The University of Hawaiʻi’ at West Oʻahu’s Academy for Creative Media has announced the completion of their new 33,000-square-foot, high-tech building.
The facility features a Dolby Atmos 100-seat screening room and mixing stage, Esports arena, post-production suites, an emerging media lab, incubator space, and industry-standard sound stage. The ACM building will link complementary facilities and programs throughout the 10 UH campuses and across the state as a catalyst for Hawaiʻi’s intellectual property workforce.
“This brand new ACM Facility is the culmination of years of efforts to bring the best possible creative media education to the state of Hawaiʻi and gives our students the skills they need to help diversify our economy. It really serves as the hub for the University of Hawaiʻi’s efforts,” Academy for Creative Media System Founder and Director Chris Lee said.
Creative media has become one of UH West Oʻahu’s fastest-growing programs after starting with only 13 students back in 2014. Today, it has more than 12 times that number and has transfer agreements with UH’s seven community colleges, allowing creative media graduates from the two-year campuses to complete a four-year degree.
The program is intended to equip students for work in the creative economy, including positions within video game design and development, interactive design, motion and visual graphics, transmedia film and television production, and new media.