Mastering digital skills requires a personal digital tool system. We strongly encourage our students to come into the program with a laptop, external storage, backup software, and AppleCare protection plan which meet the specifications listed below. These specifications represent an acceptable minimum system but, when possible, it is recommended that additional RAM, storage and processing speeds be selected to provide the most robust and longest-lasting system available within your budget. UConn’s new Barnes & Noble bookstore or the Apple Store nearest you can assist you
with system options and purchasing:
- MacBook Pro laptop computer, 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
- 2.5GHz Quad-core lntel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
- 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
- 512GB PCle-based Flash Storage
- lntel lris Pro Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
- Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide
- LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive
- SuperDuper backup software by ShirtPocket, Inc.
- AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro – Auto-enroll
UConn provides a license for Adobe Creative Cloud software applications (including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) to all of our current students. Upon enrollment, students can download the Adobe Creative Suite here using their NetID credentials at adobe.uconn.edu.
To achieve a basic working knowledge of the latest Adobe Creative Suite (starting with Photoshop, Indesign and lllustrator) we are requiring each incoming student to purchase a basic monthly subscription to Lynda.com ($25/month). Please keep the subscription long enough to complete these courses for Photoshop, lnDesign, and Illustrator:
- Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015)
- Illustrator CC Essential Training (2015)
- InDesign CC Essential Training (2015)
- GarageBand Tutorials: Essential Training
- iMovie 10.1.1 Essential Training
The total time involved in completing all 5 tutorials is 37 hours of viewing time. Break it up you don’t need to complete it all at once. You can complete this work on a computer at home or even at the library. Print out the certificates of completion issued upon finishing each tutorial. You’ll need those later.
Incoming students will also be required to attend a technology workshop early in the Fall semester (specific dates and times to follow). This workshop will teach you the basics of creating and organizing your digital work as an artist. The certificates of completion for the Lynda.com Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, iMovie and GarageBand courses must be submitted at this time.
If the purchase of a laptop computer represents a financial challenge, Financial Services can provide loan assistance. At the beginning of the Fallsemester, you can file an “Appeal for Increased Cost of Attendance” with the Office of Student Financial Aid Services. The Office can then increase your loan eligibility for up to $2,000 to help with the cost of the computer. Please keep in mind that receipts for the purchase will have to be provided.