Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

Online Game Art & Design BS degree requirements

As a prerequisite for admission to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division Game Art & Design BS degree program, students must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Have a final high school CGPA of 2.5 or higher or hold a General Education Development certificate (GED) with the numeric score equivalent to at least a 2.5 GPA under previous GED equivalencies or at a minimal score of 500 under current GED equivalencies with no single test below a 410 score.
  • Meet the standard Art Institutes admission criteria.
  • Software requirements

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    • Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription (Contains Adobe Acrobat Professional, After Effects, Animate, Audition, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro)
    • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
    • Antivirus Software (Latest Version)
    • Skype (Recommended)
    • ToonBoom Custom EDMC Package
    • Autodesk 3ds Max and/or Maya (Version 2015 or higher)
    • Autodesk Mudbox (Version 2015 or higher)
    • Autodesk MotionBuilder (Version 2015 or higher)
    • Unreal 4
    • Unity
    • Audacity (Latest version)
    • Pixologic Zbrush 4R6 (optional)

    Recommended plugins

    Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Windows Media Player, and Java

    Minimum technology requirements

    • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Intel Core®2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor with 64-bit support, Windows 7 Professional with SP 1 (64-bit), 4GB RAM (8GB recommended), 30 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1366 x 768 minimum display resolution (1920x1080 recommended) with 16-bit color, 1 GB VRAM, OpenGL 2.0–capable system, Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft WDM//MME, Direct3D 11 technology, Direct3D 10, or OpenGL-capable graphics card, Stereo Sound Card, Speakers and/or Headset, Internet Speed : DSL or Cable Internet highly recommended and Video Card (minimum specs): Nvidia 400-series (or better) or ATI Radeon 5000-series (or better) video card.
    • Mac: Dual Boot Required Users should have systems with the following specifications: Apple® Mac® Pro 4.1 or later; MacBook® Pro 5.1 or later; iMac® 8.1 or later or *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 4GB RAM, 30GB available hard disk space recommended, 1366 x 768 minimum display resolution (1920x1080 recommended) with 16-bit color, 512MB VRAM, OpenGL 2.0–capable system. Dual boot requirements: Boot Camp (comes with mac OS X), Windows 7 (64-bit required if running OS X 10.7) and Additional 20 GB HD Space required for Windows Partition. Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud. Additional notes about installing Windows via Boot Camp if students do not have it already set up: Students will need to purchase: Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5) See Windows 7 requirements -or- Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro (Boot Camp 5 only) See Windows 8 requirements Helpful link: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5634

    Important Note: “Virtual machines” are not supported by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division for the Game Art & Design program.

    Web browser requirements

    Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

    Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

    Hardware requirements