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.

Purchasing hardware

Students may purchase any brand, make or model of laptop as long as it meets the recommended hardware specifications. Indiana University has discount agreements with some vendors including Apple, CDW-G, Dell, GovConnection, and Microsoft.

If a student would like a Mac, it is recommended to purchase the laptop computer through the IU Bookstore.

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
  • Operating System: Windows® 10 64-Bit
  • CPU Type: Single- or MultiCore Intel, Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video Display Resolutions: 1280 x 1024 with true color
  • Video Adapter: Display adapter capable of 24-bit color
  • Disk Space: 30 GB free disk space
  • Media: Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key
Recommended laptop
  • Operating System: Windows® 10 64-Bit
  • CPU Type: Multi-Core Intel Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology.
  • Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Video Display Resolutions: 1680 x 1050 with true color
  • Video Adapter: DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5
  • Disk Space: 30 GB free disk space
  • Media: Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key