Laptop Program: About the Laptop Program
Updated: 22 March 2018 10:30 AM
You and Your Laptop
If you're coming to OCAD U, more than likely, you will need a laptop.
How does it work?
Laptops are infinitely more powerful than desktops because they go wherever you go and run professional software you will need. Tablet apps are very powerful and inexpensive, but they don't do everything. We know that students with Laptops learn faster and perform better in University, capitalizing on your most valuable commodity: your time.
The Laptop Program provides software and support for students bringing their own laptops to OCAD University for their learning and instruction in art and design. Your laptop is the primary computer you will use on campus, in specific courses, studios and open areas between classes.
I Need a Laptop. Now What?
Either you already own a Laptop or you will need to purchase one. It can be either a Mac or PC. We recommend the Apple MacBook Pro, Dell XPS series, and Microsoft Surface Laptop, Pro and Book.
If you need to buy a laptop, you have a variety of purchasing options with educational discounts.
I Already Own A Laptop
That's great! We recommend you take a look at our specific pages for the various recommended systems to ensure it meets the minimum requirements:
Programs & Recommended Laptops
If you wish to enroll into the Laptop Program, please fill out a Laptop Program Opt-In Request form:
What if I already have a laptop computer? Is it compatible?
If you already have a laptop that is less than 3 years old, and meets the minimum System Requirements on the Non-Recommended Unsupported Laptops page, then we recommend that you wear it out, and when it comes time to replace it, replace it with a model we recommend. If you're not sure, consult the IT Help Desk.
When Should I Buy a New Laptop?
Apple recently updated their models in June 2017. If you are considering buying a new laptop, there are frequently either new models before September or Back-to-School Specials.
Non-Recommended Unsupported Computers
Don't have an Apple laptop? We recommend you view our knowledgebase article about Non-Recommended Unsupported Laptop