Interactive Media Design (IMD)

Hardware and Software Requirements

IMD Program – Laptop Recommendations

Effective starting Autumn 2021 quarter, the Interactive Media Design (IMD) hardware requirements have changed.  All students enrolled in the Interactive Media Design (IMD) program are required to have a Windows or Apple laptop to use in classes and for their studies. IMD recommends the following minimum laptop specifications:

MacBook Pro Laptop Recommendation

  • Operating System: MacOS Catalina +
  • Processor: Intel or M1 (2019-Newer)
  • RAM: 16GB RAM +
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD +
  • Graphics Card: Integrated GPU or Discrete GPU

Windows Laptop Recommendation

  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64Bit) or Windows 11
  • Processor: (Such As) Intel – i9/i7/i5 10th Gen or AMD Ryzen 3000 or Newer Processer
  • RAM: 16GB RAM +
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD +
  • Graphics Card: (Such As) Radeon or NVIDIA GPU with 4GB or more VRAM 

UW Bothell highly recommends students purchase a warranty with their computer. 

Financial Aid or Discount Information

Software Requirements for IMD Majors

  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is also required for students in this program. This program is a monthly/yearly cost. Discounted versions of Adobe can be purchased online or in person from the University Bookstore. 
    • Other retailers may offer price matching or higher discounts.
    • Be careful when purchasing Adobe CC from auction sites and other discount retailers as software could be counterfeit.

Additional Recommended Software for Majors (Free)

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Please contact – Salem Levesque, Digital Learning Specialist, at