Information Technology

Technology Recommendations

For more information on how to fund your technology purchases, please contact Columbia Central at columbiacentral@colum.edu or at 312-369-7140. If you are looking to purchase a computer for your coursework, please note the recommended laptop specifications and additional technology supplies listed below. 

Columbia provides free access to all students for:

Educational Discounts

Laptop Tiers

Any Device : Any Device that meets minimal requiments 

Creative Baseline : Intel or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster *per Adobe Creative Cloud runs Min Requirements **per program we use Photoshop as a baseline

Audio / Music : Meets Creative baseline with additional Audio Requirements see details

Media CreationFaster CPU and more RAM better meets the recomended specs for Adobe After Effects and Premiere. 

3D / Edit : Better Processor and Dedicated GPU for more intensive graphics application. 

Recomended Laptop Tier by Program and Department

American Sign Language
American Sign Language-English Interpretation
Deaf Studies
Any Device
Art and Art History
Art History
Fine Arts
Creative Baseline
Audio Arts and Acoustics
Acoustics
Audio Arts
Audio Design and Production
Live and Installed Sound
Music Technology
Audio / Music
Business and Entrepreneurship
Advanced Management
Arts Management
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
Design Management
Entrepreneurship for Creatives
International Arts Management
Live and Performing Arts Management
Marketing
Music Business
Music Business Management
Sports Management
Visual Arts Management
Any Device
Design Management Media Creation
Cinema and Television Arts
Cinema and Television Produciing
Cinema Art and Science
Cinema Art and Science-Cinema Directing
Cinema Art and Science-Creative Producing
3D Edit
Communication
Advertising
Civic Media
Communication
Journalism
Marketing Communication
Multimedia Journalism
Public Relations
Social Media and Digital Strategy
Creative Baseline
Multimedia Photojournalism
Photojournalism
Media Creation
Radio Audio / Music
Dance
Dance
Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling
Creative Baseline
Design
Advertising Art Direction
Graphic Design
Illustration
Media Creation
Interior Architecture 3D / Edit
English and Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing-Fiction
English
Fiction
Fiction Writing
Nonfiction
Poetry
Any Device
Fashion Studies
Fashion Business
Fashion Studies
Creative Baseline
Fashion Design 3D / Edit
Humanities, History, and Social Science
Cultural Studies
Early Childhood Education
Any Device
Interactive Arts and Media
Animation
Computer Animation
Game Art
Game Design
Interaction Design
Traditional Animation
3D / Edit
Game Programming
Programming
Creative Baseline
Music
Composition
Composition and Production
Contemporary Urban and Popular Music
Music
Music Comp for the Screen
Audio / Music
Photography
Photography Media Creation
Science and Math
Art and Materials Conservation Any Device
Theatre
Acting
Acting With International Performance Study
Comedy Writing and Performance
Devised Performance Practice
European Devised Performance
Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre Performance
Theatre
Theatre Design
Theatre Directing
Writing for Performance
Any Device
Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre Technology
Media Creation
No Department
Exploratory
Interdisciplinary
No Major
Any Device

 

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