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ATTENTION ALL FRESHMEN (updated August 12, 2013)

One of the most important tools used in filmmaking today is the computer. From the script stage, through pre-production planning, and for picture and sound editing, computer skills are essential to success. The School of Filmmaking has developed a partnership with Apple Computer, Inc., Adobe Systems, Inc., and Final Draft, Inc. to provide students with the latest technology at the best prices available.

UNCSA School of Filmmaking requires all incoming students to purchase four items:

  1. A MacBook Pro computer;  2) an AppleCare warranty (to keep your computer working);  3) Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium software (you will purchase this from the School at a heavily discounted rate of $200.00);  4) Final Draft screenwriting software (also available with an educational discount).

Here is what you do to get the computer and software you need:

Apple MacBook Pro (with AppleCare warranty) Purchase Requirement

Each incoming freshman is required to purchase an Apple MacBook Pro (unless a severe financial constraint absolutely will not allow). The 15" size is recommended to allow more window space for editing. The less expensive 13" MacBook Pro can be used, but it is not optimal for Post Production.  The computer needs to be equipped with 8 GB RAM and have a processor with a minimum speed of 2.5 Ghz.

We recommend that all incoming freshmen purchase an external hard drive (at least 1 terabyte) with Firewire interface, for editing and backup purposes.

To purchase a MacBook Pro before you become an enrolled student and have activated your campus email, you should use this link to access the Apple Store for Education:

Apple store without a student ID
Once you have become officially enrolled in UNCSA and have activated your student email account, you should use this link to purchase your MacBook Pro:
Student, Faculty and Staff Login

Once you have entered our custom online Apple Store, select a MacBook Pro portable computer, then select any special options to customize your computer. Be sure to add the required AppleCare warranty to your checkout cart at the Apple Store!

The MacBook Pros are NOT pre-bundled with screenwriting or editing software. You will have to purchase these programs separately. We have arranged for you to obtain them at a discounted student price.

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Software Purchase Requirement 
(updated 8.9.13)
UNCSA's editing department faculty will email each student with instructions regarding purchase of the Adobe Creative Suite at a reduced price.

Final Draft Software Purchase Requirement

All incoming freshman are required to purchase Final Draft Screenwriting software. You can purchase this software for an educational discount of $129 from this link: