All 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.

The Office of Technology and Information Services works with the academic departments to determine what laptop is best for each program. The recommendations are available online as bundles in the UArts Apple Store for Education. Each bundle is intended to be the minimum needed - students are always welcome to scale up. Additional information is available in the Laptop FAQ.

Each bundle consists of a laptop, an extended warranty, and an Ethernet adapter. If you should choose to purchase a new laptop that is not one of the recommended bundles we strongly encourage you to also purchase an extended warranty and an Ethernet adapter. In addition, all student should consider purchasing an external hard drive, for backing up their work, and an Ethernet cable. These items can easily be purchased at the School Store.

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!

Overall Minimum Requirements

In order to take advantage of all of the software provided for free by the university students must have a Mac laptop. The minimum amount of RAM for most creative software is 8 GB. Students going in to Game Art are instructed to purchase a Windows laptop but will only be able to install the Adobe suite for free from the University.

College of Performing Arts

Students entering the College of Performing Arts please review what is recommended for your program below. If you have questions feel free to contact our Help Desk and/or your program.

College of Art Media and Design

Students who have already decided on a major should review the bundle recommended for that program. Students who are undeclared but have narrowed their choice down to two or three majors should review the bundles recommended for those programs. It may be wise to select the highest end of these bundles to ensure full functionality later. Alternately, if you already have a compatible laptop, you may wish to use that for your first year and purchase a new laptop when you enter your major. If you choose to bring an older laptop your first year please make sure that it meets the minimum requirements to run Adobe Premiere CC.

If you are unable to bring a laptop that meets these requirements and are either not able to purchase a new laptop, or feel too unsure of your intended major to make a selection, the university will endeavor to ensure that you have access to a computer when needed during class time. You will have computer lab access outside of class time to complete your homework.  You are always welcome to upgrade to a higher bundle or more powerful configuration. If you have questions feel free to contact our Help Desk and/or your program.


Bundle One *

5-Year BM & MAT in Music Education
Craft + Material Studies (lower tech tract)
Creative Writing
Directing, Playwriting & Production
Film & Media Studies
Instrumental Performance
MAT, Art Education
MFA, Book Arts + Printmaking / MFA, Studio Art
MFA, Museum Exhibition Planning + Design
MM, Jazz Studies
MM, Music Education
Musical Theater
Vocal Performance
Writing for Film & Television

13-inch MacBook Air
2.2GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
AppleCare Protection Plan
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Bundle Two *

Craft + Material Studies (higher tech tract)
Design for Social Impact
Industrial Design
Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
MA, Museum Communication
MA, Museum Education
Theater Design & Technology

13-inch MacBook Pro
2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
AppleCare Protection Plan
Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Bundle Three *

Film Design + Production
Graphic Design
Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology

15-inch MacBook Pro
2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB PCIe-based SSD
AppleCare Protection Plan
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Bundle Four *

Film & Animation
Film & Video
Photo + Film Media

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID
2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
16GB 2133MHz memory
512GB PCIe-based SSD
Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB memory
AppleCare Protection Plan
Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Windows Recomendation

Game Art

Students who plan on entering Game Art should purchase a Dell laptop. Dell laptops are not available through the UArts Apple Store for Education. They can be purchased directly from Dell or other locations where Dell computers are sold. Please use the following minimum specs.

64-bit Windows 10 Professional
CPU: 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
GPU: Graphics card with DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities; examples include nVidia GTX or Quadro series
RAM: 8 GB min, 16GB or more recommended
Disk Space: 500 GB min, 1 TB or more recommended
Pointing Device: 3-button mouse

More info about minimum requirements can be found on these pages:

* UArts Recommended Bundles are subject to change based on Apple changes to product availability. Every attempt is made to keep these recommendations up-to-date with information from Apple.