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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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The minimum system requirements for this program:

  • 15” MacBook Pro

    *You will need to scroll down on the linked page to find the 15” MacBook Pro
  • Additional Applecare Coverage


  • Corel Painter X or higher (This software is not required for freshman level courses)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 or 6 Design Standard
  • Rhino 4.0
  • Keyshot
  • Windows 7 64bit (Mac OS X 10.8 or higher Required)

Peripheral Devices

  • Intuos5 Tablet by Wacom - Medium (Not needed for freshmen level courses)

External Accessories

  • At least a 1TB External Hard Drive or larger for backup and storage of files

Recommended for Protection and Security

  • Laptop bag or cover for your computer
  • Portable laptop lock

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 visit Ferris’ Adobe CC for Students page to purchase software.