What To Pack for Graduate Students

Not sure what to pack? Don't worry, we've got your packing list of materials, supplies and suggestions to bring to to Winston-Salem as well as your first day of classes.

What your art school requires you to bring

Each art school has a list of materials and supplies unique to that art conservatory.


Incoming students in the UNCSA School of Filmmaking are required to have a Mac computer for their class and production work, along with specific software. The School of Filmmaking has developed partnerships with Apple Inc., Adobe Systems Incorporated and Final Draft, Inc. to provide the latest technology at the best prices available.

UNCSA School of Filmmaking requires all incoming students to purchase four items: 

  1. A MacBook Pro computer with the latest operating system; 
  2. The AppleCare warranty (to keep your computer working);
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud software (complete version); and
  4. Final Draft screenwriting software.

Follow the instructions below on how to get your Apple MacBook Pro (with AppleCare Warranty) and Adobe and Final Draft software.

Apple MacBook Pro (with warranty)

All incoming freshmen are required to have an Apple MacBook Pro. The 15" size is recommended to allow more window space for editing. You should purchase the model that has at least a 2.8 GHz i7 processor, a minimum of 16 GB RAM, a minimum of 512GB of SSD storage, and the Radeon Pro 555 graphics card with 2GB memory.

The less expensive 13" MacBook Pro can be used, but is not optimal for Post Production. If you choose to buy a 13" model, choose one with at least a 2.3 GHz i5 processor, at least 16 GB RAM, a minimum of 512 GB of SSD storage, and the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics card.

We recommend that all incoming freshmen purchase a Tripp-Lite U442-DOC 1 USB-C Docking Station (or an equivalent) to provide substantially more connectivity for their laptop, as well as an external USB3 hard drive (at least 1 terabyte) with Thunderbolt or USB3 interface, for editing and backup purposes.  We strongly recommend adding the AppleCare warranty option to protect your computer investment.

You can purchase your MacBook Pro with AppleCare by clicking the UNCSA Apple Store for Education

UNCSA Shop Apple Online

Once you have entered our custom online Apple Store for Education:

  1. Select a MacBook Pro portable computer.
  2. Select any special options to customize your computer.
  3. Add the AppleCare warranty to your checkout cart at the Apple Store.

The MacBook Pros are not pre-bundled with screenwriting or editing software. You will have to purchase these programs separately. We have arranged for you to obtain the software at a discounted student price. Prices are subject to change.

Adobe Creative Cloud Software License
All incoming freshmen are required to purchase their own license to the complete version of the Adobe Creative Cloud.  You can purchase a license at the student and teacher rate of $19.99 per month through any of Adobe's various resellers or directly from Adobe.

Ensure you buy the complete version with all apps and not the photography version. You may want to wait until the beginning of school to activate the software; but you must make certain that you have it on your MacBook Pro and active on the first day of classes.

Adobe Creative Cloud For Students

Final Draft Software
All incoming freshman are required to purchase Final Draft Screenwriting software. You can purchase this software for a one-time educational discount of $129.

Final Draft Screenwriting Software


Expect to spend $500 for required textbooks in this year. Any required textbooks will be listed on the syllabus for each of your courses. Arrive prepared for your classes by having all of the required equipment, especially your Apple MacBook Pro laptop, along with notebooks, pens and pencils.

Safety Equipment

You will need the following items to work on set safely and responsibly. These items are available in the Winston-Salem area, but you are encouraged to purchase them in you area and bring them with you.

  • One pair of leather palm work gloves
  • A crescent wrench
  • A Swiss Army knife or multi-purpose tool such as the Leatherman or Gerber tools
  • A weatherproof backpack or book bag
  • A box of Sharpie markers
  • A small Maglite or flashlight
  • A pair of good stereo headphones for listening to sound on your computer
  • A warm weatherproof coat for any wet, late-night productions
  • 4-in-1 Screwdriver;
  • Supply of C47s (Wooden Clothespins);
  • Class 2 or higher, 16GB or 32GB SD or SDHC Media Card
Creative Producers & Screenwriters

Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling software is required for Creative Producers & Screenwriters. Those students should contact Stephanie Colopy for a discount coupon. Cost per discounted software for $149 for each software.

Graduate Film Music Composition Students

Film Music Composition Technology Requirements:

  • Apple computer (Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini)
  • Logic Pro
  • Pro Tools
  • Sibelius
  • Vienna Ensemble Pro

Home Studio Recommendations:

  • Maximum Capacity RAM
  • SSD Storage
  • MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • Audio Interface
  • Studio Monitors or Studio Headphones


Music students are responsible for providing the necessary music materials and supplies for art-related study. Some items are needed by all music students, while other items are specific to a particular instrument or area of study. Below are two lists, one giving items all music students should have and the other giving representative examples of items specific to individual students. Regardless of the category, once a student is told they need a particular item it is their responsibility to acquire that item promptly.

