Computer and Technology Information

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 (or alternative warranty plan, such as Safeware) which 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 (15″ 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 new Barnes & Noble bookstore, or the nearest Apple Store, can assist you with system options and purchasing:

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENT:

Some Studio Art courses require one or more of the Adobe Creative Cloud software programs.

New and returning Studio Art students are responsible for purchasing the latest version of required Adobe Creative Cloud for education apps and installing them on their personal computer.

MINIMUM SETUP:

  • 13” MacBook Pro
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 2.8GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation
    Intel Core i7 processor,
    Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 256GB SSD storage1
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • $2,299.00
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro, or alternative warranty plan, such as Safeware (protection or warranty plan will be an extra cost)

OPTIMAL SETUP:

  • 15” MacBook Pro
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 2.6GHz 6‑core 9th‑generation
    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
  • $2,799.00
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro, or alternative warranty plan, such as Safeware (protection or warranty plan will be an extra cost)

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.

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

You may also be interested in optional anti-theft software via the Undercover app: http://orbicule.com/undercover/mac/

In addition to a Mac laptop, all Art majors will 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. https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html

If the purchase of a laptop computer represents a financial challenge, Financial Services can provide loan assistance. 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.

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