It is strongly recommended all BFA in Film first year students acquire a laptop robust enough for editing high-resolution digital film. The laptop will serve the student during their four years at Pratt and beyond. Laptops will be used during class time to work on projects.

You may purchase a Mac or a PC. Your laptop should meet the recommended requirements or higher.


16" Mac Book Pro

2.3GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
Retina display with True Tone
Touch Bar and Touch ID
16GB or 32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB GDDR6 memory or AMD Radeon Pro 5600M HBM2 memory
1TB SSD storage

15" Dell XPS touch

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H or i7-10875H
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit English
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6
16GB DDR4-2933MHz, 2x8G or 32GB DDR4-2933MHz, 2x16G
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive or 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD


Adobe Creative Cloud (FREE to all Pratt Students)
Adobe Premiere Pro will be used during your first year.  Follow the instructions below to acquire and install the Creative Cloud suite on your personally-owned computer:

  • Visit and login uisng your Pratt OneKey

  • Choose ENTERPRISE ID if prompted to choose an account, then login once more with your OneKey

  • Once redirected to your Adobe Dashboard, click DESKTOP DOWNLOADS in the upper left under Creative Cloud Apps

  • Download the Creative Cloud desktop application, and you will then be able to install Adobe CC software from the Apps Tab


To ensure you meet all system requirements. If you need help or have questions or comments please contact the Service Desk at, 718.636.3765.

DaVinci Resolve – FREE, color grading and editing

Microsoft Office 365 – FREE, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Final Draft – screenwriting software

Not required until students take Screenwriting in the sophomore year. Students taking the Screenwriting course in the Film/Video Department can activate an 18 week first time user trial for use during the course.

Pro Tools – sound editing software

Not required until students take Sound for Film/Video in the sophomore year. 

Monthly subscription: $9.99 month to month or $8.25 with a one year agreement
Perpetual License: $299