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Virtual Technology & Design

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9429

Program Requirements

A portfolio will be due at the end of each academic year by all Virtual Technology and Design majors. See below for specific requirements by year.

• Admission to 2nd year studio
• Learn to develop digital portfolios
• Explore your work from, but not limited to:

• Art 110, 112, 121
• VTD 151-154

Requirements for advancement in the program include:

1) Portfolio
2) 2nd Year Application

Admission to 3rd year studio

Explore and tell the story of:

  • Your creative work from University of Idaho projects
  • Your creative work from other post high school educational institutions, high school and personal projects


1) Summer Contact Information
2) Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address 
3) A picture of yourself
4) Personal Statement

Describe any interests or background information that you feel might be valuable to us during the evaluation process. The length of the narrative should not exceed 1000 words.
5) Portfolio
Include your best creative work using one or all of the following media forms:

VTD151-154 World Building, VTD245 Advanced Modeling Projects, VTD246 Advanced Lighting and Materials, design studio projects, images of creative work such as game mods (levels, characters, props, etc.), sculpture, furniture, paintings, drawings, graphic design, web page development.

Animation projects, design studio projects, creative cinematography, performance art, dance, theater, etc.

Virtual Worlds (Unity 3D Projects / VirTools / Second Life)
VTD271 projects, VTD372 projects, design studio projects, other creative projects

Poetry, short stories, essays, articles, plays, etc.

Performance, composition, sound design and editing, etc.

Transcript from Non-University of Idaho Schools, including GPA.

• Develop a digital professional portfolio for internships and summer employment
• Review of work created in the VTD 3rd year studio
• Review of work created in the VTD technical classes
• 10 percent of 3rd year studio (VTD356) grade

• Develop a digital professional portfolio for graduate school and/or career building
• Only fourth-year portfolios will be accepted as public web sites.

All Virtual Technology & Design (VTD) majors are required to have a notebook computer and appropriate software for any VTD course in which they are enrolled.
The required notebook computers must be in compliance with the performance specifications outlined below:

Intel® i7-6700HQ or above

System Memory (RAM)
8 GB minimum
16+ GB recommended

Screen Resolution:
1920 x 1080, or higher

Screen Size
15.6" or 17"

Video Chipset
It is recommended that you specify video chipsets that use dedicated (discrete) RAM. Video chipsets that employ a hybrid memory sharing technology are acceptable, but not ideal. A number of integrated video chipsets rely entirely on shared system RAM, these chipsets are not recommended.
Nvidia® GTX 1060 or higher

Video Memory (RAM)
2 GB minimum
4 GB+ suggested

Network Interface Card (NIC)
Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless Network Interface Card
College of Art and Architecture facilities are wireless ready (802.11 b/g/n compatible).

Hard Drive
512GB 5400 rpm, minimum
1TB 7200 rpm, recommended
Solid State Drive, recommended for better performance
Removable Storage
USB Flash Drive (recommended)
USB Hard Drive (good for projects and backup)
External Mouse (USB or wireless)
Pen Tablets
Security Lock and Cable
Carrying Case
Notebook Cooling Device
Manufacturer's Extended Warranty
Operating System
Windows 10 Professional 64 bit (The HOME versions of Windows are NOT recommended)
Mac OS X 10.10.5+ (To run some windows based software you will need to use BootCamp or setup a virtual
machine. Both of these solutions will require a purchase of a Windows OS)

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Virtual Technology & Design

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9429