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Academy for Creative Media

College of Arts and Humanities
Crawford 210
2550 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7736
Fax (808) 956-6662
Email: acm@hawaii.edu
Web: www.hawaii.edu/acm/


A. Misawa, MFA (Chair)—cinematic and digital production
M. Booth, MFA—documentary, critical studies
D. Boulos, MFA—animation
T. Brislin, PhD—media ethics; critical studies
L. Flanary, MFA—screenwriting, indigenous filmmaking
V. Hereniko, PhD—critical studies, cinematic and digital productions, screenwriting
V. Mih, MFA—animation
J. Moffett, MFA—screenwriting, cinematic & digital production
K. Ng, PhD—critical studies
G. Wang, MFA—post production

Degree Offered: BA in creative media

The Academic Program

The Academy for Creative Media (ACM) emphasizes narrative, or storytelling, theories, skills, and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values. More than just a "film school," ACM seeks to empower students to tell their own original and authentic stories of Hawai'i, 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 and specialized courses in three tracks: Digital Cinema, Computer Animation, and Critical Studies. A catalog of courses, academic planning guidelines, and program information can be found on the Academy's website at: www.hawaii.edu/acm.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree

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 declare 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 credit hours with an overall 2.75 GPA;
  • Be enrolled in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

To complete the creative studies 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 www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Required Courses

  • ACM 255
  • ACM 310 or 320
  • 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 www.hawaii.edu/acm/computer.


Introductory information on the academy, including guidelines for academic planning, can be found at www.hawaii.edu/acm. 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.

ACM Courses