At Moore, we believe that a laptop computer is an essential tool for careers in art and design. Therefore, Moore requires all new BFA students to own a laptop computer prior to the start of fall classes. Below you will find detailed information about our programmatic computer requirements.

Additional Hardware Requirements

Moore 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 and Animation & Game Arts should consider purchasing a ThinkPad (PC), as some windows software is not currently written for the 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.

Software Requirements

All students are provided with a membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud. All students will also be required to have Antivirus software.

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, a required program for Interior Design courses.

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.