Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts - Laptop Requirement for 2018-2019

All Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts students are required to have a laptop computer to complete the coursework. All of our students must have a laptop that meets the minimum technical specifications noted below. Students who change majors into an area of study within the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts are held to the laptop requirements of their area of study. The Slane College laptop requirement may be covered through your financial aid package. Please talk with Student Financial Services for details.

All students are required to purchase a laptop with a solid-state drive (SSD). Solid-state drives are ultra-fast and reliable hard drives. We recommend you purchase an external solid-state drive to store large content and to back up your data.

These are MINIMUM requirements. You may purchase above these specs if you desire.

Communication, Theatre, Music, Art (excluding Graphic Design & Photography)

            Apple Laptop Running OSX

            Processor: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 or Core i7

            Memory: 8GB

            Storage: 256 GB SSD (solid state drive)

Interactive Media, Graphic Design & Photography

            Apple Laptop Running OSX

            Monitor: 13" or 15” MacBook Pro

            13" 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 OR 15" 2.2GHz Inte Corei7

            Memory: 16GB

            Storage capacity: 256GB SSD (solid state drive)

Game Design

            Apple Laptop Running OSX that meets the above Interactive Media requirement


            Gaming Capable PC Laptop

            Memory: 16GB

            Storage capacity: 512GB SSD

            Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU

We recommend adding a Rider to your home/renter insurance policy to provide comprehensive coverage to your laptop. Insurance is available from most retailers but may not be cost effective for the coverage received.

Word Processing Software

Microsoft is now offering their software free for educational purposes.

Office 365 Education is available from:

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a package of industry standard creativity tools that allow the user to create professional grade audio, video, graphic design and special effects projects.

All Interactive Media, Graphic Design and Photography majors & minors will use Adobe Creative Cloud on a regular and ongoing basis for the entirety of their areas of study. Art majors, Sports Communication majors, Music Entertainment Industry majors and others taking IM 113 are required to have the Adobe Creative Cloud software as specific courses require it.

Students may sign up directly at for the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

Other software purchases

Shop around for educational pricing on software. Often times there are significant discounts on educational versions of software. Bradley University tech support endorses for educational pricing.

With proper documentation, the expense incurred to purchase required technology may be added to a student’s total cost of attendance. Contact the Bradley University Financial Assistance office for further information at (309) 677-3089.

Individual courses for all majors may require additional software specific to the course.

For additional information on the laptop requirement, please contact our technical staff:

        Cory Rabe, Computer Facilities Supervisor – - (309) 677-2859

        Mat Smoody, Audio-Video Engineer – - (309) 677-2973