Technology Requirements

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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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THERE ARE SEPARATE REQUIREMENTS DEPENDING ON YOUR FOCUS

Find your focus below, then reference those specifications.


REQUIREMENTS FOR FOCUS IN VIDEO & MOTION GRAPHICS, OR INTERACTIVE DESIGN


MACBOOK PRO WITH RETINA DISPLAY

  • 15" 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16 GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics Card
  • Apple Care
  • Approximately $2,500

  • WARNING: Do not purchase the MacBook Pro with only USB-C ports - the Wacom Cintiqs are not compatible at this time.

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ADAPTERS

  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

  • 1TB or greater

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD EDUCATIONAL SUBSCRIPTION

Click on the following link to subscribe: Adobe Creative Cloud

OTHER SOFTWARE

  • Microsoft Office - Provided by Ferris
  • Chrome Browser - Free
  • Cyberduck - Free
  • VLC video player - Free
  • Google Account - Free


REQUIREMENTS FOR FOCUS IN 2D ANIMATION, 3D GAME ART OR DIGITAL IMAGING


MACBOOK PRO WITH RETINA DISPLAY

  • 15” 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based SSD (Flash) Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics Card
  • Apple Care
  • Approximately $2,500

  • WARNING: Do not purchase the MacBook Pro with only USB-C ports - the Wacom Cintiqs are not compatible at this time.

OR


WACOM MobileStudio Pro 16 COMPUTER

If you are an Digital Imaging or 2D Animation focused student you have the option to purchase the Wacom MobileStudio Computer (instead of the Mac Laptop) to be able to draw directly on the computer display. This computer runs the Windows operating system. If you buy this computer you will not need to purchase a separate graphics tablet or additional Cintiq pen.

  • 15.6" Display Size
  • 512GB SSD
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • 6th Generation Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA Quadro M1000M 4GB GDDR5
  • Model# DTH-W1620H
  • Approximately $3,000

EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

  • Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard (Orbo is a good brand)
  • USB 3.0 to Ethernet Adapter (j5 Create is a good brand)
  • Stand
  • External Hard Drive - 1 TB or greater

SOFTWARE

  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is required. Click on the following link to subscribe: Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office - Provided by Ferris
  • Chrome Browser - Free
  • Cyberduck - Free
  • VLC video player - Free
  • Google Account - Free
  • Sophomore and above: MODO

Input Devices

For Students focusing in Digital Imaging, 3D Game Art or 2D Animation (who do not have a Cintiq Companion or Wacom Mobile Studio Pro).

WACOM TABLET- INTOUS PRO PEN AND TOUCH MEDIUM (required for Imaging, 3D Game Art and 2D Animation students not opting to buy the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro Computer)

If you buy this tablet you will own a pen which is compatible with the Cintiq Lab and the HUB Cintiqs and you are not required to buy an additional Wacom Cintiq pen

Alternative to the Wacom Intuos Pro:

MonoPrice - 10 x 6.25- Inch Graphic Drawing Tablet with 2048 Pressure Sensitivity Levels


CINTIQ PEN

  • Required if you do not own a Cintiq Companion Computer or the Wacom Intuos 5 or newer tablet with compatible pen
  • Compatible Pens with Digital Media Cintiqs: Wacom part number - KP501E2 WACOM
  • Approximately $69.00

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  • Required for all focuses

Go to the Technical Support page for more information, or contact Digital Media Program Chair Susan Bonner at BonnerS@ferris.edu.

Software Ordering

  • Some software can be ordered directly from KCAD 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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