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Campus Overview

Since 1976, the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu has served the people of Hawai‘i and remains a dynamic and diverse place of learning and cultural enrichment. Formerly West O‘ahu College, the university has evolved from a two-year baccalaureate institution to a four-year comprehensive University with academic programs that emphasize the exploration of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. Founded in the liberal arts, UH West O‘ahu is committed to quality teaching and an environment that fosters life-long learning.

UH West O’ahu is located in the City of Kapolei on the island of O’ahu. The average enrollment is about 2,700 students via on-campus and distance learning. The University offers six bachelor’s degree programs in 32 areas of study as well as seven certificate programs. Nearly 14% of enrolled students live on the neighbor islands.

The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu is committed to continuous improvement in all areas of the campus and demonstrates this commitment by our engagement in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process. UH West O’ahu is fully accredited by WASC, our regional accreditation agency. The University first received WASC accreditation in February 1981 and has been reaccredited in all subsequent reviews.

 

Humanities – Creative Media

Prerequisites

Students with an earned degree from one of the following programs may be eligible to waive some of the foundational requirements:

  • AS in Television Production (Leeward CC)
  • AS in Digital Media (Leeward CC)
  • AS in New Media Arts (Kapi‘olani CC)
  • AS in MELE (Honolulu CC)
  • AS in Communication Arts (Honolulu CC)

Graduates of other creative media or communications programs will also be considered for admission. Concentration, Division and General Education course work will enhance the abilities of those seeking a career in creative media industries and/or graduate study in an MFA, MA, or PhD program.

 

Core Requirements

General Education Core and Graduation requirements (as of Catalog 2015 – 2016):

Lower division (100-200-level) foundational course work (or have completed an AS in a media design program; please consult with Sharla Hanaoka) (15 – 21 credits)

  • ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • ART 107D Introduction to Digital Photography
  • ART 112 Introduction to Digital Art
  • ART 113D Intro to Digital Drawing
  • ART 229 Interface Design
  • ART 126 3D Computer Graphics
  • ART 157 Digital Storytelling
  • ART 158 History of Animation
  • ART 221 Design for Print or Web
  • ART 240 Typography and Color in Design
  • CM 120 Introduction to Digital Video
  • CM 140 History of Video Games
  • CM 142 Introduction to Video Game Designs
  • CM 150 Film Analysis and Storytelling
  • ICS 101 Digital Tools for the Information World
  • ICS 111 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • TVPR 210 Film & Video History, Criticism, Ethics & Aesthetics
  • TVPR 211 Film & Video Storytelling & Scriptwriting

Humanities Core requirements (18 credits)

  • Creative Media Concentration requirements (51 credits)
  • CM 400 (alpha) Creative Media Master Class (3)
  • CM 491Creative Professionals (3)
  • ART 311D Design in Public Spaces (3) or ART 320 Web Design & Development (3)
  • CM 314 Music, Sound & Media (3)
  • CM 390 (alpha) Creative Media Internship (3)
  • CM 320 (alpha) Topics in Creative Producing (3)

Complementary Area: Film/Drama Studies (6 credits from English Film/Drama cluster): 

  • ENG 360 Literature & Film (3)
  • ENG 361History of Film (3)
  • ENG 367(alpha) Genres & Directors (3)
  • ENG 441Gender & Sexuality in Literature & Film (3)
  • ENG 445 Shakespeare (3)
  • ENG 462(alpha) Studies in Drama (3)
  • ENG 465 History of Theatre (3)

3 credits of Senior Practicum WI (CM 490) or Senior Project WI (CM 491)

Varying credits of Electives

Electives

9 – 12 credits from the following (as of Catalog 2015 – 2016):

  • CM 315 Interactive Applications
  • CM 316 User Experience
  • CM 317 Motion Graphics
  • CM 340 The Modern Game Industry
  • CM 341 Writing and Storytelling for Video Games
  • CM 342 Applied Game Design
  • CM 343 Game Level Design
  • CM 350 Creative Strategy
  • CM 351 Innovative Advertising
  • CM 352 Transmedia and Emerging Media
  • CM 358 Web Series Production
  • CM 359 Branded Entertainment: Online Video Campaign
  • CM 391 Game Design Project
  • HIST 325 Asian Economies, Business, & Consumers (3)
  • HIST 326 Japan Cool: Anime, Manga, and Film
  • HIST 464 The Triumph of Mass Culture: The US Since 1920
  • HPST 461 Traditional Art of Hawaii
  • HPST 462 Traditional Art of the Paciic
  • PHIL 439 Philosophy and Film

Program Overview

Creative Media is both a 4 year and 2 + 2 transfer pathway for students interested in pursuing or continuing on in the Creative Media Arts. Integrating various media domains, such as design, storytelling, and technology, the UHWO Humanities/Creative Media program provides study and extended practice in the student’s chosen area of competence. Course requirements address development and maintenance of existing artistic skills; foster support for a broader understanding of related disciplines including humanities and technology; and provide experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on realistic problems. The 4 year student will develop within the breath of Creative Media arts that enables them to engage in creative problem solving from a multi-discipline approach. The transfer student will be introduced to the breath of the humanities while reinforcing their depth of knowledge in the Creative Media fields.

A bachelor’s degree in Creative Media opens many opportunities for positions in graphic and web design, digital video production, and other digital media outlets. On average, starting salaries range from $35,000 – 55,000 depending on creative industry and size of firm.

In Hawai‘i the creative sector supports a wide spectrum of commercial businesses, individuals, cultural enterprises and non-profit institutions. Creative enterprises produce, directly or indirectly, a range of goods services that are the product of artistry, design, aesthetic value or cultural enterprise. As a whole, employment in this sector grew nearly 10 percent from 2002 to 2008, compared to 14 percent nationally. The average earnings in the sector in 2007 were nearly $50,000. In 2012, the thirteen creative industry groups accounted for an estimated 47,700 jobs in the State, nearly 6% of all civilian jobs. Performing/Creative Arts were the largest group in the sector, accounting for almost 20% of jobs in the sector.

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Sharla Hanaoka, Associate Director UHWO Creative Media

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Applied Sciences – Creative Media

Prerequisites

Students with an earned degree from one of the following programs.
  • AS in Television Production (Leeward CC)
  • AS in Digital Media (Leeward CC)
  • AS in New Media Arts (Kapi‘olani CC)
  • AS in MELE (Honolulu CC)
  • AS in Communication Arts (Honolulu CC)
  • Graduates of other creative media or communications programs will also be considered for admission.

Core Requirements

General Education Core and Graduation requirements (as of Catalog 2017 – 2018):
  1. General education core and Graduation requirements
  2. CM foundational coursework (100-200-level) 18 credits (or have completed an AS in a media design program; please consult with Sharla Hanaoka)
  3. Applied Science Core requirements (18 credits)
  4. Creative Media concentration requirements (18 credits), and
  5. Creative Media area electives
Foundational Course Work (18 credits):
  • *ART 107D Introduction to Digital Photography
  • *ART 112D Introduction to Digital Art
  • *ART 113D Introduction to Digital Drawing
  • ART 126 3D Computer Graphics
  • ART 221 Design for Print and Web
  • ART 229 Interface Design I
  • ART 240 Typography and Color in Design
  • CM 120 Introduction to Digital Video
  • CM 140 History of Video Games
  • CM 142 Introduction to Video Game Design
  • CM 150 Film Analysis and Storytelling
  • CM 152 Pre-Production: Digital Video
  • CM 153 Sound Design for Digital Media
  • CM 155 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • CM 160 Mobile World
  • CM 161 Intro to iOS Mobile App Development
  • CM 251 Animation and Special Effects
  • ICS 101 Digital Tools for the Information World
  • ICS 111 Introduction to Computer Science

*One of these courses will also meet the General Education Diversification Arts requirement.

