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Studio Art Computer Specs

SDSU Studio Art Computer & Media Policy 2018-2019

BFA students within the Studio Art area(s) are required to have both some type of computer device (Tablet, Laptop, or Desktop) and a camera to document their work throughout their academic career at SDSU. This hardware is an essential resource for the art student and is as an important of a tool for the artist as the pencil or brush.

Digital computing connects the student to the world of art and will be used in their education and professional practices throughout their studies at SDSU. The computer and camera serve as a resource to the Studio Art student as a way to create, document, edit, and store the artists work for digital portfolios, documents, storage, correspondence, and application to career opportunities.

Access to online content and the ability to view, store, create, and edit digital content are crucial for the Studio Art student and supplement their growth. Students will need to store and access “Cloud” accounts, which may or may not come with devices if ports for external devices such as portable or flash drives are not available.

As students progress through the program, their resulting use and need of computer hardware, devices, and software may become more complex and may require upgrades or additional software / hardware on their computing devices.
Digital media requirements for students beginning in their Sophomore Fall semester are:

Hardware: Mac or PC: Desktop, laptop, or tablet.
CPU
Current standards for processing Documents, Photo, Internet Usage
-At least 1.6 GHz-2.2GHz
$500 or more depending on operating system
DISPLAY
13 inches or More

 

RAM
At least 8GB, but 16GB is great

 

CLOUD STORAGE
15GB or More
To be purchased online
DISK STORAGE
128-256GB or More

 

*Optical Drive
External Drive: DVD +/- R/RW (optional)

 

FLASH DRIVE
32GB flash drive

 

OPERATING SYSTEM
Current + Updates when needed
Windows or Mac

 

*TO PURCHASE
University Bookstore
Or other

To facilitate student competency in top-rated software products demanded by industry institutions, SDSU requires student to purchase current versions of software packages from Adobe. It is imperative that students have the required software packages purchased and properly installed PRIOR to their first day of studio in their second year of the program (FALL of 2nd year).

CAMERA DOCUMENTATION:
Camera
DSLR or Point and Shoot
$100 or More
DPI
300 dpi or more

 

Pixel Dimensions
1000x1000

 

SOFTWARE (STUDENT LICENSES)

Students must have basic document software such as word (which will available to them free as SDSU students). They also must have some form of “industry” standard photo documentation software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom to edit photograph documentation. Other applications may be found for free online for cropping, orientation, editing issues for documentation and maintaining a digital portfolio of their work. Students may be asked to purchase additional software in conjunction with representation electives. Any additional software purchases will be disclosed prior to students’ class registration.

BUSINESS
MICROSOFT OFFICE FOR MAC 2011 (FREE through SDSU - Jacks email Office 365 to access)
Typ. $140
DOCUMENTATION
ADOBE LIGHT ROOM or other PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. SDSU and the School of Design at SDSU prohibits the use of pirated software. Students who have pirated software on their computers will not be serviced and can be reported. Students are expected to maintain proof of ownership for all software, and will be expected to maintain a file cataloging of all software license numbers, serial numbers, etc.
  2. Contact the Support Desk with any issues.

Questions or needing clarification should contact Instructor Peter Reichardt at Peter.Reichardt@sdstate.edu. Questions about software installation processes should be directed to the SDSU Support Desk sdsu.supportdesk@sdstate.edu | Phone: (605) 688-6776