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Laptop Requirements & Recommendations

Department Specific Laptop Requirements

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

Advertising Design & Communication Design

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 16”
Apple Educational Discount 

  • 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 8GB of GDDR6 memory 
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD storage 

or 

Apple MacBook Pro 13” 
Apple Educational Discount  

  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.1Ghz 
  • Memory: 32GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory 
  • Graphic Card: Intel Iris Plus Graphics Hard Drive: 512GB SSD storage 

Recommended: AppleCare 3-year protection plan

Required Software: 

 

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 
Apple Educational Discount 

  • 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 8GB of GDDR6 memory 
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD storage 

AppleCare 3-year protection plan: Highly recommended 


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. 8GB Memory minimum. 
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD 

3-yr protection plan: Highly recommended 

 

All Graduate Students

Graduate students enrolling at The College for Creative Studies 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.

Email questions regarding laptop build requirements should be directed to the CCS Helpdesk at helpdesk@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Below are minimum suggested specs; better/faster/larger/newer is fine as long as supported by applicable application software. Information regarding software compatibility is available here:
https://campus.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/its/software requirements/

Requirements and Recommendations for:

Color and Materials Design
Interaction Design
Systems Design Thinking

Required Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro
Educational discount available at Apple Stores or the Apple online educational store (https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop).

  • 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 8GB of GDDR6 memory Hard Drive: 512GB SSD storage
  • AppleCare 3-year protection plan: Highly recommended

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. 8GB Memory minimum.
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD
  • 3-yr protection plan: Highly recommended

Required Software

Color and Materials Design- ONLY

Optional Software:

Color and Materials Design and Systems Design Thinking

Requirements and Recommendations for

Transportation Design

Required Hardware

Windows 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. 8GB Memory minimum.
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD
  • 3-yr protection plan: Highly recommended
  • Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet or similar – Small or Medium https://estore.wacom.com/en-US/tablets.html

Required Software:

Recommended Software

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 helpdesk@collegeforcreativestudies.edu .

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