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Laptop requirements

Department Specific Laptop Requirements

The following departments have a personal laptop computer requirement for incoming students:

Advertising Design and Communication Design students will be required to own or purchase a laptop computer for their studies. The information below provides the recommended minimum hardware configuration and software requirements. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact your Department Chair.

Required Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro 13”

  • Processor
    2.8GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.7Ghz 

  • Memory
    16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory 

  • Graphic Card
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 

  • Hard Drive
    512GB SSD storage

or

Apple MacBook Pro 16”

  • Processor
    2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5Ghz 

  • Memory
    32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory 

  • Graphic Card
    Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory 

  • Hard Drive
    512GB SSD storage

Apple Macbook Pro w/educational discount

Recommended:
AppleCare 3-year protection plan

Required Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Provided through CCS for all registered students
  • Microsoft Office (free with CCS login credentials)

Graduate students will be required to own or purchase a laptop computer for their studies. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact your department.

Color & Materials Design, Integrated Design and Interaction Design

Apple MacBook Pro

  • Processor
    2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to
    4.5Ghz
  • Memory
    32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • Graphic Card
    Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • Hard Drive
    512GB SSD storage

Apple Macbook Pro w/educational discount

Recommended:
AppleCare 3-year protection plan

Window PC

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS

  • Processor
    64-bit Intel® Xeon, or i-Series processor with Intel® or AMD equivalent. Highest affordable CPU speed with multiple cores recommended
  • Memory
    32GB of Memory
  • Graphic Card
    Supported NVIDIA® or AMD graphics card with OpenGL 4.3 support and a certified driver. 4GB Memory minimum.
  • Hard Drive
    512GB SSD

Recommended: 3-year protection plan

Transportation Design

Window PC

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS

  • Processor
    2 GHz 64-bit Intel® Xeon, or i-Series processor with Intel®
    or AMD equivalent. Highest affordable CPU speed with multiple cores
    recommended.
  • Memory
    32GB of Memory
  • Graphic Card
    Supported NVIDIA® or AMD graphics card with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated texture memory, DirectX 11 compatible and OpenGL 4.3
    support and a certified driver. 4GB Memory minimum.
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD

Recommended: 3-year protection plan

Required Software

All MFA Programs

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Provided through CCS for all registered students
  • Microsoft Office (free with CCS login credentials)

MFA Color & Materials Design

MFA Integrated Design (Optional):

MFA Transportation Design:

Laptop Recommendations for Departments Without Requirements

The following recommendations are for undergraduate departments at CCS that do not currently have a specific requirement for laptops. Before purchasing a laptop, we recommend contacting your department to confirm your choice.

Recommended Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro

  • Processor
    2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up
    to 4.5Ghz
  • Memory
    32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • Graphic Card
    Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • Hard Drive
    512GB SSD storage

Apple Macbook Pro w/educational discount

Recommended:
AppleCare 3-year protection plan

Windows PC

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS

  • Processor
    64-bit Intel® Xeon, or i-Series processor with Intel® or AMD equivalent.
    Highest affordable CPU speed with multiple cores recommended.
  • Memory
    32GB of Memory
  • Graphic Card
    Supported NVIDIA® or AMD graphics card with OpenGL 4.3 support and a certified driver. 4GB Memory minimum.
  • Hard Drive
    512GB SSD

Recommended: 3-year protection plan

Recommended Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Provided through CCS for all registered students
  • Microsoft Office (free with CCS login credentials)

A Note on Specifications

All of these requirements and recommendations are the minimum suggested specs; better/faster/larger/newer is fine as long as supported by applicable application software. More information on software compatibility.

Email questions regarding laptop build requirements should be directed to the CCS Helpdesk at .

Laptop Support

Information Technology Services offers limited support assistance for personally owned laptops. If you are experiencing issues you should submit a Help Desk ticket through the QuickLinks menu on the CCS Blackboard page. Unfortunately, the Information Technology Services Department cannot perform repair or installation work on computers that are not owned by CCS.

Policies Governing Laptop Use at CCS