Computer & Technology Requirements

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Graduate students enrolling at the College for Creative are required to own or purchase a laptop computer for their studies.  The information below provides the hardware configuration and software requirements.  Students will also have access to computers in the Graduate Lab and other sites on campus that will provide access to software.

Be sure to use your educational discount available at Apple Stores or the Apple online educational store and at Dell online with a letter of acceptance or school ID.  For software, please visit the CCS bookstore or contact the bookstore at 313.664.5020 for the most competitive educational pricing on software bundles for your initial purchase and for any additional software needs.

Need Help?

For software, visit or call the CCS bookstore (313.664.1160) for the most competitive educational pricing on any of your software needs.

If you have any questions about computer or software purchases, please contact Laurie Evans, director of academic technologies, at 313.664.1501 or .

MFA Integrated DesignMFA Transportation Design
MacBook Pro laptopWindow PC with the following minimum specifications
15" Widescreen DisplayWindows 7 professional 64 bit
2.4 or 2.6 GHz Quad Core Intel Corei7Intel Core i7-2.5 GHz
8GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 SDRAM-2x4GB8GB DDR3-1333Mhz SDRAM, 2DIMMS
Nvidia Quadro video card with 2GB DDR
750GB serial ATA Drive @7200 RPM750GB Hard Drive @7200RPM
SuperDrive 8x (DV+R DL/DVD+RW/CD-RW)8X DVD+RW
Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter (optional)
AppleCare three-year Protection PlanThree-year protection plan

Program Software

  • Adobe Creative Suites 6 : Design Premium or Master Suite Or Adobe Cloud
  • Microsoft Office Student
  • Quick Time Pro
  • IWork (Interdisciplinary Design, optional)
  • Rhino (Interdisciplinary Design)
  • Alias (Transportation Design: available as free download at students.autodesk.com >software downloads)

If you already own a laptop, please contact Laurie Evans in the Academic Technologies Department at 313.664.1501 to confirm that your equipment will meet our requirements.

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