Items needed by ALL Music students:

  • Pencil with a working eraser, to be brought to every lesson and rehearsal;
  • Notebook(s), to be used during lessons, master classes, and other activities;
  • Music (manuscript) paper;
  • Some kind of datebook (either digital or paper);
  • Fold-up music stand to be used during individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and master classes [this is only for brass, guitar, harp, string, and woodwind students];
  • Concert dress clothes (the appropriate clothes to have will be determined by the ensemble in which you are assigned to perform); and
  • Required textbook(s) for the theory or aural skills classes. As noted in the section above, this is only for 11th and 12th grade students. Also, the appropriate text(s) can only be determined after the placement assessments have been completed during Orientation Weekend.

Items specific to Individual Music students (representative examples):

  • Supplies for your instrument, such as strings, rosin, valve oil, etc.;
  • Music for your lessons, such as performance repertoire (sonatas, concerti, song collections) and etude books; and
  • Any other supplies your teacher wants you to have for your lesson and master class work.

Design & Production


Please be sure to have the following items before arriving on campus and before the start of your classes in the School of Design & Production. Contact the head of your program if you have questions.

Computer Requirements
  • Computer - Mac or PC is defined by area of concentration.
  • Printer

Sound Design Student Requirements:
Apple MacBook Pro:

  • Thunderbolt Port
  • Ethernet port or Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter
  • 8 GB minimum system RAM
  • 51 GB or more of available storage space for Logic sound libraries
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

UNCSA Shop Apple Online

Software:  Apple LogicX available via the Mac App Store
Thuderbolt Drive:

  • 250 GB minimum size
  • SSD preferred by rotational HDD acceptable
  • Thunderbolt cable
  • Bus Powered drive, highly recommended

Shop MacSales Thunderbolt

Class Supplies & Textbooks

Students are personally responsible for obtaining their own supplies and equipment for all classes including Production (such as drafting equipment, shop hand tools and drawing and design supplies), as well as required (or recommended) textbooks for courses. Expenditures will be heaviest during the first year, as students make major investments in equipment that they will use for the rest of their professional careers. Students not already owning some of the necessary equipment and supplies needed should be prepared to spend $500 to $750 or more during the early part of their first year. Many incoming students have questions about equipment, tools and supplies.  Listed below are a number of items that, if you already own, you should bring with you.  If you do not already own these items, please wait until you arrive to acquire them so that your instructors can give you guidance on the types of equipment and quality you should be looking for.

  • Drafting equipment and supplies
  • Drawing and painting supplies (brushes, paints, paper, scissors, etc.)
  • A good drawing or drafting lamp for use in your own room
  • Basic shop hand tools: One nail apron
    • One 16 ounce claw hammer
    • One #2 Phillips screwdriver
    • One #2 Square Head drive (Prop majors only)
    • One pair of pliers
    • One pair of end cutting nippers
    • One Architect’s scale ruler
    • One 8 inch Crescent wrench
    • One utility (matte) knife
    • One combination square or speed square
    • One 16 foot tape measure (minimum)
    • One 3/8 drive ratchet with 7/16 and 9/16 sockets (Scenic Technology and Prop majors only)
    • One flashlight
    • One pair of craft scissors (Prop majors only)
    • One pair of fabric scissors (Prop majors only)
    • Pencils
    • One container to keep it all in
Safety Equipment
  • One NIOSH-approved respirator with organic vapor cartridges and pre-filters. (welding gas and dust filters as needed)
  • One pair of ANSI-approved Safety Glasses
  • Several pair of foam-type hearing protectors or head-set style ear protection
  • One ANSI-approved Hard Hat
  • One pair of work gloves

All new Design and Production students are required to own a NIOSH-approved respirator with organic vapor cartridges and pre-filters. This is for your safety and benefit. These respirators are designed to prevent the breathing of harmful substances. These substances include particulates, dusts, fogs, mists, sprays, smokes, vapors or gasses.

On Sunday, August 20, each student will be scheduled for a respirator fitting and testing. At that time, you may purchase a 3M 6000 series mask with replaceable organic vapor cartridges and replaceable N95 Pre-filters. It is mandatory that you be tested for proper fit of your respirator and be trained in how and when to use it in a safe manner.

The cost for both the 3M Respirator and fit test is $45 ($ 20 for the fit testing and $ 25 for the respirator). In addition, the required safety glasses and hard hats are offered for sale for $10 for the set. An extra pack of cartridges and filters are available for $15 for the set. Safety glasses are $5. These items and services may be paid by cash or check only.  Credit cards are not accepted.  The company performing the fit testing and providing the masks is Rayco Safety, Inc., from Yadkinville, NC.    

Note: If you already own a NIOSH-approved respirator and are certain you can purchase replacement filters in Winston-Salem, and can pass a qualitative fit test, you will only need to pay for the fit-testing. If you have a medical reason for not wearing a respirator, bring documentation with you to the first D&P or Visual Arts orientation meeting.