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Technology requirements

Computer requirements vary by program—check your program page for details. For most students, a basic computer meeting minimum requirements is all you need, but there are exceptions. Review our recommended specifications below, and check your program page for any additional requirements. The specifications below will ensure good performance for needed software running through AppsAnywhere.

Minimum requirements Basic Mid-level Advanced
Recommended for All programs School of Business + Media Forensics/Computing/Engineering
Operating System Windows 10*
Processor Intel 10th Gen i5 or better

or

AMD Ryzen 5 4000 “U” Series or better

Intel 10th Gen i7 (“H” Series preferred) or better

or

AMD Ryzen 5 4000 (“H” Series preferred) or better

Memory 8 GB or greater 16 GB or greater
Hard drive 250 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 500 GB SSD Primary: 500 GB SSD

Secondary: Consider 2nd data drive or external storage

Graphics card Intel: UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics

AMD: Radeon Graphics

Intel: UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics

AMD: Radeon Graphics

nVidia GPU: MX250/Quadro P520 or better

Intel: UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics

AMD: Radeon Graphics

Plus Discrete Graphics: nVidia GTX 1650/AMD Radeon 5600M or better

Screen 13″ or larger

1080P (FHD – 1920×1080) resolution or higher

Connectivity 802.11ac (or newer) or wired ethernet connection
Internet High-speed internet connection of at least 30 Mbps Download/10 Mbps Upload
Other 720P Webcam + Microphone
Warranty Accidental damage coverage recommended

*Students with older Mac computers – those equipped with Intel processors – can create a Windows environment on their Mac computer to run Windows software via AppsAnywhere. However, newer Macs – those with Apple M1 chips – do not support this functionality. The only way to run Windows software on M1 Macs is by using the AppsAnywhere Windows desktop in Workspace.

Even if your program doesn’t require an above-basic computer, for best performance, you might want to consider upgrading. Please see the following additional information about technology requirements for these programs:

Student discounts on technology products

As a BCIT student, you are eligible for educational pricing on computers and other technology.

BCIT partners with Dell and Apple to provide choice for students. Visit their websites below to view offers on applicable technology products.

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Sign up for an account to access discounted pricing.

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Save on a new Mac or iPad with Apple education pricing. Available to current and newly accepted BCIT students and their parents, as well as faculty and staff.