Pre-Design Supplies

Analogue Supplies


There is no reason to purchase traditional analogue design supplies prior to the beginning of autumn classes. We work with the local art and design supply stores to create a kit of all needed supplies to ensure that all materials can be acquired at the best possible prices.

Pre-Design kits will be sold in Hayes Hall lobby during the first week of classes. The kits generally cost between $200–250 for autumn semester.

Digital Supplies


Hardware Specifications

It is recommended that students in the Pre-Design Foundations Program have their own laptop computer. Students admitted to Pre-Design may use either a Mac or PC computer. That stated, students studying Industrial Design or Interior Design should be using MS Windows based PC computers. Students studying Visual Communication Design should be using an Mac OSX based Apple computer.

Our Pre-Design Foundations classrooms are equipped with 2–3 permanent desktop computers for use by students who are unable to meet this expectation or who experience temporary loss of the use of their own computer.

HardwareIdeal PCIdeal Macbook Pro
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7–3820QM Processor (2.7GHz, 8M cache)2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache or better
Memory16 GB8 GB
Graphics CardNVIDIA Gforce Graphics cardIntel Iris Graphics or better
Screen15"–17" or bigger13 or 15″ (Consider a second external monitor for more working space.)
Internal HD512 GB or more, 7200RPM recommended or SSD if affordable500 GB or more
DVDNoNo
EthernetYesNo
USBYesStandard on MacBook Pros
Mouse3 ButtonYes

Additional Hardware Recommended for all Computers

  • 32 GB or larger USB Thumb Drive
  • 1 TB or larger External HD for backing up and archiving files
  • Surge Protector
  • Manufacturer's Extended Warranty
  • Insurance (Work with your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy)

Software Specifications

Our software requirements for Pre-Design Foundations are minimal. Students admitted to Pre-Design should plan to provide the Adobe Creative Cloud or Creative Suite 6* Design Edition software. In addition, all students should have MS Office and an antivirus software.

Purchasing Information


*Please Note: While Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products will continue to be available for purchase, Adobe has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products.

Students should check with The Office of the CIO prior to purchasing software for site licensed software that is available at discounted prices for students.

Students should check WiredOut for prices.
WiredOut is the OSU campus computer store. Get software and hardware at or below academic discounted pricing. We work with students, faculty and staff for personal and departmental orders. A variety of Apple, Dell and HP hardware is available including laptops, iPads, tablets, desktops, accessories and add-ons. A variety of software is available including Microsoft, Adobe, EndNote/Reference Manager and more. WiredOut prices extended to students, faculty and staff with a valid OSU BuckID.

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