Course

Materials

To succeed at RMCAD and in your professional career beyond, you'll need access to industry-leading software and course materials. RMCAD outlines program-specific course materials below to ensure you have the technological tools you'll be working with in your field.

course materials by program

TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE INFORMATION

2D ANIMATION

Current Package Contents:

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract

Guides to acquire Office 365 at their discretion as well as Autodesk.

Students are required to acquire the following applications/hardware on their own:

  • Wacom Tablet (Recommend an Intuos pro line or better)
  • Toonboom—Storyboard Pro, and Harmony

Windows
- Multicore processor with 64-bit support
- Microsoft windows 7 with sp1 (64bit) or newer
- Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card (Nvidia recommended)
- 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
- 1280x800 display minimum 1920x1080 recommended or better
- 7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
- 512 GB Hard Drive, solid state hard drive recommended with at least 60 GB of free space to hold software.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
MAC OSX 10.10 or newer
Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card (Nvidia recommended)
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display minimum 1920x1080 recommended or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
512 GB Hard Drive, solid state hard drive recommended with at least 60 GB of free space to hold software.

3D ANIMATION

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion as well as Autodesk.       

Students are required to acquire the following or equivalent hardware on their own:

  • Wacom Tablet (Recommend an Intuos pro line or better)
  • Toon Boom- Storyboard Pro

 

Windows
Multicore processor with 64-bit support
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1(64bit) or newer
Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card (Nvidia recommended)
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display minimum 1920x1080 recommended or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
512 GB Hard Drive, solid state hard drive recommended with at least 60 GB of free space to hold software.

 

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
MAC OSX 10.10 or newer

Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card (Nvidia recommended)
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display minimum 1920x1080 recommended or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
512 GB Hard Drive, solid state hard drive recommended with at least 60 GB of free space to hold software.

 

ART EDUCATION

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.

Students are required to acquire the following or equivalent hardware on their own:

  • D5200 Nikon

Windows
Multicore processor with 64-bit support
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1(64bit) or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 60 GB of free space to hold software

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
MAC OSX 10.10 or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
at least 60gb of free space to hold software and OS.

 

ILLUSTRATION

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.     

ArtRage -Latest release       

Students are required to acquire the following applications and hardware on their own:

  • Wacom Tablet (Recommend an Intuos pro line or better)

Windows
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom 2 processor with 64bit support or better Multicore processor
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1 or newer
4gb of ram (8gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 40 GB of free space to hold software and OS.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor
MAC OSX 10.9.5 or newer
4gb of ram (8gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
at least 40gb of free space to hold software and OS.

FASHION DESIGN

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.     

Students are required to acquire the following applications/hardware on their own:       

  • Optitex          

 

Windows

Intel Core i5 or better Multicore processor
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1 or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 40 GB of free space to hold software and OS.
128mb or better open gl nvidia card (NVIDIA Fermi Architecture GPU 2GB VRAM or better recommended) (NOTE: As of this document optitex does not support the pascal generation harware, GTX 1080/70, nor the Quadro P5000, P6000)

We do not recommend Mac for our Fashion Design Program.

 

FINE ART

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.     

Students are required to acquire the following or equivalent hardware on their own:

  • D5200 Nikon

Windows
Multicore processor with 64-bit support
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1(64bit) or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 60 GB of free space to hold software

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
MAC OSX 10.10 or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
at least 60gb of free space to hold software and OS.

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Current Package Contents:

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion as well as Autodesk.

Windows

Single or multicore Xeon, I series processor ,or AMD Equivalent. (Recommended up to 16 cores or better for near photorealistic rendering operations).
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 50 GB of free space to hold software and OS.

We do not recommend Macs for our Interior Design Program.

GAME ART

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion as well as Autodesk.       

Windows
2.5GHz or faster Quad core Intel or AMD processor
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1 or newer
Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card (Nvidia recommended)
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display minimum 1920x1080 recommended or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 50 GB of free space to hold software and OS.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor
MAC OSX 10.9.5 or newer
Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card (Nvidia recommended)
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display minimum 1920x1080 recommended or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.     

Students are required to acquire the following applications and hardware on their own:

  • Nikon D5200 (with accessories)

Windows
Multicore processor with 64-bit support
Microsoft windows 7 with sp1(64bit) or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID or comparable SSD
at least 60 GB of free space to hold software and OS.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
MAC OSX 10.10 or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
at least 60gb of free space to hold software

PHOTOGRAPHY

Current Package Contents:

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.     

Students will be required to procure specific industry equipment over the course of the program on their own. This information will be constantly updated and distributed directly from the Chair of the program to each student after the student enrolls.   

Our current Program requirements are as follows: 

  • Lacie Hard Drive 
  • DSLR Camera (specifications below)
  • Lighting Kit (specifications below)  

 

Prior to the 2nd term student will purchase one of the following:  

  • Nikon D610 24-85 lens kit
  • Nikon D750 24-120 lens kit  
  • Nikon D810 24-120 lens kit  
  • Nikon D7200 18-140 lens kit
  • Nikon D5300 
  • Canon EOS 6D 24-105 lens kit          
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II          
  • Canon EOS 80D 18-135 lens kit        
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6S 18-135mm lens kit   
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i 18-55 lens kit 

(*full frame cameras)           

Prior to the 4th term student will also purchase:     

  • Bowens Gemini 400/400rx Light Kit 

Prior to the 6th term student will purchase one of the following:  

  • Godox TT65 Thinklite TTL Flash        
  • Phottix Mitros Transceiver Flash       

Prior to the 7th term student will purchase one of the following:  

  • Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Recorder and Rode SmartLav Condenser Mic Kit 
  • Zoom H4n Recorder and accessories kit       
  • Rode SmartLav Condenser Microphone for H4n       

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
MAC OSX 10.10 or newer
8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
1280x800 display or better
7200 rpm Hard drive or Faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
At least 60gb of free space to hold software

  • For help accessing your student version of Autodesk, please download this document.
  • For help accessing your student version of Microsoft Office 365, please download this document.

Online learning

Learning Management System (LMS) – Your Online Classroom

Whether you’re an on-campus or online student, you’ll spend time working in our Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS is a powerful online environment that serves as the primary means by which students participate in online courses to view course material, communicate with instructors, interact with peers, submit projects, receive feedback, and track their work progress.

RMCAD’s Learning Management System offers the following features:

  • The ability to send direct and group messages within the LMS
  • A notifications system that allows activity/grades tracking for projects and courses
  • An internal discussion/critique board
  • The opportunity to use a variety of file types for work submissions

 

Online LMS Tech Specs

Package Contents

Whether you’re an on-campus or online student, you’ll spend time working in our Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS is a powerful online environment that serves as the primary means by which students participate in online courses to view course material, communicate with instructors, interact with peers, submit projects, receive feedback, and track their work progress.

Operating Systems

OS X 10.6 or above ;
Windows 7 or above.

Internet Browsers

Mozilla Firefox v24.0;
Google Chrome v30.0;
Apple Safari v6.0

Bandwidth

Minimum:  5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload;
Recommended: 10Mbps download/ 2 Mbps upload

Windows
Computer with a 1ghz or faster processor
1gb of memory
16gb of disk space free
dx9 graphics device with wddm 1.0 or higher driver

Mac
Computer with Intel processor 1.6ghz or faster
1gb of memory
5gb of disk space free
dvd drive for installation

Course Books

At RMCAD, you’ll be able to select your preferred textbook format and corresponding price range—hardback, paperback, electronic—or public library checkout, where available. Please click the link below to download the master list of required course textbooks for your classes: