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Watkins Laptop Information for Students

Film

As of Fall 2012 Watkins requires Film students (above a certain class level) to provide their own laptop computers.  At this time the minimum requirements for those laptops are very simple.  The laptop must be an Apple MacBook Pro (not a MacBook or MacBook Air) with 4 GB of RAM or more (more is always better.)  Some software may be provided by the college.  Some software will have to be provided by the students for varying reasons, including compliance with the software manufacturer’s license terms.

Fine Arts

As of Fall 2011, there are no laptop requirements or recommendations for Fine Arts majors.

Graphic Design

As of Fall 2011, Graphic Design majors are encouraged to have their own laptop.  This is not currently a requirement, but students are encouraged to have an Apple MacBook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Interior Design

As of Fall 2010, Watkins requires Interior Design students to provide their own laptop computers.

Interior Design laptops must meeting the following requirements:

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 Operating System (any 64 bit version).  Windows 7 is recommended over Windows 8.
  • Mac OS X is NOT supported and Apple laptops are NOT supported for Interior Design majors.
  • Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU recommended.
  • 4 GB RAM or more (more is always better)
  • 15” or larger display size
  • Discrete Nvidia or AMD graphics card is required.  Intel graphics is NOT recommended as it is not powerful enough for some of the 3D accelerated software.  Here is a link to a Dell page that shows their laptop models that include discrete Nvidia graphics.

As of Fall 2015, Interior Design students will need to purchase some of their software, including Sketchup Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.  Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft.

Photography

As of Fall 2011, Photography majors are encouraged to have their own laptop.  This is not currently a requirement, but students are encouraged to have an Apple MacBook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.