Laptop Requirement

Laptop requirement

Students at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design are required to have a personal laptop computer available for use in class. The following are recommendations for laptops that meet the minimum memory and operating standards required for the software used in the school’s courses.

Purchasing hardware

Students may purchase any brand, make or model of laptop as long as it meets the recommended hardware specifications. Indiana University has discount agreements with some vendors including Apple, CDW-G, Dell, GovConnection, and Microsoft.

If a student would like a Mac, it is recommended to purchase the laptop computer through the IU Bookstore.

Degree-specific recommendations

We strongly recommend that all Interior Design and Comprehensive Design students have a personal laptop computer powerful enough to support the demanding video and computational requirements necessary for course work, as well as adequate storage to accommodate new software releases.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a PC as programs used in Interior Design and Comprehensive Design are PC-based, and computer courses teach only the PC version of the software. Students are expected to maintain their computer, operating system, and software. Any problems arising from installing, formatting, or running programs on Windows for Macintosh (and subsequent interfaces such as Boot Camp or Parallels) are solely the responsibility of the student.

Interior Design and Comprehensive Design students should refer to the specifications here before buying a laptop.

Students are advised that software (and computer processing) requirements may change during the time they are completing their degrees. A basic or minimum-level computer may not meet their needs for the four years of their education.

PC Laptop requirements (updated April 2021)

  • Operating System: Windows® 10 (64-Bit)
  • CPU Type: Single- or MultiCore Intel®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology.
    • NOTE 1:  The highest affordable CPU speed rating is recommended.
    • NOTE 2:  Some design software relies on multi-core processing.
  • Memory
    • MINIMUM: 16 GB RAM
  • Video Display Resolutions
    • MINIMUM: 1680 x 1050 with true color
    • RECOMMENDED: 1920 x 1200 with true color
    • MAXIMUM: Ultra-high (4K) definition
  • Video Adapter: DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 and a minimum of 4 GB of video memory
  • Disk Space
    • MINIMUM: 30 GB free disk space
    • RECOMMENDED: 10,000+RPM hard drive or solid-state drive
  • Media: Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key
  • External mouse (wired or wireless)
  • External back-up drive (cloud-based or external solid-state drive)

Refer to the system requirements for the most recent version of Revit software available on the Autodesk website: