Landscape Architecture College of Design

Technology Requirements

Laptops: Windows

The university’s UMart has special pricing on Dell laptops configured. After connecting, use your UMN internet ID and password to login and then choose the College of Design bundles link to select a specially configured laptop.

  • Recommended options:
  • 14-inch display (or larger)
  • Intel i5 (2.5Ghz or faster) processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB hard drive (or larger)
  • discrete video card, 256MB RAM or greater

Laptops: Apple

The University of Minnesota Bookstore offers special College of Design bundles. Students should be aware that certain programs (ArcGis and 3DS Max) do not run on the Mac without special software. To run PC-based programs like ArcGIS you must purchase Microsoft Windows and use Bootcamp, Parallels, or Fusion. AutoCAD and Rhino (still in beta testing) are now available for the Mac.

  • Recommended options:
  • MacBook Pro with 15-inch (or larger) display
  • Intel i7 (2.0Ghz minimum) quad-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8GB recommended with Parallels or Fusion)
  • 512GB hard drive (or larger)
  • discrete video card, 256MB RAM or greater

Application Software and Peripherals

  • Recommended options:
  • Microsoft Office suite (University licensing provides discounted pricing)
  • Adobe CS Design Standard or Premium: includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and more (available directly from Adobe).
  • AutoCAD (A free version with a one-year license can be downloaded from the Autodesk Student Community website).
  • Rhino 5 (3D and digital fabrication work).
  • One GB or larger USB drive (memory stick/flash drive).
  • External hard drive (as large as you can afford for data backup).
  • Laptop security cable.
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