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All online and campus courses require access to a desktop or laptop computer with reliable internet connection.  We recommend the use of Google Chrome browser for accessing the student learning portal and other online software. Students must have a laptop when they commence the course.

General Computer Specifications - Certificate IV of Interior Decoration

The course requires the installation of a number of software programs.  The minimum computer specifications are listed below.

Windows - Minimum Requirements

  • Single- or Multi-Core Intel Pentium, Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM with 16GB recommended
  • Minimum 250 GB available hard-disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

Mac - Minimum Requirements

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9
  • Minimum 8 GB of RAM with 16 GB recommended
  • Minimum 250 GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1280 x 800 display
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system

Important: For existing students who are studying the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, please note that you will be required to utilise Autodesk Revit in this course. Revit can only operate on a Windows system, if you are a Mac user we highly recommend you arrange access to a Windows computer. There is an option to split your system using Parallels or VMWare Fusion however we do not recommend this as Revit is still not 100% functional. There are definitely many problems regarding Mac and Revit and so to ensure full efficiency, we recommend using a PC.  For general information about running Revit on a Mac see the information available on the Autodesk website 

Autodesk Revit Specifications 

Minimum: Entry-Level Configuration
Operating System ¹

Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 64-bit: Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium 

Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 64-bit: Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8.1 

Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit: Enterprise, or Pro 

CPU Type Single- or Multi-Core Intel® Pentium®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.Autodesk® Revit® software products will use multiple cores for many tasks, using up to 16 cores for near-photorealistic rendering operations.
Memory 4 GB RAM
  • Usually sufficient for a typical editing session for a single model up to approximately 100 MB on disk. This estimate is based on internal testing and customer reports. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics.
  • Models created in previous versions of Revit software products may require more available memory for the one-time upgrade process.
Video Display 1,280 x 1,024 with true color
DPI Display Setting: 150% or less
Video Adapter

Basic Graphics:
Display adapter capable of 24-bit color

Advanced Graphics:
DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 as recommended by Autodesk.

Disk Space 5 GB free disk space
Media Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key
Pointing Device MS-Mouse or 3Dconnexion® compliant device
Browser Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or later)
Connectivity Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download