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All incoming students are required to purchase a laptop upon entering the Design program, and each discipline within Design has a set of recommended computer hardware and software specifications. The following recommendations are listed below to ensure that our students are using the same software and hardware that working professionals are using in the field today.

Technical Requirements


Incoming students are required to have an Apple Macbook Pro laptop. Information on specifications for purchasing a new system can be found below. Apple does provide a slight discount to students. You can either bring your Cornish ID with you to an Apple store, or purchase directly through the Cornish Apple Store. If you already have invested in a different system or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro The required laptop is a 15” 2.3 GHz Macbook Pro with minimum of 4 GB ram (8 GB suggested) and AppleCare extended warranty. Retail price is $2,148; with the education discount, the price is $1,938.

    • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz)
    • 4 GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2 GB
    • 500 GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
    • Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide (English)
    • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro
  • External Hard Drive An external hard drive is required. Prices listed are from Amazon. One of the following is suggested:
    • LaCie 500 GB All-Terrain Hard Drive: $199.95
    • G-Tech G-Drive mini, 500 GB portable Hard Drive: $144.99


Incoming students are required to have Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Premium Installed on their machines by the first day of classes. Students may wish to consider additional software packages on a class by class basis, but these programs are not required.

The retail version of Adobe Design Premium is $1439.99, if purchased through our My Education Store, the price will be $339. If you are a Motion Design student, it is strongly encouraged that you purchase Adobe Master Collection — the retail price is $2.379; if purchased from My Education Store, the price is $569.00.