Foundations students are open to all possibilities at MIAD, and owning a laptop will be a great asset into your personal exploration into the world of art & design. Discovering new forms, artists, and materials can help a foundations student find their career in the arts more effectively than ever.

The following are required and recommended Foundations 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 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 Foundations all levels:

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

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

Recommended Software:

Audacity (Mac)
Found at: Audacity
Price: Free

Estimated Total for Required Software without tax:


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