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Purchase of supplies and materials is required to support skill development.
It is necessary for students to make an initial investment (typically $200-300) per semester the first and second years of the program. Each course will provide the student with required supplies.

The largest investment students make is in books that are retained for use in future classes and professional life.  The majority of the books used in the Interior Design Program are not college textbooks, but rather professional reference resources that are used throughout an interior design career.  Similarly, many of the tools and much of the equipment purchased for design and art foundation courses will last a lifetime if properly cared for.  Students should be aware, however, that some relatively expensive supplies, such as rendering markers and pencils, vellum, plotter paper, etc, can become a financial burden if not used and cared for thoughtfully.

Required supplies includes but is not limited to:

  • specialized paper;
  • color ink cartridges;
  • presentation materials;
  • outsourced printing costs;
  • samples; and
  • field trips

Students will be notified in advance if special costs are associated with a course or project.

Interior Design Program Technology Recommendations

The software utilized throughout the Interior Design Program requires computers with above average speed and memory.  While computer labs are available for students to work on assignments, the time and accessibility of the labs varies.  For students who commute to school or those who prefer to work from home in a more controlled environment, we recommend purchasing a personal computer/laptop.

Not all computing and printing expenses encountered through the program are covered by Georgia Southern’s student technology fee, primarily because they result from specialized programs and equipment used only by the interior design department, and do not benefit the student population as a whole.   The specialized technology required cannot be covered by the student technology fee.

Software used throughout the program (that requires specialized computers) includes the following:

  • AutoCad;
  • AutoCad Architecture;
  • Revit Architecture;
  • 3DS Max Design; and
  • Adobe CS4

Please read the information provided by the manufacturer (Autodesk) for system requirements for running these programs.  You will want to make sure that the computer you want to purchase meets the strictest requirements (especially for 3DS Max® and Revit Architecture®).

Operating System Requirements (Based on manufacturer’s system requirements):

  • For PC: Windows 8 Standard, Enterprise, or Professional edition, Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium edition, or Windows XP Professional (SP2 or later)
  • On Mac: Mac OS® X 10.6.4 or later; Mac OS X 10.7 or later; OS X 10.8.x; 64-bit Intel® processor; Windows partition (for some software) and Bootcamp

Software-Specific Requirements:

  1. System Requirements for 3DS Max Design
  2. System Requirements for Autodesk Revit Architecture
  3. System Requirements for AutoCad

Other Required Software:

  • Anti-virus software (such as Norton Internet Security)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

Additional Required Supplies/Hardware to Consider:

  • External hard drive (min. 500GB)
  • External mouse for laptop (touch pads are hard to draft with)
  • Package of CDRs for turning in assignments


Specific questions concerning technology purchases for interior design majors may be addressed to Dr. Sarah Zenti at 912/478-5145 or

Last updated: 7/1/2019