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The pages here provide information and instructions on a variety of computing issues. If the answer isn’t here, contact the College Information Technology staff with details on the problem. Soon after you send that message, you will receive an automated reply. One of the IT staff will respond as soon as possible.

Below are news items about computing in the College of Design. Check back to get the latest news.


Discounted Adobe Creative Suite Student Licenses

The university has made arrangements to provide a discounted license for Adobe Creative Suite. College of Design students interested in purchasing a discounted license should fill out the questionnaire here.

Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

All students are required to activate Two Factor Authentication (2FA). 2FA provides more secure access to online accounts. Users are encouraged to use 2FA on any account that makes it available—specifically University Google Apps and Shibboleth log-ins. More information and links to set up 2FA for your University accounts are available at

Video Conferencing Systems Available Throughout College

VC520 Camera

AVer VC520 video conferencing systems are installed in conference rooms and our Digital Critique Spaces. These systems include a remote-controlled HD video camera and noise cancelling speakerphone. The systems work with any video conferencing software, such as Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc. Users only need to connect one USB cable to their computer and select the correct video and audio sources in the conferencing software they are using. More information and instructions on using these systems is available here.

Digital Critique Spaces

The College of Design has Digital Critique Spaces with large 4K monitors in each space, Allred Gallery (Kamphoefner G10), Kamphoefner 130, Brooks 101, 119C, 125 and Brooks Hall Belk Rotunda (Room 322). Save on your printing costs by using these display systems instead of printing large boards. More information and instructions on using these systems is available here.

Collaborative Learning Studios


The College also offers three Collaborative Learning Studios, providing 4–6 collaborative stations in each room. Users can collaborate in small groups or work together as a whole class. Each station is connected with other stations in the room and with a main presentation display.

Large Monitors Available in Studios and for Check-out

25 large monitors are deployed throughout the college for small group collaboration. In addition, the Bayley IT Lab offers several large touch-screen display systems for check-out. These systems include a portable, adjustable rolling stand, so they can be used throughout the College. The systems are available for checkout through the IT Lab. Try one of these monitors instead of printing large documents for your presentation or critique. Stop by the IT Lab in Brooks 203 and speak to an IT staff member for a demonstration or for more information.

Free Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10

NC State has made arrangements with Microsoft to offer Office 365 to faculty, staff, and students. Access to Office 365 also includes downloads of Microsoft Office for various operating systems. For more information go to NC State’s Office 365 web site.

This license also includes free access to Windows 10 for students. For more information, see the site. You will need to log in using your Unity ID and password to access these sites.

Free Access to LinkedIn Learning Tutorials

NC State has an agreement with LinkedIn Learning (formally to provide free access for students, faculty, and staff to thousands of tutorials. Go here for more information.

Free Google Earth Pro

Google Earth Pro is also now free to all users. For more information, see our Google Earth Pro web page.

Free Autodesk Products

Autodesk offers many of its products free for students and faculty. A free Autodesk Education Community account is needed, but offers a long list of free software and other resources. For more information, see the Autodesk Education Community website.

Audio Recording Booth

We have a quiet audio recording booth in the basement of Brooks Hall. The booth has a dedicated iMac computer and MIDI keyboard and is suitable for recording voiceover tracks and MIDI-based audio. Reserve the booth through the IT Lab Checkout Desk in Brooks 203.

3D Printing

The Bayley IT Lab offers 3D printing for students, faculty and staff. A variety of materials is available. Good planning is necessary in order to have projects printed, as some projects can take several days to process. Please stop by the Bayley IT Lab in Brooks 203 to see the 3D printers and discuss your project with the IT staff.

StudioNet: Wired and Wireless Network Access for College of Design Students

All College of Design students taking sophomore or higher studio courses are provided a high-speed network connection at their desk through StudioNet. There is no additional cost to students for StudioNet access. Wired connections are available in Brooks, Kamphoefner and Leazar Halls. Wireless connections are available in Brooks, Kamphoefner and Leazar Halls using the University’s Nomad ncsu wireless network. Registered students should not use the ncsu-guest wireless network because it only allows web access.

Students wishing to use the wired network must have an RJ-45 ethernet connector in their computer along with a CAT-5 or CAT-6 ethernet cable. Cables are available at the NCSU Bookstores. Students wishing to use the wireless network must have an 802.11g compatible wireless card (also called WiFi or Airport) in their computer. Contact the College of Design Information Technology Staff for help.

Students wanting to use a wired network connection should contact the College IT Staff for help. For more information, read the StudioNet instructions.

Anti-Virus Software Required on All Computers

NC State University REQUIRES use of an approved and up-to-date anti-virus program for all computers connected to the NC State network. Anti-virus software recommendations are available at

Information on NC State IT Services

NC State provides a wide variety of IT services through the Office of Information Technology. Information on resources available to students can be found at

Laser Cutter Certification

All users must attend a Laser Cutter Certification session before they will be allowed to use the laser cutters. Contact the Materials Lab about signing up for a certification session.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Warning

Peer-to-Peer file sharing is popular around the world. Many times this type of file sharing includes copyrighted music and movie files. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) file lawsuits against individuals who use their computers to share copyrighted materials. College students are prime targets for this type of law suit. There are cases against NC State students which have cost them thousands of dollars. In order to comply with federal law, NC State must identify the owner of any computer caught sharing copyrighted material.

Also, many of these file sharing programs open up computers to attacks and viruses. It’s safer just to get rid of these programs. The College of Design IT staff cannot take to time to repair your computer from damage caused by these programs. So, don’t risk lawsuits, hacks, and viruses! Get rid of your file sharing programs. They’re not worth it.

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