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Recommended minimum computer configurations by academic department are listed below. This list should be used only as a guideline for students and parents in the purchasing process. Otis College does not support individually owned computer equipment and software. Please consult with the various vendors for specific capabilities of a computer configuration and support.

Architecture | Landscape | Interiors

PC Desktop or Laptop (IBM, HP or Dell)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5 - 2500 quad-core processor (3.3Ghz, 6BM Cache]
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
8GB of RAM
500GB Hard Drive
GeForce or Radeon w/ 1280MB [Minimum]
DVD RW Drive
USB 2.0 and Firewire

Apple Desktop or Laptop [Not Recommended for 3D Work]
3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain Lion] / MAC OS X 10.9 [Mavericks]
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Communication Arts

Apple Desktop or Laptop
3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain Lion] / MAC OS X 10.9 [Mavericks]
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Digital Media

PC Desktop or Laptop (IBM, HP or Dell)
2nd Generaiton Intel Core i7 - 2600 quad-core processor [3.4G, 8MB Shared Cache]
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
8GB of RAM
1TB Hard Drive
GeForce or Radeon w/ 1280MB [Minimum]
DVD RW Drive
USB 2.0 and Firewire

Apple Desktop or Laptop [Not Recommended for 3D Work]
3.5Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain Lion] / MAC OS X 10.9 [Mavericks]
16GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 2GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Fashion Design

3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain Lion] / MAC OS X 10.9 [Mavericks]
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Fine Arts

Apple Desktop or Laptop [Recommended MacBook Pro]
3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain Lion] / MAC OS X 10.9 [Mavericks]
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Foundation

Otis does not recommend a specific computer configuration for the Foundation year. However, students may opt to purchase an iMac or MacBook to supplement their use of the College's computers. Keep in mind that students may want to purchase a more appropriately configured computer once they declare a major. 

Product Design

PC Desktop or Laptop (IBM, HP or Dell)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5 - 2500 quad-core processor (3.3Ghz, 6BM Cache]
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
4GB of RAM
500GB Hard Drive
GeForce or Radeon w/ 1280MB [Minimum]
DVD RW Drive
USB 2.0 and Firewire

Toy Design

PC Desktop or Laptop (IBM, HP or Dell)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5 - 2500 quad-core processor (3.3Ghz, 6BM Cache]
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
4GB of RAM
500GB Hard Drive
GeForce or Radeon w/ 1280MB [Minimum]
DVD RW Drive
USB 2.0 and Firewire

Graduate Fine Arts

Apple or PC Laptop [Recommended MacBook Pro]
3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain Lion] / MAC OS X 10.9 [Mavericks]
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Graduate Public Practice

Apple or PC Laptop [Recommended MacBook Pro]
3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Graduate Writing

Apple or PC Laptop [Recommended MacBook Pro]
3.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
8GB of RAM
TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB video memory
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt