Laptop & Software

Much of the Master of Interaction Design (MDes) curriculum is based on digital media, whichc therefore requires students to have laptops and certain software bundles.


Which Laptop Should I Buy?

CCA recommends the 15-inch MacBook Pro model from Apple. See also Student Computing Recommendations & Requirements for general requirements.

Educational discounts and payment programs are also available directly from Apple (note: log in using your CCA student username and password):

Educational Advantage Apple online store

Current CCA students can also purchase Apple hardware at an academic discount from any Apple retail store by presenting their CCA ID card. However, CCA promotional laptop bundles can only be purchased through the Educational Advantage Apple online store.

Required Software

Adobe Creative Cloud is required for Master of Interaction Design (MDes) students. The bundle provides software for image editing, illustration, interactive desktop, and mobile prototyping.

Students who anticipate study interest and overlap with motion graphic or film are highly recommended to buy the Master Collection, which includes everything in the Design Premium bundle above plus film/video and sound editing software.

Visit the Adobe student store at Journey Ed to purchase student-discounted software.