Laptop Requirement for Meek School Students

Students seeking degrees from the Meek School of Journalism will be required to complete class exercises and produce content using personal laptops. While the school currently provides some computer labs, you may not be able to complete all of your assignments if you rely solely on school equipment and software.

Meek School students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism are required to purchase a laptop and the appropriate software, prior to enrolling in JOUR 271.

Students seeing a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication are required to purchase a laptop prior to enrolling in IMC 205.

Before purchasing a laptop, be sure to check the system requirements listed below.

System Requirements

When purchasing a laptop, customers will have to make sure the one selected meets the school’s specifications or the required software may not work properly.

Windows

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280×800 display
  • 7200 RPM or faster hard drive
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.*

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280×800 display
  • 7200 RPM hard drive
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.*

*This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe online services, including the Adobe® Creative Cloud™ service, are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms and Adobe’s online privacy policy. The applications and online services are not available in all countries or languages, may require user registration, and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

Software Requirements and Recommendations
The following software programs will be necessary to complete assignments in Meek School courses. All students must purchase word processing software, if it is not already included with the laptop purchased. If a student purchases the Adobe CS6 Master Collection, the degree-specific software indicated below is already included.

If students choose not to purchase the Master Collection, they will buy software collections specific to the degree being sought. When choosing the degree-specific option, students should be aware that additional software purchases or rentals may be necessary, depending on course selection.

When purchasing software, be aware that many companies offer an education discount.

Word processing software (Required)
(Microsoft Office Recommended)

Adobe CS6 Master Collection (Recommended)
(Includes all software programs listed below.)

Students seeking a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication
(Required for all elective design courses)

Adobe CS6 Design Premium
Includes: Photoshop CS6 Extended, Illustrator CS6,
InDesign CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Flash Pro CS6,
Fireworks CS6, Acrobat X Pro, Bridge CS6, Media Encoder CS6

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
(Required for skills courses at the 200-level or above)

Adobe CS6 Production Premium
Includes: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop extended
Audition, Speedgrade, Prelude, Illustrator, Encore
Flash Professional, Media Encoder, Bridge

(Note:  Those seeking a B.A.J. and planning to take design courses are strongly encouraged to purchase the Adobe CS6 Master Collection, which includes all of the software listed above for both the B.S. and the B.A.J.)