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Graphic Design

College of Architecture, Arts, and Design

2024-25 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students




Operating System

macOS 13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Apple M2 chip*

*Mac: If your major requires use of a Windows based software product, please note that new Macs with the Apple M2 chip may not run the required Windows based software locally. You should only purchase an Apple M2 chip Mac if your major requires you to run a Windows based product and they either provide remote access to a Windows operating system or confirm the required software will run with an M2 chip Mac. Please check with your major before you purchase an Apple M2 chip Mac.

Memory (RAM)

32 GB or higher


Minimum 1 TB SSD (Solid State Drive)


Built-in or external with built in microphone (headset/earbuds recommended)


Wi-Fi Capable


3 Year on-site service support, AppleCare (4 Year is highly recommended - available through certain vendors)


Software Suite*

*Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: macOS and Windows
Eligibility: Valid while enrolled in undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech
Note: Office 365 Pro Plus can be downloaded and installed on up to five machines and Office mobile apps can be installed on up to five mobile devices.


An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is mandatory for majoring in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Creative Technologies. It's an annual payment.


Any backup method of choice including cloud-based services like Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive.

DongSoo Choi