Design and Digital Media Equipment
If you are a Studio Art or Art Education major thinking about concentrating in Design & Digital Media (or just taking credits in this area) and seriously considering purchasing a computer for college, the Department of Visual Arts would highly recommend that you purchase or lease (or a combination of both) the following equipment and software:
a. Adobe Photoshop
b. Adobe Illustrator
c. Adobe InDesign or QuarkExpress
Other software for multimedia design, you will not use as much but are still
great to have if you can find them at reasonable prices. They are:
c. Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express
d. Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion
Other possible options for data transfer are Flashdisks or memory sticks. These are very convenient and very small USB storage devices that are small enough to fit on a key chain, but hold a surprisingly large amount of data.
Hint: Do not buy any digital camera with less than 7 mega pixels (this affects the quality of your image).
As a student, you can receive significant educational discounts on any Macintosh computer and software. Check Apple’s web site under “educational” for the latest educational discounts on all their computers, software and accessories. Also check Adobe’s and Macromedia’s site for their educational prices on software. After you graduate you will have to pay full price so take advantage of educational prices and you will save a great deal of money!
Before you invest in any equipment, like printers or digital cameras, it would be wise to read some reviews of these products before you buy them. We recommend www.cnet.com. They have great reviews of all kinds of electronic equipment and also give you prices so you can research the best deals.
This equipment is expensive! It is not necessary to buy any or all of this equipment! The school’s lab is perfectly capable of facilitating your education, but investing in your own equipment can really enhance your education and overall work. In addition, after you graduate and start your job search, you will soon see the advantage of having your own equipment when it provides you the means to update your portfolio, resumé or promotional materials. Having your own equipment also provides you the opportunity to do freelance work if you choose. (In many cases, design firms prefer to assign freelance work before they hire any full-time staff designers.)
For more information, call or e-mail:
Graphics and Technology Professors
Phone: 717-796-1800, ext. 7027
Phone: 717-796-1800, ext. 2381
Information Technology Services:
Phone: 717-796-1800, ext. 2500
Phone: 717-796-1800, ext. 2560