Technology is an important part of the educational experience. In many cases, the technology may not be used in class but will be required to complete class assignments. Determining what technology is needed can often be confusing to students and their parents. To alleviate this confusion, the faculty in the Department of Communication Arts created technology standards, designed to help ensure that students have the computer technology they need.
The selected software runs on both a laptop and a tablet. Students will utilize a number of open source or free applications in various courses within their program of study.
These applications include:
- Real Statistics Add-in for Excel
- Grammarly (available by site license from the Department)
- iMovie or Windows Moviemaker
LaptopWe recommend an Apple MacBook Pro 13" (base model meets recommendations).
If you already own a Windows computer, it might be acceptable as long as it is able to run the software needed for your classes.
TabletIf you wish to use a Tablet instead of a Laptop computer, we recommend an Apple iPad Pro with 128GB of memory.
LaptopWe recommend that students purchase the following items for a laptop:
- carrying case or laptop backpack
- the extended four-year warranty with accident protection
- either an external hard drive for backup or a remote backup service
TabletWe recommend that students purchase the following items for a tablet:
- Protective Cover
- Extended warranty
- Backup service (Cloud)
- Apple Pencil
- Smart Keyboard