College of Business Design Programs Laptop Recommendations/Requirements

Each Professional Program requires the purchase of a laptop. It is expected that each student will have purchased a laptop that meets these requirements no later than the start of their 300-level design coursework.

 

College of Business Design Programs Laptop Requirements

Due to complications with software on Mac OS X, purchasing a Windows PC is advised. If you have already purchased a MacBook, please see the requirements below.

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (General Guidelines)
Recommended Storage (hard drive):

No less than 256GB; 500GB Solid State Drive (SSD) would be best.

Recommended Memory (RAM):

8GB minimum, with available expansion slots; 16GB recommended.

Recommended Processors:

Intel® i5 or i7-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.

If you already purchased a Mac: A MacBook Pro 13-inch or 15-inch with the modifications below will be sufficient for this program.  A 120-256GB partition must be created using Boot Camp to accommodate the Microsoft Windows operating system and other applications that will be used in the pro-program.  It is recommended that the Windows partition be created when the student first purchases the Mac.  Windows OS is available to students at no cost through the College of Business/Microsoft Academic Alliance.  Visit the College of Business DreamSpark™ site for more information, or contact the College of Business Helpdesk for help.  For partitioning instructions and installing Windows OS on the laptop, visit: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468 or go to the Milne Computing Center room 201.

See Compatible Dell Computers

 
APPAREL DESIGN & MERCHANDISING DESIGN SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
  • MS Office 365

Available to all College of Business students
http://business.oregonstate.edu/office365

  • Adobe CC (Creative Cloud)

Adobe CC student license is available.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/students.edu.html

  • OSU-Ware (Various)

OSU-Ware contains numerous applications, including network utilities, media players and anti-virus software that will help you with your work while you are at Oregon State University. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/OSU-Ware 

 
INTERIOR DESIGN SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
  • Autodesk Programs* 

A free student license is available. http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=download_center

AutoCAD and Revit programs are used in Interior design courses.

*Please be aware that Windows 10 is not yet officially supported by AutoDesk software products. For a full explanation, visit: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/search-result/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Windows-10-support-for-Autodesk-products.html

  • MS Office 365

Available to all College of Business students

http://business.oregonstate.edu/office365

  • Adobe CC (Creative Cloud)

Adobe CC student license is available. http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/students.edu.html

  • OSU-Ware (Various)

OSU-Ware contains numerous applications, including network utilities, media players and anti-virus software that will help you with your work while you are at Oregon State University. 

For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/OSU-Ware