Computer Resources + Requirements

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.

Required Technology Package for 2019

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.

Technology Package Specifications

Students in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture are required to purchase specific computer hardware and software through VolTech, the UT campus computer store.  Graphic Design students need to have a Mac or PC that is robust enough to run the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud.  Read more below!

 

Virtual Computer Workstations: Boost Your Power

We have virtual workstations that are available for you to use via web browser from your laptop.  No additional hardware is needed to boost your computer’s processing power! The virtual workstations essentially give you a second computer for additional processing power for CAD applications, 3D modeling and rendering. All work on the virtual workstations is processed in the cloud, using only a few resources on your laptop.

First Things First: Accessing Virtual Workstations

  • Windows users should disable Hibernation and Computer Sleep on their laptops before connecting to the virtual workstations.  (Screen Sleep can remain enabled.)
  • Mac users should disable Computer Sleep, Hard Disk Sleep, and Power Nap on their laptops before connecting to the virtual machines.  (Screen Sleep can remain enabled.)

IMPORTANT:  Files saved on the virtual workstation will be permanently deleted once you disconnect.  Be sure to save your work elsewhere – on your laptop, an external drive, the college file server, online file share, etc. – BEFORE disconnecting from the virtual workstation.

Windows Users: Virtual Workstations

NOTE:  When following the procedure below, you can safely ignore all security and certificate warnings.

Step 1: Using ONLY the Microsoft Edge web browser, login to this website:

  • https://coadlab.coad.utk.edu/RdWeb
  • Domain\user name = utk\yournetID
  • Password = your netID password

Step 2: Left-click the CADLAB icon and select Open

Step 3: In the Enter your credentials dialogue, enter your netID password again

Step 4: Wait for the virtual workstation to load.  This may take several minutes.  You can now close the Edge browser if you like.

Disconnecting from a Virtual Workstation from Windows

NOTE:  It is very important that you disconnect from the virtual workstation, so it is available for another student.

The following simple procedure is the ONLY way to properly logout of the virtual workstation.  Any other method can potentially leave the VW in an unstable state.

Step 1: Right-click the Windows Start menu icon and select Shut down or sign out / Sign out

 

Mac OS Users: Virtual Workstations

NOTE:  When following the procedure below, you can safely ignore all security and certificate warnings.

Step 1: Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 from the App Store.

Step 2: Using ONLY the Safari web browser, login to this website:

  • https://coadlab.coad.utk.edu/RdWeb
  • Domain\user name = utk\yournetID
  • Password = your netID password

Step 3: Left-click the CADLAB icon, then open the .RDP file from Downloads

Step 4: In the Enter your credentials dialogue, enter your Domain\user name & Password exactly as in the preceding step.

Step 5: Wait for the virtual workstation to load.  This may take several minutes.  You can now close the Safari browser if you like.

Disconnecting from a Virtual Workstation from Mac OS

NOTE:  It is very important that you disconnect from the virtual workstation, so it is available for another student.

The following simple procedure is the ONLY way to properly logout of the virtual workstation.  Any other method can potentially leave the VW in an unstable state.

Step 1: Right-click the Windows Start menu icon and select Shut down or sign out / Sign out

Tech Resources

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.

How to Set up Your Laptop

 

Studio Desk LCDs

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.

 

 

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.

Server Overview and Access Details

 

 

Digital Printing

We offer full- and self-service printing for student projects. Learn about our Digital Print Center, self-service printers, and how to prepare your files to print.

Digital Printing