All entering Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture students are required to purchase specified hardware and software.
The required hardware and software ensure you have a robust computer system appropriate for preparation as a professional designer. The computers are high-end machines designed for intense, professional use and with care will last throughout your years here. 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.
Regarding the Use of Macs in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture Programs:
Computers running Microsoft Windows are required for the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture programs. In the past Macs were able to fulfil this requirement provided Windows was installed via the Bootcamp application and running on an Intel processor. All Macs now run on Apple’s M series processors rather than Intel processors, and the Bootcamp application is no longer part of MacOS. Macs can therefore no longer meet the requirements of the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture programs. Macs are still supported for use in the Graphic Design program.
Graphic Design Students
Our Graphic Design students should have a laptop that is robust enough to run the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Any Mac or Windows laptop that is robust enough to run Adobe Creative Cloud will suffice for entering first year Graphic Design students.
Please note that we DO NOT recommend iPads or Chromebooks. We also strongly recommend against any computer with a screen size less than 15”.
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.
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.