Skip to main content


CDA is dedicated to providing computer
and audio-visual services to the Faculty of Fine Arts

A computer with the following basic specs should be sufficient for online distance learning. Your department may have additional requirements, so please check with them also.

  • 480GB hard drive or higher (250GB+ SSD primary drive highly recommended)
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 2.0 GHz Intel or AMD processor or higher
  • Windows 10 (1809) or later/ MacOS 10.13 or later
  • Firefox and Chrome Browsers (latest versions)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later
  • Anti-virus program (updated regularly, free options)
  • Computer microphone and speakers or headphones
  • Web Camera
  • High-speed internet connection  (15Mbit/s download and 10Mbit/s upload) If several users are using the internet connection at the same time, a faster plan may be needed.
    Cable-based connections tend to be more stable than DSL. Consider smaller providers for added savings.
  • Wired ethernet connection from the computer to the router is preferable to WiFi.

For 3D work, a graphics card such as Nvidia 600 series and AMD HD 7000 series or newer

**We would recommend an Apple computer because it can also run Windows if there is some special software you absolutely need. It will also be better supported when you initiate a remote desktop connection to our lab machines since they are mostly Macs.


CDA facilities are closed until further notice.
Online services continue.


The Fine Arts Support
page has answers!

The website is available to all Fine Arts staff and faculty if they wish to post information for their areas. Just register and let us know by emailing and we'll make you an author so you can post.



Search CDA

Popular help & support topics

Back to top Back to top

© Concordia University