Required Equipment

MFA in Film students must own a laptop capable of running the current versions of all Adobe Creative Suite or Creative Cloud software, along with at least two external hard drives (one for media; another to backup both the media and the system drive).

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While Windows-based systems can provide superior performance (in some cases), we recommend Apple laptops for purposes of compatibility with the auxiliary equipment CCA provides.

Recommended Laptop Configuration

  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB preferred)
  • 500 GB or larger hard drive, 7200 RPM or Solid-state drive (SSD). (5400 RPM
  • drives are not acceptable.)
  • Core i5 Intel (or better) processor
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution or greater
  • Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.1 ports or higher (USB-C recommended)
  • Capable of connecting SDHC and SDXC cards directly or through an external USB
  • card reader
  • Matte/nonglare screen surface recommended

Note: Students are required to have two external high speed hard drives: one
for media (7200RPM or SSD recommended), and one with sufficient space to
backup both the system drive and the media drive. USB 3.1 or USB-C ports for

We have plenty of cameras and lenses available through our Film Cage and
Media Center. For those who would like to buy/bring their own:

Minimum specifications

  • Manual control over aperture/exposure, shutter speed, focus, and white
  • balance
  • Able to shoot 23.976 fps (24p) at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Media recorded to SDHC or SDXC cards or external drives
  • Recommended models and configurations
  • DSLR-style (best): BMPCC or Panasonic Lumix GH5 with at least one
  • OIS-equipped MFT lens (Film cage has MFT, Nikon G, & PL Lenses for rental)
  • DSLR-style (acceptable alternatives): Canon 5D Mark IV, 7D mkII, 60D or
  • equivalent. (Media center has Canon Lenses for rental)