New Media Arts - Admissions

NMA Website

For the most up-to-date New Media Arts (NMA) program information, including NMA program details such as faculty bios and links on social media, be sure to visit the Kapiʻolani CC New Media Arts program website.

Special Admissions

Program application materials including official transcripts, portfolios, and essays must be received by April 1 for fall semester admission. Grade reports for spring courses are due May 30.

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Admissions Procedure

New Media Arts Application Deadline: April 1

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:

  • ENG 100 Composition I or ESL 100 Composition I
  • ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • ART 112 Introduction to Digital Art
  • 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 Kapiʻolani CC Student. For students who are not currently enrolled in any classes at Kapiʻolani CC or anywhere in the UH system, you must apply online at If prompted, list Liberal Arts (New Media Arts) as your major.
  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 (pdf). 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. Portfolios are submitted online via the NMA Online Portfolio Submission Form.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the Kapʻolani CC NMA Counselor: Steve Harris (808) 734-9510