Digital Art and Design Technology Requirements

Cost of Technology Summary


  • MacBook Pro 16" 64 GB 1TB with AppleCare: approximately $3918

Annual Software

  • First Year: $240
  • Sophomore—Senior and up: $502 per year

Tech Total

  • Total to be added into cost of education for a Digital Art and Design student = $5,644 for 4 years

Detailed Specifications

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

MacBook Pro 16": $3918

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.

Computer Cost: $3559

Configure your computer with:

  • Processor: Apple M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
  • RAM: 64GB unified memory (+$360)
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 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 (+$359)

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)