UH West O’ahu breaks ground for creative media complex

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Gov. Ige, first lady and UH leaders at the creative media event.

Gov. Ige, first lady and UH leaders at the creative media event.

The next best thing to Hollywood is coming to UH West O‘ahu with a creative media facility that will fuel students’ imagination and talents and serve programs on all 10 UH campuses. The $33 million complex, set to be completed in June 2020, will include a sound stage for filming, a 100-seat screening room, editing and sound mixing suites and a mill shop to create film sets as well as computer labs and an area for student-run companies.

The creative media hub will help prepare students for work in tech-focused careers such as cinema, video game development, interactive design, computer animation, visual graphics, television production and new media. Transfer agreements with UH’s community colleges allow creative media graduates from the two-year campuses to complete a four-year degree.

An architectural rendering of the lobby in the $33 million creative media facility.

An architectural rendering of the lobby in the $33 million creative media facility.

It’s all part of a statewide plan spearheaded by Chris Lee, director of the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) – UH System, to develop 21st century jobs in a global marketplace and a platform for Hawai‘i to tell its own indigenous stories. “This is a commitment to our students and the future,” Lee said. “We started at UH Mānoa  with the first program, and now ACM is supporting 17 programs at all 10 UH campuses. West O‘ahu has been designed to be the hub for this whole system.” Governor Ige praised UH West O‘ahu, saying, “This facility will help our students move into the 21st century, innovation economy jobs we want to create.”

 

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