Digital Worlds Institute

MA in Digital Arts & Sciences

Computer Requirements

DW requires that students have access to and on-going use of a laptop/mobile computer for DIG courses in order to be able to function in the current learning environment. Some courses program courses will require the use of mobile computers for coursework. Students are required to access electronic forms of information, submit assignments and communicate with other students and faculty electronically. DW requires each student’s mobile computer to meet certain minimum specs for heavy graphics use, the requirements documented below must be met.

Please visit the University of Florida student computing requirements page for additional information.

Minimum
Recommended
Notes
OS
64 Bit Operating System
Windows 10
Mac OS X El Capitan
64 Bit Operating System
Windows 10 professional
Mac OS X El Sierra
CPU
2.8+ GHz Processor
7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors
2.8+ GHz Processor
7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors
RAM
12+ GB RAM
16+ GB
HDD
SSD 128 GB or higher main with Standard HDD 512 GB or higher backup
Portable External HDD for project backups or submission
SSD 128 GB or higher main with Standard HDD 512 GB or higher backup portable. External HDD for project backups or submission
Solid State Drives provide much faster read and write times for 3D graphics development
Strongly recommended to protect your work in project-based classes
GPU
NVIDIA GTX 8xxM /9xxM series or higher graphics card
Support for Direct X 10 or higher
NVIDIA GTX 1060 series or higher graphics card (VR ready)
Support for Direct X 10 or higher
NVIDIA cards are more compatible with standard GPU shader languages like Cg and HLSL
Direct X 11 for students interested in 3D graphics development
Other
3-button Mouse
6" x 8" or larger Pen Tablet (Optional)
3-button Mouse
6" x 8" or larger Pen Tablet (Optional)
3-button mouse required for several industry standard software packages
For students interested in 2D and 3D art development

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