content last updated 10-15-2018



  • Make & Model: Apple iMac (2018)
  • Processor / Memory: 3.6 GHz quad-core i7 / 16 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Graphics: Radeon Pro 555 or 560 with 2 GB or 4 GB video memory
  • Interfaces: USB 3, USB-C, SD Card Slot
  • Display: 21.5" Retina Display with 4096 x 2304 native resolution



  • Epson Expression 10000XL (USB)
  • USF Pharos Device Network (nearest device is across from the XARTS restrooms) *

* To learn more about using the Pharos devices around campus for scanning, click here if you're a student, or click here if you're an instructor or staffer.

APPLICATIONS (not a complete list)

  • Design & Illustration:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, SketchBook Pro, Fontographer
  • Office Software:
    Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • Architectural Design / Modeling:
    AutoCAD, SketchUp Pro with V-Ray
  • Video:
    Premiere Pro, iMovie
  • Motion Graphics:
    After Effects, Adobe Animate
  • Utilities:
    Fetch, BBEdit, Acrobat DC, Preview
  • Web Browsers:
    Safari, Firefox, Chrome
  • Web Design:
    Dreamweaver, Brackets
  • Media Players / Plug-Ins:
    Flash, VLC



  • same as the Blue Lab



  • Epson Expression 10000XL (USB)
  • Epson Perfection V700 (USB)
  • USF Pharos Device Network (nearest device is across from the XARTS restrooms) *


  • same as the Blue Lab



  • same as the Blue lab



  • Epson Expression 12000XL (USB)
  • USF Pharos Device Network (nearest device is in a copy room on the same floor as the Green Lab; exit the lab, turn left, and walk down the hall) *
  • The Architecture program also offers a large format scanning service for its students in the Green Lab. Click here to learn more.


  • same as the Blue Lab

APPLICATIONS: WINDOWS (not a complete list)

  • Design & Illustration:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, SketchBook Pro
  • Office Software:
    Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Architectural Software:
    AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Rhino, SketchUp Pro with V-Ray, ArcGIS
  • Point Cloud Processing:


Every computer in the XARTS Labs is equipped with thousands of typefaces grouped into hundreds of font families from a wide variety of foundries.

(Mac) By default, all fonts are enabled when you log into a lab computer. To browse the fonts and group them into collections, as well as enable or disable fonts for your account, use Font Book, an application located in the Applications folder of every XARTS Lab computer.

Note that the changes you make in Font Book only impact your own account.

(Mac) To quickly learn the basics of Font Book (which doesn't take long), launch the application and then select "Font Book Help" from the "Help" menu. In the help window, click on the link for "Show topics" and then review each of the following topics and/or subtopics:

  • Create collections and libraries
  • View and print fonts ➔ Preview fonts
  • Remove or disable fonts ➔ Disable fonts


You may borrow a media reader from your instructor during class or a Lab Monitor during open study hours. These devices can read the files from a variety of memory cards used in digital cameras, camcorders, and other devices without needing the original device, adapter or cable.

Did you know? If you happen to have an SD card, you can insert it directly into the nifty SD card slot that's built into the back of every lab computer.

To use a Media Reader, insert a supported card in the appropriate slot and you can work with the files on the card as you would work with files on any other hard drive or personal storage device.

(Mac) When you're finished using your media card, either drag the card's icon to the Trash/Eject icon in your Dock or click on it once and press [Command] + [E] to "eject" it. When the indicator light on the Media Reader stops flashing, you can safely remove the card.


XARTS is equipped with USF-Wireless Internet access for faculty, staff, and students who have wireless-enabled devices.

The network is available throughout the entire Art + Architecture department, including all studios, offices, corridors, classrooms, and computer labs.

The USF-Wireless network is administered by Information Technology Services, a.k.a. ITS. Click here to learn how to connect to it. If you have any questions or issues, contact the ITS Help Desk at or (415) 422-6668.


The computers in the labs don’t have built-in optical drives for reading from or writing to CDs or DVDs. You may borrow an external optical drive from your instructor during class or a Lab Monitor during open study hours. These devices can read from and write to all common varieties of CD/DVD media.

TIP: A writeable CD can hold roughly 700 MB of data. A writeable DVD can hold roughly seven times that amount, or 4.7 GB. A writeable dual-layer or “DL” DVD can hold about 8.5 GB.


FACULTY & STAFF ONLY: Each computer lab is equipped with an integrated projector and speaker system.


Each XARTS Lab has a lost & found bin. If you have lost an item in either lab, please see your instructor during class hours or the lab monitor on duty during open study hours.

Contents of the lost & found bins are sent to USF’s central lost and found in the Public Safety department on the last day of the final exam period each semester.