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FMA Computing Requirements

Computing Requirements for FMA Graduate Students

Recommended and Required Equipment

The Film and Media Arts Division of American University’s School of Communication is a leader in visual storytelling and integrating the latest and evolving technologies into production and distribution.

As a result, we are pleased to partner with Apple to provide you with recommendations for your laptop needs. Remember that we have an all-digital tapeless production workflow, which means that the central tool for managing media is your computer.

Film and Media Arts requires all MA and MFA graduate students who enter the program to own one of the laptops listed below. Check our Apple Store for special student pricing. Be sure to purchase AppleCare Protection Plan for your laptop; it's a wise investment.

In addition to one of the laptops below, here is a list of additional equipment you will need for the program. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Prof Larry Engel at engel@american.edu or call the Techline at (202) 885-3570.

 

Recommended

Required

AppleCare Protection Plan

Premiere Pro

Portable RAID array for media storage and backup,
minimum 1 TB. Alternatively, two 1 TB drives and Shotput Pro software.


SD cards for media capture: 16 GB minimum x 2, Class 10 minimum speed.

 

Portable Hard Drive for editing: ranges from $100 to $300, depending on size and brand. 1 TB recommended.


Recommended Laptop Packages

1- "GOOD"

This is the entry-level laptop that will run Final Cut Pro. Please add AppleCare Protection Plan in your purchase.


Specifications

  • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
*1,899

2- "BETTER"

This model has a greater storage capacity, a faster processor, and a discreet graphics processor. Again, please add AppleCare Protection Plan to your purchase.


Specifications
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory
*$2,299

3- BEST

This is has the greatest available storage capacity, the fastest available processor, and a discreet graphics processor. AppleCare Protection Plan is highly recommended.


Specifications
  • 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 1TB PCle-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory
* $2,929

For More Info

For additional information and specs, visit the Apple website.

Apple Store