hi does anyone know which plugins are included in the after effects cs6 creative suite educational version.
There is no difference between the educational version and the regular version in this regard.
Thanks for your reply my problem is that i keep reading that plugins such as optical flares are bundled with the software and yet i cannot find it and projects that require it are saying it is missing.
Optical Flares is a commercial plug-in. You need to buy it from Video CoPilot. Same may be true for others.
There is however a basic Lens Flare plugin bundled in After Effects that might allow for the creation of basic flares: