The following supplies are needed for many courses:
A portable hard drive, and at least two “thumb” drives (flash media drives): these are discussed below.
Notebooks and 3-ring binders for notes and materials.
These items are available at the RIT Bookstore, the RIT Digital Den, and many other retailers
including the RIT Bookstore, the RIT Digital Den, and many other retailers including office
supply stores, discount stores, and on-line.
Please note: In addition to these supplies, there will be additional books and supplies required
each semester by individual instructors for specific classes. For budgeting purposes, $300.00 is
a typical cost for books and supplies for most semesters.
RECOMMENDED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FOR FALL 2021
Students are encouraged to select recommended items that are most relevant to their
specific interests and that fit within their individual budget limitations. Prices and
specifications listed are current as of August, 2021. As these computer and software
products are frequently updated, it is likely that specifications and pricing could
change by the time the incoming class purchases materials, so students are advised to
consider these as guideline recommendations only.
Although Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology students have access to fully equipped computer
laboratories outfitted with high-end Apple computers, a Macintosh or Windows-based
personal computer outfitted with the appropriate software will allow students to
compete necessary course work away from the laboratories: in the dormitories, off-
campus or at home. The recommended specific system chosen will ultimately be
based on budget considerations and a desire for portability. To best meet the
demands of the required software it is recommend that students purchase a system
with as much RAM and storage (hard drive space) as the budget will allow. The
following information is provided to guide in making a selection here.
iMac or iMac Pro 21.5" – 27" (All-in-one best value desktop)
Estimated Price*: $1249.00 – $4,999.00+
MacBook Pro 13" or 16” (Best portable, but more expensive)
Estimated Price*: $1299.00 – $2799.00+
Mac Pro (Best desktop for both power and expandability, only recommended for experienced power users)
Estimated Price* (computer only, monitor purchased separately): $5999.00+
APPLECARE (*HIGHLY suggested for any Apple Product)
Price: $169 for iMacs, $299 for desktops, $379 for MacBook Pros
The AppleCare Protection Plan extends your built-in hardware service and 90-day telephone support to three full years from the purchase date of your new Apple product. This comprehensive plan includes telephone support, Apple-certified repairs, web-based support resources, and powerful diagnostic tools — all for one economical price. It is HIGHLY recommended for laptops/portables.
Listed below are comparable PC computers. We recommend a Dell with the following minimum specifications, and setup of Apple-Hardware-based for most of the GMST environment. The objective is explore those product options and providing education pricing through
Desktop PC – Example: Dell Inspiron 27 7000 Series Touch Screen Desktop
Estimated Price: $1,508*
Notebooks – Example: XPS 15 2-in-1 Laptop
Estimated Price: $1,449 - 1,999* *We always highly recommend purchasing the 3-year warranty on parts and service (listed as 3 Year Mail-In Service). Prices are included in the estimates above.
You may also want to consider BOXX at www.boxxtech.com for alternative PC solutions. They are a bit more expensive than Dell, but we have installed them with great success and reliability in many of our PC labs.
*Note: All prices are subject to change and offered as a starting point. Contact the RIT Digital Den or go to www.store.apple.com or www.dell.com for the latest prices. Be sure to reference the student /education pricing. Available extended warranties are recommended
Students are advised to invest in a laptop lock (approximately $40.00), available at
the RIT Digital Den, most computer stores, and on-line. Students are advised to
never leave their laptops unsecured.
DIGITAL MEDIA STORAGE
Remotely accessible server storage is available for temporarily moving files through the
RIT network. USB “thumb” drives can be used for smaller, portable needs. It is
recommended that students consider a 1-2 TB portable USB drive for larger projects
and data backup, and for more efficient portability between laboratories and other
environments. Students are encouraged to save their work in multiple locations: many
of the classes require cumulative projects throughout the term and hardware failures
can wipe out hours of work.
USB Flash Drives:
Prices on these small storage devices, often called “thumb drives,” range from $10 to
$160 depending on storage capacity. Students should consider purchasing two such
External/Portable Hard Drives:
1 – 2 TB Drives are available from companies such as LaCie and Western Digital, among
others. Prices start at around $75.00, and these are available at RIT’s Digital Den,
computer stores, office supply stores, and on-line. Drives with USB 3.0 connectivity are
Secure Digital (“SD”) cards:
Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology students can sign digital cameras for course assignments,
most of these require SD storage cards. These cards cost around $30.00; it is
recommend that students have their own SD card.
Many students use tablets such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab for a variety of applications
both in and out of the classroom. When specific class assignments call for a tablet, the
department offers them to check out for the purposes of the specific assignment. As with
other computer requirements, students should consider solutions with the highest
capacity their budgets allow.