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Technology Requirements

Each student entering the sophomore-level curriculum is required to have a personal laptop computer and the software supported by the Interior Design program. Purchasing a laptop that meets or exceeds the specifications below will ensure that design software runs properly during your time at Marymount University.

Laptop Requirement (Mac versus Windows)

The Interior Design department recommends students purchase a windows laptop. 

Windows Hardware Guide

Students considering a Windows laptop should use the "value" or "performance" system requirements for the latest Autodesk Revit product when purchasing a computer.

operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 64-bit:
Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit:
Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit:
Enterprise, or Pro
processor: Multi-Core Intel Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.

Autodesk Revit software products will use multiple cores for many tasks, using up to 16 cores for near-photorealistic rendering operations. 
memory/RAM: 8 GB RAM recommended / 16 GB RAM preferred
hard drive: 500GB SSD drive recommended / 1TB SSD drive preferred
display: 1,680 x 1,050 monitor with true color
video card: DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 as recommended by Autodesk
mouse: 3-button mouse

Mac Hardware Guide

Students considering an Apple Laptop need to purchase a MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM. 

model MacBook Pro
memory/RAM: 16GB RAM
hard drive: 512GB SSD drive / 1TB SSD drive preferred
mouse: 3-button mouse
additional software: Please keep in mind that you will need to install the latest version of windows on your MacBook Pro using Bootcamp, Parallels Desktop, or VMware Fusion. We strongly encourage you discuss this with an Apple representative before you purchase a MacBook Pro.

Software requirements

Interior Design students will need access to the following software while studying at Marymount University.

Software Course Cost OS
Adobe Photoshop ID-122 - Sketching & Rendering for Ideas $20/month (Adobe CC) Windows & Mac
Adobe Illustrator ID-223 - Presentation Drawings $20/month (Adobe CC) Windows & Mac
AutoCAD ID-223 - Presentation Drawings Free Windows
SketchUp Make ID-223 - Presentation Drawings Free Windows & Mac
Revit Architecture ID-325 - Construction Docs
ID-545 - Grad Construction Docs
Free Windows
Adobe InDesign ID-408 - Senior Capstone I $20/month (Adobe CC) Windows & Mac

Interior Design Department

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: (800) 548-7638
 (703) 284-1500

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