Computer Recommendations

Desktop Model - iMac
Any of the current iMacs will work. For all 3 models, we recommend spending the extra to increase the memory to 16GB or higher. We also recommend purchasing the extended warranty. Hard drives should be 512GB, 1TB preferred.

Laptop Model - MacBook Pro
Any of the current MacBook Pro models will work. We recommend spending the extra to increase the memory to 16GB or higher We recommend purchasing the extended warranty. Hard drives should be 512GB, 1TB preferred. Also, we recommend buying an external monitor as laptop screens are too small to work on graphic design projects efficiently, or with clarity. Apple monitors are really good, but very expensive. We recommend the following brands, ASUS or Dell, 21”-24”. There are lots of options for monitors, so get what you can afford. Depending on the monitor, you will need to purchase adapters to be able to connect with your laptop.

PCs While our lab computers use Macs, PCs will work as well as long as the ram is a minimum of 8gb (16 preferred). Hard drives should be 512GB, 1TB preferred.
All students planning on study in Multimedia, Video editing , Motion Graphics or 3D modeling and animation should purchase 16gb or ram or higher. 1 TB of storage is highly recommended for these students. 

SOFTWARE
We use Adobe products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Bridge, and Acrobat. There will be other software needed, depending on what students want to focus on, we recommend buying these as needed, and after checking in with the professors teaching in those areas.