Laptop Requirement for 2018-2019

All incoming Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts freshmen and transfer students are required to have a laptop computer to complete the coursework. All Slane College majors must have a MacBook Pro that meets the minimum technical specifications noted below. Incoming 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.

Interactive Media students are required to have a 13 or 15-inch Macbook Pro.

Game Design students have the option of using either a Windows 10 gaming laptop or a MacBook Pro as specified below in the Interactive Media Laptop Minimum Requirements. Game Design students wishing to use a Windows laptop should contact the Interactive Media Department at (309) 677-4528 for specification guidance prior to purchasing the laptop. 

Although you can purchase your laptop from the vendor of your choosing, we recommend purchasing through Best Buy as their Geek Squad warranty is comprehensive. Please note insurance is an additional purchase for your laptop.

All students are required to purchase a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD). Solid-state drives are ultra-fast hard drives and can be added as an option in Apple’s computer lineup. We recommend you purchase an external solid state drive to store large content and to back up your data using Apple’s Time Machine.

Be sure to look for educational pricing on laptops.

Art, Communication, Theatre, Music Laptop Minimum Requirements

            OSX 10 Yosemite or higher

            Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 or Core i7

            Memory: 8GB

            Storage: 256 GB SSD (solid-state drive)

            Insurance (Geek Squad coverage via Best Buy or Applecare via Apple)

Interactive Media Laptop Minimum Requirements (see Game Design exception above)

            Monitor: 13" or 15” Macbook Pro

            Processor: 2.9GHz Intel Core i5

            Memory: 16GB

            Storage capacity: 256GB flash storage

            Insurance (Geek Squad coverage via Best Buy or Applecare via Apple

Word Processing Software

All incoming Slane College students are required to have Microsoft Office or equivalent software. There are three options:

Microsoft Office 2016 or a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 University

        Apple applications Pages, Numbers, & Keynote (free via the App Store)

        Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides applications are free via their Google-based Bradley email

While we recommend Microsoft Office, the Apple applications and Google Docs are available at no additional cost and may be worth consideration.

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 products. 

Art majors, Sports Communication majors, Music Entertainment Industry majors and others taking IM 113 are required to have the Adobe Creative Cloud software.

All Interactive Media majors & minors are required to have the Adobe Creative Cloud software package. This software will be used throughout the entirety of the student’s college career in most IM course to produce professional quality audio, video, and gaming pieces. Students taking additional courses in Interactive Media may have additional software requirements in future courses.

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

Other software purchases is our preferred software provider for Microsoft Office or anything else your courses might require. Visit their site and choose Bradley University 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