Technology Recommendations & Information

for Fine Arts majors: studio Art or Art history

The Department of Fine Arts recommends that all incoming students purchase a laptop computer with appropriate software. This allows students to work on their projects anytime, anywhere. Wireless access is available in virtually all public areas of UofL’s campus, making laptop use even easier.

In both the Communication Art & Design and in Interior Architecture tracks, computers are used extensively. Courses in digital photography, digital printmaking, Web design, and video, as well as some assignments in Foundations 2D Design, use the computer and various software programs as tools to produce the art.

Although the Department of Fine Arts does have computers available for students to use in selected classes, most students prefer the flexibility of having their own computer and software, allowing them to work on their on projects outside of classroom or lab hours.

Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros are the preferred platform for graphics applications, such as Adobe Creative Suite. In the Department of Fine Arts, Macs are the computer of choice. For the Interior Architecture program, either an Apple MacBook Pro or a PC laptop are acceptable.

Educational Pricing at UofL

For the best educational pricing, we recommend students purchase their hardware and software through UofL’s iTech Xpress store.


iTech Xpress offers educational discounts on many software programs, including Microsoft products, and Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, which includes InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, and Acrobat Professional.

Students do not need to purchase software when they purchase their computer. Purchasing software when you start taking classes that use specific software means you will be able to purchase the most recent version. Also, software prices are generally lower when ordered directly through the iTech Xpress store, as a separate purchase from any hardware purchases. [Note: iTech Xpress currently does not carry Apple software, including iWork, Aperature, and iLife.]


The Department of Fine Arts recommends two options for our students. Students can also create their own custom configuration. Visit iTech Xpress store to link to Apple’s educational website for discounted laptop and software purchases.

Option 1: macBook Pro 15-inch

This laptop configuration will easily handle the demands of Adobe Creative Suite Programs (including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and has a large enough screen to provide a comfortable working environment. It is the recommended configuration for a student interested in the digitally intensive studio areas. Configuration includes:

• MacBook Pro, 15-inch
• 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
• 250 GB hard drive@5400 rpm
• 4GB memory
• Backlit Keyboard
• SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
• AppleCare Extended Warranty

option 2: MacBook 13-inch

For students in less technologyintensive studio art areas. Configuration includes:

• MacBook, 13-inch
• 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
• 250 GB hard drive@5400 rpm
• 4GB memory
• Backlit Keyboard
• SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
• AppleCare Extended Warranty



For students who are interested in entering the Interior Architecture track, PCs have been the typical platform. iTech Xpress offers discounts on Dell, HP, and Lenovo computers.

Recommended configuration should include:

• Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2.0 GHz or better, orAMD Dual-Core Mobile Processor, 2.1GHz or better
• 4 GB RAM
• 200 GB hard drive
• dedicated video card with own memory (NVidia, ATI, etc,), not integrated video that shares system memory
• Wireless capability
• CD/DVD read/write


• Mouse
• External hard drive to provide
backup storage for their work.


UofL's iTech Xpress Store