CD/DVD drive. External hard drive. Extra power cord. Headphones/earbuds
Some courses may require software purchase or subscription:
Microsoft® Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are enrolled at SNHU. Upon graduation, you will need to convert to a paid subscription. Terms are subject to change at Microsoft’s discretion.
Students enrolled in the Graphic Design and Media Arts programs (and associated concentrations) are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum system hardware, software, and photography equipment required in the courses in the program. System requirements often change, so it is important that students maintain awareness of the various minimum hardware requirements for the required software listed below.
The below computer specifications are recommended for students to meet the minimum system requirements of the software programs required for download in the program. Student discounts are available, your academic advisor will provide details.
Digital Camera (required in FAS-226, recommended for students to use throughout the program):
Please note that for students pursuing the BA in Digital Photography or the 3D Modeling and Animation concentration will need to be responsible for additional requirements.
Adobe Creative Cloud is required by all students in the Graphic Design and Media Arts program. Creative Cloud licenses are available at an educational discount directly through Adobe
Please note that Adobe’s terms and conditions require a full year contract for Creative Cloud.
The following software programs will be required for use in the 3D Modeling and Animation concentration courses (these include GRA-201, GRA-202, GRA-211, and GRA-212). Please note that system requirements may change without notice. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they meet the minimum system requirements for these programs.
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite (includes Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder, and Mudbox).
Students can download these products for free under an educational agreement through Autodesk.
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1) or Windows 8.1 Professional operating system
CPU: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
Graphics Hardware: Refer to Autodesk’s Recommended Hardware Wizard for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards
RAM: 8 GB of RAM or more recommended
Disk Space: 19 GB free disk space
A full list of system requirements is available through Autodesk.
Please note that some Autodesk products included in the Entertainment Creation Suite may be available for Apple® Mac OS® X operating systems. Students may elect to run non-native software (most notably 3ds Max) on Windows® through Apple’s Boot Camp® or Parallels Desktop® systems. Students who wish to purchase Windows® 8.1 may do so through Microsoft’s student-only discount.
Adobe Creative Cloud (includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and more)
Students can download these products for a reduced monthly cost of $19.99 through Adobe (please note that a 12-month contract is required by Adobe).
System Requirements (requirements below are listed for Photoshop and Illustrator. For a full list of system specifications, please review Adobe’s site
Operating System (PC): Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 Professional operating system
CPU: 64-bit Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon processor (2 GHz or faster)
RAM: 2 GB (8 GB of RAM or more recommended)
Disk Space: 2 GB free disk space
Operating System (Mac): Mac OS® X v10.7, v10.8, v10.9, or v10.10