Communication Design

Communication design is closely linked to computer software. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver are key tools in the professional development of a communications designer. Laptops provide the portability for a designer on the go; be it work, research, or displaying portfolios.

The following are required and recommended Communication Design software programs for the Fall semester and beyond. This list is subject to change, and a complete list will be sent to you before the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.

***Note: Interested in possible less expensive prices?  It may be less expensive to access software via the:

==> MIAD school page on Journey Ed. <==

To do so, please click the link above and search for the software you are interested in.  If you have any trouble or need assistance, please contact Open Book.

Required Software for CD all levels:

All-Student Package
Listed in: Foundations section
Adobe CC
– Price: $100 (It will show up as an item on your tuition bill for incoming students)
– Availability: Supplied at MIAD for all incoming students

MIAD provided Microsoft Office
– Price: Free
– Availability: TBA

Sketchup | | Free

Recommended Software:

Found at: App Store
Price: $29.97 (each component sold separately on App Store for $9.99/piece) Included with Mac OS Mavericks or later

Found at: App Store
Price: Free

Adobe Creative Cloud
Found at:
Price : $239.88

Found at: App Store
Price: $14.99

All-Student Package
Found at:
Price: (Adobe CC $239.88, Microsoft Office $0 – MIAD provided, Sketchup $49, Sketchbook Pro $29.99/ year)

Estimated Total for Required Software without tax:


* For the most up-to-date costs please check the software through the links.