BA/BDes Technical Requirements

Incoming students are required to bring to every class an Apple MacBook or Windows Laptop, loaded with the latest operating system.  Student discounts are available at the UIC Bookstore, 750 South Halsted or @ A manufacturer’s extended warranty is highly recommended.

Also recommended is some sort of file storage and daily back-up system. Current UIC students have free unlimited cloud storage accounts with Box and Google Drive. You may also consider purchasing a 5TB portable external hard drive. Mac users choosing to save files to an external drive should use Time Machine to automatically back up documents.

An Adobe Creative Cloud annual subscription is required. Students may receive a discount when purchased through the WebStore @ Install Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop to verify they are working before the first class.

Students have free access to LinkedIn Learning—click the below links, sign in with, enter NetID and password. All students must submit certificates of completion for: Illustrator (5h 41m), InDesign (5h 4m), Photoshop (6h 18m) by midterm of their first semester.

A smartphone with a fully-functioning camera is required for DES 160 Design Photography. For older smartphones, the addition of an app can provide extended capability: ProCamera for iPhones and ProCam X for Android phones.