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Watkins Laptop Information for Students

Incoming Watkins Freshmen are not required to have a laptop.

Our on-campus computer labs are available to students 24/7 (besides scheduled classes and events), and are loaded with the latest art, design, and film software.

Laptop recommendations for specific majors are as follows:

Interior Design

Interior Design majors are required to have a PC laptop their sophomore year. 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 minimum, 16 GB preferred
  • 1TB Memory
  • 15” or larger display size
  • Discrete Nvidia or AMD graphics card is required. (Nvidia is preferred.) Intel graphics are NOT recommended as they are not powerful enough for some of the 3D accelerated software.

Software required for Interior Design majors includes the Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp Pro (which are available at a greatly discounted student price), as well as Autodesk products (student versions of which are available at no cost.)

Film

Watkins recommends that all film students enrolled in FLM 112.01, Tech I, and all production classes taken subsequent to Tech I, have their own laptop computers. Watkins recommends a MacBook Pro.

Fine Arts

There are no laptop requirements for Fine Arts majors. If a student wishes to purchase a laptop, Watkins recommends a MacBook Pro.

Graphic Design

There are no laptop requirements for Graphic Design majors. If a student wishes to purchase a laptop, Watkins recommends a MacBook Pro.

Photography

There are no laptop requirements for Photography majors. If a student wishes to purchase a laptop, Watkins recommends a MacBook Pro.