2022 – 2023 Laptop Requirement for ID program
General Note for 1st year Students
Interior design students entering the first year of study are required to have access to a computer, either laptop or desktop, that meets or exceeds the required minimum specifications listed below. Because the requirements are updated each year, we STRONGLY encourage first-year students to delay the purchase of a high-level laptop until their second year in order to have the most current technology when it is needed to use specific software.
The recommended capacities for computers used during the first year emphasize audio/video capability. We encourage students to meet these audio/video capacities to be able to record and live stream video so that full participation in online components of courses is possible. Students must be able to use a video camera and mic to communicate with faculty members and other students. Our program aspires to provide high-quality attention and feedback for both online and in-person participation. Students are responsible for maintaining the digital tools needed for online class attendance to receive instruction and feedback by making sure their computers have the basic requirements listed below to be able to run Zoom, Mural, MS Office, and other basic software.
General Note for 2nd year Students
Interior design students entering the second year of study are required to have their own laptop computer that meets or exceeds the required minimum specifications. Because the requirements are updated each year, we STRONGLY encourage students to delay the purchase of laptops until their second year in order to have the most current technology when it is needed to use specific software.
Beginning with the 4th semester (in the 2nd year of study), the bulk of student work is computer-based using software programs that demand higher amounts of memory and processor capacity. Computer technology changes rapidly and it may be necessary to install upgrades to meet expectations in future years of study.
Computers purchased with the minimum requirements will require careful attention to regular systems maintenance, virus protection, and general file management. Failure to adhere to regular computer maintenance will likely result in system errors and delayed processing time (and, therefore, frustration). It is extremely important that students read and understand their responsibilities for the maintenance of their equipment and digital files.
Minimum Computer Requirements
|1st Year||2nd Year|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or i7 or AMD equivalent||
Intel i7 minimum, 10th generation or higher recommended or 4000 or higher AMD equivalent
|Memory||8 GB or higher||
16 GB memory minimum
|Internal storage||256 GB SSD or higher||
1 or more TB recommended
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64bit)||Microsoft® Windows® 10 or higher is required|
|Video / graphics||
Nvidia® GTX 1080 with 4gb dedicated memory or higher, AMD Radeon RX 400 series with 4gb dedicated memory or higher
|Video Memory||4 GB or higher|
|Wireless||Wifi or Ethernet connectivity||
The latest version and fastest speed of a Wired and Wireless LAN (802.11) is required
|Monitor||13” or larger||
15-inch PREFERRED, Ultra-High Definition Monitor at least 1680 x 1050
|Webcam||Built-in or portable||Built-in webcam|
|Microphone||Built-in or headphones||Built-in or headphones|
|Portable Dual Monitor||Not required||
Optional, but 1080p minimum resolution
See Note 1.
|Warranty||3-year manufacturer warranty recommended|
Note 1: The Example of a Portable Dual monitor in the market for your understanding
|1st Year||2nd Year||Remark(s)|
|Microsoft Office 365||Free To K-State Students||Free To K-State Students|
|Adobe Creative Cloud||Not required||$239.00 annual or $19.99 / Month subscription||This software should be purchased when directed by course instructors to avoid paying for extra months of service|
|Sketch-up||1 months trial available online or free online version||Free downloads||should not download the software until directed to do so by instructor(s)|
|Autodesk: Revit||Not required||Free downloads||should not download the software until directed to do so by instructor(s)|
|Autodesk: Autocad||Not required||Free downloads||should not download the software until directed to do so by instructor(s)|
|Enscape ™||Free download for students but not required||Free downloads||should not download the software until directed to do so by instructor(s)|
Note: Software and applications are constantly updated to achieve best performance. It is recommended you check latest system requirements for any program you desire to install to make sure you can run it smoothly.