Tools of the trade
The following list gives you an idea of the type of equipment you will need during your studies and beyond in Graphic Design. The items can vary greatly in cost. These may not be the cheapest versions but are the ones we feel we can recommend. Think of this list as a guide.
Graphic Design equipment:
- Swann Morton - retractable Scalpel
Scalpels are very very sharp, be extremely careful! Make sure you cut on a flat, un-cluttered surface with a good ruler/cutting edge. Its best to ask a tutor to demo cutting if you are unsure. Make sure you don't use an old blade, as a blunt blade can encourage you to cut with more pressure. In turn its easier to slip and cut yourself. The blade should cut without much pressure. Always use a cutting mat. We have a Sharps Bin for disposal of worn blades
- Swann Morton - 10A blades
- Cutting mat A3+
- Tecnostyl Ruler 50cm with cutting edge
- 3M spray mount
- Bone Folder
- 3M Magic Tape
Many of the items can be bought in John Smiths shop on campus.
- Mac / PC Laptop Computer
Apple provide 10% discount on computers and 50% off Applecare which I recommend to students as it would cover the machine if anything goes wrong. Buying through the online education store can sometimes be cheaper than the apple stores.
- USB Drive
Spend a few pounds more on a good quality branded USB stick. Every year students loose work on low quality cheap USB sticks - Don't risk it
- Hard Drive to back up/achieve your digital work
- Adobe Creative suite
- Cloud Storage - Dropbox / OneDrive
Students at UEL get 1Tb of free OneDrive storage while they study with us. You can sync that with your own computer for file storage/transfer between Uni and Home.
- Cyberduck - Free for Education ftp Client for Mac/PC
- Unity - Free for Education 3D Game Engine Mac/PC
- VLC - Free Media player for Mac/PC
- Lynda.com – Video Training for software
Students at UEL get unlimited access to thousands of video courses in software and creative skills. Lynda.com makes it easy to learn skills on-demand with unlimited access to expert led courses. This compliments software teaching in class.