HCC’s Digital Media Arts Program Expands to Kona

Starting this fall, Hawai’i Community College’s Digital Media Arts program will begin offering an Associate of Science degree in Digital Media Arts and will also begin offering Digital Media Arts courses at the Hawai’i campus. i Community College – Palamanui in Kona.

The HCC Digital Media Arts program, founded in 2005, has been offering a certificate of competency that includes courses in video, photography, graphics, and animation for over a decade.

Demand for the program and growing enrollment has allowed the college to offer an associate of science degree that will better prepare students for the next step, whether they want to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college after graduation.

Digital media has become an essential part of many businesses and organizations, but until now there has been no degree program in digital media on the island of Hawaii,” the Chancellor said. acting Joni Onishi. “By adding the degree and offering courses at Pālamanui, we are able to provide more opportunities for more students in fields such as design, entertainment and media which are expected to continue to grow.”

The University of Hawaii Board of Trustees approved the creation of the new degree at its June meeting. Kaua’i Community College and the University of Hawai’i Maui College have also received approval to grant an Associate of Science in Digital Media degree.


Three Digital Media Arts Courses at Pālamanui


The Digital Media Arts program offers three courses on the Pālamanui campus starting this fall: Introduction to Visual Arts, Introduction to Digital Arts, and Two-Dimensional Design.

The Introductory Visual Arts course fulfills a general education requirement and can be useful for students in many degree programs. The other two courses meet specific requirements for the Associate’s Degree in Computational Arts Science and the Proficiency Certificate.

The campus plans to offer additional Digital Media Arts courses in the spring of 2017.


There are 14 digital media arts courses offered this fall on the Hilo campus, and many of them are offered online, making them accessible to West Hawai’i students.

Expand options for students

The HCC Digital Media Arts program is designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing students to enter careers in a variety of fields right after graduation.

It is also designed to give students pathways to further their education. HCC’s program is part of the University of Hawaii’s Creative Media Academy, a consortium that includes other UH Community College campuses, UH West O’ahu, and UH Mānoa.

The Associate of Science in Digital Media Arts program is articulated with UH West O’ahu’s creative media bachelor’s degree programs, providing students with an excellent path to a four-year media degree program. digital. This is in addition to other transfer options within the UH system.

The deadline to apply for the 2016 fall semester at HCC is August 1. hawaii.hawaii.edu.

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