Computer Requirements

The college requires that students entering the Architecture, Architectural Studies, Interior Design and Construction Management programs have a mid-range to high-end consumer-grade laptop.  Usually, machines with these specs can be found by searching for a "gaming computer" or a "gaming laptop" at most electronic/computer retailers.  
 

Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Minimum Specifications

ARCHITECTURE | INTERIOR DESIGN
  • Laptop with 15-inch display
  • Intel i7 Series 6-core or greater Processor (10th Generation)
  • Dedicated Graphics card with 6Gb VRAM or greater (ie. Nvidia RTX 3000)
  • 16 GB Ram
  • 500 GB Solid State Drive
  • Wireless Card/Adapter (Internet connection is provided via WiFi in the studio)
  • Webcam/Mic/Speakers
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • External Backup Hard Drive at least twice the size of your internal hard drive
  • Wireless or Wired Mouse
  • Additional 23”+ monitor is highly recommended
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT | ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES
  • Laptop with 15-inch display
  • Intel i5 or i7 Series 6-core processor (10th Generation)
  • Dedicated Graphics card with 4Gb VRAM or greater (ie. Nvidia P620)
  • 8GB Ram (16Gb Ram Recommended)
  • 256 Gb Solid State Drive (500Gb Recommended)
  • Wireless Card/Adapter (Internet connection is provided via WiFi in the studio)
  • Webcam/Mic/Speakers
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • External Backup Hard Drive at least twice the size of your internal hard drive
  • Wireless or Wired Mouse
  • Additional 23”+ monitor is highly recommended
ARCHITECTURE 3rd YEAR | 4th YEAR | GRADUATE

Upper level and Graduate Architecture students will use very resource intensive software which may include simulation rendering, video editing and large scale design modeling.  Students often opt to purchase or build a custom high powered desktop workstation in addition to their laptop.  Below are some example specs
 

  • Intel i7 or i9 8-core Processor (10th Generation)
  • 32 Gb Ram
  • Dedicated Graphics Card with 8Gb VRAM or greater (RTX 2080)
  • 500Gb Solid State Drive
  • Wireless Card/Adapter (Internet connection is provided via WiFi in the studio)
  • Dual Displays
CURRENT SOFTWARE
  1. Autodesk AutoCAD 2021: Academic Version Free download when you join the student community at students.autodesk.com
  2. Autodesk Revit 2021: Academic Version Free download when you join the student community at students.autodesk.com
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud Suite: (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) Offered to students at a discounted rate at software.kent.edu
  4. Microsoft Office Products: (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc) Download available at office.com (login with your flashline credentials)
  5. Rhino 6: Primary 3D modeling software used in Architecture offered at a discounted rate: https://www.rhino3d.com/edu

Additional software may be required for certain electives.  

 

Please note: Free downloads are offered by the respective software developers and not Kent State University. These free promotions are subject to change or end at any time without notice. Most downloads are not perpetual and expire after a set amount of time.  


 

NOTE ABOUT APPLE COMPUTERS

We do not recommend the purchase of an Apple/Macintosh computer due to compatibility issues with print drivers and software packages.