Windward Community College

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Campus Overview

Windward Community College offers innovative programs in the arts and sciences and opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of Hawai‘i and its unique heritage. With a special commitment to support the access and educational needs of Native Hawaiians, we provide O‘ahu’s Ko‘olau region and beyond with liberal arts, career and lifelong learning in a supportive and challenging environment — inspiring students to excellence.

Windward Community College is accredited by the Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges, which is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Creative Media

Prerequisites

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The following required courses for our Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media have pre-requisites that are outside of the certificate program.

Track A: Video Game Design

  • ART/CM 126: 3D Computer Graphics I – Pre-requisite is ART 112: Introduction to Digital Art with a grade of C or better.
  • CM 271: Introduction to Games and Gaming – When being taught as a Writing Intensive (WI), pre-requisite is ENG 100: Composition I with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor. There is no pre-requisite when the course is not being taught as a WI.

Track C: Creative Filmmaking

  • CM/ENG 204C: Introduction to Creative Writing (Screenwriting) – Pre-requisite is ENG 100: Composition I with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.
  • CM/THEA 223: Introduction to Acting for Camera – Pre-requisite is THEA 221: Acting I with a grade of C or better.

 

 

Core Requirements

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To complete the Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media at Windward Community College, students need a total of 24 credits from the following courses :

Track A: Video Game Design

Base course

JOUR 150: Media and Society (DS)

Required courses

ART/CM 126:  3D Computer Graphics I (DA)

CM 142: Introduction to Video Game Design

CM 242: Video Game Design II (DA) (for 6 credits)

CM 271: Games and Gaming in Society

CM 272:  Concepts in Game Design

Capstone course

CM 295A: Careers in Video Game Design (DA)

 

Track B: Documentary (Non-Fiction) Filmmaking

Base course

JOUR 150: Media and Society (DS)

Required courses

CM 120: Introduction to Digital Video (DA)

JOUR 200: Introduction to Multimedia Journalism (DA)

CM 220: Intermediate Digital  Video (DA) (for 6 credits)

CM 255: Introduction to Cinema and Digital Media (DH)

CM/JOUR 286: Multimedia News Production (DA)

Capstone course

CM 295B: Careers in Filmmaking (DA)

 

Track C: Creative (Narrative) Filmmaking

Base course

JOUR 150: Media and Society (DS)

Required courses

CM 120: Introduction to Digital Video (DA)

CM/ENG 204C: Introduction to Creative Writing (Screenwriting) (DA)

CM 220: Intermediate Digital  Video (DA) (for 6 credits)

CM 255: Introduction to Cinema and Digital Media (DH)

CM/THEA 223: Introduction to Acting for Camera (DA)

Capstone course

CM 295B: Careers in Filmmaking (DA)

 

 

Electives

In addition to the required courses for the certificate, the following courses are encouraged as they provide foundational skills that will strengthen and diversify any content creator’s skill set.

  • ACC 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ART 101: Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • ART 107: Introduction to Photography
  • ART 112: Introduction to Digital Art
  • ART 113: Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 114: Introduction to Color
  • ART 115: Introduction to 2D Design
  • ART 214: Introduction to Life Drawing
  • CM/MUS 240: Digital Music Production
  • CM/ENG 280: Book Production: Pueo
  • ENG 100: Composition I
  • ICS 101: Digital Tools for the Information World
  • ICS 107: Website Development
  • ICS 119: Introduction to Social Media
  • ICS 123: Introduction to Digital Audio/Video Production
  • ICS 203: Digital Image Editing
  • ICS 207: Building Web Applications
  • ICS 215: Introduction to Scripting
  • JOUR 250: Media Writing
  • JOUR 287V: Newspaper Production
  • THEA 101: Introduction to Drama and Theatre
  • THEA 221: Acting I
  • THEA 222: Acting II

Program Overview

Windward Community College’s Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media is aimed at students wanting to focus on video game design or filmmaking and teaches them the foundational skills of their craft so that they can produce a final project with professional equipment and conforming to professional standards. Upon completion of the 24-credit program, students will be prepared to launch their own entrepreneurial careers, to seek industry jobs or to pursue advanced academic study of their craft.

Currently, no campus in the UH System offers a focused program in video game design despite the fact that video games are a $11.7 billion industry in the United States. In addition, while there are campuses with digital video/cinema programs, there is no campus offering a focused program on documentary (non-fiction) filmmaking.

WCC’s academic subject certificate in filmmaking targets the aspiring independent filmmaker. Students in both the documentary and creative filmmaking tracks get an all-around education in producing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing as well as a grounding in the business, ethical and legal aspects of the industry to tell their own stories for a variety of platforms. In addition, given WCC’s unique location in the culturally rich Ko‘olau region, its large population of Native Hawaiian students and its mission to “support the access and educational needs of Native Hawaiians,” our filmmaking students have increased access, opportunities and resources to create films steeped in Native Hawaiian culture.

Contact an Advisor

Contact WCC Creative Media Committee chair Kimberlee Bassford at kbassfor@hawaii.edu.

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