The computer requirements are established to be in line with industry standards allowing students familiarity with the hardware and software that they would encounter in a real-world design firm.
All design students are required to have an Apple laptop computer by the beginning of their freshman year (or for certificate students, as they enter the program). Computers are used extensively by design majors in their first-semester design course, and in most design courses throughout their academic career.
Requirements for design students (as of Fall 2013) are:
Minimum configuration for computer:
Recommended configuration for computer:
Minimum Required software for Illustration:
Check to see if your renters insurance will cover accidental damage, or contact these companies:
Please contact Design Faculty or Academic computing before using alternatives.
Contact your advisor or Academic Computing if you have any questions.
Visit the Technology Requirements page for the complete list of computer and technology requirements by department.
Students who wish to expand their computers should look into options for more RAM or Storage.
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