Interior Design Laptop Computer & Software Requirements


Hardware Specifications

Students in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University are required to have their own laptop computers after being admitted into one of our major programs.

Students studying Interior Design should be using MS Windows based PC computers.

Hardware Ideal PC
Processor Intel® Core™ i7–3820QM Processor (2.7GHz, 8M cache)
Memory 16 GB
Graphics Card NVIDIA Gforce Graphics card
Screen 15"–17" or bigger
Internal HD 512 GB or more, 7200RPM recommended or SSD if affordable
Ethernet Yes
Mouse 3 Button

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

Students in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University are required to have the MS Office, the Adobe Creative Cloud, and an Antivirus software. Upon admission to a major program, additional software may be required, as stated below.

Interior Design should acquire the following 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 Tech Hub for prices.

Tech Hub 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. Tech Hub prices extended to students, faculty and staff with a valid OSU BuckID.