Creative Media

Academy for Creative Media Maui

Program Overview


Creative Media is commercial art: the convergence of art, technology, and commerce. Academy for Creative Media Maui incorporates storytelling, media analysis, screenwriting, graphic design, illustration, photography, audio/video production and editing, motion graphics, animation, web technology, marketing, and journalism. We emphasize foundational knowledge, skills, understanding of intellectual property and ethical concerns, and best practices in the field to foster professional attitudes for success in advertising, web marketing, publishing, motion picture and television production, animation, gaming, app development, VR, and emergent media. Students enjoy project-based growth experiences which elevate critical thinking, awareness of related industries, and the vast career possibilities for commercial artists both in the islands and far beyond our shores.

Our sixty-credit Creative Media Associate in Science (A.S.) degree consists of core classes, general education, and six credits of electives. To develop a focused skill-set, students are encouraged to commit to a pathway in Animation, Filmmaking, or Graphic Design. Additionally, a thirty-credit Creative Media Certificate of Achievement (CA) is attained in the organic pursuit of any of our A.S. degrees.

To prepare students for the job market, graduates are exposed to industry-specific skills in preparation for the workforce, exploring entrepreneurism, or continuing for a four-year degree. Majors are required to earn a letter grade of C or better for core and specialization courses. Students planning a transfer should consult a counselor about future requirements. Notably, articulation agreements afford all A.S. graduates an efficient path to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu. Our Filmmakers and Animators often transfer into the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Cinematic Arts.

For more information, contact program coordinator Brian Kohne (984-3315, for info.

Program Description
Courses Offered

Certificates & Degrees

Associate in Science (AAS)

Take The Next Step

Request more information about this program or contact:


Shane Payba, Counselor

Phone: 808 984 3226

Fax: 808 984 3872

Appointments: 808 984 3306


Brian Kohne, Program Coordinator

Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Storytelling

Phone: 808 984 3315

Instructional Team

Marc Antosch
Graphic Design
Gwen Arkin
Photography, Graphic Design
Adi Ell-Ad
Video Editing, Mass Media
Monika Jost
Graphic Design
Dan O'Brien
Video Production
Christopher Magee
Deanna Reece
Video Production
Barry Wurst
Media Analysis, Critical Studies
Saedene Ota
Graphic Design

Course Schedules

View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.


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