Humanities – Creative Media

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.

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.

Sharla Hanaoka, Associate Director UHWO Creative Media

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