Product design students are required to own a personal computer, preferably a laptop, upon entrance into the department. The majority of required software used in Product Design classes runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students using Apple computers are required to purchase a Windows license and install it via Bootcamp. It is also highly recommended that students purchase an external monitor, external hard drive, and USB mouse.
College of Design Technology Services provides information on recommended and supported systems in their Student Computer Purchasing Guide.
We encourage all students required to buy a computer to return a "Plan to Purchase" form to the Office of Financial Aid. You can find this form in the Student Computer Purchasing Guide on the College of Design Technology Services blog. Forms are also available in your department office. The computer requirement may increase your financial aid eligibility. If you are not eligible for financial aid but need to borrow money in order to purchase your computer, you are encouraged to discuss loan possibilities with a financial aid counselor.
- Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-800-760-6953 or 541-346-3221. Students who are normally not eligible for financial aid may qualify with the additional cost of the required computer equipment.
- Consumer loans are available through banks and credit unions.
- Leasing options are available through some computer retailers.
- Apple offers income/credit based loans to qualified purchasers. There is no charge for pre-approval. Call the Apple Loan Program at 1-800-277-5356.