Computing Guidelines

Product Design Computer Guidelines: 

Product Design Sophomore, Junior, Senior Technology and Studio Requirements

June 18, 2020

MICA Computer Guidelines


The need for a specific type of laptop is completely driven by the type of software Product Design Majors and students taking our courses will be using. We use the usual software from Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, Acrobat), Microsoft (MS Word, Excel, PPT), but we also use more industry specific software that requires specific memory, driver, and graphics card requirements. They are greater than the requirements of the other software and thus, if students have laptops that will run Autodesk Fusion 360 and Luxion KeyShot, their laptop will also be able to run the Adobe and Microsoft products.

Thus, the following are two recommendations for a laptop:

Apple: 16” MacBook Pro (the 13” will NOT work!!!!!) ~COST: $4,299 


PC Laptop: 

There are many to choose from. Dell, Surface, Alienware, Razor, Lenovo, etc. I have shown ONE option below, there are many others. This is the joy of PC”s, and they are less $ than Apple computers. Additionally, both of these example laptops incorporate a touch screen for digital sketching. 

Here are TWO examples. 

Example 1: Dell  XPS 15 Touch Laptop ~COST $2,750 

Example 2: Surface Book 3 15” (the 13” won’t work!!!) ~COST $2,999 










OTHER Equipment/Tools:

Software Requirements: 

Autodesk Fusion 360 computer requirements:


Luxion KeyShot computer requirements:

NOTE: These are both MINIMUM requirements. As such, getting more than what is listed here will result in the student being able to keep the same computer for the remainder of their time at MICA. Getting only the minimum will require an upgrade before graduation. The software updates and requires new graphics cards and memory every six months or so.

Hardware: 3D printers

Provided to PRD majors in Sophomore, Junior and Senior levels in AY21

Ender 3 3D Printer