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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program:

Our JB purchase portal is currently being reworked, we hope to have it back online as soon as possible. In 2023, devices will be mandated for years 7, 8 and 9. For students in Years 10 and above bringing a device is strongly encouraged as we move forward to expand our Bring Your Own Device program.

In 2023 John Curtin College of the Arts will continue its mandated device program for students in Year 7.

For Years 10 and above in 2023, bringing a device is expected and recommendations can be found on this page, although no specified device is mandated.

We enroll devices into a Mobile Device Management system, JAMF. In previous years, devices were enrolled simply by purchasing them through our BYOD portal. Policy changes from Apple now require us to enroll devices onsite regardless of purchase method. We will be announcing dates to bring devices in for enrollment in the coming months.

Year 7-9  mandated device 2023

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are required to bring an iPad (WiFi only preferred) capable of running iPadOS-14. Devices that cannot run iPadOS-14 will not be connected to the network or be supported. We recommend:

  • Apple iPad 9th Generation Wi-Fi only with at least 128GB* of storage (see below for details)
  • One of the three protective cases from our JB portal
  • Apple Pencil

Years 10-12 recommended device 2023

For students in Year 10-12 we recommend an iPad capable of running the latest version of iPadOS-14 or a MacBook. A MacBook is the recommended option for students in the Media Arts program. A MacBook will provide a larger screen and has the ability to run the full version of Adobe Premiere Pro, a video editing software suite.

Students using non-Apple devices (tablets or laptops) in Years 10-12 may still bring these to school however, this may impact the support available to them at the College.

Cases and Keyboards

We encourage the use of protective cases and keyboard peripherals for iPads. Our BYOD portal provides a choice of a keyboard case with an integrated battery, a keyboard case that is powered by the iPad itself and a sturdy protective case without an attached keyboard.

As the 9th generation iPad shares the 8th generation iPad’s dimensions, it will fit into any 8th generation case.


At the present 128 GB models are not available for 9th generation iPads. When apple releases new models later this year, this may change.


While there are third party Stylus’s such as the Adonit note+ or Logitech Crayon these frequently do not have full compatibility or functionality for features such as pressure sensitivity needed for brush strokes in drawing apps.
To avoid such issues, the Apple Pencil or Apple Pencil 2 is our recommended stylus for students in arts or design units involving digital drawing.


When purchasing a device, we encourage you to shop around and look for the best deal you can get. Please consider the need for some form of extended warranty and accidental damage protection.

While we do not recommend one retailer over another, we have added JB HiFi’s online purchasing portal as they offer a higher level of educational discount and also provide guidelines on devices required for each year level.
The purchasing portal is currently
If you can not afford a device please make contact with the College to discuss your options.

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