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The equipment and resources you require may differ dependent on the level and subject that you study
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, and other equipment and resources listed at the bottom of this page.
This can be either a Windows or Mac OS X based machine.
|Operating System||Windows 7 (minimum); Windows 10 (recommended), Mac OS X 10.10 (minimum); macOS 10.13 (recommended)|
|Processor||64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)|
|RAM||4 GB (minimum); 8 GB (recommended)|
|Hard Drive||12 GB free space (not including software installation)|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768 or greater|
|Browser||Latest versions of: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (macOS)|
|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). Although not required for the Diploma course AutoCAD is included Free to all NDA students.|
|Degree students||A graphical editing application, such as Adobe Photoshop. A computer aided design application, such as Google SketchUp (free), AutoCAD (is included Free to all NDA students) or VectorWorks.|
In addition to your online study and use of computer software, students may/will also be required to complete work by hand. Please see below a list of recommended design equipment and materials needed for each NDA course subject.
All items are available as a ‘kit’ from the online NDA Art Shop, at student prices.
|A Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scales||A3 Paper|
|Scalpel and blades||A3 Tracing Paper|
|Steel Ruler||A3 Card|
|Cutting Mat||Drawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1|
|Set square (this does not have to be adjustable)||An A3 or A2 drawing board (this is optional but highly recommended for a professional finish)|
|3 Metres Buckram||1/2 Metre Adhesive Loop Velcro|
|A3 size piece of Hessian||3 Metres Sew-On Loop Velcro|
|1 x Curtain Pelmet and Return||10cm Sew-On Hook Velcro|
|2 x Brass Rings||2 Metres Header Tape|
|8 x Plastic Buttons||1 x Button Maker|
|16 x Plastic Rings||4 Metres Piping Cord|
|4 x Lead Weight||Safety Toggles|
|3/4 Metre Zipping||Rotary Head Rail with Breakaway Safety Devise|
|2 x Slider||Cutting Mat (optional but recommended for a professional finish)|
|Scissors||Cushion Template (optional but recommended for a professional finish)|
|Cutting Grid (optional but recommended for a professional finish)|
|A Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scales||Pencil|
|Adjustable set square||Drawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1|
|A3 Paper||Watercolour pencils|
|A3 Tracing Paper||An A3 or A2 drawing board (optional but highly recommended for a professional finish)|
|Digital camera (optional)|
|Access to an A3 scanner or photocopier (usually available at a local print shop if you do not have access at home)|
|Books or online recommended reading texts for degree courses. Free access to all UK university libraries included for NDA degree students.|