Bring Your Own Device

Find out about the recommended BYOD computer requirements for Bachelor of Design and Design conjoint students

Two students working on a laptop

All new students enrolled in a Bachelor of Design or Design conjoint degree should come to class with their own laptop. This is so you will have your core learning tools with you in and outside of class, making your study and personal research easier. It also means you can increase your independence and have better control of your device to stimulate your creativity and simplify your making process. Working with your own laptop during your degree will prepare you for the realities of working as a designer after you graduate.

The highly recommended, recommended and minimum specifications for your computer are listed below. If you already have a laptop with the minimum specifications, you can start your Design courses using it and consider your options after a few weeks of classes.

Our IT staff will be in the Design studios during the first two weeks of classes to help you get your device set up and connected to the University’s network.

BYOD hardware requirements

The University of Auckland has a competitive purchase agreement with PB Tech. PB Tech provides an up-to-date list of machines matching the highly recommended, recommended and minimum specifications outlined below. The PB Tech team will be pleased to help you sort through any questions you may have.

We encourage you to refer to the specifications outlined below when deciding on a laptop. We recommend you arrange personal insurance to cover damage and loss of your device and a warranty that will cover the duration of your study.

There is a PB Tech store at our City Campus. View the PB Tech products for University of Auckland Design students

Highly recommended specifications

This specification will enable you to complete every aspect of your Design coursework, including high performance prototyping and development applications such as Blender for graphical production and Unity for dynamic interactive projects.

For this option, these are the specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 10, Mac OS 10.14 (or higher) 
  • Processor: Intel i7 6-core Processor or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Hard drive: 512GB
  • Graphics card: Intel RTX
  • Screen: 15 inches
  • Connectivity: WIFI and LAN
  • Ports: one USB 3.0 port
  • Battery life: 6-8 hours from one charge
  • Mouse (may be wireless)
  • Preferably light and robust 
  • A protective carrying case

Recommended specifications

This specification will enable you to perform video editing, such as graphical and motion development. Many designers present their ideas and prototypes using visuals, documents and videos. This computer will allow you to do that. However, increasingly, designers are expected to be familiar with more complex production environments such as virtual and gaming environments. If you want to learn how to do this kind of work, this computer may limit your options.

For this option, these are the specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 10, Mac OS 10.14 (or higher) 
  • Processor: Intel i7 quad-core Processor or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM 
  • Hard drive: 256GB
  • Graphics card: Intel GTX 
  • Screen: 15 inches
  • Connectivity: WIFI and LAN
  • Ports: one USB 3.0 port
  • Battery life: 6-8 hours from one charge
  • Mouse (may be wireless)
  • Preferably light and robust 
  • A protective carrying case

Minimum specifications

This specification will enable you to use simple graphics apps such as some basic Adobe products but will limit your ability to contribute comprehensively to your courses. Designers who have a 'minimum specification' laptop to carry around will normally have a desktop computer in their studio with components matching the more recommended machines listed above, to do their more complex design and development work. Desktop computers are often more reasonably priced and dollar for dollar normally have higher capabilities than laptops.

For this option, these are the specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 10, Mac OS 10.14 (or higher)
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Hard drive: 128GB
  • Graphics card: Standard Intel
  • Screen: 13 inches
  • Connectivity: WIFI and LAN
  • Ports: one USB 3.0 port
  • Battery life: 6-8 hours from one charge
  • Mouse (may be wireless)
  • Preferably light and robust
  • A protective carrying case

BYOD software requirements

As a Design student, you will need Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Microsoft Office 365 and up-to-date antivirus software installed on your laptop.

Our IT staff will be in the Design studios during the first two weeks of classes to help you get your laptop set up with the right software.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud includes the main set of apps used by designers around the world. The suite of 20+ Adobe Creative Cloud apps are available at a special price for University of Auckland students, on either a monthly or annual subscription basis. To access the discounted subscription, you will need your University of Auckland student email address. Your email address will be provided to you once you have enrolled in your courses.

Antivirus software

We highly recommend you install modern up-to-date antivirus software on your laptop such as Norton, McAfee, AVG or Kaspersky.

Microsoft Office 365

You will be able to install Microsoft Office 365 through the University network when you begin your classes.

Optional software

There are other software apps that may be useful during your study such as Unity, Blender and Steam. Most of these apps are free to download. Our IT and Design staff will talk more about optional apps during the first few weeks of classes.

City Campus computer labs

There are a number of computer labs across the city campus which you can use outside of class time. The main all-student study space is located in the Kate Edger Information Commons which is a short walk from the Design studios and Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries computer labs. The IC helpdesk is also located there. About the Kate Edger Information Commons