Course

Materials at rmcad

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

On-ground students are required to maintain a laptop that meets these degree specific minimum requirements. Online students may choose either a desktop or laptop, but a laptop is recommended.

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:

  • Toonboom—Storyboard Pro, and Harmony

Online 2D students are additionally required to acquire the following materials:

  • Lightbox
  • Animation Peg Bar
  • Animation Paper (Acme Punched)
  • Flatbed Scanner

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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 a Wacom Intuos pro line or better)
  • Toon Boom- Storyboard Pro
  • Substance Painter

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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:

  • Recommended: IPAD PRO with Pencil, 12.9″
  • Alternatives: Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Wacom Intuos Creative Pen Tablet, Huion Pen Tablet

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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:

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

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

Current Package Contents:    

Adobe Creative Cloud (latest release) Student Contract     

Guides to acquire office 365 at their discretion.     

RMCAD will provide the Optitex software.

Windows

  • Intel Core i3 or better multicore processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with sp1 or newer
  • 4gb of ram (8gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 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 Mac for the Fashion Design Program.

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

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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 on their own:

  • Autodesk Autocad
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Sketchup

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 or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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 Mac for our Interior Design Program.

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 on their own: 

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Pixologic ZBrush
  • Unreal Engine
  • Substance Painter
  • Substance Designer

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

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:

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, 3GHz, Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb or better recommended)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 8gb of ram (16gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS

Current Package Contents:    

Smartphone running Android or iOS (for EMDT 5110 and 5140)

Video recorder, within a smartphone works (for EMDT 5110)

Google Cardboard VR viewer (for EMDT 5140)
Headset with microphone (all courses)

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)
  • 1280×800 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

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • MAC OSX 10.9 or newer
  • 4gb of ram (8gb recommended)
  • 1280×800 display or better
  • 7200 rpm hard drive or Faster, RAID, or comparable SSD
  • at least 50gb of free space to hold software and OS
  • 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.

Your go-to online campus

store for apple products.

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

OS X 10.13 or above ;
Windows 7 or above.

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

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

Visit the RMCAD Apple Store

Course Books

Required textbooks are listed under each course description in the catalog. If there is no required text listed, there is no book. Students should check with their instructors for information regarding additional materials and supplies for each course. 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.