Prospective Students

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

Windows laptop recommendation:
The department of Interior Architecture recommends that incoming students purchase a high-performing production –level Windows laptop.

The best rule of thumb to remember is that you are purchasing a computer for a 4-year program. The higher the speed of the processor, the number of processors, the amount of RAM, the size of the hard drive, and the speed of the video card will help the computer that you purchase in your first year maintain its ability to serve you in the fourth year of the program.

Apple laptop recommendation:
Because of hardware compatibility issues with a majority of the Autodesk Suite applications in the Windows Bootcamp mode of Apple computers, the department of Interior Architecture no longer recommends Apple Laptops for the program. Please consider a Windows laptop for this program.

Campus Purchasing Options:
You have the option to purchase a Lenovo high-level performance T540p model (Intel i7, 4600M processor) through the UNCG Student Laptop Program.

Laptop purchase website for UNCG is: http://its.uncg.edu/Laptop/Purchase/

Benefits of purchasing a laptop through the UNCG program:
The advantage to purchasing a laptop through the UNCG Student Laptop Program is that you are provided service for the laptop here at UNCG’s Information Technology Support Center. The laptops come with a software bundle that includes the operating system, Microsoft Office, and Symantec Antivirus. The laptops come with three-year warranty, but this does not include accidental damage or neglect. The battery is under a one-year warranty. If you purchase a UNCG Student Laptop Program laptop, it is eligible for reimage (reformats) while you are a student at UNCG. A reimage is a wipe of the laptop, and the laptop is restored to its original state with the Program’s software bundle. The Technology Support Center also offers the service of providing loaner laptops for students who purchased UNCG Program laptops that are experiencing hardware issues; this does not include software issues.

Purchasing computers elsewhere:
You are welcome to shop for computers outside of the UNCG Student Laptop Program. However, the department of Interior Architecture cannot provide specific specs because of the endless factors that go into manufacturing and purchasing decisions. The best rule of thumb is to remember that you are purchasing a computer for a 4-year program. The higher the speed of the processor, the number of processors, the amount of RAM, the size of the hard drive, and the speed of the video card will help the computer that you purchase this year maintain its ability to serve you in the fourth year of the program. The Department and School do not provide help desk support for computers purchased outside of the CHP so you may consider that factor as you shop for your laptop.

Interior Architecture Software Recommendations:
The following software programs are recommended for the interior architecture students in their first year:



  1. Adobe Creative Cloud. Visit Adobe’s website.
  2. SketchUp Pro 2014. Visit SketchUp’s website.
  3. Lynda.com. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a monthly subscription to Lynda.com. Premium subscriptions allow the member access to project files but are not necessary. Visit Lynda’s website.

List of Yearly Requirements of Software Programs at IARC

Year

Software Programs Required

Software Programs Recommended

First Year,
Fall Semester

MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Lynda.com

Imovie or equivalent

First Year,
Spring Semester

SketchUp

 

Second Year,
Fall Semester

Rhino*, AutoCAD*)

 

Second Year,
Spring Semester

 

Adobe Dreamweaver

Third Year, Fourth Year, Graduate Level

3ds Max*, Revit*, Macromedia Flash,
Adobe Premiere, AGI32*

 

List of Required Software and Related Expenditure:

Vendor

Software Program

Cost

Yearly Subscription

Adobe

Creative Cloud

29.99/month

 

Trimble Buildings

SketchUp Pro 2014

 

$49.00/year

Microsoft

MS Office (Word, Excel , Powerpoint, Outlook)

139.95

 

Autodesk

AutoCAD

-

Free (students.autodesk.com)

McNeel

Rhino

195.00

 

Lynda.com

Basic subscription

25.00/month

 

If you have questions, please contact our Digital Director, Dickie Cox at: rccox3@uncg.edu

 

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