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Software and Hardware Purchases

Otis requires that incoming students own a laptop that meets the minimum system specifications for software used in the Foundation year. 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, investigation, and making, both within and outside of the classroom.


If a student has an intended major, please refer to the major department minimum specs below for guidance. We have selected these configurations to enable a broad range and a long useful life for your computer, so as long as your laptop meets the minimum specifications, you are welcome to customize your machine to suit your individual needs. Otis partners with hardware providers for additional discounts for students purchasing a new laptop at the links below. If you already own a laptop with comparable specs to the Otis minimum requirement, you may opt to use that instead.

Foundation (MAC)
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 13” Retina Display
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16GB memory
  • 3 Year AppleCare+
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

OR

Foundation (PC)
  • Dell/HP 15-inch
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16GB memory
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Minimum Specification by Major

A / L / I
  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 16GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service
Communication Arts
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 13” Retina Display
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16GB memory
  • 3 Year AppleCare+
Digital Media (Mac)
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 16” Retina Display
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 32GB memory
  • 3 Year AppleCare+
Digital Media (Windows)
  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 16GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service
Fashion Design
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 16” Retina Display
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 16GB memory
  • 3 Year AppleCare+
Fine Arts
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 13” Retina Display
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16GB memory
  • 3 Year AppleCare+
Product Design
  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 16GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service
Toy Design
  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 16GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service

Discounted and Free Software

Otis students, staff and faculty are eligible to access free and trial versions of popular software titles from the following companies. Please note, software requests for instruction are coordinated through the department chairs, please contact them for more information.

See Software License Support offers (Adobe®, Cinema 4D, HDR Lightmap, Rhino 3D, Zbrush) for students and faculty impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), links below:

Laptop FAQs