The School of Art requires that all students obtain a laptop computer. Specific requirements for students studying digital art, graphic design, and photography are listed below. LSU offers student pricing agreements for various hardware and software purchases through LSU TigerWare. Educational discounts are also available through the Apple Education Store and the Dell Education Store.
Suggested Hardware Configuration
We highly recommend students purchase the Apple MacBook Air or MacBook Pro as it is the industry standard for most artists and designers, who consider its interface more humane and productive. Also, the MacBook Pro comes bundled with some of the software that artists and designers use. However, LSU’s network supports all commercially available computing platforms.
We recommend the following minimum specifications for the MacBook Pro:
13-, 14-, or 16-inch widescreen Retina display
M1 Pro (Macbook Pro 14- or 16-inch) or
M2 (MacBook Air or Macbook Pro 13-inch) processo
512GB SSD storage or greater (important
We also suggest AppleCare+ for Mac (warranty and accident coverage)
Creative Cloud is the subscription-based means for accessing Adobe’s suite of creative tools. Adobe Creative Cloud provides apps, web services, and resources for all your creative projects — photography, graphic design, video editing, UX design, drawing and painting, social media, and more. The student subscription is $30 per month. It entitles students to use the full Adobe Suite of products for graphic design, web, motion graphics, video, and photography. There are also numerous tutorials for the software on Adobe.com. There is a no cost option which will allow you to use Adobe CC apps in computer labs, but you need a paid subscription to use it on your personal laptop.
Suggested Additional Computer Accessories:
- 16 GB or larger USB memory stick
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Microsoft Office Professional Suite (available at no charge from TigerWare)
- Adobe Creative Cloud subscription
Adobe Creative Cloud is a development in the distribution of the Adobe Creative Suite tools. Students may wish to consider a subscription instead of purchasing individual Adobe products or a suite of products as these are increasingly difficult to find. The student subscription is in the range of $20 to $30 per month. It entitles students to use the full Adobe Suite of products for graphic design, web, motion graphics, video, and photography. There are also tutorials for the software on the site.
Additional software and hardware items our students feel are essential supplies as they move to the senior level include a scanner, home printer, a tablet, and a stylus.