La Roche College

Computer Initiative

Interior Design Majors

Graphic Design Majors

Communication, Media & Technology Majors

All Other Majors

 

Interior Design

A Windows notebook is required fall semester for students taking IDSN1011 Interior Design Graphics I; and in spring semester for students taking IDSN1021 Interior Design Graphics II and IDSN1020 Interior Design I.  All ID majors above the freshman year are required to have their own notebook with current software.

Macintosh notebooks should not be purchased due to software incompatibility.

These hardware and software specifications apply only to the 2014-2015 academic year.   Updated specifications are posted during the summer for the next academic year.

Hardware/Software
Specifications


64-bit Operating systems requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Pro, Ultimate, or Enterprise editions
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1, Pro or Enterprise editions

64-bit OS Processor requirements:

  • AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD Opteron™ with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Xeon® or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • Intel® Core™ i5 or Intel® Core™ i7 recommended

Memory requirements:

  • 8 GB RAM minimum (16 GB RAM recommended)

Video requirements:

  • Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 (1600x1050 Recommended) with True Color capabilities
  • 2048 MB or greater
  • DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3

Other requirements/recommendations:

  • 320 GB hard drive (500 GB hard drive recommended)
  • Wireless Ethernet - 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • 3 USB 2.0 High Speed Ports
  • DVD-RW
  • 3-button Optical Wheeled Scroll Mouse
  • MS Office 2013 Professional (Available free to students, details coming soon!)
  • Antivirus software as approved by La Roche (must be kept up-to-date)Complete list of approved anti-virus software
  • Carrying case (recommended)
  • Extended warranty (highly recommended)

View/purchase recommended Dell system (Click on the "La Roche College Recommended Computers" link)

 

Software Acquisition

AutoCAD software is available free of charge for students from AutoDesk. Please visit the following website to register and download AutoCAD® Architecture and a license key.students.autodesk.com Follow the directions to establish an account using your La Roche e-mail address.

Please Note: Even with a broadband connection, the software is large and will require up to several hours to download.

Other software, including AutoCAD Revit is also available free of charge from this website.

Technical issues with the AutoDesk website should be directed to studentcommunity@autodeskcommunications.com

Graphic Design

Attention all incoming Graphic Design Students,

As part of the La Roche College Student Computer Initiative, all incoming freshman and transfer students in the Graphic Design program are required to purchase an Apple laptop computer and software before the start of the fall semester.  It is imperative that our students graduate with proficient experience using the same tools as industry professionals.

There are two choices of systems that you may purchase – a lower-end model (Option One) and an upper-end model (Option Two).  Either will work for your time in the Graphic Design program. Students are required to purchase AppleCare on the laptop. Along with the Apple laptop computer, with wireless connectivity, you are REQUIRED to subscribe to the monthly student Adobe Creative Cloud software.

These hardware and software specifications apply only to the 2014–2015 academic year..  Updated specifications are posted during the summer for the next academic year. You may always upgrade and purchase more than these minimum computer requirements.

OPTION ONE
13" MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz

OPTION TWO
15": 2.0GHz with Retina display

  • 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage hard drive
  • REQUIRED ADD ONS:
    - Apple USB SuperDrive
    - Apple Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter
    - Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit - Ethernet Adapter
    - AppleCare Protection Plan

 

  • 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM memory
  • 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage hard drive
  • REQUIRED ADD ONS:
    - Apple USB SuperDrive
    - Apple Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter
    - Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit - Ethernet Adapter
    - AppleCare Protection Plan

Retail Price: $1,885.00

Retail Price: $2,785.00

The La Roche Design Division has printing facilities on campus. However, if you would like to purchase your own printer, we recommend the Epson 1430 Printer ($299 or less).

The software requirements are as follows:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Student Edition
    Educational pricing - Available for $19.99/month for students, $29.99 if student discount expired from Adobe (this is complete access to
    the full Adobe Software Packages and 20 GB of online memory)
  • Anti-virus software as approved by La Roche College (must be kept up-to-date).Complete list of approved anti-virus software

Recommended but not required software & printer:

  • MS Office 2011 for Mac (Available free to students, details coming soon!)
    OR
  • Apple iWork software suite for the Mac- Educational pricing available or can purchase when ordering laptop
  • Epson 1430 Printer* ($299 or less)

* The La Roche Design Division has high-quality, large format printing facilities for design students and their final outputs. If you wish to purchase your own printer, we recommend the Epson 1430. This will print high-quality prints as large as 13" x 19", but no larger

If you have any questions about this process, please contact:Patrick Connolly Patrick.Connolly@laroche.edu
Assistant Professor,Graphic & Communication Design

Communication, Media & Technology

A Windows or Macintosh notebook or desktop is required freshman year, first semester.  Returning students should upgrade their software as necessary.
The ability to make presentations, graphics and short multimedia pieces is essential.

Students should consult with the department chair Jeff Ritter to determine if their computer choice is adequate.

Minimum Hardware Specifications

Required Software Packages

Please follow the minimum requirements for all majors below.

All Other Majors (not listed above)

Most majors except those explicitly listed above, are not required to own a computer.   We recommend that you make a purchase if you deem it beneficial.  Most students will be comfortable with and benefit from a Windows notebook or desktop, but should you be more familiar with Macintosh computers, you should have no problem integrating a modern Apple computer with our campus technology. There may be certain technology-related classes however, due to instructor requirements, that you may not be able to use a Macintosh computer.

(The campus computer labs can always be used for assignments)

If you would like to purchase your own Windows or Macintosh computer, we suggest following the following minimum requirements as a guideline.

Please Note:  All students are required to take a practical computer applications class (ISTC1005).  Microsoft© Office 2013 Professional includes all of the software packages taught in that class.

Minimum Recommended Windows
Desktop Specifications

Minimum Recommended Windows
Notebook Specifications

  • Windows 7/8
  • 2 GHz Pentium or Equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • 17 inch LCD monitor
  • Windows 7/8
  • 2 GHz Pentium or Equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • Wireless Ethernet - 802.11b/g/n compliant

Additional Software for Windows systems

Minimum Recommended Macintosh
Desktop Specifications

Minimum Recommended Macintosh
Notebook Specifications

  • IMac with 17 inch built in display
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Leopard or above
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 150 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • MacBook with 13 inch screen
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Leopard or above
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 60 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • Wireless Ethernet - 802.11b/g compliant

Additional Software for Macintosh systems

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Questions?

Contact:

Paul Balouris Initiative Coordinator
(412) 367-9300