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Computer Requirements

Graphic Design—Minimum Computing Requirements

Hardware:
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.

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


  Operating System – Mac® OS X® 10.9.1 “Mavericks” or higher

  • Processor – 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel® Core i7™ recommended, or equivalent
  • Memory – 16 GB RAM
  • Disk Space – Minimum 40 GB free disk space; recommend 100 GB free disk space available,
    500GB or higher hard drive / PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Video Display – 2,880 × 1,800 recommended with 24-bit color
  • Graphics card – NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M or newer with 1GB OR higher of VRAM recommended
  • Browser – Parallels Desktop® 9.0.24172 for Mac or newer (Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, or equivalent)
  • Connectivity – Wired and Wireless LAN (802.11). Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services
  • Pointer device– 3 button Microsoft-compliant mouse with scroll wheel recommended

 

Interior Design—Minimum Computing Requirements

Freshmen who start the program after fall of 2012 will be required to have a laptop by their junior year. Specifications will be updated and listed for devices in the spring before junior year, due to the pace at which technology changes.

System requirements for PC –2015 / 2016

  • Operating System – Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 64-bit:Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium or Microsoft® Windows® 8 64-bit: 8 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8
  • Processor – Multi-Core Intel® Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended. 2.5GHz or higher
  • Memory – 16 GB RAM
  • Disk Space – 5 GB free disk space for each software installation,
  • 500GB or higher hard drive with 10,000+ RPM (for Point Cloud interactions) or Solid State Drive
  • Video Display – 1,920 x 1,200 with true color – this is an approximation, monitors with close specs will work as well
  • Graphics card – DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 – AMD or Intel with 2GB GDDR5  or equivalent Intel Iris Pro Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5
  • Browser – Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Chrome and/or equivalent
  • Connectivity – Wired and Wireless LAN (802.11). Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services
  • Pointer device– 3 button Microsoft-compliant mouse with scroll wheel recommended

System requirements for MAC- 2015 / 2016

(15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display or equivalent)

  • Operating System – Mac® OS X® 9.1 “Mavericks” or higher, must have Boot Camp partition setup with Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later installed to operate all PC based software. Go to link for further clarification: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468, To set up Boot Camp, an 8GB or larger external USB is required.  Go to link for further clarification:  https://help.apple.com/bootcamp/mac/5.0/help/#/bcmp173b3bf2
  • Processor – 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel® Core i7™ recommended, or equivalent
  • Memory – 16 GB RAM
  • Disk Space – Minimum 40 GB free disk space; recommend 100 GB free disk space available,
  • 500GB or higher hard drive / PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Video Display – 2,880 × 1,800 recommended with 24-bit color
  • Graphics card – NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M or newer with 1GB OR higher of VRAM recommended
  • Browser– Safari 8 or later or, Chrome and/or equivalent
  • Connectivity – Wired and Wireless LAN (802.11). Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services
  • Pointer device– 3 button Microsoft-compliant mouse with scroll wheel recommended
  • External 8GB or larger USB-for setup of Boot Camp Partition

NOTE: Autodesk provides free student version software with a 3 year license. Microsoft, SOLIDWORKS and Adobe offer student software at discounted prices. Upon declaring a specific design major, students will be instructed to acquire all required software at that time. If students want to run AutoCAD-Architecture, Revit, or SOLIDWORKS on a Mac, they’ll need to meet the system requirements and purchase Microsoft Windows software and install Windows using Boot Camp, go here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468, for more information. A Microsoft mouse-compliant pointing device is required to operate software on Macs and PC’s.

 

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The High Point Admissions Office is Located in Wrenn Hall.

Tours are available 7 days a week. Please contact us to schedule your visit.
(800) 345-6993
(336) 841-9216
(336) 888-6382 (fax)
admiss@highpoint.edu

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