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Visual Communication Program Laptop Requirement

Visual Communications

Required Macbook

Graphic design and photography students are required to purchase an Apple laptop computer with the following specifications:

15” Macbook Pro with Retina Display

  • 2.5 (or better) GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz
  • 16GB 1600 MHz memory (RAM)
  • 512GB SSD (solid state drive)
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Iris Pro Graphics (or equivalent)
  • Built-in battery (8 hours)
  • Apple care Protection Plan

Hard Drives and Storage

We recommend a portable hard drive of at least 1 Terabyte. The interface should be USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt. Having two interfaces on one drive is preferable should one become inoperable.

Recommended Brands

  • LaCie Rugged 1 Terabyte, USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 (available at Apple or BH Photo and Video)
  • OWC Mercury On-the-go-pro, Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C (available

A cloud based backup service such as or or a standalone USB desktop drive of at least 500GB for an Apple Time Machine backup of your laptop are recommended and will serve to protect and preserve data.  

Recommended Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac
  • Microsoft Office 365 for Mac (For reduced pricing on software for students, faculty and staff, please visit Endicott's special e-Academy website at

Recommended Additional Warranty (included in purchase package)

  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro