Should I buy a computer for Graphic & Web Design?

Almost every student who thinks about registering for our program asks: “Should I buy a computer for Graphic & Web Design?”. The obvious answer is yes. But the real questions are which kind, how much to spend, which specifications are required ?

The above YouTube video is a recorded virtual “meet the teachers” session held in Spring 2020 where GWD co-chair Rick Rock and web/photo teacher Eric Girouard, as well as graduating student Anastasia Dalalakis, answer incoming students questions about the hardware requirements for students in the program.

Topics discussed include:

  • macOS vs Microsoft Windows
  • the cost of the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite
  • laptops vs desktops
  • ideal screen size
  • during which semester is it wise to invest in a new computer
  • various non-Adobe software

Author: Eric Girouard

Eric Girouard is a photography and design teacher in the Graphic & Web Design department, which he joined in 2001. He holds a BFA in Fine Art specializing in Drawing & Painting from Concordia University. His stock images were distributed worldwide by Corbis. Eric also worked at Trey Ratcliff’s “The Arcanum – Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery” and served as a photo contest judge for

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