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Watkins Laptop Information for Students

Film

As of Fall 2016, Watkins requires all film students enrolled in FLM 112.01, Tech I, and all production classes taken subsequent to Tech I, to provide their own laptop computers. (see recommendations below)

Starting in Fall 2017, a 15″ MacBook Pro (NOT a Macbook or Macbook Air) with at least 8 GB of RAM and more no more than 2 years old at the time of entering Watkins will be a REQUIREMENT for all majors.  We strongly recommend a padded laptop case and an extended warranty (AppleCare.) Educational discounts are available through Apple.  Please contact Information Technology and Equipment Services with any questions.

Film students may need to purchase some of their software, such as Avid, Pro Tools or Adobe Creative Cloud.  Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft.  Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited Lynda.com training services at http://lynda.watkins.edu

Fine Arts

As of Fall 2016, there are no laptop requirements for Fine Arts majors, but it is a strong recommendation (see below).

Starting in Fall 2017, a 15″ MacBook Pro (NOT a Macbook or Macbook Air) with at least 8 GB of RAM and more no more than 2 years old at the time of entering Watkins will be a REQUIREMENT for all majors.  We strongly recommend a padded laptop case and an extended warranty (AppleCare.) Educational discounts are available through Apple.  Please contact Information Technology and Equipment Services with any questions.

Fine Art students may need to purchase some of their software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud.  Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft.  Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited Lynda.com training services at http://lynda.watkins.edu

Graphic Design

As of Fall 2016, there are no laptop requirements for Graphic Design majors, but it is a strong recommendation (see below).

Starting in Fall 2017, a 15″ MacBook Pro (NOT a Macbook or Macbook Air) with at least 8 GB of RAM and more no more than 2 years old at the time of entering Watkins will be a REQUIREMENT for all majors.  We strongly recommend a padded laptop case and an extended warranty (AppleCare.) Educational discounts are available through Apple.  Please contact Information Technology and Equipment Services with any questions.

Graphic Design students may need to purchase some of their software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud.  Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft.  Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited Lynda.com training services at http://lynda.watkins.edu

Interior Design

As of Fall 2016, Watkins requires Interior Design students to provide their own laptop computers.

During 2016-2017, Interior Design majors have a choice of a Windows 10 laptop or an Apple MacBook Pro 15″ (see 2017 requirements below.)  Interior design majors are strongly encouraged to purchase an Apple Macbook Pro, rather than a Windows laptop.  If they do opt to purchase a Windows laptop, it must meet the minimum requirements, below.

  • Windows 10 Operating System (64 bit).
  • Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU Quad Core CPU
  • 8 GB RAM or more (more is always better)
  • 15” or larger display size
  • Discrete Nvidia or AMD graphics card is required.  Intel graphics are NOT recommended as they are not powerful enough for some of the 3D accelerated software.

Starting in Fall 2017, a 15″ MacBook Pro (NOT a Macbook or Macbook Air) with at least 8 GB of RAM and more no more than 2 years old at the time of entering Watkins will be a REQUIREMENT for all majors.  We strongly recommend a padded laptop case and an extended warranty (AppleCare.) Educational discounts are available through Apple.  Please contact Information Technology and Equipment Services with any questions.

Interior Design students may need to purchase some of their software, such as 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.  Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited Lynda.com training services at http://lynda.watkins.edu

Photography

As of Fall 2016, there are no laptop requirements for Photography majors, but it is a strong recommendation (see below).

Starting in Fall 2017, a 15″ MacBook Pro (NOT a Macbook or Macbook Air) with at least 8 GB of RAM and more no more than 2 years old at the time of entering Watkins will be a REQUIREMENT for all majors.  We strongly recommend a padded laptop case and an extended warranty (AppleCare.) Educational discounts are available through Apple.  Please contact Information Technology and Equipment Services with any questions.

Photography students may need to purchase some of their software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud.  Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft.  Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited Lynda.com training services at http://lynda.watkins.edu