Technology Requirements

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If bundles are not available look at the following minimum system requirements for more detail. Be aware that you are not limited to these requirements and larger or more powerful Apple laptop will work as well

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The system requirements for this program:

15" Macbook Pro 23 Ghz - 8 gb RAM

Digital Media – All Focuses

External Accesories

  • External Hard Drive – 1TB or greater


  • Adobe Creative Cloud is required - click on the following link to subscribe:
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Note, if you have a version of the Master Suite that is older than CS6, you can apply for an exemption with the Laptop Waiver Form
  • Mozilla Firefox - Free
  • Cyberduck - Free
  • Apple Quicktime Pro 7.5
  • Microsoft Office for Mac
  • Sophomore and above: Newtek Lightwave 11 (Student Version can be purchased Online)

Protection and Security

  • Laptop bag or Cover for MacBook Pro
  • Portable laptop lock

Input Devices for Students focusing in Digital Imaging or 2D Animation

  • Intuos 5 Tablet by Wacom - Medium
  • (The Wacom tablet is the industry leader and provides the most levels of sensitivity in terms of creating thick/thin and light/dark lines and strokes. If you buy one of these tablets you will own a pen which is compatible with the CIntiq 21UX Lab and you are not required to buy an additional pen.) Cheaper (although not as durable) alternatives to the Wacom Tablet: MonoPrice or Adesso.

  • Cintiq Pen - Required if you do not own a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet with compatible pen.
  • (Students who already have bought a tablet, such as the Wacom Intuos3 or the older version Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet or Adesso, etc., with a pen which is not compatible with the Cintiq 21UX Lab (for example Wacom part numbers - KP501E or any Pen with part number starting in ZP), are also required to own a Wacom Pen that is compatible with the Cintiq 21UX lab. Caution: If the Wacom Pen part number does not have the 2 on the end, it will not be compatible with the Wacom Citiq21UX lab.

  • 2 Button Mouse with Scroll Wheel

Software Ordering

  • Some software can be ordered directly from the Kendall Website at a reduced cost for students
  • Go to the Technical Support Page for more information or Click Here to buy software that will be billed to your student account.
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