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 @ An extended warranty (such as AppleCare or HP Care Pack) and a 3TB or larger external hard drive for backup/storage are highly recommended.

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.

Students are required to have a smartphone with a fully-functioning camera. For DES 160, students must purchase a mini tripod with a smartphone clamp before the first class. Students with iPhones must purchase the ProCam 8 app ($6), those with Android phones must purchase the ProCam X app ($5), and all must install the Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play.