can use Sketch for free for as long as it’s part of your studies or the course you’re teaching. Similarly, if you represent an educational institution, you can freely offer Sketch to your students as part of your syllabus.
Who qualifies for a free Sketch education plan?
In order to get your Education Workspace, you’ll need to tick a couple of boxes. First, you’ll need to have a Sketch account (you can sign up here!) and create a Workspace.
If you’re a student, you need to be 16 or older and be enrolled at a college, high school, university, or an online course that’s at least 2 months long. Also, it’s a requirement that the course you’re enrolled in costs at least as much as the cost of Sketch.
If you’re a teacher, you’ll need to provide proof of your employment.
If you’re applying on behalf of an academic institution, that institution must include Sketch as part of its teaching syllabus.
I sent my request. How long will I wait for an answer?
Give us 2–3 business days to go through your paperwork. If you don’t hear from us, please get in touch. Also, check your spam folder in case we’ve already responded.
How many devices can I use with the Mac app?
As many as you like! If you’re an Editor, you can use the Mac app across multiple devices simply by signing in with your Sketch account.
However, please don’t share your account with other people. Each Editor in a Workspace can use their own Sketch account to log into the Sketch platform on any device they own – but sharing credentials to access and use Sketch is a violation of our terms of service agreement and may result in the suspension of your account.
In short: sharing sign-in details is a security risk and a terms of service violation. Don’t get your account suspended or deleted!
Can I use the free Education Workspace for longer than a year?
Yes — we’ll gladly renew it for another year! Simply send us your updated course details with the current date, along with your latest tuition invoice or statement.
Who doesn’t get to use the free Education Workspace?
At this time we can’t offer a free Education Workspace for home learning/self-education purposes.
We can’t grant Education Workspaces to non-profit organizations, start-ups, and marketing departments at educational institutions.
There’s also a minimum age requirement for an Education Workspace – it’s 16. You might be wondering why. It’s a legal and privacy thing. Everybody who uses Sketch enters into a binding agreement, so our users need to be a minimum age to accept it. We also take privacy rules very seriously, such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
I want to switch my paid subscription to a free Education Workspace. Will I get a refund for the time I haven’t used?
We’ll evaluate such cases individually, so do get in touch with us.
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