First Year Technology Requirements

LAPTOP / Foundations students are required to bring to every class a laptop updated with the latest operating system. Student discounts are available at the UIC Bookstore, also located in Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street. Highly recommended is the manufacturer’s extended warranty, as well as the use of a regular file backup system—current students have free unlimited cloud storage accounts with Box and Google Drive.

SOFTWARE / An Adobe Creative Cloud annual subscription is required—students receive a substantial discount when purchased through the WebStore. Make sure to install Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro DC before the first day of classes. 

SOFTWARE TUTORIALS / Though there will be brief demonstrations throughout the semester, self-led learning has proven to be the most effective way to acquire technical skills. With free access to LinkedIn Learning, all first year students are required to complete three tutorials: Illustrator 2022 Essential Training, InDesign 2022 Essential Training, and Photoshop 2021 Essential Training: The Basics. Submit a Certificate of Completion pdf for each as directed in DES110.

SMARTPHONE / DES150 Digital Media Design I and DES160 Design Photography require a smartphone with a fully functioning camera.