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Mobile Computing Requirements

School of Art & Design

Required for ALL incoming students.

Basic requirements:
MacBookPro 13” laptop (2011 or later)
  • 2.5 Ghz dual-core Intel i5 Processor
  • 4GB 1600MHz memory
Software needed:
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (WVU student subscription $70 per year)
  • Microsoft Office
Hardware Requirements for Graphic Design, Photo and Electronic Media emphasis:
MacBookPro 15” laptop (2011 or later)
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • Mac OSX 10.8 (or later)
  • 8 GB of RAM (minimum)
Additional Software requirements for Graphic Design (not needed in the first year):
  • Adobe Font Folio 11 (Education Essentials Student and Teacher Edition)

For Art History Majors:
Art History majors have the option of either a PC OR MacBook Pro (as specified under Basic Requirements; if desired, may select Graphic Design/Photo/Intermedia hardware).

PC option:
Windows operating system 7 or later
11”-15.6” screen (2011 model or later)
Intel Core i5 (any generation); if desired, may select Intel Core i7 (any generation)
4 GB 1600 MHz memory (minimum)
320 GB hard drive (minimum)

PC option software:
Adobe Creative Cloud (WVU supplied)
Microsoft Office

School of Music

Basic requirements are required for all incoming students.



For Windows laptops:

Any configuration that meets West Virginia University General  Laptop Computing Recommendations.

 ·         For current University recommendations, go to:

·         Scroll down to “Current Recommendations for Windows PCs” NOTE: 8 GB of RAM  recommended for Music Technology and Electronic Music Courses


For Apple laptops: MacBook Pro 13” or 15” laptop (2012 or later)

·          8 GB of RAM.

·          Core i5 processor (minimum)

·          Core i7 processor recommended for Music Technology (ProTools) if using a Mac.

NOTE: If purchasing a new MacBook Pro laptop, we recommend 16GB of RAM, for students interested in pursuing coursework in electronic music, electro-acoustic composition, and/or recording technology. This is because you cannot upgrade the amount of RAM on these newer laptops after purchase.


Software needed:


·          Word Processing (Helpful is use of a font that includes music symbols, such as Maestro Times, Opus, or CSTwo/CSThree.)


·          Music Notation (MuseScore, Notion, Finale, Sibelius, or Dorrico acceptable)

NOTE: Music Notation program required for all composition students.


·          MacGAMUT (Ear Training)


·          Recording program with the ability to adequately record lessons, practice sessions, student teaching practice sessions, etc. (Most computers will come with software that will accomplish this. For those that do not, relatively inexpensive programs such as Quicktime Pro ($30) are available.)



Due to the nature of assignments in the School of Music a full-spectrum pair of headphones (“on ear” or “over the ear”) is required.


Additional Software Considerations:




·  Everyone: Band-in-a-Box (PC) or iRealb (Mac)


·  Upper classmen: Sibelius





·  ProTools (purchase or monthly subscription)

School of Theatre & Dance

This requirement is for ONLY those students entering the BFA with an emphasis in Design Technology. 


There are no requirements for other BFA and BA students in Theatre and Dance, even though having a PC or Mac laptop is highly recommended.


Students may choose from either a PC or Mac Laptop options:


PC laptop:

·         Windows 7 OS or later

·         Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 Processor (2GHz or faster)

·         4 GB of RAM minimum

·         2.5 GB of hard disk space

·         1280×800 or better with Open GL 2.0, 16 bit color

·         QuickTime 7.7 or later

·         1 GB of VRAM (2-4GB recommended)


The 13” models will serve most students well although the faculty do recommend laptops with a 15” display.


Mac laptop:

·         Mac OS X 10.10 or higher

·         4 GB of RAM minimum

·         3.2 GB of hard disk space +

·         1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with Open GL 2.0, 16 bit color

·         QuickTime

·         1 GB of VRAM  (2-4GB recommended)

Typically, all late-model Mac Book Air and Mac Book Pro laptops meets these requirements.  The 13” models will serve most students well although the faculty do recommend laptops with a 15” display.


Software Requirements for Design Technology students:


·         Microsoft Office (for all years)

SOPHOMORE through SENIOR year:

·         Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition, Dreamweaver)

·         Vectorworks/Sketchup (Student version free – confirm with CAD instructor for version)

·         Autocad (Also a student version available for free. Confirm with course instructor before purchasing)

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