Technology Guidelines for Incoming Students
While the College of Creative Arts is a Mac-based environment, West Virginia University supports both Mac and Windows platforms. Visit the WVU IT Services website for general guidelines and information about discounts and software available to students on behalf of the university.
Below are special recommendations for hardware and software that are applicable to all incoming College of Creative Arts students. Some majors, noted below, will require a high-performance hardware system and additional software.
All School of Art & Design students, except for Art History majors, are required to use either the basic or high-performance MacBook Pro system requirements listed below. Art History majors may select the basic MacBook system or choose to use the basic Windows platform.
MacBook Pro 13” (2018 or newer) installed with current macOS
- Intel i5 Processor
- 8GB RAM (minimum)
- Windows operating system 10 or newer
- 8 GB RAM
High Performance Systems
Graphic Design, Intermedia/Photography, Interactive Design for Media, and Music Composition majors are required to use Mac hardware with the following specs. Design Technology majors and those taking electronic media or music technology courses may choose between Mac or Windows hardware.
MacBook Pro or MacBook Air 15” or 16” (2018 or newer)* installed with current macOS
- Intel i7 Processor
- 16GB RAM
Laptop, minimum specs:
- Windows 10 OS or later
- Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5 processors
- 16 GB of RAM
- 250 GB of hard drive space
- Graphics cards with 4GB RAM
For all majors in the School of Art & Design and Design Technology Sophomores-Seniors:
- Adobe Creative Cloud (WVU student subscription available for a discounted cost)
Design Technology students:
- Microsoft Office (for all years)
SOPHOMORE through SENIOR year:
- 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.)
Graphic Design Sophomores - Seniors:
- Adobe Font Folio 11 (Education Essentials Student and Teacher Edition)
For all majors in the School of Music:
- (Fonts that include 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)
- A recording program with the ability to adequately record lessons, practice sessions, student teaching practice sessions, etc.
For Jazz majors:
- All Jazz students: Band-in-a-Box (PC) or iRealb (Mac)
- Upper-class Jazz students: Sibelius
For use in Music Recording courses:
- ProTools (purchase or monthly subscription)
A full-spectrum pair of headphones (on-ear or over-the-ear) is required for School of Music students, due to the nature of course assignments.