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Technology Services

Technology is a part of almost everything at CIA, and Technology Services is here to support your work. Throughout campus, computer labs are available to students from all majors, hosting the latest computer hardware in Mac OS and Windows environments.

Wacom Cintiqs, cameras, projectors, and other technologies are available for all disciplines and may be checked out for a period of time. Visit Equipment Checkout for more information. A network render farm is available for final work and renders.

Students have access to a variety of software installed throughout campus, and may buy software at a discount for their own laptops. For more information on student discounts and applicable software, check out our technology store. Software in labs include: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Autodesk (Mudbox, Inventor, 3D Studio Max, Maya), Microsoft Office 365 (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), Google Drive, and much more depending on major!

Laptop Requirements

Discipline-specific technology is managed by individual majors. A list of recommended hardware, based on major, can be viewed online. Hardware requirements are reviewed each spring.


Digital printing plays an important role in the development of our students’ work. Black and white and color prints and copies are available using student credit campus-wide. For larger projects, the Digital Output Center (DOC) offers specialty printing.

Questions regarding these resources can be answered by CIA’s technology specialists.

Help Desk

Have a question, concern, or comment about technology on campus? Open a support ticket with our help desk by simply emailing! When you create a ticket, we will ensure that the right person for your issue is reached. A help desk or facilities technician will reach out to you as soon as one is available. It also means that the right person for your issue is reached. If you need immediate assistance, visit the Help Desk in room 116 or Facilities in room 110 from 8:30am-4:30pm on weekdays. 

Technology Store

Discounts are available for CIA students, faculty, and staff.

CIA's Technology Store is where you find:

  • Laptop requirements per major
  • Apple Store discounts
  • Dell and Alienware discounts
  • Software for download or at a discount

Help Desk

Open a support ticket using the form at to get your questions and concerns to the IT agent best able to assist with your request.

Laptop Requirements

CIA students should start their first-year Foundation with a laptop. Foundation year needs primarily focus on using the Adobe Suite of software programs.

Students in their major have more specific laptop needs, based on the computing needs of their major.

A list of recommended hardware requirements is available online and is updated each spring, as majors re-evaluate software and hardware needs.