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"Our global online classroom is designed to support artists and teachers. We are committed to evolving how students and teachers communicate and collaborate. I've never seen an online program like the Academy's."
Vice President of Online Education
Your computer system must meet these minimum requirements:
Apart from an internet browser, your computer must have the following hardware and software to successfully participate in our online classes:
The following required software may be downloaded for free:
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.
When you take online courses at the Academy, you're free to manage your own time; there are no set class schedules that require you to be online at specific points in the day.
Course content is divided evenly across 15 modules spread out over a semester. Each module's coursework - instructional videos, audio-enhanced slideshows, digital documentation, interviews, and more - are made available at the start of each module period.
We've developed our own custom Learning Management System (LMS) - a centralized web tool that lets students and faculty easily interact and exchange digital assets.
The LMS whiteboard feature allows instructors to mark up your work and provide detailed feedback, even audio commentary.
The LMS also serves as your central hub for class news and updates, grade information, ESL support, scheduling one-on-one tutoring sessions, and a host of other features tailored to make your online education as rich as possible.
You may work and study independently, but that doesn't mean you can’t tap the support of your online classmates.
Each course offers a class discussion area where students and instructors can freely exchange thoughts, post work, and provide or receive creative feedback. The discussion area’s sole purpose is to give you and your peers the opportunity to support each other’s mutual development as artists.
Join us to learn about job search strategies, digital portfolios, and more. Interact with us live and ask questions and take part in discussions to get the answers you need.
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