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.
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.
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. Students are expected to maintain their computer, operating system, and software. Any problems arising from installing, 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 before buying a laptop.
Students are advised that software (and computer processing) requirements may change during the time they are completing their degrees. A basic or minimum-level computer may not meet their needs for the four years of their education.
PC Laptop requirements (updated April 2021)
- Operating System: Windows® 10 (64-Bit)
- CPU Type: Single- or MultiCore Intel®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology.
- NOTE 1: The highest affordable CPU speed rating is recommended.
- NOTE 2: Some design software relies on multi-core processing.
- MINIMUM: 16 GB RAM
- RECOMMENDED: 32 GB RAM
- Video Display Resolutions
- MINIMUM: 1680 x 1050 with true color
- RECOMMENDED: 1920 x 1200 with true color
- MAXIMUM: Ultra-high (4K) definition
- Video Adapter: DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 and a minimum of 4 GB of video memory
- Disk Space
- MINIMUM: 30 GB free disk space
- RECOMMENDED: 10,000+RPM hard drive or solid-state drive
- Media: Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key
- External mouse (wired or wireless)
- External back-up drive (cloud-based or external solid-state drive)
Refer to the system requirements for the most recent version of Revit software available on the Autodesk website: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Revit-products.html
As an IU student, there are multiple free software packages available to you. These software packages have already been paid for by Indiana University and can be downloaded at IUware. Students are welcome to purchase any necessary software packages for courses from any vendor of their choice.
Purchasing a computer and financial aid
If you require additional information on this subject, please contact Student Central: Financial Aid by phone at 812-855-6500, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Student Central website.
A limited number of loaner laptops will be available for student use during class sessions.
Hardware and software support
It is the student’s responsibility to maintain their laptop in good working order for use in the classroom. Any damage and associated repairs, loss, or operating problems that may occur will be the sole responsibility of the student. Students must have their laptop repaired as needed at their own expense, or secure another unit meeting minimum hardware and software requirements on which they can work.
Late work, lost data, and other such problems due to any incident associated with a student’s laptop will not be accepted by instructors. Students are advised to backup their digital files in multiple formats so all data can easily be transferred to another computer if needed.
Students are also advised to purchase laptops only from reputable vendors with good warranty programs and a proven record of quality service. We recommend that students strongly consider purchasing extended warranty and service plans.
Indiana University does not offer any university-wide hardware repair service and students must visit repair shops off campus.