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Computer Animation and Game Development

Hardware & Software Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Laptop Requirements

A big question that always comes up is what kind of hardware is required in the Computer Animation and Game Development Department. The ECC has their own set of requirements that you can see on the ECC Required Student Laptop page(opens in new window), but for CAGD majors, we recommend a little bit higher specifications for the programs that we teach our students. We hope that find some information here to gauge what kind of system that you are looking for.

Hardware Requirements for CAGD

Component

Recommended

Minimum

CPU (no Celeron)Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
RAM32Gb16Gb
Hard Disk1Tb or better SSD512Gb or better SSD
Display17"15.6"
Video RAMNVIDIA GeForce RTXNVDIA GeForce GTX
Operating SystemWindows 10Windows 10

One of the big programs that our students utilize is Autodesk Maya. Autodesk has also put together laptop specifications for running Maya(opens in new window) on a computer system.

**Another thing to note is that we recommend purchasing a laptop, as a lot of the projects in CAGD classes are group projects. With a laptop, our students can easily meet up with groupmates and work on projects together in a collaborative space.

Camera Requirements

For CAGD 112, Digital Photography, the digital camera will need to have manual controls specifically for shutter speed, aperture, and white balance as well as a 16GB or higher SD memory card. For a helpful resource, DPReview(opens in new window) will show you the specifications of all kinds of cameras. What you will be looking for is a camera with full manual Photography features.

Please note that cameras that use film are not acceptable for CAGD 112.

Drawing Tablet Requirements

For CAGD 110, Computer Assisted Art, and CAGD 117, Concept Design and Storyboarding, a drawing tablet is required for all CAGD students. If you are working specifically from your own workstation or laptop, any kind of drawing tablet that you would like to use will work for the curriculum. 

We recommend buying a Wacom Tablet as those will work not only with your personal workstation but also with the workstations that we have available in the CAGD Labs. Wacom Tablets can be purchased through Amazon(opens in new window) or through the Wacom Website(opens in new window). Our recommended model is the Wacom Intuos Pro, Medium.

Software Requirements

Not all of the following are required for download/purchase, but the following are the majority of the programs that we use for CAGD classes. Most software is free and if it is not, it is also available in the CAGD Labs for students to use. Also keep in mind that not all of the software is used for all CAGD courses.

**Talk to your professors to see what software you will need for your classes.

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