Leeward Community College

Campus Overview

Leeward Community College opened its doors in the fall of 1968 as the first college in the University of Hawai’i system to be developed without a connection to a pre-existing technical school. The college’s guiding principle was “innovation” – a readiness to depart from tradition in order to bring the best of current educational practices to our students. In 1968, Leonard T. Tuthill, our first Provost, welcomed over 1,640 students into humble old buildings that once housed Pearl City Kai Elementary School. That first semester witnessed more than twice the anticipated number of students ready to explore the “Community College” experience. In the spring of 1969, the College moved to its current location near the geographic center of O’ahu, between Pearl City and Waipahu. Since those beginnings in inauspicious temporary facilities, enrollment in credit classes has grown to place the College among the largest community colleges in the State. Approximately 7,000 students are regularly enrolled each semester in liberal arts and career and technical education programs offered on campus, at off-campus locations in the community, and through distance-education courses.

Located in Pearl City, Hawai‘i, Leeward CC is a regional community center, creating both an environment for academic learning and a center of cultural life for our neighbors. From professional career studies to liberal arts, the College offers diverse and comprehensive opportunities for all students.

Leeward CC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

Digital Media



Core Requirements

Requirements (12 credits)

DMED 160 – Media Literacy & Ethics
DMED 200 – Electronic Portfolio
DMED 251 – Media Entrepreneurship
DMED 261 – Digital Media Marketing & Online Distribution

General Education (15 credits)

Written Communication (FW)
Quantitative Reasoning (FQ)
Global Multicultural Perspective (FG)
Diversification Social Sciences (DS)
Diversification Biological Sciences OR Physical Sciences (DB OR DP)


Specialization Animation & Motion Graphics 

ART 112 – Introduction to Digital Arts
ART 113 – Introduction to Drawing
ART 113D – Introduction to Digital Drawing
ART 229 – Interface Design I
DMED 133 – Sound Design for Digital Media
DMED 140 – Principles of Animation
DMED 141 – Introduction to 3D Animation
DMED 240 – Animation and Special Effects
DMED 241 – 3D Motion Graphics and Modeling
DMED 242 – Character Animation
DMED 243 – 3D Modeling and Animation

Specialization Digital Photography (33 credits)

ART 101 – Introduction to the Visual Arts
ART 107D – Introduction to Digital Photography
ART 112 – Introduction to Digital Arts
ART 115D – Introduction to 2D Digital Design
ART 202 – Digital Imaging
ART 207D – Intermediate Digital Photography
ART 241 – Documentary Photography
ART 277D – Studio Photography
ART 287 – Industrial Photography
DMED 131 – Introduction to Digital Video
DMED 150 – Film Analysis and Storytelling

Specialization Digital Video for the Web (33 credits)

DMED 150 – Film Analysis and Storytelling
DMED 126 – Introduction to Digital Camera Operation, Composition, and Lighting Principles
DMED 142 – Film and Video Audio Acquisition and Recording
DMED 151 – Introduction to Film and Video Editing Principles
DMED 211 – Intro to Film and Video Storytelling and Scriptwriting
DMED 226 – Applied Digital Camera Operation, Composition, and Lighting
DMED 227 – Advanced Film and Video Storytelling and Scriptwriting
DMED 251 – Applied Film and Video Editing and Post-Production Audio
DMED 291 – Film and Video Directing – Studio/Location Production
DMED 292 – Media Project Production Practicum

Specialization Creative Media (33 credits)

ART 112 – Introduction to Digital Arts
ART 113 – Introduction to Drawing
ART 113D – Introduction to Digital Drawing
ART 115D – Introduction to 2D Design
ART 202 – Digital Imaging
ART 207D – Intermediate Digital Photography
ART 123 – Introduction to Painting
ART 156 – Digital Painting
ART 229 – Interface Design I
DMED 131 – Introduction to Digital Video

Program Overview

Unleash your creative energies and discover how to turn your passion into a lucrative career! Leeward’s Digital Media program combines a solid foundation of art and design with the practical technical skills needed to explore and express ideas in today’s multimedia world. You’ll experience real world adventures where tomorrow’s solutions are today’s challenges.

You’ll get integrated digital media training in art theory, web development, computer graphics, non-linear digital video, streaming media and web animation, motion graphics, media authoring, and 2D and 3D animation. You’ll learn how to stay current with the fast changing trends in this continually changing field in online, print and interactive media.

Digital media specialists are in demand in almost every type of business. Leeward’s program helps you develop the skills required for a variety of digital media careers, in such diverse fields as multimedia industries, graphic design, education, advertising, computer science, television, film, and corporate communications.

The Associate in Science in Digital Media Production provides creative individuals with the art and design training needed to explore and express ideas using leading-edge technology and skill-sets. Students receive integrated digital media training in one of five specializations: Character Animation, Creative Media, Digital Video for the Web, Internet Publishing and Video Games. Students become life-long learners, developing the skills required for a vast array of digital media careers, including web design and development, multimedia-production, digital video production, corporate communications, two-dimensional and three-dimensional animation, video games and interactive media.

  • Specialization Animation And Motion Graphics:
    Produce 2-D and 3-D animation by generating ideas using independent judgment, creativity, and computer software for content creation.
  • Specialization Creative Media:
    Demonstrate competence in the production and processing of images with current electronic tools and the application of electronic media to all areas of artistic and commercial new media art.
  • Specialization Digital Photography:
    Produce attention-grabbing communication design for film, television, music videos, and the Web while meeting industry standard specifications.
  • Specialization Digital Video for the Web:
    Create design prototypes, including graphic design, site navigation, and layout of content, for various Web sites and perform maintenance and updates to existing Web sites.
  • Specialization Internet Publishing:
    Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.
  • Program Learning Outcomes; in addition to acquiring the competencies required for Associate in Science degrees, upon successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:
    • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for project planning and use of necessary collaborative skills.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, visually, verbally and in writing, using techniques appropriate for the intended audience.
    • Identify and explain standards of professionalism as they pertain to personal and work-related endeavors.
    • Exhibit a portfolio of projects related to the chosen specialization at the conclusion of the Associate in Science degree work.

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

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DMED Coordinator
Irwin Yamamoto

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