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 are:
Minimum Laptop Requirements:
Suggested Laptop Requirements:
Required Software and Technology:
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.
Students who wish to expand their computers should look into options for more RAM or Storage.
Adjunct Design Faculty
Associate Professor and Chair, Design Department
Graphic Design BFA
Interactive Design BFA
Design for User Experience (online) BS
Graphic Design Minor
Book Art Minor
Design APC Certificate
All Art and Design Majors and Minors
Design Student Work
First Year Foundation Student Work
Community Design Studio - A Graphic Design Course
Leah Miller - Design Alumni
Liberal Arts and General Education
Art History Technology Requirements
Design Technology Requirements
Digital Filmmaking Technology Requirements
Fine Arts Technology Requirements
Illustration Technology Requirements
Photography Technology Requirements
College of Art and Design
Meet Our BFA Students and Alumni
About College of Art and Design
Directions to Campus
College of Art and Design Academic Computing Services
1801 Massachusetts AvenueLunder Arts Center Lower Level
Design students redesign campus maps for individuals with physical, sensory, visual and/or impairments.
Community Design Studio is an opportunity for students to improve practical design skills, enhance portfolios, and gain experience with clients. Learn More>>