Laptop Requirement

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to have a laptop. A laptop is an essential tool for all students, used for everything from simply checking email and registering for classes to creating design work, recording sound, editing video, crafting short stories, screenplays and poems, and completing writing assignments in Liberal Arts coursework.

OTIS Support Services works with the academic departments to determine what laptop is best for each program. Each year, three Apple laptops are selected for recommendation – a low, medium and high performance model. Each laptop model is grouped with other recommended accessories to create three bundles in the online UArts Apple Custom Store. Additional information is available in the Laptop FAQ.

About Software
Software is provided for free on laptops meeting the minimum requirements. A complete list of available software can be found on our Software page. Please note that, although required by the Liberal Arts division, Microsoft Word is not provided. Students are expected to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite from the School Store where they can get it for a significantly reduced price.

Minimum Requirements
To make the process of purchasing a new laptop easier, we bundle recommended laptop models with a three-year AppleCare Protection Plan, an external hard drive and an ethernet cable. These bundles are available in the online UArts Apple Custom Store. Adding a bundle to your cart will automatically add these extra items.

Students can also put together their own configurations, choosing a laptop of equal or greater spec. Making a purchase this way will require selecting and adding the AppleCare Protection Plan, an external drive for backing up data, and an ethernet cable to the cart in order to purchase these items.

Additional peripheral items may be required once students enter their major. These will be communicated at the appropriate time and are considered the necessary tools for that particular coursework.

Additional information is available in the Laptop FAQ. You can also download our Technology Purchase Checklist (coming soon!).

College of Art, Media & Design
All of CAMD except Craft & Material Studies and graduate programs
Laptop Bundle #3

CAMD Graduate Programs
Laptop Bundle #2

Craft & Material Studies
Laptop Bundle #1

College of Performing Arts
All of CPA except Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology; Music Composition; Directing, Playwriting & Production; and Theater Design & Technology programs
Laptop Bundle #1

Directing, Playwriting & Production
Laptop Bundle #2

Theater Design & Technology; Music Business Entrepreneurship & Technology; and Music Composition (MBET students are also required to bring a keyboard-based MIDI controller)
Laptop Bundle #3

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Film & Media Studies
Laptop Bundle #1

Laptop Bundle #1
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
AppleCare Protection Plan
WD 1TB My Passport for Mac Portable Hard Drive
Ethernet Cable

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Laptop Bundle #2
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage
AppleCare Protection Plan
WD 1TB My Passport for Mac Portable Hard Drive
Ethernet Cable

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Laptop Bundle #3
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage
AppleCare Protection Plan
WD 1TB My Passport for Mac Portable Hard Drive
Ethernet Cable

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