MFA Computer and Technology Requirements 2019-20

Graduate students enrolling at The College for Creative Studies 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. Students will also have access to computers in the Graduate Lab and other sites on campus which will provide access to the software.

If you have any questions about computer or software purchases, please contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk or call 313-664-7818.

Be sure to use your educational discount available at Apple Stores or the Apple online educational store (https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop). For information on Dell educational discounts, please contact Chris_Pringle@Dell.com with your name, address, phone, and email.

Click the header below to view technology and software details specific to each department.

MFA Integrated Design

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
  • AppleCare 3-year protection plan

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

Required Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: All CCS students can now receive Adobe Creative Cloud for educational use in all CCS labs as well as for up to two personal computers. CCS students will receive access to the full Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud Services, and Adobe Cloud storage. Registered students will receive an invitation email from Adobe.com with information on how to register their individual account. Step-by-step instructions are also available here.
  • Microsoft Office: Available for free at office.com/getoffice365
  • Rhino (optional)

MFA Interaction Design

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
  • AppleCare 3-year protection plan

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

Required Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: All CCS students can now receive Adobe Creative Cloud for educational use in all CCS labs as well as for up to two personal computers. CCS students will receive access to the full Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud Services, and Adobe Cloud storage. Registered students will receive an invitation email from Adobe.com with information on how to register their individual account. Step-by-step instructions are also available here.
  • Microsoft Office: Available for free at office.com/getoffice365

MFA Transportation Design

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
  • AppleCare 3-year protection plan

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

Required Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: All CCS students can now receive Adobe Creative Cloud for educational use in all CCS labs as well as for up to two personal computers. CCS students will receive access to the full Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud Services, and Adobe Cloud storage. Registered students will receive an invitation email from Adobe.com with information on how to register their individual account. Step-by-step instructions are also available here.
  • Microsoft Office: Available for free at office.com/getoffice365
  • Alias: available for free at students.autodesk.com
  • ZBrush: $425.00 – $450.00 (depending on academic retailer) one-time purchase with free upgrades for all updates. http://store.pixologic.com/ZBrush-4R7-Academic-and-Educational-License/

MFA Color & Materials Design

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
  • AppleCare 3-year protection plan

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

Required Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: All CCS students can now receive Adobe Creative Cloud for educational use in all CCS labs as well as for up to two personal computers. CCS students will receive access to the full Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud Services, and Adobe Cloud storage. Registered students will receive an invitation email from Adobe.com with information on how to register their individual account. Step-by-step instructions are also available here.
  • Microsoft Office: Available for free at office.com/getoffice365
  • Rhino (optional)