All entering Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture students are required to purchase specified hardware and software. The computers are high-end machines designed for intense, professional use and with care will last throughout your years here.
The required computer hardware averages about $2,600 and ensures you have a robust computer appropriate for preparation as a professional designer. Reliability, support and productivity in relation to professional CAD and graphics applications are key criteria in the specification of the technology package.
Please note that all entering Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture students MUST purchase one of the specified systems through VolTech. Anyone wishing to deviate from this requirement in any way must first obtain prior approval from college administrators. See the link below for details and contact info.
If you have financial concerns about the purchase, please don’t hesitate to contact the financial aid office at OneStop. The experts there are familiar with our computer requirements and can advise you on funding options.
Important Note for Mac Users:
We expect all Mac users to have Windows installed and running properly by the first day of classes.
Windows is to be installed via Bootcamp (not VMware or Parallels.) The absolute minimum Bootcamp partition size is 256GB, with 512GB STRONGLY recommended.
UT’s VolTech installs Windows on Macs sold to our students at no additional charge. We highly advise Mac users to have Windows installed by the professionals at VolTech, rather than attempting the installation yourself.
Graphic Design Students
Our Graphic Design students should have a laptop (PC or Mac) that is robust enough to run the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud.
If you are planning to purchase a computer, we recommend purchasing a Mac with a 15″ screen, which is industry standard. Macs are better suited to design because they generally are more intuitive and graphics oriented, two features you’ll definitely appreciate.
Now What? Computer Setup
You’ve purchased your new laptop from VolTech, and for Mac owners, VolTech has installed Windows. Now what? You’ll need several required applications configured to access our tech resources, such as servers and printers.
All of our students have 27” LCDs installed at their studio desks. This is an incredible resource, one few other design colleges provide. Please use these for their intended purpose: To extend your laptop’s capability.
How to Connect Your Laptop to the LCD
Connect using either DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort or HDMI cable.
Set the input option on the LCD to match the selected cable.
Virtual Adobe Workstations
We’ve distributed technology virtually throughout the building. This gives you the freedom to access these technologies in your studios or anywhere in the building. It provides flexibility, convenience and efficiency, and also encourages collaboration at the desk and in the studio.
We have 7 Virtual Adobe Workstations available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis through the Digital Print Center in Rm. 309. These workstations are intended for your short-term use where extra processing power would be helpful – such as processing a movie with Adobe Premier.
Each Virtual Adobe Workstation consists of a mini-computer with a keyboard and mouse. These are meant to be connected to the 27″ LCD high-resolution monitors at your studio desks.
College File Server
All faculty, staff and students have access to the college file server, which contains directories for various courses, projects, groups and individuals.