[updated August 17, 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.
|CPU Speed||RAM||Hard Drive||Video RAM||Supported OS|
|8 GB or higher||320 GB||integrated||
|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)
|IMPORTANT: see details about potential software compatibility issues with computers that feature Apple's new silicon processors (M1 chips) and/or macOS 11 (Big Sur).|
* 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
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 email@example.com.
|Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props|
|Advanced Television and Film|
|Animation, Honours Bachelor of|
|Art and Art History (Honours Bachelor of Arts)|
|Bachelor of Design|
|Ceramics, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design|
|Communication, Culture, Information & Technology|
|Digital Creature Animation – Technical Direction|
|Digital Product Design|
|Furniture, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design|
|Game Design, Honours Bachelor of|
|Game Level Design|
|Glass, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design|
|Illustration, Honours Bachelor of|
|Industrial Design, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design|
|Interaction Design, Honours Bachelor of|
|Makeup for Media and Creative Arts|
|Music Scoring for Screen and Stage|
|Music Theatre Performance, Honours Bachelor of|
|Performing Arts – Preparation|
|Photography, Honours Bachelor of|
|Public Relations – Corporate Communications|
|Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry|
|Textiles, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design|
|Theatre and Drama Studies (Honours Bachelor of Arts)|
|Visual and Creative Arts|
|Visual and Creative Arts – Advanced|
|Visual Merchandising Arts|
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.
We strongly recommend you have an internet connection that can effectively provide this speed for your device at all times: