Graphic Design Certificate Laptop Requirements

Graphic Design Certificate Laptop Bundle

The Graphic Design Certificate Laptop Bundle available through MCAD is scheduled to include the following hardware and software:


  • 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro
  • Quad-core Intel i7 Processor
  • 16GB Memory (SDRAM)
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • Applecare Protection Plan


  • Mac OS X v.10.10 Yosemite
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Student Edition*
  • Office 2011 for Mac Student Edition

*You will receive a serial number/code to install Creative Cloud Student Edition during orientation weekend that will grant you access to the software applications for the duration of the academic year. Access will expire if you withdraw from classes. You will need to update this serial number annually based on continued enrollment in MCAD's graphic design certificate program. Upon graduation, ownership of all Creative Cloud licenses will revert back to MCAD. If you require ongoing personal use of Creative Cloud after graduation, you will be able to purchase the current version directly from


The cost is $2,249 (two-thousand, two-hundred, forty-nine dollars) and will show up automatically on your student bill; there is no additional sales tax charge. Final laptop specs will be available in mid-to-late July.

You fully own your computer from the time you pick it up at orientation. If you use financial aid to cover the cost of the laptop you are responsible to pay the balance if you withdraw; there are no refunds or return options.

Waiving the Laptop Bundle

If you do not want to purchase the Laptop Bundle through MCAD you must submit a completed Graphic Design Certificate Laptop Waiver by July 1. If the waiver is not received by July 1, you will automatically be billed for the MCAD Laptop Bundle. To waive the MCAD laptop bundle your laptop must meet the requirements described below.

Minimum Requirements


  • 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2013 Model or Higher)
  • Quad-core Intel i7 Processor
  • Airport Extreme Wi-Fi
  • 16 GB Memory (SDRAM)
  • 256 GB Flash Storage


  • Mac OS X v.10.9 Mavericks
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Student Edition (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)



Additional questions or concerns about MCAD's laptop bundle or the Laptop Waiver should be addressed to