Computer Hardware and Software Requirements for Students

Students can purchase a computer from any vendor of choice, however there are minimum and recommended requirements. Below are specifications that will allow any student's computer to still function during the 4-5 years that they are attending SAU. If you have any questions please contact our Information Services department for further assistance. You can email any questions directly to:

  • Intel i5 or i7 Processor (CPU)
  • 8 GB Memory (RAM) is Required | 16 GB Memory (RAM) is Recommended
  • 256 GB (or higher) SSD Hard Drive
  • Wireless 802.11AC (built-in)
  • Extended Warranty (at least 3 years – longer if possible)

Software Applications

Requirements for Department of Communication and Media majors


  • MacBook Pro or Air (Digital Media Communication Major with a concentration in Video/Film or Broadcasting need a Macbook Pro)
  • OSX version 10.11 or higher
  • At least 8 GB of RAM (Digital Media Communication Major with a concentration in Video/Film or Broadcasting need 16GB RAM)
  • At least 256 GB of Hard Disk space
  • At least a 2 GHz Processor


All Department of Communication and Media majors must subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Software package.  Proficiency with all or some of these tools is expected in the communication field, specifically:  Photoshop, InDesign, Audition, Premiere Pro.  
As of this writing, the subscription length for this package of programs is one year.   Your instructor in your COM TECH (COM 110) course will help you enroll for the first year of your subscription and the cost of the first year will be covered by a COM TECH (COM 110) course fee.  You are responsible for the cost of continuing the subscription through subsequent years.

Have questions? Contact Dorie Shelby, Chair, Department of Communication and Media.


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