School of Art & Design

Computer Requirements

Graphic Design—Minimum Computing Requirements

The Recommended Computer System: The Apple Macintosh remains the dominant computer in the print design, publishing, and multimedia design industries. We recommend the MacBook Pro Laptop with a minimum 2.2 GHz processor and 4GB of memory for all Graphic Design majors.  The system we recommend is based on the newest Intel Core 2 Duo technology, and the software that we require for our courses follows industry standards.

Graphic Design students should purchase the current version of Creative Suite 5 Design Premium which should include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Interior Design – Minimum Computing Requirements

Freshman who start the program in the Fall of 2012 or after will be required to have a laptop by their junior year.

System requirements AutoCad 2012 for PC

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, or Home Premium
  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron processor with SSE2 technology, Intel Xeon processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB free space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color – this is an approximation, monitors with close specs will work as well
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later

AutoCAD for Mac

  • MacBook Pro 5,1 or later (MacBook Pro 6,1 or later recommended); iMac 8,1 or later (iMac 11,1 or later recommended)
  • Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later; 64-bit Intel processor
  • 3 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 2.5 GB free disk space for download and installation (3 GB recommended)
  • Any graphics cards on supported hardware
  • 1,280 x 800 display with true color (1,600 x 1,200 with true color recommended) – this is an approximation, monitors with close specs will work as well
  • All Mac OS X supported language operating systems Apple Mouse, Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, MacBook Pro trackpad, or Microsoft-compliant mouse.

Revit’s Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Professional, or Home Premium edition
  • Intel Core™ i5-2300 quad-core processor (2.8 GHz, 6 MB cache) or equivalent AMD processor.
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • 1,680 x 1,050 monitor with true color – this is an approximation, monitors with close specs will work as well
  • Display adapter capable of 24-bit color for basic graphics; 256 MB DirectX 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics (find out more about recommended graphics hardware)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (or later)
NOTE: If students want to run Revit on a Mac, they’ll need to meet the system requirements and have a license for bootcamp.

Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device


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