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Laptop Requirements Export

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. We strongly recommend a computer fewer than 5 years old.


Campus Purchase Links

https://www.apple.com/edu/otis

www.cdwg.com/otiscollege

Technical Questions?

helpdesk@otis.edu


Hardware Requirements

( Chose one of the following three )

Foundation ( Intel Mac )

  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • 13” Retina Display
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16GB memory
  • 3 Year AppleCare+

Foundation ( M1 Mac )

  • MacBook Pro 14” M1 Pro
  • 8-Core CPU , 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 3 Year AppleCare+

Foundation ( PC )

  • Dell/HP 15-inch
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service

Minimum Specification by Major

Communication Arts

  • MacBook Pro 14” M1 Pro
  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 3 Year AppleCare+

Digital Media (Mac)

  • MacBook Pro 16” M1 Pro
  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 3 Year AppleCare+

Digital Media (Windows)

  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 32GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service

Environmental Design

  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 32GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service

Fashion Design

  • MacBook Pro 14” M1 Pro
  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 3 Year AppleCare+

Fine Arts

  • MacBook Pro 14” M1 Pro
  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 3 Year AppleCare+

Product Design

  • Dell/HP/Lenovo
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15” Display
  • 32GB 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
  • 32GB memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Graphics 4GB Video RAM
  • 3 Year Service