LVC Digital Communications students collaborate on a project

We recommend that all digital communications (digiCOM) majors purchase a wireless-enabled notebook computer (PC or Mac) that meets the minimum hardware requirements to run the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.


Hardware

DigiCOM majors can acquire their own computer that meets the department's minimum computer requirements or they can buy a PC or Mac through the IT Services "buying a computer page." Computers should accommodate the minimum computer operation requirements.


Program's Minimum Computer Requirements

Windows

  • Multicore processor with 64-bit support
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) or Windows 8 (64 bit), or Windows 10
  • 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
  • 1280x800 display
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • Optional: Adobe-recommended GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.9, v10.10, or v10.11
  • 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
  • 1280x800 display
  • Optional: Adobe-recommended GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

* We recommend that all students have a four-year basic limited warranty on their notebooks.


Recommended Industry-Standard Software

All digiCOM majors will use the Adobe Creative Cloud in classrooms and labs. We recommend, but do not require, that students get the Adobe Creative Cloud. If students desire the convenience of using this software on their own computer at home or over breaks, they can purchase a discounted version of the Adobe Creative Cloud by following this link. Please note that Adobe only offers the Creative Cloud through a monthly fee-based software service.

Frequently Asked Questions–Incoming Students, Transfers, or Change of Majors

I already own a computer. Do I have to buy a new one?

In order to take part in the Digital Communications department, use the standard software, and participate in classrooms, students can either use LVC's notebook computers and software or provide their own notebook computer and purchase the recommended software.

Can I choose a Mac instead of a PC as my Digital Communications notebook?

Yes. Macs are the prevalent platform used in the major, primarily in the design, communications, UX and video concentrations, while PCs are often prevalent in business and programming. While most DigiCOM majors purchase Macs, PCs provide a platform that the great majority of the public uses, are slightly less expensive, and are an acceptable alternative. The skills gained in using both are important, but students should choose the platform with which they are most comfortable and that most closely matches their intended concentration.

What software would I need?

Currently, Digital Communications recommends students purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a monthly, software-as-service product offered by Adobe. Due to the discounts, you are encouraged to use LVC's software vendor.