Technology Requirements

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Be aware that you are not limited to these requirements and larger or more powerful Apple laptop will work as well.

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The minimum system requirements for this program:

  • 15” MacBook Pro 2.3Ghz (or PC equivalent with 800 MHz 64-bit [x64] processor or faster with Windows 7(64bit), 8(64bit) or 8.1(64bit) operating system)
  • As this profession, thus most software, is PC based, you will be required to use a PC or your MacBook Pro on the Windows side.
  • Additional Applecare Coverage

Windows based laptops will need at least the following requirements and are subject to department approval.

  • At least 4 gigabytes of RAM (8 GB preferred)
  • At least 250 gigabytes of Hard Drive Space (550 MB for AutoDesk software)
  • Intel Core i3 Processor or Higher (i7 recommended)
  • Nvidia GeForce 640 or better, minimum 512 MB (Nvidia GeForce 760 GTX Series or Better (B) (C) (D), 2 GB preferred)
  • 1280 x 1024 True Color display (minimum)
  • 128 MB video adaptor card (minimum)
  • 256 MB or greater, direct 3D compatible 3D video adaptor card (recommended – not required)
  • 3-button mouse with scrolling capabilities


  • Trimble SketchUp Pro for Wndows (Required for KCID 344)
  • AutoCAD and Revit for Windows (Required for KCID 342 and KCID 346) (AutoCAD is free for students. Create an account here using your email)
  • CETDesigner (Required for KCID450) You will be given access to this software for FREE the semester you are registered for this course.
  • Microsoft Office Suite for Windows
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard for Windows OR Adobe Creative Cloud (Required for 300 level KCID Classes and 100 level KCDS classes)
  • Windows 7(64bit), 8(64bit) , or 8.1(64bit) (Mac OS X 10.8 or Higher Required)

External Accessories

  • At least a 1TB External Hard Drive or larger for backup and storage of files

Recommended for Protection and Security

  • Laptop Bag or Cover for your MacBook Pro
  • Portable Laptop Lock

Software Ordering

  • Some software can be ordered directly from KCAD at a reduced cost for students
  • Go to the Technical Support Page for more information or Click Here to buy software that will be billed to your student account.
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