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Art + Technology = NMA

New Media Art is a convergence of art and technology, with a twist of fun.

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Study Animation

Pursue a career in 3D computer animation, digital post-production, and special effects.

Animation Info
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Study Interface Design

Pursue a career in design, web design, & front-end web development.

Interface Design Info

What is NMA?

Animation & Interface Design

The New Media Arts (NMA) program is a two year AS degree program located at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NMA mission is to prepare students for employment in the fields of interface design and animation.

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Hands On Applied Learning

NMA students learn the latest technologies in an applied, project-based curriculum.

NMA Degree Info

One A.S. degree, two specializations:

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The Animation track prepares students for careers in 3D computer animation, video game development, and emerging industries employing 3D computer graphics. Topics include the full CG pipeline, film analysis and storytelling, digital painting, and demo reel development.

NMA Animation Related Careers
  • 3D Modeler
  • Animator
  • Character Rigger
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Compositing Artist
  • Digital Painter
  • VFX Artist
NMA Animation Concepts
  • Principles of Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Modeling
  • Surfacing
  • Rigging
  • Lighting
  • Rendering
  • Compositing
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Motion Design
  • Visual Effects (VFX)
  • Principles of Motion Design
NMA Animation Technologies
  • Maya
  • Mudbox
  • Mental Ray
  • Nuke
  • Houdini
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Premiere
    • After Effects
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Interface Design

The Interface Design track prepares students for careers as interface designers with a focus on web design. Topics include graphic design, typography, graphic symbolism, user interface design, front-end web development, and motion graphic design. Additional courses include digital imaging, design history, and portfolio development.

NMA Interface Design Related Careers
  • Web Designer
  • Front-end Web Developer
  • Information Architect (IA)
  • User Interface Designer (UI)
  • User Experience Designer (UX)
  • Print Designer
NMA Interface Design Concepts
  • Elements & Principles of Design
  • Typography
  • Identity Design
  • Package Design
  • Layout Design
  • Information Architecture (IA)
  • User Interface Design (UI)
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • Front-end Web Development
  • Principles of Motion Design
NMA Interface Design Technologies
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Premiere
    • After Effects

"A" for Art

The New Media Arts program begins with foundation studies in Fine Arts. Prior to entering the program, students take pre-requisite Art courses that include studies in art history, drawing, design, and photography. The core principles from these foundation fine arts courses are built upon and reinforced throughout the curriculum for both specializations.

NMA Foundation Core Concepts
  • Studio Fine Arts & Art History
  • Principles of Drawing
  • Principles of Photography
  • Elements & Principles of Design
  • Principles of Animation & Motion Design

Get a Job

Who's hired NMA grads or interns? These companies:

Logos of Companies - Ikayzo, MVNP, Apple, Wall-to-Wall Studios, Upspring Media, Sudokrew, Hyperspective Media, Clarence Lee Design, Digital Mediums, Sae Design, Nitrogen Studios, Revacomm, PBS Hawaii, NOAA, Reel EFX, Zero
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Real World Real Projects

Real client work requires real skills to make real products. Get real at NMA.

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Let's Collaborate

Meet new friends working in a team environment on group projects at NMA.


How to Apply

New Media Arts is a select admissions program. Students seeking admission to New Media Arts begin by taking pre-requisite art courses. An art portfolio, academic transcripts, personal statement and completed pre-requisite coursework are required to be considered for admission to the program. Students are urged to seek academic counseling early and perform well in their pre-requisite courses. Applications are accepted year-round with an annual due date of April 1st (or the next business day if April 1st falls on a weekend or UH break period).

Step 1 Take Pre-requisite Courses
Required NMA pre-requisite courses:
  1. ENG 100 Composition I or ESL 100 Composition I
  2. ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts
  3. ART 107 Introduction to Photography
  4. ART 112 Introduction to Digital Art
  5. ART 113 Introduction to Drawing

For Interface Design applicants only:

  • ART 115 Introduction to Design

For Animation applicants only, select one:

  • ART 115 Introduction to Design, or
  • ART 116 Introduction to 3D Composition, or
  • ART 123 Introduction to Painting
Step 2 Submit Documentation
Application documentation instructions:
  1. See the Admissions Procedural Checklist.
  2. Enroll as a UH KCC Student.
  3. Request Official Transcripts.
    • Official transcripts must be sent from colleges outside of the UH system to be sent directly to the the Kekaulike Information and Service Center (KISC). To do so, request a transcript evaluation online. To be considered for transfer, be sure to request transcripts at least one semester prior to applying for the NMA program and be sure to include course descriptions for all courses taken outside the UH system.
      Request Transcript Evaluation
Step 3 Submit Portfolio
Portfolio submission instructions:
  1. See the Portfolio Specifications.
  2. See a selected set of portfolio sample images for a visual reference.
  3. Beginning in Spring 2018, portfolios will be submitted online via a new NMA Online Portfolio Submission Form.
    Submit Your Portfolio

For more information regarding criteria for the selection process:

General Advice for All Portfolio Work Submitted:

All samples should clearly demonstrate your creativity, composition, and technical skills.

For help regarding the NMA application process:

Contact an NMA Counselor
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Annual NMA Student Show

Check out the student portfolios & demo reels from recent NMA graduates.

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Get in touch to learn more about NMA.

Contact Info

For more general information about New Media Arts program at Kapi‘olani Community College, the Associates degree, and the admissions process to become a student, please fill out the form below or contact:

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NMA Faculty

Further Study

UH Academy for Creative Media

UH Academy for Creative Media

NMA is an academic pathway option for the University of Hawaii's Academy for Creative Media System. Upon completion, NMA students can continue their studies at UH West Oahu toward a Bachelor's Degree in Humanites with a concentration in Creative Media or a Bachelor's of Applied Science degree in Creative Media.

Visit the ACM Creative Media Web Site