Laptop Requirement

All Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts students are required to have a laptop computer to complete their coursework. Students arriving with older or less powerful laptops that do not meet the recommended specifications of each major may find that they need to upgrade to a newer laptop at some point while attending Bradley University.

All student laptops should meet the following minimum specifications. You may purchase above and beyond these specs. Some departments and majors have specific requirements or hardware recommendations.

If you are purchasing an Apple laptop, visit the Bradley Apple Store online for discounted pricing (proof of student status may be required).

Minimum Specifications for All Students

  • Computer made within the past 3 years
  • 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive) (more space is preferable)
  • 8GB RAM (16GB RAM is preferable)
  • Able to run the current version of Mac OS or Windows

Below are the specific laptop requirements by department and major.

Communication, Music and Theatre Arts

  • Macbook Air or a comparable PC laptop (see minimum specifications above)

Art and Design

  • Graphic Design or Photography: Macbook Air (see minimum specifications above)
    Recommend: Recommend Macbook Pro with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage
  • All other Art and Design: Macbook Air OR a comparable PC laptop (see minimum specifications above)

Interactive Media

  • Animation: Macbook Pro OR a Windows Gaming laptop (MacBook Pro is preferred but not required)
    Recommend: 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD storage
  • Game Design/Game Art: Windows Gaming Laptop with the following minimum requirements
    • Geforce RTX 3000 series video card or better
    • Intel I7/Amd Ryzen 7 series processor or better
    • 32 GB RAM or more
    • 1TB SSD or larger
    • A mouse
  • If there are any questions regarding game art/game design laptop requirements, or to get recommendations, please contact the following faculty
  • User Experience Design: Macbook Pro Laptop with a Recommend: 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD storage

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

David Lennie

David Lennie

Director of Instructional Technology

    Caterpillar Global Communication Center 131
    (309) 677-3641

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Many CFA students will take courses requiring Adobe Creative Cloud, a package of industry standard creativity tools used to design professional grade audio, video, graphic, and special effects projects. Students may need Adobe Creative Cloud as specific courses require it.

Students in the Department of Interactive Media and the Department of Art & Design will need Adobe Creative Cloud for the entire four years for all of their courses.

Please delay purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud until the fall semester begins.

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Other Considerations

Shop around for educational pricing on hardware and software. Often there are significant discounts for educational purchases. Bradley University tech support endorses for educational pricing. for educational pricing.

Individual courses may require additional software specific to the course.

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.

We recommend you purchase an external hard drive to store large content and to back up your laptop.

Other Financial Considerations

With purchase receipts, the expense incurred to purchase required technology may be used to increase private or PLUS loan amounts. It is important to note that increases in cost of attendance for required technology will not result in an increase in scholarship, grant or work-study funding. Please contact the Bradley University Office of Financial Assistance for further information at