Equipment & Resources

Computer & Software

You will need access to a computer with an active internet connection in order to use the interactive learning resources on the Virtual Learning Studio. This can be either a Windows or Mac OS X based machine. At present, Linux based systems do not support Adobe Flash which is used for the modules.

Computer Specifications

Operating System
minimum          Windows XP SP3 Mac OS X 10.4
recommended Windows 7 Mac OS X 10.6

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Celeron M, Intel Xeon or equivalents
RAM 1 GB (minimum); 4 GB (recommended)
Hard Drive 6 GB free space
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 (XGA) or greater
Browser Internet Explorer 7 or above; Mozilla Firefox 4 or above

Software Suggestions

Diploma Students:

  • An office package, such as MS Office or OpenOffice; which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation application (e.g., Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Degree students:

  • A graphical editing application, such as Adobe Photoshop. (not essential)
  • A computer aided design application, such as Google SketchUp (free), AutoCAD (Free to all NDA students) or VectorWorks.

Equipment & Resources

Diploma in Professional Interior Design

Some materials will be required if you wish to complete work by hand these include:

Equipment & Resources

Diploma in Garden Design

Some materials will be required if you wish to complete work by hand these include:

Equipment & Resources

Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings

Equipment & Resources

Other

  • Digital camera (optional)/access to an A3 scanner or photocopier (a local print shop usually has an A3 scanner and photocopier.)
  • Books (Please email for a recommended reading list for our Degree courses)
  • Sewing Machine (for curtain making course only)