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Laptop Requirement

LAPTOP REQUIREMENTS

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

REQUIREMENTS

SOFTWARE
In addition to the laptop below, students must also have the following access/memberships:

Adobe Creative Cloud Student Editionhttp://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/students.edu.html

Autodesk Education Community Membership (free): http://www.autodesk.com/education/student-software

 

LAPTOP

The RBSD Graphic Design / Advertising Design faculty strongly recommend a Macbook Pro as your laptop solution as a student. PC laptops are acceptable.

 

MAC OPTION - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Ideal Laptop Solution:
MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display
Processor/CPU: 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
Graphics card/GPU: Intel Iris Pro Graphics & NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
Memory: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
Storage: 1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage
AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro - Auto-enroll
4-Year AppleCare Extended Warranty
Operating System: Mac OS X v10.9, v10.8, v10.7, or v10.6.8 (The higher the better)

 

Minimum Laptop Solution:
MacBook Pro 13-inch
Processor: 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
Graphics card/GPU (one of the following): GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GT 650M,Quadro FX 4800, Quadro 4000
Memory: 4GB of RAM (8 or 16GB highly recommended)
Storage: 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
Operating System: Mac OS X v10.9, v10.8, v10.7, or v10.6.8 (The higher the better)

 

PC OPTION - Acceptable

Acceptable Laptop Solution:

Many models will work. However, they must include the following:

Processor: Intel Core i7

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5000, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 2 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M, 2 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 735M, or 1GB AMD Radeon HD 8570M

Memory: 16GB of RAM

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (The higher the better.)

Anti-virus software

 

Minimum Solution:

Many models will work. However, they must include the following:

Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor; 64-bit supportGraphics Card/GPU (one of the following): GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 470,GeForce GTX 570, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 680, GeForceGTX 690, Quadro CX, Quadro FX 3700M, Quadro FX 3800, Quadro FX 3800M, QuadroFX 4800, Quadro FX 5800, Quadro 2000,Quadro 2000D, Quadro 2000M, Quadro 3000M, Quadro 4000, Quadro 4000M, Quadro5000, Quadro 5000M, Quadro 5010M, Quadro 6000, Tesla C2075 (Windows)/Maximusconfiguration

Memory: 4GB of RAM (8GB or 16GB HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (The higher the better)

Anti-virus software

 

3-BUTTON MOUSE
Example:
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Button-Optical-Desktop-Netbook/dp/B007CLWN5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385008460&sr=8-1&keywords=3+button+mouse+for+mac

 

PORTABLE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
Ideal solution: 2TB of storage with FireWire
Example:
http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-FireWire-WDBU4M0020BBK-NESN/dp/B00CO1I2C6/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1385008148&sr=1-1&keywords=western+digital+firewire+portable

 

SECURITY LOCK
Example:
http://www.amazon.com/Brenthaven-4100-Notebook-Cable-Lock/dp/B0009YWHOO/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1385008182&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=Brenthaven+Security+Lock+with+Universal+Notebook+Security+Cable

 

LAPTOP PURCHASING OPTIONS:
Apple is offering education discounts now: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campaigns/education_pricing

 

You can also buy certified refurbished Macbook Pros here:
http://store.apple.com/us/search/refurbished-macbook-pro

 

Several retail stores provide options for purchasing PC laptops.

 

RAM UPGRADE OPTIONS:

If you need to upgrade RAM in your laptop, two websites that work well for purchasing this are the following:

Other World Computing: www.macsales.com

Crucial.com: www.crucial.com

 

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.

 

Questions:

Contact: Professor Edward Johnston

jedward@kean.edu

 

BFA INTERIOR DESIGN

PC preferred but Mac acceptable. For Mac, the “Parallels” software is necessary to run Windows programs. Windows 7 for Mac should also be installed.

Hardware:
Ideal Laptop Option:
Processor:
3rd Gen Intel Core i7

Operating System:
Genuine Windows 7

Video Card:
With 2GB dedicated memory

Memory:
32.0 GB

Hard Drive:
256GB 2.5” (SATA3) Mobility Solid State Drive

Screen Size:
17”

Peripherals:
3-button mouse

Minimum Laptop Option
Processor:
3rd Gen Intel Core i7

Operating System:
Genuine Windows 7

Video Card:
With 2GB dedicated memory

Memory:
16.0 GB

Hard Drive:
256GB 2.5” (SATA3)

Screen Size:
15”

Peripherals:
3-button mouse

Software:
MS Office
Adobe Photoshop (Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat optional)
Revit Architecture 2014 (software to be installed at Kean during second year)
AutoCad 2014 (software to be installed at Kean during second year)
SketchUp Pro8

Questions:
Contact: Professor Kristina Junkroft
kjunkrof@kean.edu

 

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".

 

Questions:

Contact Dr. Tim Riegle

triegle@kean.edu

 


Recommended software distributor:

www.journeyed.com

But please shop around for the best price.

The School of Design does not have a purchasing program at this time.

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