Software & Supplies
Purchase of supplies and materials is required to support skill development. It is necessary for students to make an initial investment (typically $299.95) per semester in the first year of the program. Each course will provide a list to 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 and helpful for studying for the NCIDQ exam. See the Ncidq website for more details. 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
- field trips
Students will be notified in advance if special costs are associated with a course or project.
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. This is becoming essential with the current environment where events like hurricanes can require working remotely.
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.
- Laptop & OS: PC with Windows 10 OS
- Screen Size: 15” Display or larger
- CPU: Multicore Intel i5 or higher series processor or AMD equivalent, highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended (Revit and other software use multiple cores), CPUMark of 2000 or higher preferred, e.g. 2.6 GHz Intel 6 Core Ninth- generation i7 Processor
- Memory (RAM): 8 GB RAM minimum, 16 GB RAM preferred
- Hard Drive: Largest you can afford, solid-state drives recommended, e.g. 512GB Solid-State
- Graphics Card: Best you can afford, discrete graphic card preferred, e.g. NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
- *1TB external hard drive also required for use with the lab computers during class.
- Optional security cable (please note that this is not compatible with all models)
- External mouse for laptop (touchpads are hard to draft with)
Price & Location
Georgia Southern Tech Corner – call or email for pricing options
Mid range example:
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Notebook, 15.6″ FHD Display, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Upto 3.6GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD Radeon RX 560X, HDMI, Card Reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Pro
High range example:
ASUS – Gaming Laptop – 15.6″ FHD IPS-type 144 Hz, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB SSD, Per-Key RGB KB, Windows 10 Pro, ROG Strix Hero III (G531GW-XB74)
Computer Software Costs
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Microsoft Office
- Autodesk: AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max SketchUp PlugIn
- Anti-virus software (such as Norton Internet Security)
Some software used in the academic programs for Interior Design will only run on the Windows Operating System. We highly recommend running Windows on a PC. Although it is possible to run the Windows Operating System on a MacBook (via either BootCamp or Parallels), we cannot guarantee you will be able to run the software without difficulty. The upgraded MacBook Pro that we normally recommend for Interior Design uses a discrete graphics card that has not been validated by the various software companies. This means that they will not guarantee that the graphics card will be able to run software without problems.
Georgia Southern University Tech Corner
Basic technology help is available via the Georgia Southern Technology Help Line. Additionally, Tech Corner offers various free technology services to students. The Interior Design Program does not offer IT/technical support for student-owned laptops or devices
Specific questions concerning technology purchases for interior design majors may be addressed to Dr. Beth McGee at 912-478-6063 or email@example.com.
Last updated: 10/27/2021