Computer Requirements

2021/2022 General Computing Standards for Sheridan Programs*

[updated October 28, 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)


  • 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 10.15 (Catalina)
or higher***

IMPORTANT! See details about potential software compatibility issues with computers that feature:

* 16 GB is the required minimum to run Avid Media Composer and optimal for Adobe Premiere Pro 2021
** Video applications are demanding on storage. Consider getting a hard drive that has a 512 GB capacity or higher
*** macOS 10.15 Catalina is the minimum required for Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 and Adobe Media Encoder 2021


  • 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)

Below is the list of FAAD programs and their computing requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Requirements for Bachelor of Film & Television; Bachelor of Interior Design; Interior Decorating; Journalism; and Journalism New Media can be found on 2021-2022 Laptop Requirements page.

If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the specs for the programs noted below please contact

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