B. Biggs, MFA—animation
M. Booth, MFA—documentary, critical studies
T. Brislin, PhD—media ethics; critical studies
L. Flanary, MFA—screenwriting, indigenous filmmaking
V. Hereniko, PhD—critical studies, cinematic and digital productions, screenwriting
A. Misawa, MFA—cinematic and digital production
J. Moffett, MFA—screenwriting, cinematic & digital production
G. Wang, MFA—post production
Degree Offered: BA in creative media
The Academic Program
The Academy for Creative Media (ACM) emphasizes storytelling theories, skills, and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values. ACM empowers students to tell their own original and authentic stories of Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Asia. At the academy students develop 21st century literacy skills grounded in the latest film/video and animation techniques and tools.
ACM offers an exciting curriculum specializing in three different paths or tracks. The Digital Cinema track offers students several options within video production, post-production, directing, acting, producing and writing. The Animation Track provides unique opportunities in character animation including traditional hand-drawn techniques, digital paperless animation, 3D computer graphics and video game design. The Critical Studies track provides a solid foundation in the study and aesthetics of film with a focus on indigenous film and storytelling.
ACM facilities include a state of the art animation and post production computer lab with Cintiq tablet-monitors, 3D printing and virtual reality workstations. ACM digital cinema equipment offers an array of production possibilities including access to the high-end Arri Alexa camera system.
More information including academic planning guidelines and program information can be found at the ACM website at: acm.hawaii.edu.
Students have the flexibility to design an academic program around a core of ACM courses and electives including a variety of UH Manoa departments offering courses in film and media studies. Students work in close consultation with faculty to develop a program that reflects the development of academic, writing, creative, and critical thinking skills.
To apply to become a major in Creative Media, students must:
- Be enrolled in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences;
- Complete and submit an application form, see acm.hawaii.edu/apply/.
To complete the creative media major, students must design a detailed and acceptable academic plan, under the guidance of an ACM faculty advisor, consisting of 36 credit hours that emphasizes one of the three ACM tracks, includes the required core of ACM courses, and is supplemented with elective courses. Six credit hours of electives may be taken from departments outside of ACM.
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to programsheets/.
- ACM 255
- ACM 310 or 316
- ACM 350 or 355
- 9 credits from any of the following: ACM 352, 360, 380, 382, 385, 460, 480, 482, 485, and 490
- 12 credit hours from one of three ACM degree tracks
Computer Hardware and Software Requirements
The curriculum of the Academy for Creative Media requires students to have access to a laptop computer. Hardware and software specifications can be found at acm.hawaii.edu/computer-requirements/.
Introductory information on the academy, including guidelines for academic planning, can be found at acm.hawaii.edu. All students accepted for the major are assigned a faculty advisor. Advising is mandatory to design the student’s academic plan, and for any subsequent changes.