Honolulu Community College

Campus Overview

Honolulu Community College was established in 1920 as the Territorial Trade School in Palama. In 1966, the Board of Regents approved the name Honolulu Community College and authorized the school to grant Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

As one of seven schools comprising the UH Community College System, Honolulu CC experienced rapid growth between 1966 and 1976 and has evolved into a fully comprehensive community college. The Main Campus, a short distance from the heart of Honolulu on Dillingham Boulevard, offers liberal arts instruction leading to a two-year Associate in Arts degree, allowing students to transfer credits to achieve junior class standing at four-year higher education institutions within the State. The college also has facilities near Honolulu International Airport, at Kalaeloa Airport (Kapolei), on Kokea Street, and at Sand Island that currently offer Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Technical Studies degrees. Certificate programs in more than twenty Career and Technical Education areas that are integrated with a strong general education “core” help Honolulu CC provide an educated citizenry for the workforce of the State of Hawai‘i.

Honolulu CC is an integral part of the University of Hawaiʻi, which is a world-renowned, nationally-ranked, and state-funded American institution. Students have direct transfer to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and the Unversity of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu to complete their four-year baccalaureate degree. The institution also has transfer agreements with other universities in Hawaiʻi and serves as a gateway to over 2,000 universities and colleges across the USA.

Honolulu CC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and has been continuously and fully accredited since 1970 by Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Communication Arts


  • ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100.
  • MATH 24 or 50 OR Placement in MATH 25.
  • Excluding CA 100 & 101

Core Requirements

  • Written Communication (FW) Elective (Select one)
  • ENG 100, 209, 210, JOUR 205*
  • Symbolic Reasoning (FS) Elective (Select one)
    • MATH 100, 103, 115, 135, 140, 197, 203, 205, 206, 231, PHIL 110**
  • Honolulu CC AS/NS Natural Science Elective (select one)
    • AG 100, ASTR 110, BIOC 141, 142, BIOL 100, 103- 103L, 123, 124-124L, 171-171L, 172-172L, BOT 101-101L, BOT 130- 130L,CHEM 100-100L, 105, 105C, 105E, 151-151L, 152-152L,161-161L, 162-162L, 272-272L, CMGT 211, FSHN 185, GEOG 101-101L, GG 101- 101L, 103, HWST 281-281L , KLS 195, MET 101-101L, MICR 130, 140, OCN 180, 201-201L, PHYL 141-141L, 142-142L, PHYS 100-100L, 105, 122, 151-151L, 152-152L, 170-170L, 197E, 197F, 197M, 197P, 272-272L, 274, PSY 230, SCI 101, 122, ZOOL 101, 141-141L, 142-142L, 200
  • CA 100 Survey of Graphic Styles
  • CA 101 Power of Advertising
  • Communication Arts (CA) Requirement
    • CA 122 Copy Preparation
    • CA 123 Color Theory and Issues
    • CA 125 Beginning Graphic Design
    • CA 131 Art and Media Preparation II
    • CA 132 Page Composition
    • CA 135 Typographic Design
    • CA 142 Page and Web Layout
    • CA 143 Prepress and Digital Printing
    • CA 145 Graphic Design (Fall only)
    • CA 152 The Business of Advertising (Fall only)
    • CA 155 Portfolio Presentation and Review (Spring only)
    • Choose one course
      • CA 134 Digital Photography (4 credits)
      • CA 146 Advertising Design (4 credits) (Spring only)
      • CA 150 Special Projects (4 credits) (Fall only)
      • CA 193V Cooperative Education (1 – 4 credits)

*Students who have completed ENG 22/60 or ESL 23 or place into ENG 100 or higher will have the option of taking these courses to fulfill the Communications requirement for graduation.

**Students who place into MATH 100 or higher will have the option of taking these classes to fulfill the Quantitative and Logical Reasoning requirement for graduation.




Program Overview

Communication Arts is a graphic design program that integrates art and technology to communicate ideas and information for a wide range of visual communication needs such as: marketing collateral, advertising design, packaging design, and more, for print and digital media needs.

The program provides a curriculum of technical and conceptual problem solving skills to encourage innovation, critical thinking and the application of formal design.

The Communication Arts program prepares students for entry level employment in graphic design, advertising design, desktop and on-line publishing, and includes all aspects of the publishing, printing and related services and industries.

To successfully complete the program, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all major courses with a “CA” alpha.

  • Program Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the CA program, students will be able to:
    • Produce compositions utilizing the various steps of the design process: investigate client needs, do marketing research, define the design problem, problem solve, develop an idea/concept, thumbnails, layouts, comps and presentation art, prepare final art and produce mechanicals when necessary.
    • Use tools, equipment and services to implement ideas for production. Techniques to include use of computer hardware, software, and service bureaus.
    • Select appropriate software tools to achieve or maintain effective design solutions.
    • Follow instructions to produce, modify, or output files according to client/project supplied criteria.
    • Produce graphic design formats appropriate for delivery output while demonstrating the ability to meet deadlines, organize time and maintain schedules.
    • Work independently as well as part of a team.


For more info about Honolulu CC’s program, please visit their program site.








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