Over the past two decades, electronic technology has had a major impact on the interior design profession. The Interior Design program is committed to the integration of computers throughout the design curriculum. Each student in the interior design program is required to purchase a laptop computer upon successful completion of the Sophomore Portfolio Review for integration into third and fourth year courses.
Research conducted on laptop programs indicates that laptops contribute to the quantity and quality of student work along with improved motivation to do the work (Albion, 1998). Interior design programs across the nation have begun this implementation. These programs show that the required purchase of a laptop computer by design students has proven to be an excellent investment, not only toward required computer courses, but also in studio design applications.
Computer Applications in Interior Design Curriculum
- HMS 312 & L Residential Interiors (3 hours)
- HMS 314 & L Building Construction Systems (3 hours)
- HMS 410 & L Design Environmental Factors (3 hours)
- HMS 412 & L Commercial Design I (3 hours)
- HMS 322/ 411 Interior Design Portfolio Development
- HMS 414 & L Commercial Design II (6 hours)
Where to Purchase
As a student at the Stephen F Austin State University, you are eligible to purchase a computer system at discount prices from www.DELL.com. We have made every effort to obtain the best possible discount on computer systems. However, computer system prices fluctuate depending on supply and demand. Hence, these prices may not reflect the current market price. You may find lower prices through a mail order catalog or a computer store in your area. We recommend that you compare our prices with other sources in your area before making a purchase.
Students at SFA can purchase software (Microsoft office) from Barnes & Noble at educational discounts. Often, stores and websites will have sales or promotions. We encourage you to compare the educational price with other sales or promotions in your area. CAD program download information will be provided in HMS 312 class.
Protect your investment with an insurance rider. Speak to your insurance agent about insuring your computer. Some insurance companies will include your computer under renter's insurance. If you or your parents have a homeowners insurance policy, you may be able to insure your computer with an optional rider.
Some computer manufacturers offer extended warranties that cover damage or theft.