Graphic Design Computer Requirements

Graphic Design Computer Requirements

As part of the La Roche College Student Computer Initiative, all incoming freshman and transfer students in the Graphic Design program are required to purchase an Apple laptop computer and software before the start of the fall semester.  It is imperative that our students graduate with proficient experience using the same tools as industry professionals.

There are two choices of systems that you may purchase – a lower-end model (Option One) and an upper-end model (Option Two).  Either will work for your time in the Graphic Design program. Students are required to purchase AppleCare on the laptop. Along with the Apple laptop computer, with wireless connectivity, you are REQUIRED to subscribe to the monthly student Adobe Creative Cloud software.

These hardware and software specifications apply only to the 2018–2019 academic year.  Updated specifications are posted during the summer for the next academic year. You may always upgrade and purchase more than these minimum computer requirements.

OPTION ONE: 15" MacBook Pro 2.2/4.1 GHz 

  • 2.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
  • Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • Retina display with True Tone technology
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Full-size backlit Keyboard
  • Accessory Kit
  • REQUIRED ADD ONS:
    - AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook
    Total Retail Price with Add Ons and taxes: $2,972.46

OPTION TWO: 15" MacBook Pro 2.6/4.3GHz

  • 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz
  • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Retina display with True Tone technology
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Full-size backlit Keyboard
  • Accessory Kit
  • REQUIRED ADD ONS:
    - AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook
    Total Retail Price with Add Ons and taxes: $3,400.46

The La Roche Design Division has printing facilities on campus. However, if you would like to purchase your own printer, we recommend the Epson 1430 Printer ($299 or less).

The software requirements are as follows: 

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Student Edition: Educational pricing - Available for $19.00/month for students, $29.99 if student discount expired from Adobe (this is complete access to the full Adobe Software Packages and 20 GB of online memory)
  • Antivirus software as approved by La Roche (must be kept up-to-date)

Recommended but not required software & printer: 

  • Microsoft Office 365 (Available to students at no charge.  An email is sent to eligible students at their La Roche College email address with information for downloading the software.)
    OR
  • Apple iWork software suite for the Mac- Included with MacBook Pro purchase 
  • Epson 1430 Printer* ($299 or less)

* The La Roche Design Division has high-quality, large format printing facilities for design students and their final outputs. If you wish to purchase your own printer, we recommend the Epson 1430. This will print high-quality prints as large as 13" x 19", but no larger.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact:
Patrick Connolly (Patrick.Connolly@laroche.edu)
Assistant Professor, Graphic & Communication Design