Computer and Technology Information

Mastering digital skills requires a personal digital tool system.  Students in the BA and BFA in Art degree programs will require a Mac laptop, external storage, backup software, and AppleCare protection plan that meet the specifications listed below. A PC laptop will not work in conjunction with your coursework in visual art and design.

These two options represent an acceptable minimum system (13”, but with high processor speeds) and a maximum (16” with highest processor speeds); when possible, we recommend that additional RAM, storage, and processing speeds be selected to provide the most robust and longest-lasting system available within your budget. Features can be added on any model you choose up to a certain point. UConn’s Barnes & Noble bookstore or the Apple Store nearest you can assist you with system options and purchasing:


13” MacBook Pro
Touch Bar and Touch ID
2.0GHz quad‑core 10th‑generation
Intel Core i5 processor,
Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage1
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
Four Thunderbolt 3 ports


16” MacBook Pro
Touch Bar and Touch ID
2.6GHz 6‑core Intel Core i7 processor,
Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
512GB SSD storage1
Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory
Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

The additional items necessary to complete the setup are:

  • LaCie Rugged USB-C and USB 3.0 Thunderbolt 1T Portable Hard Drive STFR1000400
  • SuperDuper backup software by ShirtPocket, Inc.
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro – Auto-enroll

Please note, if you intend to pursue a concentration in Photography/Video, an i7 processor and a minimum of 500 GB external storage is recommended.

UConn’s Information Technology Services (ITS) has provided a good synopsis and overview of tech support through the Barnes & Noble bookstore.

There is an alternative insurance policy to AppleCare Safeware that can also be purchased at the bookstore. It is more costly than AppleCare, but the coverage is also more extensive.

In addition to a Mac laptop, students in the BA and BFA in Art programs require a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud software. Freshmen have the option to purchase access to Adobe Creative Cloud without it being required in the first semester.  Academic pricing is available through Adobe. Different courses may require different software, but you will likely find essential software like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to be useful throughout your entire academic career.

You can begin an Adobe subscription using academic pricing at any time you are a full-time student.

If the purchase of a laptop computer is a financial challenge, Financial Services can provide loan assistance. In the beginning of the Fall semester, 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, along with a copy of this letter

We’re excited to welcome you to UConn and to our Department! Don’t hesitate to contact the UConn Barnes & Noble ( or the Apple Store for assistance with computer system options and purchasing questions. Also, please contact us in the Art & Art History office with any other questions you may have – and feel free to stop by and say hello when you arrive. We’re looking forward to working with you soon!

Updated 7/14/2020