Computer Requirements - Art Education

Computer Requirements


The Department of Art Education uses PC and Apple computers for all media operations. Students entering the Art Education major are required to have a laptop computer, including students transferring to UMass Dartmouth from other institutions.

Currently Sophomore through Senior level students are required to puchase a laptop computer. Beginning Fall 2015 all students, including first-year students, are required to purchase a laptop computer. Art Education majors are required to use laptops in their required and elective art education courses. Art Education students choose 15 credits of a studio concentration and should consult the laptop requirement for their department of the chosen studio area.

While students may use PCs, the Dartmouth and New Bedford campus facilities of CVPA are currently equipped with Apple technology and software. Compatibility issues are greatly reduced if students use MacBook Pro computers.


Students wishing to configure personal computers should follow these guidelines:

  • Screen size:
    It is recommended that students purchase the largest screen size that can be afforded. Larger screens facilitate higher productivity though work can be accomplished on smaller screens.
  • Connections:
    All machines need to have an Ethernet connection.
  • RAM:
    There is never enough. We recommend at least eight gigabytes of RAM.
  • Hard Disc Space:
    Minimum 500 GB. You can always add external hard drives or portable storage devices as needed.
  • Optical Drive:
    Select a drive that allows you to burn DVDs. This will be helpful in developing portfolios and backing up large animation or video files.
  • Camera for Skype video conferencing. (standard feature on Macs)
  • Adaptor for a VGA connection to a projector.

Note: For University pricing, please visit the UMass Dartmouth Apple Education Store.


Microsoft Office 365 is required for PowerPoint presentations and editing cabilities. Adobe Creative Cloud is recommended for students who may also be enrolled in Graphic Design coursework. This software package enables students to interact with the software programs used in the College to submit assignments, participate in collaborative projects, and share work with instructors and fellow students.

Microsoft Office 365 free download

Adobe Creative Cloud for students and teachers