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Student Technology Requirements

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Recognizing that digital literacy is essential to art & design education, CCA requires that incoming students own a laptop that meets the minimum system requirements for software used in the First-Year curriculum. This requirement will help ensure that all students have access to the college’s digital resources at home or on campus. As collaboration is a foundation of our curriculum, owning a laptop will promote communication and research, as well as making, in and out of the classroom. If a student knows their intended major, they should check the recommended bundle for their major.

Hardware Requirements

Recommended model for Fall 2019:

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor


256 GB SSD storage

3-year AppleCare+ for Mac

CCA faculty, staff and students are eligible for additional educational discounts after login with CCA credentials.

Purchase at the CCA/Apple online store

External Drive Requirement

All CCA first-year students are required to own an external storage device for saving coursework and backups of digital work. When working with high-resolution image files, motion graphics, and video files, a great deal of data storage space is needed. The drive will continue to be a valuable resource as a backup drive or expanded storage drive after the completion of the first year of instruction.

Recommended external storage device specifications:

Connects via USB

1 TB (Terabyte) minimum storage space

Examples of recommended external storage devices:

Western Digital My Passport 1 or 2 TB USB

Western Digital My Book Studio 1 or 2 TB / USB or FireWire 800

G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 / FireWire 800

Purchase at the CCA/Apple online store

Software Requirements

First Year Student Laptop Program Waiver

If you do not wish to participate in the CCA First Year Laptop Program, including waiving all but basic support, please complete this online form