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.

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, and Art (excluding Graphic Design and Photography)

            Model 2017 or newer Macbook or Macbook Pro

            Memory: 8GB

            Storage: 256 GB or more SSD

Interactive Media (Animation and User Experience), Graphic Design and Photography

            Model 2017 or newer 13” or 15” MacBook Pro

            Memory: 8GB (Prefer 16GB)

            Storage: 256 GB or more SSD

Game Design

            Macbook Pro that meets the above Interactive Media requirement


            A Gaming Capable PC Laptop of your choice

            Memory: 16GB RAM

            Storage capacity: 512GB or more SSD

            Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU (formerly GTX 1070)

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

At some point in their studies, a majority of students will have to spend some time learning Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud is a package of industry standard creativity tools used to create professional grade audio, video, graphic design, and special effects projects.

All Majors and Minors in Interactive Media, Graphic Design, and Photography 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.

Please hold off on purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud until the fall semester.

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