Undergraduate / Laptop Requirement

All sophomore design students are required to have a laptop that they can use in studio classes by the start of Fall Quarter 2013.

The School of Art Director of IT annually negotiates with the University Bookstore for Apple laptops and required and optional software for design students. Details for this laptop and software are posted to the mail list and are usually available by the end of August each summer.

Students may use any alternate Apple or PC model, but the laptop must have wireless capability and be capable of running a contemporary version of the Adobe Creative Suite software (currently either CS5,CS5.5, CS6 or the new Creative Cloud service).

For students interested in Industrial Design, the laptop should be capable of running Rhino (a 3-d modeling program) and/or Solidworks. The recommended MacBook with at a minimum, Intel Core 2 Duo or higher processor, is capable of running Windows software using either Apple’s bootcamp configuration or by using a virtual machine environment provided by software such as Parallels or VMWare. 

Software Requirements For 2013–2014 School Year

The UW bookstore currently offers the Adobe CS6 Design Standard (while supplies last) for the UW exclusive academic price of $199.95 (regular price $1,300). This is the minimum version for all Design Sophomores. The Creative Cloud -12 month prepaid membership is available for $239.88 through Oct. 27, 2013 (a savings of $120). 

Additionally, all design sophomore students are required to purchase the Adobe Font Folio Education Essentials package. This font collection can be purchased online through Adobe only. The cost is $149. Please note: the UW Bookstore does not carry this package. Along with the Adobe Font Folio package, design students should use a font management program such as Font Book (free, built into OSX), Linotype Explorer (used in the SOACC) or Extensis Suitcase.

Microsoft Office is available for all UW students for free as part of the UW STF program. Details are available at:

For other software titles, please see the entire UW academic software price list (includes Rhino pricing):
UW Academic Software Price list
UW Exclusive Software Price List