All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to have a laptop. A laptop is an essential tool, 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 Critical Studies coursework. To make selection easier we have put together the following baseline recommendations. Students are always welcome to purchase a comparable or higher end computer than what is recommended.

It is the sole responsibility of the student to make sure that they have access to the tools needed to complete their coursework. A laptop is no exception. Students entering their first year are welcome to bring in a laptop they already own as long as it meets minimum requirements specific to the area of study the student is entering. For more information please see the Laptop FAQ.

About Bundles

We have an online store set up with Apple to make purchasing easier. Each bundle consists of a laptop and an extended warranty. Students have free access to Google Drive but may also want to consider purchasing an external hard drive or a cloud backup solution to backup their work. Please note that Apple store bundles are subject to change based on manufacturer changes to product availability. Every effort is made to keep these recommendations up-to-date.

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 Microsoft Office is not provided by the university, an online version is available from Microsoft for free for students. Our Help Desk can help you access it.

Recommendations

1. No minimum recommendation 

A working laptop which can support a reasonably recent operating system should be fine. Should be able to access the internet at a functional speed and be new enough to be eligible for security updates. Be advised that if taking classes in other areas some software requires a more recent operating system and/or a more powerful laptop. 

Acting

Art Education (MAT)

Composition

Creative Writing

Devised Performance (MFA, GC)

Directing, Playwriting & Production

Instrumental Performance

Jazz Studies (MM & GD)

Music Education (MM & MAT)

Musical Theater

Vocal Performance

 

2. Basic level

  • Apple Bundle #1
    • 13-inch MacBook Pro
    • 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
    • 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
    • 512GB SSD storage
    • AppleCare Protection Plan

OR

  • Lenovo LEGION Y520 Gaming and Business Laptop
    • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    • Intel i7-7700HQ CPU
    • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU
    • 16GB memory
    • 1TB HDD, 256GB PCIe SSD storage

Book Arts & Printmaking (MFA)

Craft & Material Studies (lower tech track)

Dance

Film & Media Studies

Museum Exhibition Planning & Design (MFA)

Studio Art (MFA)

 

3. Mid Level

  • Apple Bundle #2
    • 16-inch MacBook Pro2.3GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
    • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
    • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
    • 1TB SSD storage
    • AppleCare Protection Plan

OR

  • Lenovo LEGION Y540 Gaming and Business Laptop         
    • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    • Intel i7-7700HQ CPU
    • GeForce GTX 1060 6GBGPU
    • 16GB memory
    • 1TB HDD, 256GB PCIe SSD storage

Craft & Material Studies (higher tech track)

Design for Social Impact

Film Design

Fine Arts

Graphic Design

Illustration

Industrial Design

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Museum Communication (MA)

Museum Education (MA)

Photography

Product Design (MDes)

Screenwriting

Theater Design & Technology 

 

4. Fast Level

  • Apple Bundle #3
    • 16-inch MacBook Pro
    • 2.4GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
    • 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
    • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
    • 1TB SSD storage
    • AppleCare Protection Plan

OR

  • Lenovo - LEGION Y740     
    • 17.3" Gaming Laptop
    • Intel i7-9750H CPU
    • NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU
    • 16GB memory
    • 1TB Solid State Drive storage

Film & Animation

Film & Video

Photo & Film Media

Animation

Game Art*

* Students who plan on entering Game Art should purchase a Windows laptop

 

Updated 6/5/2020