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Laptop Requirement for Design Students

The Department of Design requires all incoming students to have a laptop computer and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Classroom instruction, course assignments and research during and outside of class hours will require the use of a personal computer.

The department uses Apple hardware and the most current software in its labs and digital facilities. To ensure compatibility between the department’s digital infrastructure and student assignments, it is highly recommended that students purchase an Apple laptop running the latest operating system. Additionally, we recommend a minimum of 16GB RAM to ensure ease when running Adobe Creative Cloud.

The department also recommends (but does not require) that all students purchase an external hard drive for additional portable storage and file back-up (1TB is optimal). Several models are available through the Apple education link here, Campus Bookstore, or Amazon.com. Prices start at $50.

Recommended Laptop Specs

15” MacBook Pro with Retina display

  • 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics

$1,799.00 (discounted educational pricing, pre-tax)

The laptop can be purchased through Apple’s Education Store or UT Austin’s Campus Computer Store.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Students should subscribe to the “Creative Cloud All Apps” suite, which is available for the discounted price of $74.99/year to all registered UT students through the Campus Computer Store.

Financial Aid for Laptop Purchase

Do you qualify for financial aid? You may be able to apply aid to the purchase of your laptop.

  1. Contact the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and request a budget adjustment for the required laptop.
  2. You will need to indicate that you are an SDCT student majoring in Design.
  3. An escalation will be created and an OFA counselor will complete the aid revision.