Laptop Requirement

Laptop requirement

Students at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design are required to have a personal laptop computer available for use in class. The following are recommendations for laptops that meet the minimum memory and operating standards required for the software used in the school’s courses.

Degree-specific recommendations

We strongly recommend that all Interior Design and Comprehensive Design students have a personal laptop computer powerful enough to support the demanding video and computational requirements necessary for course work, as well as adequate storage to accommodate new software releases.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a PC as programs used in Interior Design and Comprehensive Design are PC based, and computer courses teach only the PC version of the software. Any problems arising from formatting or running programs on Windows for Macintosh and subsequent interfaces such as Boot Camp or Parallels are solely the responsibility of the student.

Interior Design and Comprehensive Design students should refer to the specifications here for PCs before buying a laptop.

Minimum laptop
  • Processor: Intel® Core i5 7400 Quad Core or AMD Equivalent
  • Operating System: Windows® 10 or Windows® 7 64-Bit
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 500GB SATA hard drive (5400RPM)
  • Graphic Card: 2 GB HD graphics card or better Open GL 3.0 Graphics Card Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable
  • Display: 14" Display with minimum 1920x1080 Resolution
  • Optical Drive: DVD R/W (optional)
  • Wireless Network: 802.11b/g/n
  • Battery: 58 WHr 4-6 cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Recommended laptop
  • Processor: Intel® Core i7 47xx (minimum 3.20GHz, 8MB cache, 4 cores)
  • Operating System: Windows® 10 or Windows® 7 64-Bit
  • Memory: 12–16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State hard drive
  • Graphic Card: 4–8 GB gaming graphics card Open GL 3.0 Graphics Card Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable
  • Display: 15–17" Display with minimum 1920x1080 Resolution
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray DVD R/W combo (optional)
  • Wireless Network: 802.11b/g/n
  • Battery: 88 WHr 6-12 cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery