Student Resources



Academic and experiential learning advisors from the undergraduate advising and graduate advising provide guidance on academic matters and assist students in their progress from orientation through graduation.



Faculty mentors from a variety of disciplines are available to explore academic choices at the Department of Art + Design. To speak with a Faculty Mentor for our Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, please contact them to set-up an appointment directly. During summer sessions faculty mentors are only available by appointment.

For Design, Photography, and Art majors, either the 13″ or 15″ Retina MacBook Pro is suitable. We recommend at least 8GB of RAM and at least 512GB of storage. We further recommend that students in Video Art consider purchasing the 15″ models, as the additional power and screen size can be valuable. AppleCare+ Protection Plan for up to three years is strongly recommended.


For Game Design students we recommend a Windows laptop which meets or exceeds the following specifications:


• Quad-core Intel Core i7
• 16GB RAM
• 1TB Storage (SSD is recommended, if your budget permits.)
• Nvidia GTX 1060 or better graphics
• VR Ready


Animation students should consider a computer similar to the above listed Game Design recommendations but if preferred, may also consider an Apple MacBook Pro 15″ with 512GB storage.
Students should also strongly consider an extended warranty with accidental damage coverage.

Finally, the importance of backing up files cannot be stressed enough. Students should have at least one external USB hard disk large enough to back up all of their files. Apple laptops include Time Machine backup software, which is simple and convenient to use and provides a backup in case of computer failure, loss or theft. Online backup services, such as BackBlaze provide an additional level of security.

Art, Design, Art, and Media Arts: Chris Franson at [email protected] or 617-373-7168
Game Design: Jason Duhaime at  [email protected] or 617-373-6262