Computer System and Course Requirements

In order to take an online course, you will need to meet the following minimum computer requirements:

PC System Requirements

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Microphone
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Webcam
  • Highly Recommended – High Speed Internet Access (Cable, DSL, or FIOS)
    • Minimum - Modem with a speed of 56Kbps

Mac System Requirements

  • 32- or 64-bit new Intel Based iMAC, Mini Mac, MAC Pro, MacBook, or MacBook Pro
  • 32-bit display adapter
  • 2 Gigs of available disk space or higher
  • 1 Gig of RAM (2 Gigs Recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Sound card with speakers or headphones
  • Microphone
  • Video adapter and monitor with 1024x768 or higher resolution
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Webcam
  • Highly Recommended – High-Speed Internet Access (Cable, DSL, or FIOS)
    • Minimum - Modem with a speed of 56Kbps

Software Requirements

Course-Specific Software Requirements

All of the following software programs listed below with the noted exceptions will be available through our online virtual lab for students taking online courses. (Graphic Design requirements are broken out separately.) Accessing the virtual lab is slower than having the software installed on your own computer and requires a high-speed internet connection. Student versions of most of the software listed are available for purchase at http://bookstore.BerkeleyCollege.edu/.

Instructions for connecting to the Online Virtual Lab: Virtual Lab Instructions

ACC255 Computer Applications in ACC

  • Quickbooks Online (Web Version)

BUS250 Computer Applications in Business

  • Microsoft Project 2013

CIS104 Computer Essentials

  • Word 2013

CIS201 Advanced Spreadsheets

  • Excel 2013

CIS203 Advanced Database Management Systems

  • Access 2013

CIS212 Multimedia and Business Presentations

  • PowerPoint 2013

CIS215 Computer Applications

  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Access 2013

CIS233 Web Design I

  • Notepad V.5.1
  • Textpad V. 5.2.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Complete

CIS234 Web Design II

  • Notepad V.5.1
  • Textpad V. 5.2.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Complete

CIS235 Web Design III

  • Notepad V.5.1
  • Textpad V. 5.2.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Complete

CIS241 Graphic Development

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photography

ENG – All courses

  • Windows Media Player 11  

ENG115 Public Speaking

  • Webcam

ENG265 Business Communication 

  • Webcam

FAS250 Computer Applications in Fashion Industry 

  • JDA Merchandising – Enterprise Planning V7.4.1

FAS256 Product Development

  • JDA Merchandising – Enterprise Planning V7.4.1

FIN250 Computer Applications in FS

  • Business Plan Maker Software

HEA255 Computer Application in HS

  • Medisoft Advance Patient Accounting (included with the text)

ITM230 Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming

  • MC Visual Studio 2013

ITM240 Information Systems Analysis and Design

  • Visual Analyst
  • Visio 2013

ITM311 Database Analysis and Design

  • MS SQL

ITM312 Database Programming

  • MS SQL

ITM321 Web Graphic Development

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

ITM322 Web Development and Animation

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

ITM411 Data Mining Techniques and Applications

  • SPSS (Available in MyDesk.berkeleycollege)

MAT215 Statistics I

  • Hawkes Discovering Statistics (included with the text)

MGT425 Management Simulation

  • Service Sim (Web Version)
  • PharmaSim (Web Version)

MKT250 Computer Applications in Marketing

  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Project 2013

MKT460 Quantitative Research Design and Analysis

  • SPSS19

Graphic Design Requirements

System Requirements (A Mac is required.)

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel Processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.9, v10.10 (64-bit), or v10.11 (64-bit) 
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB RAM recommended)
  • 4 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation
  • 1024 x 768 display (1280 x 800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512 MB of VRAM (1 GB recommended)
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services

GRD Software and Camera Requirements

  • Subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Media Encoder, and other Adobe Suite Software)
  • Additional software required: Maya (free for students)
  • Additional software required: Unity 3D (free for students)
  • Additional software required: Video Copilot plugins (tutorial plugins are free for students)
  • Bluehost hosting provider
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Flash drive 32 GB or higher
  • Chroma key green screen muslin, 5' X 7'
  • Digital SLR camera with video capabilities

GRD100 Graphic Design Principles

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator

GRD110 Raster and Vector Graphics

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop and Illustrator

GRD120 3D Design

  • Maya

GRD130 Digital Page Layout

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD190 Typography

  • Adobe Creative Cloud -  Illustrator

GRD200 Graphic Design Principles II

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD210 Graphic Design in Visual Culture

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD220 Communications Design I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD226 Career Management Seminar

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD230 Digital Photography I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere
  • Video Copilot plugins
  • Digital SLR camera with video capabilities
  • Chroma key green screen muslin, 5' x 7'

GRD330 Digital Photography II

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere
  • Video Copilot plugins
  • Digital SLR camera with video capabilities
  • Chroma key green screen muslin, 5' x 7'

GRD233 Web Design I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver
  • Bluehost hosting provider

GRD234 Web Design II

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Edge Animate
  • Bluehost hosting provider

GRD235 Web Design III

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Edge Animate, After Effects, Premiere
  • Video Copilot plugins
  • Bluehost hosting provider

GRD290 Typography II

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator

GRD310 Advanced Vector Graphics

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya

GRD320 Graphic Design Principles III

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD360 Packaging Design I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD390 Typography III

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Video Copilot plugins

GRD395 Branding

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya

GRD396 Information Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD410 Publication Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD480 Capstone Project

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Digital SLR camera with video capabilities
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider

GRD481 Portfolio

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider

GRD483 Internship

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

Graphic Design Electives

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider

GRD400 Animation Foundations

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD415 Advertising Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD420 Game Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD470 Special Topics

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, After Effects
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider

Please note that hardware and software requirements and software available in the Virtual Lab are subject to change at any time.

*Adobe products are not available in the Virtual Lab.

If you have any questions regarding the computer requirements, please contact the Help Desk at 973-278-5400 ext. 1540 or email helpdesk@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

 

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