The Visual Arts Program uses computers and digital technology in a variety of disciplines: Photography, New Media Art and Design being the most heavily dependent.

Our program is solely based on Apple Macintosh technology as it is the industry standard in most art and design professions.

Laptop Macintosh (Recommend Computer)

  • 2.7GHz Processor MacBook Pro with Apple Care
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 250 GB External Hard Drive USB or Firewire (photography)
  • USB Flash Memory Drive 4GB minimum
  • Surge Supressor
  • Carrying Case
  • Laptop Lock (for dorms)
  • Writable DVD or CD disks for archiving and storage

Desktop Macintosh (Recommended Computer)

  • 2.8GHz Processor iMac
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 250 GB External Hard Drive USB or Firewire (photo)
  • USB Flash Memory Drive 4GB minimum
  • USB Inkjet printer (Canon, Epson, HP) and USB cable
  • Surge Supressor
  • Writable DVD or CD disks for archiving and storage

Software Requirements

Students who need access to Adobe software should also purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud membership. This software can be purchased from their website at a discounted student rate.

Students should also download the Microsoft Office Software provided by NKU. Instructions on how to install Microsoft Office from NKU Microsoft Office 365.

The Bottom Line

Visual Arts has six computer labs available to students, one of which is the student open lab. If students choose to purchase a computer, we recommend that students purchase a MacBook Pro or iMac at minimum, some advanced students may benefit from a Mac Pro. On any model, please get the largest hard drive and memory that the student can afford. Always get Apple Care.

For those with laptops, you can plug in an extra monitor to use dual screens for more visual real estate and have an external keyboard and mouse when working in a set location like in your dorm room or home.

Educational pricing is available from the Apple Store in Kenwood but only for hardware equipment made by Apple. Show your NKU ID.

Apple's online store education store for NKU can inform you on specials, place orders, and give information. You will receive the discounted educational pricing from this link.

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