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 Thunderbold to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Apple Care
  • Approximately $2,167

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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
  • Chrome Browser - Free
  • Cyberduck - Free
  • VLC video player - free
  • Google Account


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 Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics Card
  • Apple Thunderbold to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Apple Care
  • Approximately $2,167

OR


WACOM CINTIQ COMPANION 2 COMPUTER

If you are an Digital Imaging or 2D Animation focused student you have the option to purchase the Cintiq Companion Computer (instead of the Mac Laptop) to be able to draw directly on the computer screen. 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.

  • 512 GB
  • 16 GB DDR3
  • Intel Core i7 (3.1 GHz)
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Model # DTHW131H
  • Bluetooth backlit Keyboard (Orbo is a good brand)
  • USB 3.0 to ethernet adaptor (j5 Create is a good brand)
  • Approximately $2,550

EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

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
  • 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).

WACOM TABLET- INTOUS PRO PEN AND TOUCH MEDIUM (required for Imaging, 3D Game Art and 2D Animation students not opting to buy the Cintiq Companion 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 Brad Yarhouse at richardyarhouse@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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