University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Laptop Requirement


Hardware Requirements | Software Requirements | General Recommendations | FAQ

By requiring laptops we are able to provide students with the opportunity to work extensively and intuitively with the most significant tool for their work in order to excel not only in their courses but also in their professional careers.

While laptops are strongly recommended for all students, they are required for the programs listed below due to current pedagogic needs for the delivery of instruction in each.

Please contact your instructor or department chair if you have questions.


Hardware Requirements

Purchase your new Mac with a student discount at the UWM Tech Store or via the Apple Store

Art & Design BFA, BA: MacBook Pro 13" 2.3 GHz or Higher

Art Education: While a Mac laptop is preferred, students may use any computer platform that will run the required software.

Design and Visual Communication: DVC recommends a 15" laptop. While a Mac laptop is preferred, students may use any computer platform that will run the required software.

Dance All Incoming Dance Students: While a Mac laptop is preferred, students may use any computer platform that fits within his/her budget

Film BFA: 13" (or larger) PC or Macbook Pro Laptop with the following System Requirements:

Windows

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 1280x800 display
  • 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model

Mac

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9; v10.9 required for Final Cut Pro X
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 1280x800 display
  • 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • Open CL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later

Recommended Peripherals

  • 1TB (or larger) External Hard Drive USB 3.0
  • 32GB (or larger) USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Music BFA Music Composition & Technology Track: MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Theatre BFA Stage Management
BFA Technical Production
BA Theatre Education


Incoming Theatre students in all areas must have computer/internet access, however it is encouraged that students have their own personal computer.

Inter-Arts BFA Interdisciplinary Arts & Technology Track (IAT): MacBook Pro 13" 2.3 GHz or Higher


Software Requirements

Instructors of specific courses may recommend additional software applications. Please contact your instructor or department chair if you have questions.

BFA Art Education
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy

BFA Design & Visual Communication (more details)
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy
Adobe Font Folio Education Essentials
Buy

BFA Film
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy

BFA Photography
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy

BFA Printmaking
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy

BFA Interdisciplinary Arts & Technology Track (IAT)
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy

BFA Technical Production
Adobe Creative Cloud Buy



General Recommendations

Each of the items below are available at the UWM TechStore.

  • AppleCare Protection Plan for all Mac laptops
  • A laptop lock for all laptops
  • LoJack for Laptops (subscription service in case of accidental loss or theft)  More Info

It is also recommended that you familiarize yourself with UWM's Information Security web site: security.uwm.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to have a laptop computer?
While laptop computers are strongly recommended for students in all Peck School of the Arts programs, a laptop is required for a number of our programs. Please consult the hardware and software requirements for details.

Am I required to buy a NEW computer?
Students who already own a laptop or would like to purchase or borrow a used laptop may do so as long as the computer meets or exceeds the specified hardware and software requirements. Please consult your instructor or program area head if you have a question about the suitability of a particular computer.

Am I required to purchase an Apple computer?
Students who wish to purchase a PC should consult with their instructors or program area heads to be sure their computer will meets or exceed curricular requirements. The Peck School of the Arts strongly recommends Apple's MacBook Pro computers as coursework will be designed for these machines.

How do I purchase an Apple laptop?
We recommend that you purchase your Apple laptop through UWM's TechStore. Please visit their web site for further information: techstore.uwm.edu.

How do I purchase required software?
Most required software can be purchased at a discounted rate through WISC Software. Please consult the software requirements for more information.

Can financial aid assist me in paying for my computer and software?
If you're a financial aid recipient, you can ask for a budget increase to add the cost of your computer and software to your financial aid package. Download the UWM TechStore's financial aid brochure or visit the Department of Financial Aid web site for further information.

Should I insure my laptop for loss, theft or damage?
We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance.