GAID Digital Tools

The Graphic & Interactive Design program at Tyler School of Art and Architecture  is committed to excellence in design and the full integration of technologies within our discipline to best educate and prepare our students to become leaders in this field. A thorough understanding of the changing nature of design and the integral role that technology plays in it, is essential for all our design students. In order for our students to be active participants in this ever-changing environment we recommend a current model Apple MacBook Pro laptop. 


These are our minimum laptop requirements: M1 or M2 CPU/GPU of any class.  1TB internal SSD storage. 16GB RAM.

Purchase through the OwlTECH store

We recommend getting AppleCare+ with your system. 

Backup Drive 

We suggest a 1TB External SSD storage drive. It is essential to backup your files to both an external hard drive as well as cloud-based storage (see recommended software). 


Optional (helpful) hardware: 

Color, Photo and Document Scanner 
Color, Wide-format Printer 
A Mouse, wired or wireless (while the trackpad on a MacBook is great, it’s no substitute for designing with a mouse) 


Adobe Creative Cloud (supplied by Temple University for free to students)
Microsoft 365 is available to Students at no charge. 

Temple University OneDrive (a shared drive)

Students who are unable to purchase a laptop will have access to loaners during class time and can use one of the available systems in the working lab outside of class. 

Students with any technical questions about hardware or software should email Bryan Satalino, Associate Professor.