Pacific New Media (PNM), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is one of the most comprehensive and dynamic training sites of its kind in the country. Recently celebrating its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, PNM presents a broad series of programs for community members—seminars, public talks, classes and short, intensive workshops—in film/video, photography, digital imaging, graphic and web design. Workshops feature both prominent local and U.S. mainland professionals, many of whom are the acknowledged leaders in their field, who share their expertise and insight with Hawai‘i residents.
Our mission is to balance creativity with technology and equip Hawai‘i individuals and businesses with the tools and information they need to effectively explore our rapidly changing digital environment and participate in shaping our digital future.
PNM endeavors to make technological and conceptual advances in film/video, photography, digital imaging, graphic and web design available so Hawai‘i residents can stay abreast of recent developments in their professional fields, have access to nationally recognized faculty, and take advantage of educational opportunities that compete with mainland offerings.
As digital technologies become increasingly important to numerous local industries, many persons also seek re-training to upgrade their skills and employability. Certificate programs in Web Design and in Digital Imaging currently enroll students and are highly successful. A Certificate program in Filmmaking is currently in development.
Toward accomplishing these ends, PNM collaborates with numerous civic and professional organizations to ensure that course offerings are timely and relevant and serve the broadest possible audience.
Among the organizations that PNM actively collaborates with are Apple Computer, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Adobe, Canon USA, UHM Art Department, UHM Academy of Creative Media, ThinkTech Hawaii, Center for Asian American Media, Hawaii Community Television, HMAUS, the downtown Honolulu business community, U.S. Military graphics departments, and others. Many K-12 teachers and University faculty take advantage of programs to better serve their own students.
PNM offers 60-75 short intensive classes and workshops per semester (Spring, Summer, Fall), with beginning, intermediate, and advanced programs and flexible scheduling to meet the needs of busy professionals and students. Each semester PNM brings three or four visiting artists—nationally recognized filmmakers, photographers, and graphic/web designers—to Hawai‘i. PNM workshops and free public talks enroll an average of 2,000 to 3,000 individuals per year.
PNM hosts an annual juried photography exhibition, Contemporary Photography in Hawai‘i, to survey the state of the art statewide and offer an opportunity for photographers to exhibit their work.