SU:VPA students are encouraged to have a laptop

Computing Recommendations

Recommendations for All SU:VPA Students

All students are strongly encouraged to have a laptop computer. Students are also recommended to purchase additional warranty and coverage for accidental damage, external storage for secure backups of classwork and personal information, and a security lock.

Additional Recommendations for Specific Schools, Departments, and Programs

School of Art and School of Design

  • A laptop computer is expected for all students in the School of Art and School of Design.
  • Majors in the School of Art and School of Design are expected to have access to Adobe's Creative Suite applications, and we recommend subscribing to the Creative Cloud Student Edition and either Microsoft Office or Apple iWork.
  • Environmental and interior design students and industrial and interaction design students should have the current version of Microsoft Windows (via BootCamp if using a Mac).

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Students should own a computer. Computer labs are available for any platform-specific classes.

Department of Drama

Acting or musical theater majors

Personal computers are strongly recommended but not required.

Theater design and technology or stage management majors

Students are required to have: a laptop (Windows or Mac) with good wireless capability (dual-band 802.11n), Microsoft Office, an external portable drive for file transfer and backup, and a security lock.

Setnor School of Music

Students in the Setnor School of Music use computers to access course materials, research music concepts, strengthen music theory and aural skills, collaborate with classmates, and communicate with faculty. Student computers should be capable of word processing, e-mail, internet browsing, music notation, and audio/midi/video editing. The Setnor School of Music supports student use of both Macintosh and PC platforms. It is strongly recommended that students consider purchasing a 15 inch MacBook Pro laptop computer model tailored for use at Syracuse University. Detailed information, including specifications and ordering information for the preferred laptops, is available online at the SU Bookstore or SU IT Services. The Setnor School of Music also strongly recommends students purchase Microsoft Office and Sibelius music notation software (version 7 or later) for use on their computer.

Department of Transmedia

All transmedia majors are expected to have access to Adobe's Creative Suite applications, and we recommend subscribing to the Creative Cloud Student Edition. After the first year, additional software purchases for all majors will be required based on course of study and are included in course syllabi.

Apple and Adobe products are available at academic discounts from the SU Bookstore. Autodesk offers free software downloads to members of their Education Community.

Art Photography Majors

Minimum requirement: Apple 15" MacBook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Art Video Majors

Minimum requirement: Apple 15" MacBook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Computer Art and Animation Majors

Minimum requirement: Apple 15" MacBook Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Autodesk Maya. Autodesk offers free software downloads to members of their Education Community.

Film Majors

Minimum requirement: Apple 15" MacBook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.