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Computer Requirements

2020-2021 General Computing Standards for Sheridan Programs*

[updated May 14, 2021] For the majority of Sheridan programs, using a Windows or macOS based device with the minimum specifications indicated below, will provide you with all of the processing power you need for remote learning and production work. If you are unsure of what you need for your particular program, contact your program coordinator.

* If you are registered in one of Sheridan's Laptop Learning programs  ownership of a suitable laptop that meets the published recommend standard for your program is mandated.

Recommended Standards for Windows Computers

CPU Speed RAM Hard Drive Video RAM Supported OS
i5 processor
or better
8 GB or higher 320 GB integrated

Windows 10
(Pro or Education)

IMPORTANT

  • Windows 10 is available to Sheridan students from OnTheHub.

Recommended Standards for macOS Computers

CPU Speed RAM Hard Drive Supported OS
Intel Core i7,
1.4 Ghz or higher
16 GB* 256 GB or higher**

macOS 10.13
(High Sierra)

macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

macOS 10.15 (Catalina)

IMPORTANT

  • Sheridan students can purchase online from the Sheridan Apple Store or from any Apple Store at Education pricing provided they show a valid student number. Apple's Back to School Promotions usually begin mid to late summer. We recommend waiting to purchase during the promotion period.

Computing Requirements for Programs in the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD)

FAAD has developed minimum and recommended computing standards for each of their programs as noted below.

Recommended Standards for FAAD Programs

Below is the list of FAAD programs and their computing requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Requirements for Bachelor of Film & Television; Bachelor of Interior Design; Interior Decorating; Journalism; and Journalism New Media can be found on 2020-2021 Laptop Requirements page.

If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the specs for the programs noted below please contact mactech@sheridancollege.ca.

Program

Word doc icon Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props
Word doc icon Advanced Television and Film
Word doc icon Animation, Honours Bachelor of
Word doc icon Art and Art History (Honours Bachelor of Arts)
Word doc icon Art Fundamentals
Word doc icon Bachelor of Design
Word doc icon Ceramics, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Word doc icon Communication, Culture, Information & Technology
Word doc icon Computer Animation
Word doc icon Digital Creature Animation – Technical Direction
Word doc icon Digital Product Design
Word doc icon Furniture, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Word doc icon Game Design, Honours Bachelor of
Word doc icon Game Level Design
Word doc icon Glass, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Word doc icon Illustration, Honours Bachelor of
Word doc icon Industrial Design, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Word doc icon Interaction Design, Honours Bachelor of
Word doc icon Makeup for Media and Creative Arts
Word doc icon Media Fundamentals
Word doc icon Music Scoring for Screen and Stage
Word doc icon Music Theatre Performance, Honours Bachelor of
Word doc icon Performing Arts – Preparation
Word doc icon Photography, Honours Bachelor of
Word doc icon Public Relations – Corporate Communications
Word doc icon Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry
Word doc icon Textiles, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Word doc icon Theatre and Drama Studies (Honours Bachelor of Arts)
Word doc icon Visual and Creative Arts
Word doc icon Visual and Creative Arts – Advanced
Word doc icon Visual Effects
Word doc icon Visual Merchandising Arts

 

Webcam & Microphone Recommended

Given that classes may be taking place remotely as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, your computer should have a webcam and audio input/output capabilities. A quality headset/microphone is also recommended.

Internet Requirements for Remote Learning

We strongly recommend you have an internet connection that can effectively provide this speed for your device at all times: 

  • 10 Mbps Download 
  • 3 Mbps Upload
  • Unlimited Usage