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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 MULTIMEDIA DESIGN (MOTION DESIGN AND INTERACTIVE DESIGN)


MACBOOK PRO

15” MacBook Pro

  • 2.9GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 16 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Keyboard – US English

  • Apple Care
  • Approximately $2,800

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ADAPTER TO CONNECT TO CINTIQ


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
  • VLC video player - Free
  • Google Account - Free
  • Sophomore and above: MODO


REQUIREMENTS FOR FOCUS IN ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN (2D ANIMATION, 3D GAME ART, OR VISUAL DEVELOPMENT)


MACBOOK PRO

15” MacBook Pro

  • 2.9GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 16 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Keyboard – US English

  • Apple Care
  • Approximately $2,800

OR


WACOM MobileStudio Pro 16 COMPUTER 512GB

If you are a Visual Development 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)
  • Wacom stand ($50)
  • External Hard Drive - 1 TB or greater

ADAPTER TO CONNECT TO CINTIQ


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 Entertainment Design (Visual Development, 3D Game Art, or 2D Animation who do not have a Cintiq Companion or Wacom MobileStudio Pro)

  • WACOM TABLET- INTOUS PRO PEN MEDIUM (required for Entertainment Design (Visual Development, 3D Game Art, and 2D Animation students not opting to buy the Wacom MobileStudio Pro)
  • Approximately $350
  • 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 to the Cintiqs in our labs
    • Compatible Pens with Digital Media Cintiqs: Wacom part number - KP501E2 WACOM
    • Approximately $69.00

    Go to the Technical Support page for more information