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 berkeleystore.berkeleycollege.edu.

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

BUS2250 Computer Applications in Business

  • Microsoft Project 2016

CIS1115 Computer Applications

  • Word 2016
  • Excel 2016
  • PowerPoint 2016
  • Access 2016

ENG1105 Writing and Research

  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Any video recording device such as an iPhone or laptop/desktop camera

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Any video recording device such as an iPhone or laptop/desktop camera

ENG2215 Public Speaking

  • Any video recording device such as an iPhone or laptop/desktop camera

ENG2265 Business Communication

  • Any video recording device, such as an iPhone or laptop/desktop camera

ENG3315 Advanced Writing

  • Any video recording device, such as an iPhone or laptop/desktop camera

FAS2250 Product Lifestyle Management and Sustainability

  • JDA Merchandising – Enterprise Planning V7.4.1

ITM2210 Introduction to Database Management

  • Access 2016

ITM2240 Information Systems Analysis and Design

  • Visual Analyst

ITM3311 Distributed Database Systems and Design

  • MS SQL

ITM3312 Database Programming

  • MS SQL

ITM3321 Web Graphic Development

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Notepad++

ITM3322 Web Development and Animation

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Notepad ++

ITM3330 Object-Oriented Programming

  • MC Visual Studio 2013

MAT2215 Statistics I

  • Excel

MGT4425 Management Simulation

  • Service Sim (web version)
  • PharmaSim (web version)

MKT4460 Qualitative 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 (provided by Berkeley College)
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Flash drive 32 GB or higher
  • Chroma key green screen muslin, 5' X 7' (required for online students)
  • Digital SLR camera with video capabilities (required for online students)

GRD1100 Graphic Design Principles I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator and Photoshop

GRD1120 3D Design and Modeling

  • Maya

GRD1130 Digital Page Layout

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD1190 Typography I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud -  Illustrator

GRD2200 Graphic Design Principles II

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD2210 Graphic Design in Visual Culture

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD2226 Professional Development Seminar

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

GRD2230 Digital Photography and Creative Media

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

GRD2233 Web Design I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver
  • Bluehost hosting provider (provided by Berkeley College)

GRD2234 Web Design II

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver
  • Bluehost hosting provider (provided by Berkeley College)

GRD2235 Web Design III

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere
  • Video Copilot plugins
  • Bluehost hosting provider (provided by Berkeley College)

GRD2290 Typography II

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

GRD3320 Graphic Design Principles III and Game Development

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

GRD3330 Digital Filmmaking

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

GRD3360 Packaging Design I

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Maya

GRD3395 Branding and Information Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Maya

GRD4400 Animation Foundations

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD4410 Publication Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Maya

GRD4415 UI/UX Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD4420 Game Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

GRD4460 Capstone Project

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Digital SLR Camera with video capabilities
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider (provided by Berkeley College)

GRD4470 Special Topics in Graphic Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider (provided by Berkeley College)

GRD4481 Portfolio

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D
  • Bluehost hosting provider (provided by Berkeley College)

GRD4483 Internship

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Maya
  • Unity 3D

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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