Student Computer Needs for GrC Students
GrC is a diverse field comprising both creative and management positions. As such, GrC students are expected to know both macOS and Windows operating systems and have access to either computing environment. Extensive use of macOS is used in the Design Reproduction Technology concentration, Web and Digital Media concentration, and lower division GrC core classes. Windows applications are used in the Graphic Communication Management Concentration and several upper division GrC core classes.
Incoming GrC students are encouraged to purchase an Apple computer. Laptops are particularly desirable for their portability. Two popular choices are MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Cal Poly's University Store offers discounts for students, check their web site for more information.
GrC students will be introduced to various software programs as they progress through their coursework. A subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud (CC) is highly recommended once the student begins taking the computer related courses (GRC 201, 203, 301, 318, etc.). Cal Poly students can subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud for $29.99 a year through the university website.
Electronic Publishing Lab
The Electronic Publishing Laboratory (EPL) is open to GrC students and is equipped with 18 iMacs with the latest versions of the software. EPL Open Hours are announced during the first week of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters (closed during Summer quarter). GrC students may use the EPL computers at no charge during EPL Open Hours. Output and printing is handled through UGS Print & Copy (click here for pricing).
For more information on student discounts for hardware and software, visit Cal Poly's University Store web site to find out more information on student specials, back to school specials, etc.