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Graphic Design Overview

Required Hardware: graphic_wordle

PC specifications
• Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor or newer
• Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8
• Office Suite: Microsoft Office 2007, or Office 2010
• Memory: 1GB of RAM (3GB recommended) for 32 bit; 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit
• Hard drive: 8.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation of software; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
• Display: 15-inch or 17-inch; 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit colour and 256MB of VRAM
• OpenGL 2.0–capable system
• DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs
• Adobe® Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files

MAC specifications:

• Processor: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
• Operating System: Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
• Office Suite Microsoft Office: 2008 or 2011 for Mac (includes Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook)
• Memory: 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
• Hard drive: 7GB of available hard-disk space for software installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
• Display: 15-inch or 17-inch; 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 256MB of VRAM
• OpenGL 2.0–capable system
• DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs
• Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files

Required Software

adobe_logoAdobe Creative Suite; there are two main ways of getting the software: either by one-off payment, or by a monthly/yearly subscription – see both options below:

Option 1

Adobe Creative Cloud – creative tools, cloud storage and access to new features and products; discounted subscriptions for students are also available on the Adobe website for £15.88/month*.

Please note that the student subscription software is for non commercial use only.

Creative Tools included:

Photoshop
Illustrator
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Dreamweaver
Adobe Muse
Acrobat XI Pro
After Effectsafter-effects-no-shadow-48x48.png.adimg.mw.58
Adobe Audition
Bridge
Encore
Fireworks
Flash Builder Premium
Flash Professional
InCopy
premiere-no-shadow-48x48.png.adimg.mw.58Adobe Premiere
LightRoom
Media Encoder
Prelude
SpeedGrade

Option 2

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection; discounted Student and Teacher Edition is available on the Adobe website for £755.22*.

Please note that the Student and Teacher Edition software is for non commercial use only.

Creative tools included:

photoshop-no-shadow-48x48.png.adimg.mw.58Photoshop CS6 Extended
InDesign CS6
Dreamweaver CS6
Flash Professional CS6
Flash Builder® 4.6 Premium Edition
Dreamweaver CS6
illustrator-no-shadow-48x48.png.adimg.mw.58Illustrator CS6
Fireworks CS6
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
After Effects CS6
Adobe Audition CS6
SpeedGrade CS6
Prelude CS6
Encore CS6
Bridge CS6
Media Encoder CS6

Additional requirements:
• A good quality digital camera (5MP+ recommended), or a similar standard phone
• Access to a scanner
• A solid internet connection (2Mbs or above)
• Google Chrome/ Mozilla Firefox/ Apple Safari/ Internet Explorer 9

Recommended:
• A graphics tablet for illustration (Wacom recommended)
• A fast broadband internet connection (5-10Mbs or above) for streaming video content
• Bigger screen

*Correct Software prices as of 4th September 2013 on the UK Adobe website.