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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THERE ARE SEPARATE REQUIREMENTS DEPENDING ON YOUR FOCUS

Find your focus below, then reference those specifications.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FOCUS IN 3D ANIMATION, VIDEO AND MOTION GRAPHICS, OR INTERACTIVE DESIGN

 

MACBOOK PRO LAPTOP COMPUTER WITH RETINA DISPLAY

  • 15” screen
  • 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • standard Intel Iris Pro Graphics card
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Apple Care
  • approx. $2,350
  • http://store.apple.com/us_edu_360140/buy-mac/macbook-pro

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EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

  • 1TB or greater

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD SUBSCRIPTION

Click on the following link to subscribe: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/students.edu.html?Adobe Creative Cloud

OTHER SOFTWARE

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR FOCUS IN 2D ANIMATION OR DIGITAL IMAGING

 

MACBOOK PRO LAPTOP COMPUTER WITH RETINA DISPLAY

  • 15” screen
  • 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • standard Intel Iris Pro Graphics card
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Apple Care
  • approx. $2,350
  • http://store.apple.com/us_edu_360140/buy-mac/macbook-pro

OR

 

WACOM CINTIQ COMPANION 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. Be aware that you are not limited to these requirements and the 512 GB Cintiq Companion will work as well. This computer runs the Windows operating system.  

INTOUS MEDIUM PRO WACOM TABLET (required for Imaging 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 (www.wacom.com)
  • Alternative to the Wacom Intuos Pro: MonoPrice - 10 x 6.25- Inch Graphic Drawing Tablet with 2048 Pressure Sensitivity Levels (approx. $53.00, buy online here)
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    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 (www.wacom.com)

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    EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

    • 1TB or greater

    ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD SUBSCRIPTION

    click on the following link to subscribe: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/students.edu.html?Adobe Creative Cloud

    OTHER SOFTWARE

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

    Go to the Technical Support page for more information, or contact Digital Media Program Chair Kasey McCargar at kaseymccargar@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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