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Visual Communication Program Laptop Requirement

Visual Communications

Visual Communications requirement= Macbook Pro

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Graphic design and photography students are required to purchase an Apple Macbook Pro laptop computer with the following specifications for 2020*:

  • 16” (diagonal) LED- backlit display with IPS Technology; 3072 x 1920 native resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • 2.3GHZ 8-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz, with 16MB shared L3 cache
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 onboard memory
  • 1TB SSD (solid state drive)
  • Radeon Pro 5500 with 4GB GDDR6 memory and automatic graphics switching, Intel HD 630
  • Built-in battery (8 hours)

*Please note that Apple will often upgrade some of these specs as new models are released.

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Hard Drives and Storage 

Hard drives for use in the Mac labs and for working with large files: We recommend a portable hard drive of at least 2 Terabytes. The interface should be USB-C/ Thunderbolt 3

Recommended Brands

  • LaCie Rugged 2 Terabyte, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

Backup: A cloud-based backup service such as or a standalone USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 hard drive of at least 2 TB for an Apple Time Machine backup of your laptop are recommended and will serve to protect and preserve data.  

Media card readers for photo transfers:  

MacBook Pro computers no longer have a media card reader for transferring photographs on to your computer. If you are purchasing one, we recommend the following media card reader: SanDisk Extreme PRO SD Card USB Type-C Reader (Note: This card reader is for the most common type of media card. If you have a different type of media
card such as a CF Card you will need a different media card reader)

Recommended Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Students (Mac)
  • Microsoft Office 365 for Students (Mac)* (Note: Endicott provides this software for free while you are at Endicott.You will be able to download this.).
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Recommended Additional Warranty (included in college purchase package)

  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro