American Academy of Art College Technology Requirement


Since 1923, the Academy's mission has been to prepare artists to work as professionals in the art and design field.  In today's economy, employers need you to be fully conversant with the current digital tools and technology.  To ensure you have the opportunity to develop these skills, the Academy has instituted a school-wide minimum laptop requirement and a technology fee.  


The laptop requirement ensures that you have the appropriate technology to engage in the curriculum wherever and however you need to.  The technology fee enables students to access the wireless and wired networking, curricular software including the Adobe Create Cloud and technology support, access to printing and the open lab. 


Please note students should be prepared with their laptop before the beginning of the academic year. There will be limited access to computer workstations in classrooms for use if your laptop is broken. If you do not have a suitable laptop you will not be able to complete your courses.  All students are required to attend classes with an appropriate laptop that meets these requirements.



MacBook Pro 13” or larger disply size

Apple M1 8-Core CPU or higher

16GB Memory \ 32GB Memory

512GB SSD storage

13-inch or larger Retina display

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645

Two Thunderbolt 3 ports


Other options:


Windows 10


Intel Core i7

- 16GB Memory  \ 32GB Memory

- 512GB SSD Disk

- GeForce Video Card


HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6"

- Intel Core i7

- 16GB Memory  \ 32GB Memory

- GeForce MX330

- 512GB SSD

- Touch Screen 4K


Dell - Inspiron 15.6" 7000 2-in-1

- Intel Core i7

- 16GB Memory  \ 32GB Memory

- GeForce MX250

- 512GB SSD

- Touch Screen 4K


Microsoft Surface Pro laptop .

Platinum Intel Core i7

16GB Memory  \ 32GB Memory




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