Technology

Recommended Hardware

Technology will be a key part of your MICA experience, whether in the classroom, library or residence hall. We recommend that students bring or purchase a laptop or desktop computer in order to participate in classes, projects and to collaborate with students and faculty. The information below will help you select the right computer for your educational needs.

Recommended specifications for new Apple/Macintosh computers:

13" MacBook Pro

  • Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU 
  • 16GB of RAM 
  • 512GB solid state drive

16" MacBook Pro

  •  Intel 6-Core i7 processor 
  • 16GB of RAM 
  • 512GB solid state drive
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M

Please note: The 16" MacBook Pro is recommended for students planning to major in Film & Video, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and Product Design. Additionally, as the MacBook Pros use the newer USB-C ports for I/O connectivity, the purchase of a USB to USB-C adapter is recommended.

Minimum specifications for existing Apple / Macintosh computers:

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB solid-state drive
  • 13" or larger screen

Recommended specifications for new Windows machines / PCs:

15" Dell XPS 9510 laptop

  • Intel Core i7 processor 
  • Windows 10 Pro 
  • 16GB of RAM 
  • 512GB solid state drive 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6

Minimum specifications for existing Windows machines / PCs

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB solid state drive
  • 13" or larger screen

Important Notes

  • Support plans for computers are highly recommended
  • 1 - 4 TB hard drive is recommended. 

Last updated: August 23, 2021.