College of Fine Arts Tech Recommendation

UPDATED: 05/16/2022

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Important Note: Microsoft Office is required for all majors in College of Fine Arts. OHIO now provides Office 365 Pro Plus at no charge to our students.



School of Dance and School of Theater
These majors do not a have a specific laptop recommendation. Apple, Lenovo, Microsoft, etc. are all acceptable.

A webcam enabled device or webcam accessory is recommended for all Fine Arts majors.
School of Music
The School of Music does not a have a specific laptop recommendation. Apple, Lenovo, Microsoft, etc. are all acceptable, however, Chromebooks are highly discouraged.

Why are Chromebooks discouraged: Some students will be needing to use a more professional suite of digital tools. Most will not need a professional DAW or video editing software as a first year student. After a student progresses out of their first year, it becomes more evident on what software they will need (Ableton, Logic, etc.) Chromebooks are very limiting since not much can software can be installed on them which would then require a student to use the computer labs.

A webcam enabled device or webcam accessory is recommended for all Fine Arts majors.
School of Film:
Students should have a personal computer equipped with Adobe Premiere Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro is purchased directly from Adobe (student discounts are available).

Recommended specs for computer in order to handle Adobe Premiere Pro:

Windows systems
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel i7 (7th Gen or later) / AMD Equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB or higher
  • Hard Drive space: 8GB (this space is for installing Premiere only)
  • Graphics RAM: 2GB or higher
  • Sound Card: ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • Monitor: 1920x1080 pixels (or higher)

Mac systems
  • MacOS 10.13 (or later)
  • Processor: Intel i7 (or newer) / AMD Equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB or higher
  • Hard Drive space: 8GB (this space is for installing Premiere only)
  • Graphics RAM: 2GB or higher
  • Monitor: 1920x1080 pixels (or higher)


  • Students need an additional external Hard Drive to store their media - preferably a SSD of 500GB or higher capacity.
  • All the specs mentioned above are provided with the assumption that students will be working footage no higher in resolution than 1080p
  • In the case that anyone already has a computer/laptop that does not meet the above mentioned specs, email (Anil Srivastha (instructor of FILM 2900: Intro to Postproduction) with specs and he can respond with whether it meets at least the minimum requirements or not.
  • If for some reason, you cannot acquire a suitable computer, you should email, Steven Ross, Director of the School of Film.
  • A webcam enabled device or webcam accessory is recommended for all Fine Arts majors.
School of Art + Design:
Technology needs vary based on a student's chosen area of study. We strongly encourage students to perceive any purchase of the following recommended types of technology as a critical investment that will allow them to develop the skillsets and professional practices needed to foster their careers. Now more than ever, computers, digital cameras, software programs, and digital storage systems have become quintessential tools within the contemporary Art + Design practices.

Technology Recommendations for the Following Areas of Study:
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Design Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art
The faculty recommend students choose a laptop computer that will best serve each student's ambitions based on personal interests within a field of study or an interdisciplinary approach. Please keep in mind, these recommendations are made with the realization that students may change their minds as they are introduced to new and different processes and media. We hope these recommendations will allow each student to assess which computer will best serve their needs as they develop the skills and knowledge required to engage with and respond to an ever-evolving creative field.

Laptop Recommendation:
MacBook Pro: System A thru System D

Upgraded Laptop Recommendation:
MacBook Pro: System F or G

Students who are considering film and video, motion and animation graphics, augmented reality environments, realistic 3D CAD renderings, and or other complex digital art processes and applications will require a laptop computer with increased memory storage, processing capabilities, and graphics cards. If a student feels they are planning to utilize any of these specific modalities of art + design production, we recommend they consider purchasing an upgraded model to increase their productivity and functionality.
Software Recommendation
Microsoft Office 365
Adobe Creative Cloud: After Effects, Animate, Dimension, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Media Encoder, Photoshop, Premiere Pro

Additional Software Recommendations for some 3000 and 4000 level Courses:
Autodesk Fusion 360

Digital Camera:
We highly recommended that students utilize digital cameras within their art + design practices. Students will be using these devices to document their artwork, studio practice, designs, and collect visual images for research. We encourage the use of any device including; cell phones, digital cameras, and DSLRs. Students are not required to own or purchase a camera. Digital cameras are available through the College of Fine Art's CREATE_space + Central Checkout facility.

Digital File Storage:
We highly recommended that students utilize external hard-drives and cloud-based services to store and archive their digital files: research, portfolios, assignments, papers, and any other digital reference material that will be critical to each student and their professional ambitions. In addition to external hard-drives and cloud-based services, SD cards and flash drives can help to facilitate increased flexibility and production for those working on research, designs, and artwork in different labs or on multiple devices.

A webcam enabled device or webcam accessory is recommended for all Fine Arts majors.
Interior Architecture Majors:
At the start of your sophomore year, the following hardware, accessories, and software are required for use in the classroom for the completion of studio coursework and successful participation in the Interior Architecture program at Ohio University.

Design professionals increasingly utilize technology to explore and create as part of the design process and as practicing professionals. The industry standard for interior design and architecture has traditionally been the PC (Windows).

There are several options when purchasing technology so be sure to select hardware that is compatible. The list below is meant as a guide, not as a definitive and specific list. For laptop purchases, the listed options represent optimal, minimum requirements for coursework performance. Purchasing greater sizes or system capabilities in any category is always an option, but anything below the minimum will compromise a system's performance given the coursework demands and may prevent the use of required software/software capabilities.

Laptop Recommendations:
Software used in the Interior Architecture program requires a Windows-based platform:

If you currently have a computer, or choose to purchase a computer other than those suggested on this page, you will need to confirm that it is capable of running the software listed. Refer to minimum operating specs.

Updated 3/18/2022
Operating System: Windows 11 on PC (No Macs)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or 3070
Memory: 16 GB
Storage: 512 GB
Software Requirements:
Microsoft Office 365
Adobe Creative Cloud: Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop
SketchUp Pro
AutoCAD 2020
Revit 2020

External Monitor:
A 27" external monitor will expand the visual desktop to make detail work easier and more efficient. The monitor will also assist in the presentation of work to classmates and faculty during critiques. There are a number of high-quality monitors available. Be sure to purchase the necessary cables/adaptors to work with the corresponding laptop.

Peripherals and External Storage:
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Cloud-based storage is free to students: via OneDrive once you have installed Microsoft Office 365

Digital Camera:
Either a stand-alone digital camera or a camera function via cell phone. (students will need the ability to capture good quality images)

Personal Printers:
Students historically have found it convenient and helpful to have a personal printer at their desk. This is highly encouraged. Pay-to-print options are available at various locations across campus including, but not limited to, Grover Center 2nd Floor and Alden Library. Students will have room on their dedicated desk in the studio for a personal printer if they choose to bring one.

A webcam enabled device or webcam accessory is recommended for all Fine Arts majors.

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