laptops & software

SAA uses Apple computers for all coursework. Students are not required to know how to use the computer prior to attending SAA.


Students are required to purchase and bring to class their own Apple laptop computer. Understandably, many incoming students have never before used an Apple computer, let alone considered having their own laptops. The talented instructors at SAA will educate you on using your laptop and each of the software programs.

Representatives of MacTown will be available at SAA Orientation to answer your questions.

To order your laptop, please call Brad at MacTown at 937 435 0134, or visit the Apple website and locate the School of Advertising Art under the educational store. [Students receive an education discount. This discount is reflected both at MacTown and on the Apple website.]

For students beginning classes in August 2014, the cost of a MacBook Pro laptop is $2,634 or $3,134, depending on the package chosen. Pricing details are available here.

Software Programs

Students learn to use many different design software programs—the programs that are the most highly used and sought after in the industry.

Software Programs at SAA:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Coda
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Microsoft Office