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.
One A.S. degree, two specializations:
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.
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.
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.
Who's hired NMA grads or interns? These companies:
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).
For Interface Design applicants only:
For Animation applicants only, select one:
For more information regarding criteria for the selection process:
All samples should clearly demonstrate your creativity, composition, and technical skills.
For help regarding the NMA application process:Contact an NMA Counselor
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:
Chris Gargiulo is a designer with experience in graphic design, front-end programming, motion graphics, and animation for various film, web, multimedia, and print projects. He received his MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and his BA in Fine Art from Amherst College. Prior to teaching at KCC, he worked as an art director for Cheil Communications America and Samsung Electronics USA; as a designer and animator for KPE (a web agency); and as a graphic designer for Hula Girl Design. Some of his client work includes Samsung, ABC, Warner Brothers, Six Flags, Hasbro, Marvel Comics, Princess Cruises, and others.Web Site
Emily attended The Delaware College of Art and Design, a sister school of Pratt and Corcoran followed by a 2 year program at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after graduation, Emily worked as a designer at an Atlanta Advertising and Design agency. There she worked with big name clients such as The Coca-Cola Company and The McDonald's Group. A move to the Philadelphia area brought her to be an in-house designer at the British bank Barclays' US credit card division. After working in a corporate setting, she decided to branch off and start her own freelance business. Since its' creation in January of 2007, SuperFine Design has moved all over the country and even the world. Finally, Emily landed in Hawai'i and is hoping to share her passion for typography and print design with the New Media students of KCC.Web Site
Adam Moura is a visual effects artist and filmmaker with a 15 year background in feature films and computer graphics. Mr. Moura has supervised art teams at facilities in Canada and Asia, as well as in Los Angeles. He has a thorough knowledge of the industry and over the years has acted as liaison between artists, developers, and production management. Before working at studios including Rhythm & Hues, Disney Animation, Digital Domain and Sony Imageworks, Adam studied Communications and Art at UH Manoa, and was part of the first Hawaii based CG film studio, SquareUSA. At KCC he will be playing an integral role in the development of articulated courses and pathways to baccalaureate-level programs of study at UH partner institutions including the new Creative Media concentration at UH West Oahu.Web Site
Elizabeth Nakoa teaches introduction to design and design history. She worked in the design industry as a signage graphic artist and production coordinator. Elizabeth is active in the local printmaking community and has exhibited work locally, nationally and in Holland. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Hawai'i and MFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University.
Sharon Sussman teaches digital art and animation and is the director for the New Arts Lecture Series. Before coming to O`ahu, she was in the Digital Artistic Development Department at DreamWorks Feature Animation where she taught digital painting, compositing, and 3D character animation. Some film credits include: Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Shark Tale, Sinbad, and Shrek. She previously taught both traditional and digital art and animation at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at San Jose State University. Ms. Sussman attended the University of California at Santa Barbara in Fine Art; continued her art studies in painting and, following that, in Digital Art and Animation culminating in a Masters degree in Computer Art from San Jose State University.
Ailed E. García-Saavedra is a graphic designer, multimedia artist and new media educator. In 2005, Ailed received her MFA in Multi-media from San Diego State University in California, and a BS degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Sacramento in 2000. In the new millennium Ailed launched Lucid WhiteSpace, putting into practice the art of graphic design and web development, where she specializes in educational institutions and non-profit organizations geared at social change. She has exhibited locally and nationally to include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California. For the past 3 years, she has been serving as a part-time online lecturer in the New Media Arts program, teaching digital arts, graphic design, web design and internship courses at Kapi‘olani Community College, where she formerly taught face-to-face as a full-time instructor for 7 years. Her previous teaching experience also includes teaching art, multi-media, graphic design and typography courses at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and San Diego State University in California. Ailed currently resides in her hometown in California with her husband (a proud former Marine) and 2 of her 5 children.Web Site
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