All of the software that you need for our courses are available to all students on university computers. Below is a list of software that we use and how to obtain a personal copy for your own laptop or desktop PC.

Microsoft Office Sheffield University students can download Microsoft Office for free here

Prezzi This is great for creating presentations. The upgrade is free for students:

AutoCAD is free for students if you register at the Autodesk Education Community website. All other Autodesk products are free to students from this site including 3D Studio Max. AutoCAD is available for Mac and PC.

Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign) is available on a subscription basis to students at a discounted price of around £16 per month from the Adobe website.

An alternative to Photoshop is Gimp. It's free to download and great for basic photo editing.

ArcGIS is available to all students for £2 from CiCS, see the CiCS website for mor. ArcGIS isn't currently available for Mac but the PC version can be used if you set up a Windows partition using Boot Camp for OS X, more info here.

SPSS is available on Mac and PC to all students for £2 from the CiCS. For more information see the CiCS website.

Google Sketchup is free to download at

Google Sketchup Pro is available at a student rate of around £40 from the Pugh education online store.

Google Earth is also free to download here:


Digital Resources is online learning platform that offers thousands of courses on software and creative media. All students have free access to this resource. To access the catalogue of online courses go to the All services menu in MUSE and select

3D Model Plant Catalogue

We have hundreds of 3D model plants in various formats available to download. Follow the instructions below to access them:

This is the path:


On a managed desktop, cut and paste that path in to the search bar on the Start Menu.

On an unmanaged desktop (personal laptop etc) use the same instructions as above  but add the following to the end of your username:

Password is your MUSE password.

Recommended Reading

Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design

Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture

Online Resources Digimap is a web resource for selecting and downloading OS data for use in AutoCAD and ArcGIS. Click on the link for a full user guide. has loads of great video tutorials for all Adobe software. is a brilliant site for creating colour themes for your design projects. Create themes from a colour or generate themes by uploading an image. Signup required. is a great resource for downloading and sharing AutoCAD blocks. The Google 3D Warehouse is a free repository where you can find, share, store, and collaborate on 3D models for Sketchup.