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Laptop & Software Requirements

ULaptop/Wireless Campus Initiative

• Moore is a wireless campus
• Laptops are required for all new BFA students
About the Initiative 

Moore College of Art & Design is committed to providing students with the resources necessary to achieve the highest level of excellence in their chosen field. Moore is, therefore, making a major investment in a new laptop/wireless initiative to expand access to digital technologies essential for today's professional artists and designers. At Moore, we believe that a laptop computer is an essential tool for educating women for careers in art and design. Therefore, Moore requires all new BFA students to purchase laptop computers prior to the start of fall classes.  


Apple MackintoshWindows PCHardwareProcessor2.2 GHz Intel Core i5Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz Memory (RAM)4 GB Minimum
8 GB Recommended4 GB Minimum
8 GB Recommended Hard Disk128 GB320 GB MiscelleanousSuper DriveDVD   BurnerNetworkBandwidthAirport or ExtremeInternal 802.11 B/G/NOperating System MAC OS x 10.7Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10

Moore highly recommends that students choose to purchase an Apple Computer laptop, the preferred tool of most artists and designers.  However, students intending to major in Interior Design should consider purchasing a ThinkPad (PC), as AutoCAD software is not currently written for the Macintosh (Apple) operating system.  Please be sure that the software you purchase is the correct version for your platform (Macintosh or PC).

While many Windows PC laptops come with a three year service / support contract, Apple Macintosh laptops do not. Moore highly recommends purchasing an Apple Care three year service / support contact if you are purchasing an Apple laptop.


All students are provided with a membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud. All students choosing to purchase a Windows laptop will also be required to have Antivirus software. Moore College is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) who has partnered with JourneyEd to offer software packages at a tremendous discount.

All Transfer Interior Design students enrolling in sophomore level courses must have the following programs:*

  • AutoCad
  • Photoshop
  • SketchUp
  • Podium

Autodesk offers free downloads for most of their products to anyone with an edu email address. Once your email account is sent to you, you can go to to register and download the software. Autodesk includes AutoCad.

Free versions of SketchUp and Podium can also be downloaded. SketchUp Pro can be obtained for free by students with a set of codes that SketchUp gives to instructors. So, there is no need for you to purchase a full version of the program. The free version of SketchUp can be downloaded at after your instructor gives you the codes.
There is a free trial version of Podium that you can download at This trial version limits the size of the renderings useful for getting familiar with the program. You can purchase the full version when you take the course where Podium will be used.