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Bring Your Own Device - Creative Media Programs

All of the Creative Media programs (Digital Art and Design, Media and Communications, Web and Interactive Development) are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs that require students to own or acquire a laptop with different specifications than other BYOD programs.

Students in these programs will use their laptops both on campus and at home throughout the duration of their studies. This laptop will also be a tool after graduation, supporting students in their chosen career field.

Specifications For The 2023-24 Academic School Year

Recommended
Operating System Windows 10 OR macOS Big Sur
CPU (Processor) Intel i9 CPU (or AMD equivalent)
Screen Size 15" or larger, with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 or greater
Graphics Card Dedicated Graphics card with 4 GB to 8 GB of GPU VRAM
RAM (Memory) 32GB to 64GB+
Hard Drive 1 TB SSD (Solid State Drive)
Video Camera Integrated or external USB webcam
Audio Speakers and microphone (built-in or external)
Wireless Working WiFi with current standards
Power 5 hours of battery life

The above recommended specifications will best meet the needs of the program. Below you will see the acceptable minimum requirements.

If you do not already have a laptop, it would be best to purchase a computer that meets the recommended specifications (above). If you already have a computer that meets the minimum specifications (below), you may be able to remain using your current device.

Please note that laptops meeting the minimum specifications may experience issues, such as speed or compatibility with required programs and software.

Minimum

Operating System Windows 10 OR macOS Big Sur
CPU (Processor) Intel i7 2.6 GHz+ or newer CPU (or AMD equivalent)
Screen Size 15" or larger, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or greater
Graphics Card Dedicated Graphics card with 4 GB to 8 GB of GPU VRAM
RAM (Memory) 32 GB to 64 GB+
Hard Drive 512 GB - 1 TB SSD (Solid State Drive)
Video Camera Integrated or external USB webcam
Audio Speakers and microphone (built-in or external)
Wireless Working WiFi with current standards (802.11 ac)
Power 5 hours of battery life

Connectivity

Speed

High speed internet, minimum 5 Mbps.

Your home network will also be a strong factor in your remote learning experience.

  • If using a modem and/or router supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), ensure they are current and up-to-date.  Contact your ISP to find out.
  • If using your own wireless router, ensure that it supports current Wi-Fi specifications, including but not limited to 802.11ac, 802.11n, MIMO, or Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz).
  • Wired connections to your router are going to offer the best connectivity.
  • For Wi-Fi connections, proximity and line-of-sight will offer a better connection and speed.  Avoid walls, floors and objects, where possible.
  • Other users and devices on your home network will also affect your connection speed and quality.
  • Avoid using streaming services, such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, etc. while doing remote learning.
Mobile Devices and Tethering

Strong signal, minimum 5 Mbps

  • Note that expanded use of your Internet connections may cause you to exceed your monthly data plan allowance. Unlimited data plans, such as Rogers Infinite or Telus Peace of Mind, are recommended.
Please refer to the ITS Knowledgebase for further information and any questions you may have about using your device and troubleshooting issues.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of buying the device I'm required to?

Prices will vary depending on which device you choose to purchase and where you purchase it. The price range of these different options will likely be $2700 - $3700.

An investment in these supplies will extend beyond your time in this program, well after graduation.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes, Manitoba Student Aid considers the three Creative Media programs among those requiring higher computing needs than what is standard. They will approve up to $3000 for a device and all other tools and supplies. Please note, Manitoba Student Aid funding is not available to international students.

If you are a sponsored student, please communicate with your sponsor.

Many manufacturers offer student discounts or education pricing. You may want to look into taking advantage of those options.

If I already have a laptop, can I just use that?

If your laptop meets the minimum required specifications outlined in the above labelled as minimum, you may choose not to purchase another device. Please check your device against those specifications to ensure it will be able to handle the work. If your laptop does not meet those specifications, you will encounter issues running software or completing work.

I have a computer, but I need to talk to someone about it to see if it’s going to meet the requirements. Who should I reach out to?

You can contact the School of Business business@assiniboine.net.

If I have a desktop computer that meets the minimum specifications, can I use that?

No, since these programs require you to bring your device to campus, a desktop computer is not a viable option for your program.

Can ITS help me if I'm having issues with my laptop?

Refer to ITS Knowledgebase for assistance with common issues before contacting the IT Service Desk.

What ITS can support:

  • Logging into Assiniboine programs and services, including the college WiFi network.
  • Assisting installation of Assiniboine applications

What ITS cannot support:

  • Data recovery
  • Hardware repair/replacement/acquisition
  • Virus/Malware removal

See Policy G61: ITS Support for BYOD Programs for more.

Is there a student-discount or college rate if I purchase my computer from a specific company/supplier?

The college does not have a negotiated rate or student discount with any specific supplier. We encourage you to a bit of research online to see which companies may have education/student pricing. (For example, Apple Canada has education pricing that you may find helpful.)

Can I buy a used computer from the college?

No, our college does not have a new or refurbished laptop purchasing program.

Can I borrow a computer from the college?

No, we do not have a college laptop loaning program for the Creative Media programs.

I have a friend who is also starting in this program. Can we share a laptop?

No, you will both need your own laptops as they are used daily in this program.

How do I print from my device while on campus?