Computer Standards for Students

2017-2018 Academic Year

These recommendations are for technology needs for all students in their FIRST YEAR in a College of Design academic program. For questions about this information, please contact Greg Lockhart at glockhar@umn.edu or 612-624-8633.

 

Collegiate Computer Recommendations
Hardware Minimum Specs

Laptop & OS PC with Windows OS Macbook Pro with OSX
Screen Size 15.6” Display 15” Display
Processor 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
Memory (RAM) 16 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
Hard Drive 256GB solid-state hard drive Base Model: 256GB solid-state hard drive
Upgrade Model: 512GB solid-state hard drive
Graphics Card NVIDIA video card with 4GB video RAM

Base Model: Intel Iris Pro graphics
Upgrade Model: Radeon discrete graphics

See note 'Considerations when using a Mac laptop' below"

Price & Location

UMN Bookstore - $1599.00

 

UMN Bookstore (Base Model) - $1989

UMN Bookstore (Upgrade Model) - $2429

See note 'Considerations when using a Mac laptop' below"

Tax

Students in an academic program that requires a laptop may purchase it tax-free from the UMN Bookstore.

Note that the tax exemption does not apply to Interior Design students until after passing portfolio review

Students in an academic program that requires a laptop may purchase it tax-free from the UMN Bookstore.

Note that the tax exemption does not apply to Interior Design students until after passing portfolio review

Warranty 3-year or longer warranty including accidental damage protection. This is not included in the price shown. Available at the UMN Bookstore for $249. 3-year or longer warranty including accidental damage protection. This is not included in the price shown. Available at the UMN Bookstore between $249-$349.

 

Recommended Accessories

Data backup to either external hard drive or cloud storage solution
Security cable (please note that this is not compatible with all Mac models)

 

Computer Requirements for Specific Academic Programs

Note: the following academic programs require admitted students to purchase a laptop.
Academic programs not listed below do not require a laptop.

Pre-Architecture & Architecture (BDA & BS) Interior Design
(Laptop Required Only After Passing Portfolio Review)
Pre-Graphic Design Pre-Product Design Software Cost
Laptop Required:
PC or Mac*
Laptop Required:
PC or Mac*
Laptop Required:
Mac
Laptop Required:
PC or Mac*
See Above
Adobe Creative Cloud (Required) Adobe Creative Cloud (Required) Adobe Creative Cloud (Required) Adobe Creative Cloud (Required) $240
Microsoft Office
(Required)
Microsoft Office
(Required)
Microsoft Office
(Recommended)
Microsoft Office
(Required)
Free
Rhinoceros** (Required)       $65
Digital camera (Required)       Varies
8GB USB drive (Recommended)       $10
         
For students intending to pursue the BS Degree, software for Arch 3611 is required for spring semester of year one:        
SketchUp       $49
LightUp (SketchUp PlugIn)       $89
Kerkythea** (SketchUp PlugIn)       Free
Autodesk AutoCAD**, Revit**, & 3DS Max**       Free

* See section below “Considerations When Using a Mac Laptop”
** Software listed runs on Windows OS only, or a version with reduced functionality is available for Mac OS

 

Considerations When Using a Mac Laptop

Impacts: Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design
Does Not Impact: Graphic Design

Some software used in the academic programs for Architecture, Interior Design, and Product Design will only run on the Windows Operating System (see list below). We highly recommend running Windows on a PC in order to use these software titles.

Although it is possible to run the Windows Operating System on a MacBook (via either BootCamp or Parallels), we cannot guarantee you will be able to run the software without difficulty. The upgraded MacBook Pro that we normally recommend for Architecture, Interior Design, and Product Design uses a discrete graphics card (AMD Radeon Pro 450) that has not been validated by the various software companies. This means that they will not guarantee that the graphics card will be able to run their software without problems (see this forum post with a reply from AutoDesk about using the Radeon graphics card on MacBook to run Revit).

It may be true that you can run the software without problems on Mac OSX/Bootcamp/Windows 7/8/10, but we can not guarantee this. You may still choose to run a Mac OS if you wish.

Software affected by this issue includes:

Support

Basic technology help is available via the UMN Technology Help Line. Additionally, Tech Stops offer various free technology services to students. The University of Minnesota Bookstore has an Apple Authorized Care Center to service Macs and will service and repair PCs as well. The College of Design does not offer IT/technical support for student-owned laptops or devices.

Questions?

Contact Greg Lockhart at glockhar@umn.edu or 612-624-8633.

 

Please see this page for more information about ongoing technology needs beyond the first year that may require additional investment.