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Required Materials and Fees for Art Students

Required Materials and Fees for Art Students

The Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate degree program has some additional fees required for materials, technology, and laboratory materials that enhance an art student’s education that are automatically assessed to students. The Mississippi State University Department of Art strives to be able to offer comparatively low lab fees thanks to support from alumni and friends.

Students also need to purchase a variety of tools and materials to help them succeed in their studio coursework.


Technology Requirements 

The Department of Art requires all incoming art majors to purchase certain technology and equipment necessary for production and presentation of artwork within departmental courses.


Computer

The Mississippi State University Department of Art requires that all incoming art majors purchase a personal computer. The department recommends that students purchase one of the recommended computers below, as these have been structured to meet all of the requirements necessary for courses in the department (all concentrations).

Even though several options are provided below, the department suggests the first recommendation. This is the most expensive option, but by purchasing a quality machine now, the useful and efficient life of the computer is extended. Thus, the student will be able to save money in the long run.

2019 Specs (Updated August 2019)

  • MacBook 1
    Apple MacBook Pro 15ʺ
    2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor
    32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
    1 TB SSD storage
    AppleCare Protection Plan
    (3-Year Extended warranty)
    COST: $3,488.00
  • MacBook 2
    Apple MacBook Pro 15ʺ
    2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
    16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
    1TB SSD storage
    AppleCare Protection Plan
    (3-Year Extended Warranty)
    COST: $2,868.00
  • MacBook 3
    2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
    16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
    512GB SSD storage
    AppleCare Protection Plan
    (3-Year Extended Warranty)
    COST: $3,038.00

Note: These options do not include optional accessories such as Apple’s USB SuperDrive which is their external CD/DVD drive. CD/DVD drives are no longer included in current computers manufactured by Apple.

The costs associated with each recommendation were compiled from Apple’s Education Store. Prices are subject to change, per Apple. These recommendations reflect the requirement of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, which provides access to programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and others. These programs are extremely RAM-intensive. The more RAM the computer has, the better the programs will operate.

The Department strongly recommends that students purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan for any computer purchase. This extends the manufacturer warranty to 3 years from the date of purchase and covers most damage.


Software

For students majoring in all concentrations, the following software is required:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Student Subscription
    $19.99/month or $239.88/year
    (promotional rates for the first year) Students will assume the standard rate of $49.99/month at the end of the 12-month promotional pricing period. Rates are subject to change, per Adobe.adobe.com.

Printer

A printer is not required, but strongly recommended. Printers are available in the Universal Art & Technology (UAT) Lab, but only during specified hours. Students are charged set fees for printing.

Any high-quality color inkjet printer capable of printing 13"×19" or larger prints is acceptable.

Recommended Printers:

  • Epson Artisan 1430 $349.99
  • Epson Stylus Photo R2000 $1,039.95

Camera

The Mississippi State University Department of Art requires that all art majors provide their own DSLR camera upon registering for ART 2103: Photography Survey. Photography Survey is a beginning photography course for the art major with an emphasis placed on learning the camera’s manual features for precise control and accurate results in exploring the fundamentals and aesthetics of photography.

The Department recommends that students purchase a camera with the outlined minimum specifications below. The specification list has been structured to meet all of the requirements necessary for ART 2103: Photography Survey.

This list is intended for students not majoring in photography. However, it is permissible for students to purchase a camera that exceeds the minimum specifications listed below.

Minimum Camera Specifications (non-photography concentration):

  • Camera Type: DSLR, Digital Rangefinder, Mirrorless Camera System
  • Manual Override: Yes
  • Pixels: 6 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: CMOS or CCD
  • File Formats: RAW, JPEG, TIFF
  • ISO Sensitivity: 200–1600
  • Shutter Speeds: 30 seconds to 1/4000
  • Lens Focal Length: 18–55 mm, 24–70 mm, or 50 mm
  • Lens Aperture: 3.5–5.6
  • Focus Mode: Manual

Suggested Cameras:

  • Canon Rebel or EOS Series (Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, 30D, 40D, EOS M3)
  • Nikon D Series (70, 60, 50, 40) or Nikon 1 S2
  • Fujifilm X–100t
  • Olympus, Pentax, or Sony brand cameras that meet the outlined specs

The Department recommends that students intending to major in photography purchase a current camera model with the most up-to-date specifications, since the camera will be used throughout their undergraduate careers as they advance in the program. This will allow students to grow with their equipment as they learn new techniques in classes beyond ART 2103: Photography Survey and begin to establish themselves as professional photographers. The specification list has been structured to meet the requirements necessary for the Photography Concentration. However, it is permissible for students to purchase a camera that exceeds the minimum specifications listed below.

Minimum Camera Specifications (photography concentration)

  • Camera Type: DSLR, Digital Rangefinder, Mirrorless Camera System
  • Manual Override: Yes
  • Pixels: 14 megapixels or higher
  • Sensor Type: CMOS or CCD
  • File Formats: RAW, JPEG, TIFF
  • ISO Sensitivity: 100–3200
  • Shutter Speeds: 30 seconds to 1/4000 & Bulb Setting
  • Lens Focal Length: 18–55 mm, 24–70 mm Zoom Lens 50 mm Prime Lens
  • Lens Aperture: 3.5–5.6 Zoom Lens, 1.8 Prime Lens
  • Focus Mode: Manual
  • HD Video: Yes

All students enrolled in ART 2103: Photography Survey and all students with a photography concentration are responsible for providing their own user’s manual for the camera, memory cards, battery and charger, and download cables. If there are any questions about the equipment, students should contact the photography professor(s) prior to enrolling in the class.

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