We’re committed to the academic success of our students, and there are many resources available to help enhance your academic journey here at Carleton.

Best of all, we are here to help you along the way!

Policies

Getting Help

Graduate Supervisor

Kanina Holmes
(613) 520-2600 x 7529

Graduate Administrator

Jena Lynde-Smith
(613) 520-2600 x 8466

Other Resources

Computer and equipment purchase recommendations

When on campus, you’ll work in our Mac-based Journalism labs. If you are planning to buy a new laptop for school, this does NOT mean you are required to have a Mac, although that’s our recommendation. If you prefer a PC, that’s fine, too.

For Mac users – we suggest you consider one of the several versions of a MacBook Pro with Apple’s new M1 chip. Note: We strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase a MacBook Air or an Intel-based MacBook Pro.

Here are the minimum specifications we recommend:

  • Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU
  • 16 GB unified memory
  • 512 GB SSD hard drive
  • 13-inch Retina display

For PC users – we suggest you check out Dell XPS range. Note: We strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase a Chromebook or other basic Web-based laptop.

Here are the minimum specifications we recommend:

  • Intel 10th Generation i7 or higher CPU – or AMD equivalent
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 16 GB memory
  • NVIDIA GTX 1650 or higher GPU
  • 512 GB SSD hard drive
  • 1920×1080 monitor resolution or greater

You will need a computer that is capable of executing processor-intensive tasks such as photo, video and audio editing, rendering video effects and transitions, and exporting/compressing video for distribution. A computer with a fast processor and ample amount of RAM will make these processes faster and more efficient.

For all MJ students – It is imperative that you have an external hard drive with a minimum of 1 TB of space to archive and back up your files. Computers sometimes crash and maintaining a proper backup of your system and project files will ensure you don’t have substantial data loss.

We highly recommend that you have a USB flash drive (minimum 16 GB) for day-to-day file storage.

Also, purchasing a printer for home use if you don’t already have one is a good idea.

Software

Microsoft Office 365

You will need an office software suite for your class assignments. You can use Microsoft Office 365 for PCs and Mac (It’s free for all Carleton students: https://carleton.ca/its/ms-offer-students/). You can also use the free OpenOffice apps. Each of these office suites will produce and read documents in the MS Word format, which is the word processing program used by the School.

Adobe Creative Cloud

As a journalism student, you will be provided with an Adobe Creative Cloud license at the start of term to use while you are in the MJ program. This licence will allow you to install and use all Adobe software titles – Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Audition – on your personal computer.