Hardware and Software Recommendations

Computer Recommendations for Majors - If you want to focus on media development it is recommended that you purchase an Apple Mac Computer (with the minimum requirements below).

General recommended minimum system specifications:

Apple - Mac

  • MacBook Pro with an Intel processor i5 or i7
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.8.x or higher
  • Ram: Minimum 8GB RAM
  • Storage Space: 500 GB (or larger) Hard Drive or Solid-State Drive (SSD) 250 GB (or larger)

Note: Windows OS can be installed on Apple computers via a program called Boot Camp. You can find more information about Boot Camp online https://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

Apple offers an educational discount for students in store and online. Please visit http://store.apple.com/us-hed for current discounts and information.

Software Recommendations for Majors:

Adobe Creative Cloud (Complete version) or the Adobe CS6 Masters Collection – Educational discounts can be found at https://creative.adobe.com/plans?plan=edu

Mac Only - Final Cut Pro X - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933?mt=12

Microsoft Office (Mac and Windows) and other additional software titles can be found for free at: http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/instructional-resources/free-software

Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


Need assistance?

Please contact IMD Academic Advisor, Keiko Miyamoto at keikom77@uw.edu