Laptop Requirement

School of Fashion students are required to have a laptop with Microsoft Office 365 and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition. Students may choose either a Mac or Windows computer. Below are the minimum specifications. A three-year warranty (AppleCare for Macs) is recommended.


13-inch MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro. A MacBook Pro with Retina display is recommended. 


A display with HD resolution (1920x1080) or larger, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and wireless network adapter. A 256GB or larger solid-state drive is recommended.

Required Software

Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased from the university at a substantial discount. Visit the Kent State Adobe Creative Cloud website for more information.

Microsoft Office 365 is free for Kent State University students. Visit for more information. 

Questions regarding the School of Fashion laptop requirement can be directed to James Ahmad via email at

The Flash Technology Center at the University Bookstore offers free set-up of your computer when purchased there. For more information contact the Flash Technology Center at 330-672-1595, email or visit their website at