The Park School has numerous labs with all the necessary hardware and software for students to complete their required assignments and projects. However, it is recommended that students bring their own laptop, not just a tablet (e.g., iPad) or browser-based computer (e.g., Chromebook). Incoming students do NOT need to purchase most software until classes begin since the recommended/required software is available at an educational discount once you have an Ithaca College ID.
For students anticipating pursuing an area of study focused in areas that require video, audio, and/or graphics editing, an Apple MacBook Pro is the most common choice because the production labs are already set up for Macs. However, a Windows/PC laptop is fine if that is the preferred type based on platform preference or cost, but students will need to be proficient in MacOS to use some lab computers. We recommend that students who wish to edit video on their own computers use Adobe Premiere software, but it is not required. We recommend ProTools software for students who intend to edit audio on their computers. Students may consider purchasing an external hard drive for use in production classes. Faculty in the courses will provide specific technical specifications for hard drives. It is not necessary to purchase an external hard drive prior to coming to campus.
Graphic Design/Creative-Based Courses
If a student is interested in pursuing a career path in a creative field (art direction, graphic design, etc.), we recommend using Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver). IC students get a deep discount on the Adobe Suite, so wait until you're here to license these tools.