All incoming master’s students are required to own a personal computer. Please note the following important requirements:
A smartphone or a DSLR camera
A lavalier microphone that’s compatible with your smartphone OR DSLR camera
A tripod that’s compatible with your smartphone OR DSLR camera
Microsoft Office, which includes Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publish, is free for VCU students and can be accessed at the following link: https://ts.vcu.edu/software-center/general-purpose/microsoft-office/
The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, which includes Indesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro and other programs, is available for VCU students at a discount. ($60/year, $30/6-months or $15/3 months). Subscriptions can be purchased at the following link: https://adobe.vcu.edu/
Note: We provide these recommendations to provide an example of equipment, but there are many options that would work; having comparable equipment is not a problem. Please think about your interests and the compatibility of your devices with one another.
Headphones - adapted from UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute
Although you may choose to use your smartphone earbuds throughout the program, we suggest good quality stereo headphones that connect directly to your laptop and the audio recorder or smartphone, especially if you plan to pursue a career involving audio editing. Audio editors typically use over-the-ear headphones as opposed to earbuds. You’ll find many options available—we like the Sony MDR7506, or the less expensive, but equally as popular: Senal SMH-1000.
Audio recorder - adapted from UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute
While you may use a smartphone to record audio in this program, several valid options are available for semi-professional to professional use audio recorders that some of you may find a worthy investment. For the purposes of this program, we recommend the Zoom H1n—it’s a powerhouse for a reasonable price (while the Zoom H5 costs more and offers many advanced features.) The Zoom H1n uses a Micro SD Card of 32 GB. It’s a great recorder for those starting out in audio, and if used correctly, can get really good sound. Depending on your career goals, you may want to invest in a higher quality recorder down the line.
A halo/ring light
This will help improve the lighting in your photography and videos. It’s available on Amazon, Walmart and B&H.
This tool will help keep your camera steady while you’re moving and allow you to film steady video. Check out this article outlining some options. (Note that this requires a wireless mic.)
If using a DSLR, you will need a MicroSD card (San Disk) with a minimum of 32GB and, if needed, a microSD card reader.