Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

BYOD refers to bringing your own current Apple laptop  or any Apple laptop sourced from a retailer or supplier which meets our minimum specifications. This model allows students to bring to QACI an Apple laptop that best suits their learning needs in our creative learning environment.

Since Foundation, QACI has endorsed the Apple laptop as the device most suited to the learning needs of our students. This decision was made in consultation with stakeholder groups including staff, students, parents and industry professionals. An assessment of device longevity, creativity and productivity, apps and resistance to computer viruses also informed this decision.

Parents purchase the laptop and are advised to also purchase Apple Care and to check home insurance for accidental damage and theft.

The device must be ready to use on the first day of commencement at QACI with the required software installed. It is also a requirement to purchase a laptop cover and zip case to minimise accidental damage.

Our Help Desk supports students by diagnosing IT issues and consulting with families if further action is required. QACI does not supply laptops for student use through a loan program. Loan devices, ‘hot swaps’, are only issued on short term basis if the student’s own device is being repaired.

Please see the BYOD booklet for more information or contact the Head of Department eLearning.

Laptop purchasing

For 2020, parents have a number of options in considering the Apple laptop purchasing.

  • Purchase through The School Locker portal.
  • Purchase at any Apple Store or computer retailer in Australia or overseas
  • Bring an Apple laptop currently owned by the family - Hard drive upgrades may be available to meet the minimum specifications through The School Locker.
  • Organise lease of a device through The School Locker
  • Organise lease of a device through any other company
The School Locker Contact Details:

The School Locker

Service Email:
Brisbane Phone: (07) 3848 5887
Livechat via The School Locker Portal

Device minimum specifications

Designated devices for QACI are: Apple MacBook Pro - non touch bar, Apple MacBook Pro - touch bar, Apple MacBook Air - not recommended for Film, Music, Design Technology or Visual Arts subjects.

Platform: Apple Mac

Screen size: 13 inch recommended

Processor: Intel Core i5

Ram: 8GB

Hard drive: 256GB or higher

Operating system: OS X High Sierra (not supported: iOS, Android, Windows, ChromeOS)

Wireless: Dual-band wireless capabilities (2.4 and 5 GHz)

Features: Keyboard, USB ports, headphone port, webcam, inbuilt microphone

Required accessories

Apple USB-C to USB-A Adapter: Requirement for MacBooks without USB-A ports.

Clip on shell: Black – see-through or opaque

Zip cover: Black

External hard drive for backup: 2TB USB 3.0 minimum

Our ICT staff can also advise you regarding the suitability of the specified models for your student’s use.

Please contact the Head of Department eLearning or ICT Help Desk on (07) 3552 9333.

Last reviewed 26 August 2019
Last updated 26 August 2019