New certificate programs launch next term

Academic subject certificates in music and creative media will be offered at WCC starting this fall – Image by Patrick Hascall

Music and creative media enthusiasts have even more reason to consider classes at WCC. Starting this fall, academic subject certificates in both disciplines will be offered.

The Academic Subject Certificate in General Music prepares and encourages students to pursue a professional career in music performance, studio recording or music academia/education. The certificate requires a minimum of 25 credits, with 13 credits in core courses such as MUS 106: Introduction to Music Literature, MUS 107: Music in World Cultures and MUS 108: Fundamentals of Western Music, plus 12 elective credits.

Students must also take courses in their primary instrument, whether that’s piano, voice, classical guitar, slack key guitar or ‘ukulele.

The certificate also meets the goals of students planning to attend UH West O‘ahu to pursue a BA in Humanities with a Studio Musician Concentration.

For more information about the certificate or any of the music courses, contact music instructor and director of the Hawai‘i Music Institute Kamuela Kimokeo at 236-9131 or

The Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media is for students wanting to learn more about video game design or filmmaking.

Through the 24-credit program, students will learn the foundational skills of their craft and produce a final project with professional equipment and conforming to professional standards. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be ready to launch their own entrepreneurial careers, to seek industry jobs or to pursue advanced academic study of their craft.

Students choose one of three tracks for the certificate: video game design, documentary (non-fiction) filmmaking or creative (fiction/narrative) filmmaking. All three tracks are united by the same base course, JOUR 150: Media and Society, and a capstone course, either CM 295A: Careers in Video Game Design or CM 295B: Careers in Filmmaking. Other courses on the tracks include 3D computer graphics, games and gaming in society, film studies, video production, multimedia journalism, screenwriting and acting for the camera.

All of the courses also fulfill foundational requirements for UH West O‘ahu’s degree programs in creative media.

To get a sneak peek at what a career in Creative Media might be like, you can also check out the upcoming Ko‘olau Creative Media Conference on Thursday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hale ‘Ākoakoa. The event is free and open to the public and features panel discussions and breakout sessions on such topics as drone cinematography, podcasting, livestreaming, social media integration and freelancing in the film and video industries.

For more information on the conference or the Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media, contact journalism instructor and Creative Media Committee chair Kimberlee Bassford at

by Ka ‘Ohana, News Staff