ATTENTION ALL FRESHMEN (updated July 11, 2012)
All incoming freshmen will be using Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium this fall. We will not be using Final Cut Pro this year. See updated information below.
One of the most important tools 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 University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking has developed a partnership with Apple Computer, Inc., Adobe Systems, Inc., and Final Draft, Inc. to provide students with the best technology at the best prices available.
UNCSA School of Filmmaking requires incoming students to purchase four items:
1) MacBook Pro computer
2) Applecare warranty (to keep your computer working)
3) Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium software
4) Final Draft screenwriting software.
MacBook Pro Computers and Applecare are available at the Apple Store for Education through one of the links below. Final Draft Software is available directly from Final Draft, through the link below. Instructions for purchasing Adobe Premiere Pro will be provided soon.
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 can be used, but it is not optimal for Post Production.
Video files use lots of hard drive space, and hard drives can fail. It is highly recommended that all incoming freshmen purchase an external hard drive, with Firewire interface, for editing and backup purposes. This is not required.
If you are faculty/staff or an already enrolled student and have your campus email, please use these links to access the Apple Store for Education:
Student, Faculty, and Staff Login
If you are an incoming student and do not yet have your campus email, use the following link:
Apple store without a student ID
Once you have entered our custom online Apple Store, select a MacBook Pro portable computer, then select any special options to customize your computer (or accept the pre-configured system, perfectly adequate for your work at UNCSA Film). Be sure and add AppleCare warranty to your checkout cart at the Apple Store!
The MacBook Pros and MacBooks 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
We have arranged with Adobe for you to purchase the Creative Suite 6 Production Premium at a special reduced price of $200 for the first year for a student license and a fully functional software package. This includes all Creative Suite upgrades that become available this year. Your student license will allow you to upgrade to next year’s version for an additional $200. After that, you will be able to upgrade the license to a commercial license in subsequent years for the standard upgrade fee.
The only way to get this price, a significant savings over the regular price of the Suite, is to purchase it through us. We are still working out the final purchasing process details with an Adobe reseller. When the process is finalized, you will be able to make the purchase through our campus store or through our online reseller. We should have details finalized before the end of July. Check here regularly for updates.
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: