You will need Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Windows or Macintosh). Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins. You will need Windows 7, Vista, or XP, or Mac OSX. In addition, you will need Internet access, email, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).
Artistic ability is not required—just a desire to be creative. You should be familiar with your computer and know how to create and save files, how to make new folders on your hard drive, and how to download files from the Internet.