Students who have earned an AS from a UH media design program may have adequate background to waive these requirements. Please consult with Student Services Academic Advisor.

  • Honolulu CC: AS in Audio Engineering Technology, AS in Music Business, AS in Communication Arts
  • Kapi‘olani CC: AS in New Media Arts with concentration in Animation, or concentration in Interface Design
  • Leeward CC: AS in Professional Arts & Technology; AS in Television Production
Creative Media Concentration requirements (18 credits)
  • CM 400 (alpha) Creative Media Master Class (3)
  • CM 401 Creative Professionals (3)
  • ART 311D Design in Public Spaces (3) or ART 320 Web Design & Development (3)
  • CM 314 Music, Sound & Media (3)
  • CM 390 (alpha) Creative Media Internship (3)
  • CM 320 (alpha) Topics in Creative Producing (3)

*Transmedia students must take CM 320D, and CM 400D.

Electives


Students choose one area of interest: Game Design (18 credits), Interface Design (18 credits) , Transmedia (18 credits) or General Creative Media (18 credits).

Game Design (18 credits)

  • CM 140 History of Video Games
  • CM 341 Writing and Storytelling for Video Games (pre. CM 140 and CM 142)
  • CM 342 Applied Game Design (pre. CM 140 and CM 142)
  • CM 343 Game Level Design (pre. CM 140 and CM 142)
  • CM 385 Game Design and Development (pre. CM 140 and CM 142)
  • CM 391 Game Design Project (pre. CM 140 and CM 142)
  • Recommended other courses
    • HIST 326 Japan Cool: Anime, Manga and Film
    • ICS 211 Introduction to Computer Science II
    • Any other ART or CM 300 – 400 level course not used to meet an requirement.

Interface Design (18 credits)

  • ART 229 Interface Design
  • ART 240 Typography and Color in Design
  • ART 311D Design in Public Spaces
  • ART 320 Web Design and Development
  • CM 315 Interactive Applications
  • CM 316 User Experience
  • CM 317 Motion Graphics
  • CM 350 Creative Strategy
  • CM 351 Innovative Advertising
  • CM 400 (alpha) Creative Media Master class
  • ICS 111 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Recommended other courses:
    • ART 221 Design for Print and Web
    • ART 213 Art Through Applied Geometry
    • Any other ART or CM 300 – 400 level course not used to meet an requirement.

Transmedia (18 credits)

  • CM 150 Film Analysis and Storytelling
  • CM 155 Intro to Screenwriting
  • CM 320 (alpha) Topics in Creative Producing
  • CM 351 Innovative Advertising
  • CM 352 Transmedia and Emerging Media
  • CM 353 Making a Short Film
  • CM 358 Branded Entertainment: Online Video Campaign
  • CM 400 (alpha) Creative Media Master Class
  • CM 402 Movie Image Archives for Film
  • Any other ART or CM 300 – 400 level course not used to meet an requirement.

General Creative Media (18 credits)

Students take 18 credits in Art (ART) or Creative Media (CM), with at least three 300-400 level courses from the various tracks. Sharla Hanaoka, the faculty contact for this program, may be contacted for additional information at shanaoka@hawaii.edu or at (808) 689-2392.

 

Program Overview

Creative Media is a dynamic and growing professional field. This concentration provides students with an opportunity for professional positions in a wide variety of emerging media industries, such as Video Game Design and Development, Interactive Design, Motion and Visual Graphics, and Transmedia Film, TV Production and New Media; or a solid foundation on which to continue on for advanced education in Media.

This degree is especially appropriate for students who have a passion for applying analytical and creative thinking skills in digital media. Transfer students in the UH system who have completed an Associates’ degree program in a digital media program at a UH Community College or from outside of the UH system may be eligible for admission.

Contact an Advisor

Sharla Hanaoka, Associate Director Creative Media

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