Laptop Initiative

Students in the Department of Art  students will be required to own a Mac laptop as specified by each BFA program.

Mac laptops are a required material for WASH students. Financial Aid may adjust funding for qualified Art students for the purchase of required hardware and software. Please see eligibility requirements below under Financial Aid Process.

*Students must complete the financial aid application process and qualify for financial aid. Contact Financial Aid for details.

Why?

The personal computer has become an indispensable tool in the creation of art and design. While we understand the expense our laptop requirement creates, the benefits of having around the clock access to your own digital studio are well worth the investment. Working around lab and class schedules doesn't always provide the best time for students to work. If inspiration hits at 2am or over Spring break, having access to your studio is invaluable. We're confident that our students will produce more work, better work, and spend more time being creative.

Macintosh computers have long been the industry standard in design, photography and fine art studios everywhere. We feel strongly that experience with this environment will greatly benefit our students as they prepare to enter the world of art and design. Apple computers are well made and frequently remain in use for several years, making them a valuable and dependable investment. Macs have excellent displays and render images and typography of very high quality. Exchanging files, managing fonts, printing, and other routine tasks are generally handled well by Macintosh systems. This consistent computing environment makes teaching easier and avoids the difficulties of supporting multiple systems and software.

Where to get your Mac and software?

  • Additional laptop discount through the Apple online store
    • Apple has created a custom online store just for SHSU Art students. Here you will find our current recommended systems priced below the regular education price. Currently this discount lowers the laptop price by about $50. Additionally, Apple sometimes offers extras like gift cards or freebies.

  • How to access the SHSU online Apple Store
    • Please note that these special discounts are only available to SHSU students, faculty, and staff. If you meet this requirement, click the following link and log in with your SHSU username and password.

      SHSU Apple Store

  • Applecare
    • Students are also encouraged to purchase Applecare protection for their Macintosh Laptop. Applecare covers unforeseen accidents or technical problems after the initial warranty. Laptop repairs can be expensive, and Apple's protection plan is usually effective and quick.

      Please note that our Apple Store recommended systems already include Applecare.

      Benefits of Applecare

  • Adobe software
    • SHSU has partnered with OnTheHub.com to offer Creative Suite software at a greatly reduced cost.

      Windows software will not run on your Macintosh laptop, so please make sure to purchase the Mac version of your software.

      OnTheHub.com

What laptop to get for your program?

The first step is knowing which degree program to pursue and what the minimum hardware and software requirements are for that program. Recommended systems are listed below. When purchasing software be sure to specify the Macintosh version. Packaging and online ordering can sometimes be confusing, and accidentally ordering the Windows version will create an avoidable hassle.

  • Animation
    • Minimum Specifications
      15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
      Processor: 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
      Storage: 256GB Flash Storage
      RAM/Memory: 16GB
      AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto-enroll

      While the above represents the minimum set of specifications required by the Computer Animation Program at SHSU, upgrading the laptop’s processor will allow the computer to complete more tasks more quickly, and will generally provide a computer that will remain professionally usable for a longer period of time. Digital creative work can often require significant storage. Though you may choose to upgrade the laptop’s storage, purchasing a Mac compatible external hard-drive would provide a more economical solution for this need.

      Software Requirements
      Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition)
      Autodesk Maya- Maya is available for free download to currently registered students at students.autodesk.com.

      students.autodesk.com

  • Photography
    • Minimum Specifications
      13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
      Processor: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
      Storage: 128 GB Flash Storage
      RAM/Memory: 8GB 
      AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto-enroll

      While the above represents the minimum set of specifications required by the Photography Program at SHSU, we recommend that students strongly consider upgrading their Mac laptop. Upgrades such as a 15-inch display, increased storage, and increased memory will offer a superior user experience. Digital creative work can often require significant storage capacity, quickly filling storage devices of 128 GB or greater. In addition, increasing your laptop’s memory will allow the computer to complete more tasks more quickly. Finally, investing a bit more initially will generally provide a computer that will remain professionally usable for a longer period of time.

      Software Requirements**
      Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition)

      Software Recommendations
      Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 - helpful, but not required

  • Graphic Design
    • Minimum Specifications
      13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
      Processor: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
      Storage: 256 GB Flash Storage
      RAM/Memory: 8GB
      AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto-enroll

      While the above represents the minimum set of specifications required by the Graphic Design Program at SHSU, we recommend that students strongly consider upgrading their Mac laptop. Upgrades such as a 15-inch display, increased storage, and increased memory will offer a superior user experience. Digital creative work can often require significant storage capacity, quickly filling storage devices of 256 GB or greater. In addition, increasing your laptop’s memory will allow the computer to complete more tasks more quickly. Finally, investing a bit more initially will generally provide a computer that will remain professionally usable for a longer period of time.

      Software Requirements
      Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition), Adobe Font Folio Education Essentials

  • Studio
    • Minimum Specifications
      13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
      Processor: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
      Storage: 128 GB Flash Storage
      RAM/Memory: 8GB 
      AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto-enroll

      While the above represents the minimum set of specifications required by the Studio Art Program at SHSU, we recommend that students strongly consider upgrading their Mac laptop. Upgrades such as a 15-inch display, increased storage, and increased memory will offer a superior user experience. Digital creative work can often require significant storage capacity, quickly filling storage devices of 128 GB or greater. In addition, increasing your laptop’s memory will allow the computer to complete more tasks more quickly. Finally, investing a bit more initially will generally provide a computer that will remain professionally usable for a longer period of time.

      Software Requirements
      Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition)

Financial Aid Process

Financial Aid may increase funding for qualified Art students for the purchase of required hardware and software. Keep in mind that financial aid is not guaranteed to students simply because they are Art students, you must qualify! Please contact Financial Aid for more information.

Heres how the financial aid assistance program will work as specified by financial aid:
One time Cost of Attendance adjustment may be available to qualified financial aid students.
Increasing the Cost of Attendance may not increase a student's award package or eligibility.
Additional funding will likely be through a loan program, either a Federal Direct loan or an Alternative loan.
Students must have applied for Federal student aid and have been awarded aid at SHSU for the semester.
Students must maintain academic eligibility for financial aid.
Students should print out their desired Mac and software specs with pricing.
Financial Aid will provide a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request form for student use.
Students need proof that they are in a program that requires a Mac.
Students must visit Financial Aid with the required documentation to discuss available funding options.

To request financial aid support for the purchase of your Apple laptop and Adobe software, complete the Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request form. Submit the completed form along with cost estimates for your desired Apple laptop and Adobe software to the SHSU Financial Aid Office. Printouts from the Apple Store and software vendor website's are acceptable as estimates.

Please deliver your completed Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request form (PDF) and cost estimates to the SHSU Financial Aid Office before purchasing a laptop and software.

SHSU Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
Box 2328
Huntsville, TX 77341-2328
936.294.1774 Office
936.294.3668 Fax

Financial Aid Contacts:

Kim Nettles
936-294-1774
fao.nettles@shsu.edu

SHSU Financial Aid

Questions about the laptop initiative?

If you have questions, contact:

Anthony Watkins
waw007@shsu.edu
936.294.1362




Department of Art PO Box 2089, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2089 Phone: 936.294.4311


Sam Houston State Logo

Sam Houston State University | Huntsville, Texas 77341 | (936) 294-1111 | (866)BEARKAT Member TSUS
© Copyright Sam Houston State University | All rights reserved. | Contact Web Editor