Harvard has a relationship with the tutorials website,, which gives students free access to all of’s resources through Lynda Campus.

While entirely optional, you may wish to brush up on software skills, or get a head start on learning any programs you aren't yet familiar with. We recommend you consider brushing up on programs in Adobe Creative Suite, as well as Rhino and Grasshopper. You can search for these programs, and choose the specific tutorials that best suit your personal level of experience on the software.

Software Free Trials: Some of the software you will use at the GSD is available with a Harvard site license that will be available once you are on campus. If you would like to access the software prior to arriving to campus, please use following free trials.

Adobe Creative Cloud

ArcGIS (60 days):

AutoCAD and other AutoDesk:

Grasshopper for Rhino:

Rhino (90 days):

Other software, such as Microsoft Office, can be downloaded through Harvard 365 by visiting For additional required software, visit to access Harvard student discounts.