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Animation Degree System Recommendations

The Animation Department recommends a Windows 10 Desktop PC Tower + Monitor rather than a Laptop, especially if budget is a concern. The PC Desktop will be more limited in mobility (taking it to and from college etc.), but they typically offer more computing power for less money.

Desktop PC Recommendations (Windows)

**Note, most Desktop Towers do not come with a Monitor (sold separately)

Low-Tier Recommendation:

Mid-Tier Recommendation:

High-Tier Recommendation:

  • 32GB RAM (Memory)
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super or AMD Radeon RX 5700XT (Graphics Card)
  • 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD (Harddrive)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 Series or Intel i9 Series (CPU)
  • Examples: Dell Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop

Pen Displays and Drawing Tablets

In order to animate/draw/paint/sculpt digitally on your personal computer, you will need either a Pen Display or a Drawing Tablet. See some of our recommendations listed below.

Pen Displays (Monitor that can be Drawn on)

  • Huion KAMVAS PRO 22 Drawing Monitor
  • Huion KAMVAS GT-191 V2 Drawing Tablet
  • Wacom DTK2200 Cintiq 22HD
  • Wacom Cintiq 22 Drawing Tablet
  • Wacom Cintiq 16 (Will also need a separate monitor)
  • Wacom One (Small and inexpensive, but will need separate monitor as well)

Drawing Tablets (Not a Monitor)

  • Wacom Intuos Pro (comes in Small, Medium and Large)

Stand Alone Tablets

  • Ipad Pro 11 inch (requires apple pencil bought separately)
  • Ipad Pro 12.9 inch (requires apple pencil bought separately)
  • Apple Pencil 2nd Gen