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Majoring in Creative Media

The Academy for Creative Media, part of the University of Hawai‘i at College of Arts and Humanities, emphasizes narrative, or story telling, theories, skills and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values. ACM seeks to empower students to tell their own stories of Hawaii, the Pacific and Asia rather than have those stories told for them through a different cultural lens that is distant and often distorted.

ACM offers a core curriculum in three tracks: Digital Cinema, Computer Animation, and Critical Studies.

Undergraduate Study: Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media

Beyond a required core of ACM courses, students have the flexibility to design an academic program in their chosen curricular track, supplemented by ACM electives and electives from a variety of UHM departments offering courses in film studies. Students work in close consultation with a faculty advisor to develop a program that reflects the development of theoretical, writing, technical, creative, and critical thinking skills.

ACM Curricular Tracks

ACM offers a core curriculum and electives in three tracks: Digital Cinema, Computer Animation, and Critical Studies. To insure that students in the Bachelor of Arts program satisfy ACM learning objectives in Critical Thinking, Writing, History & Aesthetics, Technical Skills of Digital Story Telling, Creativity, and Responsibility, all majors must take a core of 18 credit hours:

  • The introductory course
  • One Basic Production Skills Course
  • One Writing Course 
  • Three Courses in Critical Studies



Requirements

To apply to become a major in Creative Media, students must:

  • Have completed or be enrolled in Cinema and Digital Media (ACM 255)*, and have completed 12 or more UHM credit hours with an overall 2.75 GPA.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
  • Complete and submit an application form (download here).

Once the application is accepted, students will be assigned an ACM faculty advisor with whom they must design a detailed Academic Plan for completing the major requirements.  Once the Academic Plan is approved and filed by the ACM advisor, the student may file a declaration of major form with the Colleges of Arts and Sciences  <www/advising.hawaii.edu/artsci/>.

* A minimum grade of B in ACM 255 is necessary to move on in the Digital Cinema and Animation Production Tracks. It is a pre-requisite for the basic production courses – ACM 310, 315, and 316. Students who receive less than a grade of “B” (3.0) in ACM 255 may retake the course once (1x) for reconsideration. Any appeals to this policy will be heard, and decided, by a faculty committee.


ACM Hardware and Software Requirements.

The curriculum of the Academy for Creative Media requires students to have access to a laptop computer. For minimun hardware and software requirements - and recommended computer bundles - Click here.

Costs for computer equipment can be offset by financial aid.
For information go to: www.uhh.hawaii.edu/financialaid/

  • For FAQ's about computer requirements, click here.



    ACM Academic Plan

    The Creative Media Academic Plan must consist of 36 credit hours that emphasizes one of the three ACM tracks and includes the required 18 credit core of ACM courses and 6 credit hours of electives, 3 of which should come from a Critical Studies course outside of ACM.

    Required Core Courses for All Student Majors (18 credits)

    3 Credits:        ACM 255 – Cinematic and Digital Media

    3 Credits:        One of:
    ACM 310 – Cinematic Narrative Production
    ACM 316 – 3D Character Animation
    Note: A minimum grade of B in ACM 255 is a pre-requisite for both courses

    3 Credits:        One of:
    ACM 350 – Screenwriting
    ACM 355 – Oral Tradition to Screenplay

    9 Credits:        Three of:
    ACM 352/AMST 352 – Screening Asian Americans
    ACM 360 – Indigenous Aesthetics
    ACM 380 – Genre & Narrative Theory
    ACM 382 – Authors in Creative Media
    ACM 385 – Topics in Creative Media
    ACM 460 – Ethics and Film
    ACM 480 – Oceanic Media Culture
    ACM 485 – Seminar in Creative Media
    ACM 490 – Global Media
    18 Credits                   TOTAL CORE COURSES


    18 Credits                        TOTAL CORE COURSES


    Major Track or Sequence Courses (at least 12 additional credits)

    (NOTE: The total number of credits will be determined in consultation with the ACM Advisor and reflected in the Academic Plan. Courses cannot count as both Core and Track.)

    Digital Cinema
    312 – Cinematography
    325 – Visual Effects
    350 – Screenwriting
    355 – Oral Tradition to Screenplay
    370 – Directing the Actor on Screen
    372 – Editing for the Screen
    374 – Post Production Sound
    375 – Directing the Camera
    386 – Techniques in Creative Media
    390 – Workshop in Creative Media
    399 – Independent Group Project
    405 – Documentary Production
    410 – Advanced Cinematic Production
    450 – Advanced Screenwriting
    455 – Indigenous Filmmaking
    495 –  Creative Media Internship
    499 – Directed Reading and Research



    Critical Studies
    352 – Screening Asian Americans
    360 – Indigenous Aesthetics
    380 – Genre & Narrative Theory
    382 – Authors in Creative Media
    384 – Study Abroad
    385 – Topics in Creative Media
    460 – Ethics and Film
    480 – Oceanic Media and Culture
    485 – Seminar in Creative Media
    490 – Global Media
    499 – Directed Reading and Research

     

    Electives
    Six credit hours (2 courses). At least 3 credit hours (1 course) should be a film-related course outside of ACM. Electives must be 300 or 400 level courses.

    Computer Animation & Game Design
    For Portfolio Requirements for entry into ACM 215/216:  www.hawaii.edu/acm/acmanimation
    215 – 3D Scene Design*
    216 – 3D Character Animation*
    315 – Narrative Game Design
    316 – 3D Character Animation
    317 – 3D Cinematography & Dynamics
    318 – Drawing for Animation
    320 – 3D Computer Animation Prod I
    325 – Visual Effects
    386 – Techniques in Creative Media
    390 – Workshop in Creative Media
    399 – Independent Group Project
    415 – Computer Game Production
    420 – Computer Animation Production II
    495 – Creative Media Internship
    499 – Directed Reading and Research

    * Introductory courses are pre-requisites for the sequence but cannot be counted toward the min. 12-credit requirement



     
    Advising

    Advising is mandatory. All students accepted for the major are assigned a faculty advisor to assist in developing their Academic Advising is mandatory. All students accepted for the major are assigned a faculty advisor to assist in developing their Academic Plan. Students must meet with their advisors each semester to chart their progress.



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