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Recommended Computer Specifications

Having a personal laptop helps you to complete assignments, develop technical skills, work remotely and collaborate with students and faculty.

While there are a number of high-end specialized computer labs available to students at CVPA, it is necessary that you have a personal computer with the critical hardware and software required by your program.

Art + Design

We strongly recommend that students arrive with a laptop. Any Apple Macbook Pro in good condition will be adequate for most students’ curricular needs. Mac OS High Sierra (V 10.13) or newer is recommended.

Recommended Specifications for New Computer Purchases, Software and Accessories

Base Model

(Appropriate for most students)

  • 13 inch Macbook Pro
  • Processor: 1.4 GHZ i5 or Greater
  • Memory: 16GB minimum
  • Storage Capacity: 256GB SSD or Greater
  • Warranty: AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Accessories: USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • Three-Button Mouse for Fashion Design Students

Power User 

(Animation + Game Arts and Graphic Design students)

  • 16 inch Macbook Pro
  • Processor: 2.6 GHZ i7 or Greater
  • Memory: 16GB or Greater
  • Storage Capacity: 512GB SSD or Greater
  • Warranty: AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Accessories: USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • External Hard Drive is recommended
  • Wacom Tablet recommended for AGA students

Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) subscription is required
  • Microsoft Office 365 free to UmassD students
  • CLO purchase required for Fashion Design Students

Interior Architecture + Design and Music

Specifications

  • Models: Dell Latitude, Chromebook or equivalent
  • OS: Windows 10 or Chrome 64 bit-Enterprise
  • Screen Size: 13 inch or greater
  • Processor: 2.5 GHZ i5 or greater
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce Series
  • Memory: 16GB minimum
  • Storage Capacity: 320GB Hard Drive minimum
  • Warranty: 3 Year Warranty
  • External Hard Drive is recommended

Software

  • CAD Software free to UMassD students
  • Microsoft Office 365 free to UMassD students
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) subscription is required
  • Finale purchase required for Music Students

Minors in animation, game arts, graphic design & illustration

The Art + Design Department is primarily Mac-based, and faculty teach and demonstrate using Macs; thus, we have a Mac laptop requirement for all majors.

Students minoring in animation, game arts, graphic design, and illustration who have PC laptops are allowed to use PCs as long as they are independent enough to follow demos being shown on a Mac interface. Students using PCs may need to supplement their learning via online resources and/or books as needed. Demos will not be provided for both interfaces.

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