Proficiency with the latest advances in arts technology provides a professional advantage for students in their creative endeavors.
Academic Computing Services at Lesley provides students with state-of-the-art equipment for learning and for producing comprehensive digital works. Students utilize these facilities to construct professional portfolios and to access a variety of creative mediums outside the traditional studio atmosphere.
The digital graphics and media studios are equipped with hardware and software designed to support the requirements of illustrators, fine artists, photographers, graphic designers, and animators. The facilities boast a variety of Apple computing solutions including, but not limited to, powerPCs, iBook G4s, and Intel equipped iMacs.
These machines are also equipped with an equally varied array of peripheral devices such as:
The computing facilities also offer the industry standard software such as:
There are more than 100 computers available for student use on the Cambridge campus. All of the computers are iMacs running a dual boot environment giving you the ability to use both Windows and OS X compatible applications. For more details regarding computers on the Cambridge campus, please visit the University Technology site.
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Lesley University has wireless networking for computers in most of its classrooms and work areas. Students using a laptop computer equipped with a wireless card can print or go online in almost any area of the school.
Apple laptops are required for design students (see below) and recommended for other students.
Recommendations for both computers and software for students who are likely to work with larger files for their artwork (particularly photo, animation, video, and illustration) can be found on the following pages:
Through an arrangement with Harvard University, Lesley students receive educational discounts on Apple computer hardware and software. Visit the Lesley portal within the Harvard Technology Services website to download the latest price guide; students may contact Harvard Technology Services at 617.495.5450 and place orders directly.
Students are advised to purchase the higher-end MacBook Pro, but they may consult the academic department chairs or the Academic Computing staff to confirm that their purchases match their needs. If students are unsure of their interests in digital work, they can wait until their first semester at school before making a purchase.
Professor of Fine Arts
Associate Professor, Chair of Foundation
College of Art and Design Academic Computing Services
700 Beacon Street, 3rd Floor
601 Newbury Street, Lower Level
800.773.0494 ext. 2030
Olivia Khamsombath Animation Major, Class of 2014 - “The most important thing I’ve learned as a student here is that nothing is perfect, nothing is precious,” she says. “If something isn’t working, just let it go. Keep trying to be a better artist. Keep drawing and drawing and drawing.”
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.
Tara Sellios, Class of 2010 - “The best thing about Lesley University is having so many resources—from studio space to materials to supportive teachers—to help you reach your goals.”
Brandon Strathmann, Assistant Professor - “When students graduate, they’re fully prepared to enter the industry. Artists must both achieve mastery in one area and develop a range of marketable skills.”
Susan LeVan, Department Chair - “The only criterion that matters: Does it work? The only way to get there: Make more work.”