Laptop Recommendation

To make sure you get off to a great start, the School of Art (SoA) is providing information on what kinds of technology we use. Like many other art schools, SoA has been an Apple computing facility for many years. Although Apple computers were once the tool of choice among artists, competing PC platforms have caught up and are now a more than viable choice when selecting a new computer.

With that in mind, it is the recommendation of the technical director and faculty that you purchase the appropriate computer for your SOA studies and beyond. What is sufficient for word processing and web browsing is simply not good enough for working with Adobe Creative Cloud, 3-D modeling and animation, or digital video editing software titles. SOA works continuously with the Patriot Computer store to bring you the best value you can find anywhere else for your computer choices. Before making your purchase, it is highly advised that you contact the appropriate department director in the School of Art, as well as their  director of technology for assistance with making the right decision. A computer will last the duration of your studies, and you want to be sure you buy something that will do what you need it to do.

You will  probably want to add a comprehensive warranty plan that includes expert telephone technical support, global repair coverage, web-based support resources, and powerful diagnostic tools — all for one economical price. Plans are available for students either through the Patriot Computer Store or through another vendor.

The next step is to contact the Patriot Computer store to order. Contact them at 703 993-4100, or email them at But if you have any further questions, or need more information about this program, please call Federica Incerti at 703 993-1976, or email her at

Please do not purchase your computer without first checking with us. We want to make sure you do not spend money on something you don’t need or that won’t work with our program.