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Laptop requirements

Department Specific Laptop Requirements

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

The following is the minimum hardware and software requirements for incoming students in Communication Design and Advertising Design. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact your Department Chair.

Required Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro

15" Touch Bar and Touch ID
2.2 GHz 6 core 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
16GB RAM minimum with up to 32GB if possible
Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB Memory
512GB SSD minimum up to 1TB if possible

Apple Macbook Pro w/educational discount

Recommended:
AppleCare 3-year protection plan

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

Recommended Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro

15" Touch Bar and Touch ID
2.2 GHz 6 core 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
16GB RAM minimum with up to 32GB if possible
Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB Memory
512GB SSD minimum up to 1TB if possible

Apple Macbook Pro w/educational discount

Recommended:
AppleCare 3-year protection plan

Windows PC

Dell Precision 7520: 15”
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS
Intel Core i7-7820HQ (quad core 2.90 Ghz)
512GB Solid State Drive
16GB Memory
NVidia Quadro M2200 4GB

For information on Dell educational discounts, please contact with your name, address, phone, and email.

Required Software

All MFA Programs

MFA Color & Materials Design (optional for Integrated Design):

  • Rhino

MFA Transportation Design:

Laptop Recommendations for Departments Without Requirements

The following recommendations are for 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

15" Touch Bar and Touch ID
2.2 GHz 6 core 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
16GB RAM minimum with up to 32GB if possible
Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB Memory
512GB SSD minimum up to 1TB if possible

Apple Macbook Pro w/educational discount

Recommended:
AppleCare 3-year protection plan

Windows PC

Dell Precision 7520: 15”
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS
Intel Core i7-7820HQ (quad core 2.90 Ghz)
512GB Solid State Drive
16GB Memory
NVidia Quadro M2200 4GB

For information on Dell educational discounts, please contact with your name, address, phone, and email.

Students with laptops should also have an External Hard Drive with a minimum of 1 Terabyte of storage. When connecting the Hard Drive you are using for back up for the first time, format it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you will be using your Hard Drive to share files between a Mac and a PC, format it as Fat32.

Recommended Software

Laptop Support

The Academic Technologies Department (6th Floor, Taubman Center) has technicians available for students who are seeking technical help with their required laptop. If your issue requires repair, Academic Technologies will refer you to area authorized service centers. Additionally, Apple has impressive and consistently highly rated customer service and product reliability.

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Fridays
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please Note: Students are required to keep software and operating updated at least yearly to remain compatible with CCS lab machines, rendering computers, output equipment, and other campus technologies

Policies Governing Laptop Use at CCS

Contact Us

Laurie Evans
Director, Academic Technologies
Taubman Center - 6th Floor
T 313.664.1501