Digital Art and Design Technology Requirements

Cost of Technology Summary

Costs May Vary


  • Configured MacBook Pro 16" 64 GB 1TB with AppleCare: approximately $4,298
  • Digital Drawing Pen Display for Entertainment Concentration students only: $400

Annual Software

  • $240: first year
  • $360: 2nd Year - 4th year

Tech Total

  • Total to be added into cost of education for a Digital Art and Design Multimedia Concentration student = $5,618 for 4 years
  • Total to be added into cost of education for a Digital Art and Design Entertainment Concentration student = $6,018 for 4 years

Detailed Specifications

Make sure to purchase through the Apple Education Store for the student discount. 

Configured MacBook Pro 16": $4,298

This computer is a laptop. To draw digitally you will need access to a drawing tablet. Cintiqs are available on campus or you can purchase your own digital drawing tablet - see the recommendations below.

Initial Computer Cost: $3,499 (unconfigured)

Configure your computer with:

  • Processor: Apple M2 Max chip with 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
  • RAM: 64GB unified memory (+$400)
  • Storage: 1TB SSD storage
  • Display: 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
  • Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID - US English
  • Include AppleCare (+$399 for 3 years of coverage)

Configured Dell (PC) Equivalent 15.6": $3,669

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-13900H
  • RAM: 64 GB DDR5 4800 MHz
  • Storage: 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Display: 15.6" OLED 3456x2160 Display
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB
  • Include ProSupport (+$519 for 3 years of coverage)
  • Windows 11 Pro

External Accessories Required for Entertainment-Focused Students ONLY

  • Digital Drawing Pen Display:  Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Pen Display with Stand : $400 (we tested and  recommend)

    There are larger options available if preferred. We do not recommend pen displays under 15".


Additional Software and Accessories - Required for ALL Digital Art and Design Students

Required Software for all DAD students:

Required External Accessories:

  • Headphones
  • 3-Button Mouse
  • 2TB external hard drive (or 2TB Google Drive subscription)