Product Design Computer Requirements
Product design students are required to purchase and own a personal computer upon entrance into the department. The majority of software used in Product Design classes run on the Microsoft Windows operating system, however students may also purchase an Apple computer if they dual boot Windows via Bootcamp.
College of Design Technology Services provides information on recommended and supported systems in their Student Computer Buyer’s Guide.
Product design prefers that students purchase laptops.
The following are suggested laptop specifications:
- 13"-15" screen
- 2.2 GHz or higher Intel Quad Core i7 CPU
- 8-16 GB RAM
- 250+ GB Hard Drive (SSD preferably as they are faster than standard hard drives)
- 1 GB Video Card
It is also highly recommended that students purchase the following accessories:
- 22" - 24" external monitor for greater screen real estate for design work.
- 1-2 Terabyte external hard drive for data backups
- VGA or DVI adapter to connect to projectors and large monitors
- USB mouse for easier manipulation of design software applications
- Surge protector
- Security locks for laptop and monitor
Please Note: The average lifecycle for a laptop computer is 3-4 years. Also, computing applications and requirements per major may change over the course of a student's college career. Undergraduate students should be financially prepared for the possibility of needing to replace or upgrade their initial computer purchase prior to graduation.
- Adobe Creative Suite - Design Standard CS6 or Creative Cloud subscription.
Product design students may be asked to use the following applications:
Adobe Acrobat® X Pro
Adobe Media Encoder
*This software can be purchased for either Windows or Mac.
- Microsoft Office - 2010/2013 (for Windows) OR 2011 (for Mac OS X Lion)
Provides word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation features.
- Microsoft Windows - 7 Professional 64-bit, 7 Ultimate 64-bit, or 8.1 Pro
Used to support CAD based software used frequently in product design department.
Please note that faculty may specify additional software for a given course or department.