Laptop system requirements

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We want to make sure you can make the most of your time at Leeds, so before you begin studying with us you’ll need to ensure your laptop meets the below specifications.

Depending on your circumstances you can benefit from a laptop loan or further support from our hardship fund.

Undergraduate courses

BA Art and Design

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. System requirements calculated based on Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Operating system

Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported

macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later

RAM

8GB minimum (16 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

GPU with DirecttX 12 support

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Metal support

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

BA Fashion Design

System must be able to run CLO 3D and Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. System requirements calculated based on Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.

Minimum specifications (Windows) as of 16 February 2021

 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Intel i5-6400 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500x  (Intel i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 recommended)

CPU: 4-core Intel i5 or higher(CPU: 4-core Intel Core i5 or 6-core Intel Core i7 recommended)

Operating system

Windows 64-bit

Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13

RAM

DDR4 16 GB or higher (32 recommended)

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or Quadro P2200  (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or Quadro P4000 with at least 4Gb of video memory and latest Nvidia drivers: GRD, Studio, Quadro-ODE recommended)

Officially supported models:

  • MacBook / MacBook Pro 2012 and later
  • iMac / iMac Pro 2012 and later
  • Mac Pro 2013 and later
  • Mac mini 2018 and later

 

Hard disk space

Approx. 60 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation. SSD preferred.

Monitor resolution

1920x1080 or greater display resolution

1920x1080 or greater display resolution (2560x1440 recommended)

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Pointing device

three-button mouse

 

BA Fashion Marketing

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. System requirements based on Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Operating system

Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported

macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later

RAM

8GB minimum (16 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

GPU with DirecttX 12 support

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Metal support

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

BA Graphics and Communication Design

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro, Cinema 4D. System requirements calculated based on After Effects / Premiere Pro and Cinema 4D. Use of Mac OS is recommended.

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1803 and later. Note: Win version 1607 is not supported.

macOS 10.14 and a supported Mac system with at least macOS GPU Family 1_v3. You can check the Metal compatibility in the macOS System Information, Graphics tab.
We recommend updating to macOS 10.15

RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 451.77 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash.

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 451.77 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash. OpenGL graphics card supporting OpenGL 4.1 or newer (dedicated GPU recommended)
Limitations: Drivers needed for AMD graphics cards on Windows:
www.amd.com/en/support/kb/release-notes/rn-pro-win-20-q1-2

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

 

Postgraduate courses

MA Advertising and Design

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. System requirements calculated based on After Effects / Premiere Pro. Use of Mac OS is recommended.

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1803 and later. Note: Win version 1607 is not supported.

macOS versions 10.13 and later. Note: macOS version 10.12 is not supported.

macOS Big Sur is supported in After Effects version 17.5.1.

RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 451.77 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash.

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

MA Design

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. System requirements calculated based on After Effects / Premiere Pro:

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1803 and later. Note: Win version 1607 is not supported.

macOS versions 10.13 and later. Note: macOS version 10.12 is not supported.

macOS Big Sur is supported in After Effects version 17.5.1.

RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 451.77 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash.

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

MA Fashion, Enterprise and Society

System must be able to run Lectra Modaris 3D and Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. System requirements calculated based on Lectra Modaris 3D and Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.

Minimum specifications (Windows or Mac running Bootcamp and Windows) as of 11 February 2021


 

Minimum specifications

Processor

Intel® with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Operating system

Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported

RAM

16 GB

GPU

Nvidia Card 4GB (or higher).

GPU with DirectX 12 with anti-aliasing & compatible with OpenGL 4.5

Hard disk space

Approx. 300 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

MA Global Fashion Management

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. System requirements calculated based on Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Operating system

Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported

macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later

RAM

8GB minimum (16 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

GPU with DirecttX 12 support

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Metal support

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

 

MSc Textile Sustainability and Innovation

System must be able to run Adobe CC software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. System requirements calculated based on Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.

Minimum specifications as of 11 February 2021


 

Windows

Mac OS

Processor

Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later

Operating system

Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported

macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later

RAM

8GB minimum (16 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

GPU with DirecttX 12 support

2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB recommended).

Metal support

Hard disk space

Approx. 40 Gb of available hard-disk space for installation.

Monitor resolution

1280x1080 or greater display resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*