Hawai‘i Community College

Hawaiʻi Community College embraces the concept of Kauhale which traditionally means the Hawaiian village. The Kauhale is an ʻohana of administrators, faculty, staff, students, their families, and the Hawaiʻi Island community that contributes measurably to the success of our college’s mission and outcomes.

In East Hawaiʻi, Hawai‘i CC shares a campus with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH) which consists of a 115-acre Main Campus and a 21-acre campus on Manono Street. To serve HawCC and the University, there are 51 major buildings and 36 portables, including classroom buildings, special facilities for student laboratories, a library, and a media center, numerous well-equipped shops for use in trade and industrial courses, faculty offices, an administration building, student services offices, a learning center with satellites, a campus center for student activities, an athletic complex, tennis courts, and playing field. The 110-acre University Agricultural Farm Laboratory is located in the Panaʻewa Agricultural Park.

The College also serves West Hawaiʻi at UH Center Palamanui, with classrooms, a dining room/kitchen, computer lab, library, learning center, and administrative offices.

Started in 1941 as the Hawaiʻi Vocational School, the College has provided access to higher education opportunities, trained a skilled workforce, and supported the economic development of the County. With the advancement in technology and expansion of educational opportunities into broader fields of technical training, the institution was renamed the Hawaiʻi Technical School in 1956.

In May 1970, the institution joined the University of Hawaiʻi as a comprehensive community college with the name Hawaiʻi Community College. Other significant developments for the College were the offering of college degree classes in Kona beginning in 1982, and the establishment of the continuing education programs throughout the island of Hawaiʻi in 1992.

Hawaiʻi Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A comprehensive review is conducted every six years, with the last review being completed in Academic Year 2006-2007.

Creative Media


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Digital Media Arts Certificate:

Core Requirements

  • Required for Digital Media Art Certificate
    • ART 112: Introduction to Digital Arts
    • ART 115: Introduction to 2-D Design
    • ART 202: Digital Imaging
    • ART 209: Image in Motion Studio
    • ART 293: Internship or ART 294 Practicum in Digital Arts
    • ART 294: Practicum in Digital Arts
    • Completion of either ART 293 or 294 will satisfy the requirements for the certificate.
    • ENT 120: Starting a Small Business


  • Choose 1:
    • Art 107D: Introduction to Digital Photography
    • Art 120: Intro to Typography
    • Art 125: Intro to Graphic Design
    • Art 126: 3D Computer Graphics
    • Art 159: History of Communication Design
    • Art 212: Digital Animation
    • Art 225: Graphic Design II
    • Art 226: 3D Computer Graphics II
    • Art 238: Interface Design
    • Art 246: 3D Computer Graphics III
    • Art 248: Digital Post-Production
    • Art 249: Interface Design II
    • Art 257: Motion Graphic Design
    • Art 259: Narrative Game Design
    • Art 295: Design Portfolio
    • Art 296: Demo Reel Development

Program Overview

With the growth of multimedia as a tool for both education and industry, the need for skilled design professionals in this field has risen dramatically.

The Digital Media Arts Program at Hawai’i Community College will prepare students for professional work, both in the field of multimedia design and in the converging industries that require advanced skills in digital media. Integrating classroom instruction with production, the program will provide students with hands-on experience in the collaborative process of multi-media production.

The Digital Media Arts certificate prepares students for work in the fields of digital media design and production. The curriculum includes 6 required courses and 1 elective.

A Certificate of Completion is a college credential awarded to students who have successfully completed short-term technical occupational professional education credit courses or course sequences that provide them with entry-level skills or job upgrading.

These course sequences shall be at least 10 credit hours but may not exceed 23 credit hours. The issuance of a Certificate of Completion requires a GPR of 2.0 (“C”) or higher for all courses required for the certificate.

To receive the Certificate of Completion you will need a total of 21 credits. You need to complete these Six Required Courses. And one of the Elective Courses.

  • Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:
    • Use technology effectively to create visual artworks.
    • Gather, analyze, and evaluate information visually.
    • Apply knowledge of aesthetics to the needs of the community.
    • Demonstrate professionalism with a digital portfolio.

For more info about Hawai‘i CC’s program, please visit their site.

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