Illustrators and computers are now connected closer than ever. Wacom tablets and software programs are developing new horizons in artistic creativity and productivity. Owning a laptop will be a huge benefit for the illustrators of the present, and give the potential for greater artistic exploration.

The following are required and recommended Illustration 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 Illustration all levels:

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

Recommended Software:

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

Estimated Total for Required Software without tax:


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