The computer requirements are established to be in line with industry standards allowing students familiarity with the hardware and software that they would encounter in a real-world design firm.
All design students are required to have an Apple laptop computer by the beginning of their freshman year (or for certificate students, as they enter the program). Computers are used extensively by design majors in their first-semester design course, and in most design courses throughout their academic career.
Requirements for design students (as of Fall 2013) are:
Minimum configuration for computer:
Recommended configuration for computer:
Minimum Required software for Illustration:
Check to see if your renters insurance will cover accidental damage, or contact these companies:
Please contact Design Faculty or Academic computing before using alternatives.
Contact your advisor or Academic Computing if you have any questions.
Visit the Technology Requirements page for the complete list of computer and technology requirements by department.
Associate Professor of Design
Professor of Design
Art History Technology Requirements
Design Technology Requirements
Digital Filmmaking Technology Requirements
Fine Arts Technology Requirements
Illustration Technology Requirements
Photography Technology Requirements
Animation and Motion Media
College of Art and Design
About College of Art and Design
Directions to Campus
College of Art and Design Academic Computing Services
700 Beacon Street, 3rd Floor
601 Newbury Street, Lower Level
800.773.0494 ext. 2030
Argus, BFA Design alumnus Lucas Guerra's design and communications firm, has been awarded a 2013 EMMY for “Survivors” PSA for the State of Massachusetts'Stop. Think. Let it Go campaign.
Studio InFlux is an opportunity for students to improve practical design skills, enhance portfolios, and gain experience with clients. Learn More About Studio InFlux>>