University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

Creative Media

Program Information

UH West O‘ahu’s new Creative Media Concentration joins this system-wide partnership with its Creative Media Concentration in the Division of Humanities: a “2+2” completion program that allows graduates of UH Community College media programs the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at UHWO. Taking full advantage of the system-wide approach, this program will enable each student to develop his/her unique skill set at the Community Colleges and then transfer seamlessly to UHWO for continued scholarship and professional development.

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Careers & Earnings Potential

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 Hawaii 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.

Featured Course

ART311D Design in Public Spaces
Students learn theory and discourse related to designing for public spaces by examining case studies and examples of social entrepreneurship applied through graphic design vehicles. Students will employ graphic design techniques and utilize industry standard software with the intent to discuss and reflect on approach, method and theory.

ART320 Web Design and Development
Students will plan, design, and launch a complete website with creative interfaces, strong graphic images, functional site organization, and logical navigation.

CM314 Music, Sound & Media
This course focuses on the history and practice of the integration of music and sound with speech and image in creative media. Students learn historical precedents, expand their music vocabulary, and develop an ability to select an appropriate music track for various creative media projects.

Faculty Contacts

Stan Orr, Professor
(808) 689-2349

Sharla Hanaoka, Assistant Specialist
(808) 689-2392