Epic Games is committed to supporting students and schools, and helping companies that license Unreal Engine 4 find and hire qualified developers.
Free to use, Unreal Engine 4 can be downloaded and installed to classroom computers as well as student home systems at no cost. With full access to the complete source code and tools, Unreal Engine 4 levels the playing field to give everyone the resources needed to learn professional-quality development.
In addition, schools and their students receive regular updates, making it easy to stay current with the latest and greatest in game development.
With UE4, student developers have unprecedented opportunities to use the skills they learn in class on their own projects at no cost. Launch of commercial products is still subject to the 5% royalty.
For complete details, please see the FAQ.
Learn the Engine Used by Pros
Developers and publishers across the world use Unreal Engine for professional quality, high-end games on PC, consoles, VR and mobile devices. No other commercial engine is used by more large scale professional development teams. Our partners include:
Learning Unreal Engine 4 will give you skills and experience that can help you land a paying job working on everything from small scale mobile and web-based games to high-end PC and console blockbusters at top-tier development studios. The tools you learn are the same ones in use by professional developers at major AAA studios, and inside Epic on games such as Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, and several other unannounced PC, console and mobile projects. The engine is also increasingly used for architectural visualizations, simulations and other non-game applications. Using professional tools for your portfolio shows off your skills and can give you an edge when trying to achieve your career goals.
Art & Animation
Professional tools, workflows, and rendering technology give you unprecedented capability to realize your vision in beautiful high-fidelity.
Three million lines of complete engine and editor C++ source code on GitHub give you full access to professionally developed engine code. Join the community and Epic developers to learn and contribute to live engine development.
Blueprint visual scripting and powerful design tools give you the power to create gameplay experiences without the need for programming. Prototype and even develop and launch complete games.
High end photorealistic rendering and easy to use tools let you visualize your projects with attention-getting lighting and visual quality.
Teachers and Administrators
Integrating Unreal Engine 4 into your curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn an engine that will help place them in professional, paying jobs. No other engine offers students the breadth of opportunity to work as a professional in the game development industry.
We freely provide educational materials such as complete projects, template games, tutorials, documentation and three million lines of complete C++ engine and editor code that can be used as the foundation for developing lesson plans that work for your students and school.
And, because the engine and all supporting materials are free to use for both the school and students, no additional budget is required.
Get Started Now!
Send this page to your professor, teacher, or school administrators. It will give them the information needed to evaluate if Unreal Engine 4 might be a good fit for your program.
Here is a list of schools that currently have the engine in their program.
Watch our first Unreal Engine Educational Community Summit held at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 2, 2015.
Thanks for your interest. Please contact us here if we can make Unreal Engine work better for you.