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:

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

  • Entry-level DSLR or MILC Camera with appropriate memory cards & batteries.

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 10 
  • 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.

*One time Fashion Design Equipment Fee – $1,650

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:

  • DSLR camera or newer model I-Phone 

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 or Wacom One graphics 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 and Autodesk using your @rmcad.edu email.

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

  • 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.

Mac Computer (recommended)

  • Multicore Intel processor, or Apple M1
  • MAC OSX 10.13 or newer
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 500 GB SSD or 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID
  • at least 250 GB of free space to hold software and OS

Windows PC

  • Intel Core i7 or better processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64bit with sp1 or newer
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 500 GB SSD or 7200 rpm hard drive or faster, RAID
  • at least 250 GB of free space to hold software and OS

Music Studio Equipment

  • Over-ear, closed-back studio headphones
    • Audio Technica MH50x, Sony MDR 7506, or similar
  • Dynamic Microphone
    • Shure SM 57
  • Medium/Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:
    • AT4040, or similar
  • High quality, 2 or more channel Digital Audio Interface
    • SSL 2+, or similar
  • 10-foot XLR microphone cable
  • MIDI keyboard controller, 49 keys minimum

Music Studio Equipment Upgrade Options (Not Required)

  • Studio Reference Monitors / Loudspeakers
    • Focal Alpha 65, or similar
  • 2 TRS male to XLR male interconnect cables
  • Medium/Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:
    • AT4050, or similar
  • Over-ear, open-back studio headphones (in addition to closed-back)
    • AKG 701 or 702, or similar
  • MIDI keyboard controller, 61 to 88 keys
    • Arturia Keylab mkII 61/88

RMCAD Provided Software

The following software licenses are provided by RMCAD upon enrollment

  • Ableton Live 
  • Avid ProTools
  • Logic Pro (Mac only)
  • Reaper
  • Dorico (notation software)
  • Spotify Premium

* All required + optional music hardware (not computer) is available at an educational discount through RMCAD’s Sweetwater sales representative. Contact Department Chair for purchase. 

** Please consult the Department Chair regarding alternative options, or technical specs on any equipment you currently own.

***One time Music Production Equipment Fee – $2,400

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: 

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

  • Entry-Level DSLR or Mirrorless Camera with Interchangeable Lenses*
  • External Hard Drive (1 TB+)

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 OSEntry 

*Please contact the program chair with any questions regarding a specific camera model.

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

*Please contact the program chair with any questions regarding a specific camera model. 

Current Package Contents:    

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

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

Cardboard VR viewer or similar (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

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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

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.