System Requirements

Supported Internet Browsers

Your computer must have one of the following Internet browsers to successfully participate in our online classes. Make sure you have one of the following installed on your computer:

  Browser Versions Mac PC
Mozilla Firefox - RECOMMENDED
Latest version
Get Firefox for Mac or PC
Google Chrome - RECOMMENDED Latest version
Get Chrome for Mac or PC
Safari - RECOMMENDED 5.0 or higher recommended
Get Safari for Mac
Microsoft Internet Explorer IE 10 or higher
Get IE for PC

Minimum System Requirements

Your computer system must meet these minimum requirements:

  Platform Requirements
Mac Operating System: Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
Processor: Intel Core (TM) Duo 1.33GHz or faster
Computer Memory: 512MB minimum, 1GB recommended

Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later
Processor: 2.33 GHz single core or greater
Computer Memory: 512MB minimum, 1GB recommended

Not Recommended

To ensure the best online learning experience and interaction, we DO NOT recommend the use of tablets in our online classes.

  Platform Not Recommended

Tablet (Mac, PC, Android) Apple iPad, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface

Computer Memory: 256 MB of RAM (512 MB or greater recommended)

DVD-ROM: Required

Hard-Disk Drive: On average, 5 GB free space per class, not including additional space for class-specific software

Video Card: Super VGA (1024 x 768 with 64k color or with 64mb VRAM) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor

Sound Card: 16 bit sound card and speakers

Other System Requirements

Apart from an Internet browser, your computer must have the following required hardware and software to successfully participate in our online classes.   

Internet Service Provider: Any Internet service provider will suffice if it provides reliable access to the Internet of at least 1.2 mbps download speed. AOL users should log into AOL and then open their correct browser (see the list of supported browsers above)

Modem Speed: DSL or Cable internet highly recommended

Email Accounts: All Academy of Art students receive a free email account after they have been registered for a class. To inquire about whether your email login and password has been created veiw at

Webcam: required for all online language classes

The following required software may be downloaded for free:

Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash
(Adobe Flash Player is not currently supported for the following systems: Internet Explorer 8 on a Windows 64-bit operating system, Internet Explorer on Windows Vista 64-bit operating system)
Apple Quick TIme Player

While participating in the online class, you may choose to share documents and files via email. You are expected to use your own updated virus protection software. Anti-virus software can be downloaded for free or for a small charge from the Internet, or you can purchase a program at your local software retailer. For more information, visit the following websites:

About Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader: Some classes require software from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Adobe Reader (for PDF files). Some classes have specific additional requirements: scanner, software such as Photoshop, or other hardware. Please read the class descriptions carefully.

Additional Questions

For additional questions about software or hardware requirements specific to classes or academic programs, please contact the appropriate academic department directly.