The School of Design faculty is dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience while fostering the knowledge, skills, creativity, and professionalism necessary to prepare graduates for careers as professional designers. As such, we are devoted to academic rigor, curricular innovation, critical thought, and teaching excellence. The School of Design is aligned with and accredited by the philosophy and goals of two external accrediting organizations: Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Given the rigor of the academic programs and the mission and goals within the School of Design, each student is required to have a laptop upon entry.
Requirements in each major program vary.
Please see the required computer and system software noted below.
BFA GRAPHIC DESIGN / ADVERTISING DESIGN
Mac laptops are preferred but PC laptops are acceptable.
In addition to the laptop, students must also have the following software installed:
Creative Suite 6 that includes at least Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects.
We recommend purchasing a subscription to the Creative Cloud. With a subscription, all software is included and updates are included. See: http://www.journeyed.com/item/Adobe/Creative+Cloud/155610
Students should, of course, purchase laptops that they can afford but keep in mind that paying more for increased processing speed, memory, or a larger screen etc. is an advantage.
Contact: Professor Edward Johnston
Professor Alan Robbins
BFA INTERIOR DESIGN
PC system preferred but Mac also acceptable
For Mac, the "Parallels" software in necessary to run Windows programs.
In addition, Windows 7 for the MAC should be installed.
Processor i7 or better dual core
RAM 8 gigs minimum
Video Card - at least one gig
Hard drive over 500 gigs
17" screen would be preferred but 15" acceptable
Photoshop (Illustrator and InDesign optional)
Revit and CAD – installed at Kean during second year
Contact: Damon LaCapra, Assistant Professor
BID INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
The PC is the necessary system. In addition to the laptop, students must also have software: Solidworks, MS Office, and Creative Suite 5 (not necessarily Master level).
Students should, of course, purchase laptops that they can afford but keep in mind that paying more for increased processing speed, memory, etc. is always an advantage when possible.
800 Gig of memory minimum or the fastest graphic board affordable: 1 Gig would be best.
Also, purchase the largest screen affordable with the minimum at 13-14".
Contact Dr. Tim Riegle
Recommended software distributor:
But please shop around for the best price.
The School of Design does not have a purchasing program at this time.