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DigiPen provides hardware and software that can meet the educational requirements for each course of study. It is possible to use only school equipment, but you may find it more convenient to have access to a laptop. DigiPen provides Wi-Fi and guest wired connections for laptop use.

The specific technical requirements for the software used by the different academic programs does vary. Art students tend to have the most demanding needs, while the requirements for others are generally lower. As a student progresses into the higher-level courses, the technical demands usually become more intensive. Below are some general recommendations:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or Education or later, 64-bit; Apple Mac OS 10.12.x or later

  • Processor: At least an Intel 9th gen i7-9750 or its equivalent

  • RAM: 16 GB RAM is recommended.

  • Video Card: It is recommended that the laptop have at least a 4 GB NVIDIA video card. Generally speaking, on-board video will be sufficient for students not intending to create digital art, but using the on-board video that comes standard on most laptops is not feasible for running higher-end art software or for rendering images. Video cards exceeding these specifications are always preferable, but prices rise quickly with increased performance in this area.

  • Hard Drive: DigiPen provides backed-up personal storage for every student, so very large hard drives are not required. 512 GB is recommended. One way to greatly improve performance at a reasonable cost is to use a solid-state drive (SSD- NVMe recommended).