Canva is available for current University of Alaska (UA) students, staff, and faculty. Canva's layouts make it easy to design professional-looking graphics, posters, social media posts, and more.

Signing up for Canva with your UA account will automatically assign you their Free tier license. To obtain a Pro license:
  • As a UA employee (including UA student employees), you must coordinate with your department and submit a Software Request ticket.
  • As a UA student, you must purchase the license out-of-pocket. We do not offer any Canva licenses for free or at a discount.

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What materials do I need?

  • UA username and current UA password
  • Duo MFA device for signing into your UA Google account
  • Desktop web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, etc.


How do I use this technology?

  1. Go to the Canva home page.
  2. Click the purple Sign Up button on the top-right of the page.
    Canva home page
  3. Select the Continue with Google option.
    Log in or sign up in seconds prompt with "Continue with Google" option boxed in red
  4. In the Google login prompt window, type in your UA email address (
    Sign in with Google window with the email address field boxed in red
  5. In the UA Google Workspace for Education SSO page, type in your UA username and password.
    University of Alaska sign-in page
  6. Click the blue Sign In button.
  7. In the Sign in to Canva window, click the Continue button.
    Sign in to Canva page
  8. On the next pages, allow Canva to connect your UA Google account.
  9. The window will close and Canva should redirect you to your Dashboard.
  10. Congratulations, you can now use Canva.


Is there any additional information I should know about?

  • UAA IT Services does not administer, manage, or have access to any Canva accounts, teams, files, or any other administrative-level tools.
  • Canva teams are user-generated and may not have a Canva for Education license tied to that team.
  • As of July 2023, the Canva for Education program, which previously provided Pro tier licenses to UA accounts, is no longer available.
  • The Canva platform presents several accessibility barriers and should not be considered for use by university staff if accessible design software is required. When creating content in Canva, ensure to follow accessibility guidelines, including adding alt-text to images, checking for color contrast, and using legible text. Please reference the Design for Accessibility | Canva Webinar for additional information on making Canva accessible.


Need additional help or have issues

To learn how to use Canva, please visit Canva's Tutorials page.

For issues within Canva, please visit Canva's "Contact Us" page.

For UA Google login support, requests may be submitted anytime using the appropriate Support for a UA Account form. Requests generate a Ticket which will be worked in order received and urgency by UAA Employees with the knowledge and permissions to assist with the request.

For immediate assistance with UA Google login support, please review our Contact Us page for the appropriate support group.

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