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Computers, Software, and Supplies


In general, Apple's Mac is the choice of most design professionals. Often designers prefer Macs because of its user-friendly interface and ease of use. A Mac also can be configured to supple the computing horsepower demanded by graphic, 3D-modeling, and animation software. All of the design faculty use Macs.

Many of our students say they wished they had bought a Mac instead of the Dell. Our department agrees, and we recommend that students planning on studying in the art department, particularly in Graphic Design and Animation, and Photography, purchase an Macbook.

The Graphic and Animation Design program requires its students to have a laptop suitable to the demands of the Adobe Creative Suite software. Click on the link below to see recommendations for purchasing Macs.

Purchase a Mac via Longwood's Apple portal

Learn about Longwood's laptop program

Learn about Longwood's laptop support

FAQ about Longwood's user support services



The Graphic Design and Animation program requires its students to purchase the Adobe Creative Suite software. Creative Suite 6 (or CS6) is the last downloadable and on-disk version. Adobe says it will continue to support CS6, but has not stated the extent of that support. Once Adobe discontinues support of CS6 and prior versions, its software will be available only in Adobe's Creative Cloud. Please download and read the PDF on laptops, software, and FAQs available below.

Additionally, all Graphic Design and Animation students must purchase the Adobe Font Folio Education Essentials. Software can be purchased through the Longwood Bookstore.

Learn more about Adobe Font Folio Education Essentials.

Click here to download a PDF on laptop and software recommendations and FAQs.

If you have any questions about computers and software, please contact either Wade Lough or Chris Register.


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A design team assesses an assignment.

Art Supplies

Occasionally, students in the Brand Identity and Media Design track may need to purchase supplies for design projects. Usually, the purchases are nominal.

We try to limit the amount of printing required of students. However, senior students in the Brand Identity and Media Design track should prepare to pay for high-quality printing to best showcase their designs as they seek employment.

Aside from the laptop and software requirements, student will need flash drives (for porting files and short term storage) and external hard drives (to make regular backups of their work). We suggest students consider the purchase of a tablet and stylus, such as the Wacom Bamboo Splash. A tablet permits greater versatility in computer design and drawing.

Students also pay a lab fee which goes to the maintenance of the studios and equipment, software purchases, specialty papers, etc. Depending upon the course and the materials needed, these fees may pay for some supplies.

Farmville, while growing, is still a small town, and has limited opportunities for the purchase of art supplies. Students should be prepared to plan ahead and purchase materials in a timely fashion.

Students without the proper equipment basically miss the class, because they cannot participate in the class exercises, and can't take advantage of the class time to work on their projects.

While instructors make every effort to inform students of what supplies are needed for what class, it is difficult to predict from week to week. Therefore it is strongly advised the students purchase all the required materials listed on the instructor's syllabus. Doing so will ensure the student is prepared for class.




Farmville, VA

Key Office Supply
121 North Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 392-5485

Longwood Bookstore
Barnes and Noble
Midtown Square, Longwood Landings
Farmville, VA 23909
(434) 391-1240

Wal-Mart Supercenter
1800 Perry Drive
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 392-5334

2644 Farmville Road
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 391-6300

Midlothian & Chesterfield, VA

Michael's Arts & Crafts
4700 Commonwealth Centre Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112

Hobby Lobby
14645 Hancock Village St
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 639-4080

Richmond, VA

Plaza Artist Materials & Framing
927 Grace st.
Richmond, VA
(804) 359-5900

Lynchburg, VA

AC Moore Arts & Crafts
475 Simons Run
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 582-1634

Michael's Arts & Crafts
4026 Wards Road Ste 9
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434)582- 5656

Art Box
422 12th Street
Lynchburg VA, 24504

Charlottesville, VA

Art Box
2125 Ivy Road
Ivy Square
Charlottesville Va, 22903

Crozet, VA

Art Box
5784 Three Notch'd Road
Crozet Va, 22932