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Notice: KCAD’s campus will be closed November 17 from 10 PM until 7 AM on January 4, 2021. For the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester, all classes will be delivered online.

Technology Requirements

Cost of Technology Summary

MacBook Pro Option

Computer

  • MacBook Pro 16" 64 GB 1TB:
    approximately $3898

Annual Software

  • First Year: $240 per year
  • Sophomore—Senior and up: $502 per year

Tech Total

  • Total to be added into cost of education for a Digital Art and Design student = $5,644 for 4 years

Surface Book 3 Option

Computer

  • Microsoft Surface Book 3 15" 32 GB 1TB:
    approximately $3328

Annual Software

  • First Year: $240 per year
  • Sophomore–Senior and up: $502 per year

Tech Total

  • Total to be added into cost of education for a Digital Art and Design student = $5,074 for 4 years
     

Detailed Specifications

There is an option of a Mac or a PC. Make sure to purchase through the Apple Education Store or the Microsoft Education Store.

MacBook Pro 16": $3898

This computer is a laptop. To draw digitally you will need access to a drawing tablet. Cintiqs are available on campus or you can purchase your own digital drawing tablet - see the recommendations below. This computer option has more memory than the Surface Book 3 option which is better for animation and video processing.

Computer Cost: $3559

Configure your computer with:

  • Processor: 2.4GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
  • RAM: 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
  • Storage: 1TB Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Display: 16-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Apple Care ($339)

External Accessories Required for Entertainment-Focused Students ONLY

  • Digital Drawing Pen Display

    Based on our testing, we recommend the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Pen Display with Stand ($400). There are larger options available if preferred. We do not recommend pen displays under 15".

PC - Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15"): $3328

This is a 2-in-1 computer. The screen detaches so that you can draw on it and use it as a tablet. This option has less memory than the Mac option.

Computer Cost: $2999 (before pen and protection)

Configure your computer with:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 (Personal OS - Business OS is not required)
  • Storage: 1 TB Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce
  • Microsoft Protection ($249)
  • Surface Pen ($80)
     

Additional Software and Accessories - Required for ALL Digital Art and Design Students

Required Software for all DAD students:

Required External Accessories:

  • Headphones
  • 3-Button Mouse
  • 2TB external hard drive (or 2TB Google Drive subscription)