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 media studios are designed to support the needs of illustrators, fine artists, photographers, graphic designers, film-makers, and animators during their time at the College of Art and Design. The facilities are equipped with industry standard hardware and software that students will encounter in the professional world as a professional fine artist or commercial artist.
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 Information 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 capabilities can print or go online in almost any area of the school.
Apple laptops are required for all students and the requirements vary depending on each student's major.
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.
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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.
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.”