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Computer Recommendations

Students pursuing a BFA degree in Graphic Design or Animation, Film and Motion Design are strongly advised to consider purchasing an Apple computer along with the related print, animation and web design software for their personal use. This recommendation was established and implemented in 2002-2003.

The CMU Graphic Design and Animation faculty believe students who have their own computers will not only be able to work on assignments in the comfort of their own home, but will excel in ability as they gain more experience using the software. After all, you can't play football without a football or the trumpet without a trumpet, and the computer is the football for Graphic Design or Animation majors. Our faculty want students to succeed and believe they really can't excel in Graphic Design or Animation without a computer and the software used in the industry.

To that end, the faculty have written the following guide for students who want to excel in our programs. You will find education pricing for students at the Apple website ( and there are a variety of discount software sites available where students can purchase software.

We recommend a computer purchase be made upon completion of the ARTG 215 Graphic Design I & ARTG 221 Graphic Design II course work along with a successful Sophomore Review that precedes acceptance into the Graphic Design program.

Courses Requiring Computers and Software

ARTG 225 Introduction to Animation

ARTG 301 Computer Illustration
ARTG 320 Letterforms and Typography
ARTG 324 Animation I 2D Animation

ARTG 325 Animation II 3D Animation
ARTG 338 Advertising Design I
ARTG 339 Advertising Design
ARTG 405 Web Site Design
ARTG 406 Advanced Web Site Design
ARTG 424 Animation Studio I Motion Graphics

ARTG 425 Animation Studio II Adv. Animation
ARTG 450 Identity Design
ARTG 493 Portfolio Development

Minimum Recommended Computer Specifications

Model: Apple MacBook Pro

Operating System: OS X Lion

Processor: 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor or better
(Faster processor speed enhances the performance of the computer.)

Memory (RAM): 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
(This increases the overall performance of a computer and allows more applications to run at once. Purchase extra RAM as recommended by Apple.)

Hard Drive: Purchase the hard drive with the fastest speed you can afford and plenty of storage space. (Graphic design files can be quite large, especially animation files.)

Display: MacBook Pro 15-inch or 17-inch Glossy Widescreen Display

Keyboard: Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

DVD/CD-RW: SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

AppleCare Protection Plan - Three-Year Warranty