Digital Media

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Explore the options in digital communications…web design, animation, digital video, internet publishing and more.

Our Digital Media program offers you:

  • a solid foundation of art and design with the practical technical skills
  • integrated training in art theory, web development, computer graphics and digital photography
  • work with non-linear digital video, streaming media and web animation, motion graphics, and 2D and 3D animation
  • four specializations in the AS degree: Character Animation, Creative Media, Digital Video for the Web and Internet Publishing

Degree and Certificates Requirements

About the Program

Associate in Science, Digital Media (60 credits) 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: Animation and Motion Graphics, Creative Media, Digital Photography, Digital Video for the Web, and Internet Publishing. 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, and interactive media.

Academic Subject Certificate

  • Creative Media: Animation & Computer Games (21 credits) is designed for those who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in Animation & Computer Games. You will gain the art and design training needed to explore and express ideas using leading-edge technology. The certificate provides a balance of technical skills and aesthetic development, culminating in a portfolio-building project.
  • Creative Media: Interactive Media (21 credits) is designed for those who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in Interactice Media. You will gain the art and design training needed to explore and express ideas using leading-edge technology and interactive scripting. The certificate provides a balance of technical skills and aesthetic development, culminating in a portfolio-building project.
  • Digital Art: Photographic Emphasis (18 credits) focuses on art and photography that is produced digitally and provides you with skills in art and digital media to prepare for further academic study or the workplace.

Certificate of Achievement

  • Digital Media Production (30 credits) is designed to provide the student with entry-level skills or job upgrading for positions under direct supervision in Multi-Media and Web Development.

Certificate of Competence

  • Digital Media Production (21 credits) is designed to develop the skills necessary for fields of work that involve the production of multimedia, including media for the Internet, print, and digital video.
  • Digital Photography (9 credits) provides you with both the technical and visual communication skills required for a variety of careers related to photography and imaging.
  • Digital Video (9 credits) challenges you with real-world video production in a variety of global and local contexts. You will experience storytelling, animation, editing, broadcasting and directing.
  • Graphic Design (9 credits) provides training in practical, technical, and theoretical desktop publishing skills used by the graphic arts and allied industries in the areas of publication and print promotion.
  • Motion Graphics (9 credits) prepares you for a variety of careers in the Multimedia industries. You will build a strong foundation in Digital Art, visual and information design and animation for Film and TV
  • Web Architecture (9 credits) exposes you to the principles of designing, programming, developing, testing, maintaining and publishing Dynamic Web Database Sites. You will learn to integrate Web graphics, client-side and server-side technologies to build and manage real-world web-based applications.
  • Web Design (15 credits) prepares for careers in web design, development, and management. You will build a strong foundation in digital art, visual and information design, animation, web production and management.

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science Degree in Digital Media Production Program 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.

Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for project planning and use of necessary collaborative skills.
  • Apply the principles of animated film, behavioral animation concepts, timing, movement analysis and dramatic interpretation.
  • Apply scripting techniques to automate and manipulate multimedia.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, visually, verbally and in writing, using techniques appropriate for the intended audience.

Academic Subject Certificate in Digital Art: Photographic Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate artistic and technical quality in designing digital artworks.
  • Demonstrate skills in art and digital media for further academic study or the workplace.
  • Communicate effectively with customers and co-workers in an organizational setting .
  • Carry out basic accounting, computer, and management functions in a work-place environment.
Certificate of Achievement in Digital Media Production Program Learning Outcomes
  • Apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgments in creating collaborative Digital Media projects.
  • Demonstrate proficient-level skills in design software necessary to gain entry-level employment in Digital Media.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, visually, verbally and in writing, using techniques appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Compile a portfolio of projects at the conclusion of the Certificate of Achievement program.

Certificate of Competence in Graphic Design Program Learning Outcomes

  • Design attention-grabbing communication graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos while meeting industry standard specifications.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Graphic Design software and hardware.

Certificate of Competence in Motion Graphics Program Learning Outcomes

  • Produce attention-grabbing communication motion graphics for film, television, music videos, and the Web while meeting industry standard specifications.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of motion graphics software and hardware.

Certificate of Competence in Digital Media Production Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create digital media projects that incorporate art theory, web design and development, computer graphics and non-linear digital video editing.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of digital media software and hardware.
  • Exhibit a portfolio of digital media projects at the conclusion of the certificate.

Certificate of Competence in Digital Photography Program Learning Outcomes

  • Produce and process attention-grabbing photos with current electronic photographic tools.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Digital Photography hardware and software.

Certificate of Competence in Digital Video Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create powerful video content to meet specific commercial or promotional needs for film, television, music videos, and the Web while meeting industry standard specifications.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of digital video software and hardware.

Certificate of Competence in Web Architecture Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the needs of a web related problem and develop an appropriate solution that meets the user’s needs.
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills for project planning using 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.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in object-oriented design and programming skills.
  • Exhibit a portfolio of digital image, database and website projects at the conclusion of certificate of competence work.

Certificate of Competence in Web Design Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create design prototypes, including graphic design, site navigation, and layout of content, for various web sites and perform maintenance and updates to existing websites.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Web software and hardware.

Christian Ganne, Professor, Digital Media; B.T.S., College Enseignement Technique Superior de Massy (Paris, France); M.Ed., University of of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Ayana Haaruun, Instructor CC, Digital Media

Hardeep Kharbanda, Instructor CC, Digital Media

Irwin Yamamoto, Assistant Professor CC, Digital Media and Television Production; A.A., Liberal Arts, Leeward Community College; B.A., Speech; M.Ed., Educational Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Karen Andersen, StarrTech Interactive

Linda Dorn, Linda Dorn Studio

Ryan Kawamoto, Kinetic Production

George Otsuka, Fujifilm Hawai‘i

Todd Robertson, Hyperspective Studio, Inc.

Ken Sato, 1013 Integrated