Laptop Requirement

Throughout their academic career, School of Fashion students will have several projects and assignments which will require them to have access to a laptop and specific software.

All School of Fashion students are required to have a laptop. Students may choose either a Mac or Windows computer. A three-year warranty (AppleCare for Macs) is recommended. Please note – tablet devices such as Apple iPads and Chromebooks are not recommended for the laptop requirement. Some classes require software that will not work on these devices.

Below are the minimum specification recommendations:

Fashion Design Laptop Requirement

MAC LAPTOP

Category Recommendation
Models

14-inch MacBook Pro
16-inch MacBook Pro

macOS Big Sur 11.4
Monterey 12
Processor Apple M1
Memory DDR4 32GB or more
Storage 512GB
Screen Retina 4K
Retina 5K
Input Devices 3-button mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINDOWS LAPTOP

Category Recommendation
Models No preference
OS Windows 10 64-bit (21H1 or later)
Windows 11 64-bit
Processor AMD® Ryzen 4th Gen 7 5000 series AMD® Ryzen 4th Gen 9 5000 series Intel® Core i7 10th Gen Intel® Core i9 10th Gen (or later)
Memory DDR4 32GB or more
Storage 512GB
Screen 1920x1080 60Hz 2560x1440 60Hz Retina 4K
Input Device 3-button mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fashion Merchandising Laptop Requirement

Mac Laptop

Category Recommendation
Models

13-inch MacBook Air
13-inch MacBook Pro
14-inch MacBook Pro
16-inch MacBook Pro

macOS Big Sur 11.4
Monterey 12
Processor Apple M1
Memory RAM 16GB or more
Storage 256GB
Screen Retina 4K
Retina 5K
Input Devices 3-button mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows Laptop

Category Recommendation
Models No preference
OS Windows 10 64-bit (21H1 or later)
Windows 11 64-bit
Processor AMD® Ryzen 4th Gen 7 5000 series AMD® Ryzen 4th Gen 9 5000 series Intel® Core i7 10th Gen Intel® Core i9 10th Gen (or later)
Memory RAM 16GB or more
Storage 256GB
Screen 1920x1080 60Hz 2560x1440 60Hz Retina 4K
Input Device 3-button mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DRAWING TABLET REQUIREMENT (Fashion Design Majors Only)

In addition to their laptop, fashion design students will need a drawing tablet and a corresponding direct-to-surface drawing stylus. It is recommended for the tablet to be 9-inch x 12-inch or larger. While larger is typically better, students will want the tablet to be portable and light. Wacom tablets are not currently recommended.

The purchase of the tablet will replace all other illustration-related costs; such, as paper, markers, sketchpad, etc.


SOFTWARE REQUIREMENT

All School of Fashion students will need Microsoft Office 365 and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition on their laptop.

Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased from the university at a substantial discount. Visit the Kent State Adobe Creative Cloud website for more information.

Microsoft Office 365 is free for Kent State University students. Visit our Information Technology Support website for more information. 


QUESTIONS

Questions regarding the School of Fashion technology requirements can be directed to our Tech Support team at Helpdesk-Fashion@kent.edu.