General Information for All Students
All students enrolling in the College of Architecture and Design are required to purchase specific computer hardware and software systems. All systems must be purchased through VolTech, the UTK campus computer store. See the link below for more information on the specified technology package for 2016.
Your computer system is an investment in an educational experience that can lead to significant career opportunities. The established purchasing process ensures that you have a robust computer appropriate for preparation as a professional designer. Reliability, support, and productivity in relation to professional graphic applications are key criteria in the specification of the technology package. The computers specified are high end machines designed for intense, professional use.
The minimum cost of the technology package – hardware and software – is around $2650. Concerns related to the purchase of your computer system and your financial aid should be directed to the University of Tennessee Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office has been contacted regarding your computer requirement and is prepared to advise you on funding options as you qualify.
The College of Architecture and Design values the importance of technology in your education. The computer system you choose will be an important tool for exploring, testing, and representing design ideas. Please be prepared to purchase your technology package according to the schedule outlined in the link below.
Technology Package Specifications for 2016
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MAC USERS: The College of Architecture and Design expects all Mac users to have Windows installed and running properly on their Macs by the first day of classes. Windows is to be installed via Bootcamp (not VMware or Parallels) with a minimum Bootcamp partition size of 200GB. VolTech installs Windows on the Macs sold to our students at no additional charge. The college strongly advises Mac users to have Windows installed by the professionals at VolTech, rather than attempting the installation themselves. See page 5 on the PDF linked above for more detailed information.