Academy for Creative Media

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Since 2004, ACM Mānoa has empowered students to tell their own stories by teaching cinematic narrative theories, skills and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values, while at the same time nurturing robust job placement programs and internships.


ACM students work on TV shows like LOST and Hawaii 5-0, feature films like The Descendants, and go on to graduate film programs at top schools like USC, NYU, AFI, CalArts, and Chapman.


As one of the premier film schools in the Pacific region, ACM helps students shoot films all over the Asia-Pacific and US, and participates in annual exchanges with China.

Local Stories

Taking advantage of its unique cultural and geographical setting, ACM offers a one-of-a-kind program with a strong emphasis on indigenous storytelling.

Star Faculty

One of the greatest assets of the program, ACM’s faculty is comprised of award-winning filmmakers and scholars from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.

Hawaii Shoots Back to School Meetup

ACM students are invited to join the Hawaii Shoots Back to School Event hosted by Berad Studio on Monday, August 20th from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Homer Maxey Conference Room at FTZ9.

Fall 2018 Course on Racism, American Culture & Film/Media

ACM lecturer Claudia Pummer will be teaching American Studies 445 in the Fall 2018 semester, an exciting course that examines the representations of race and racism within American film, TV, and media. Hurry up and sign up for this great class!

Fall 2018 Internships

ACM is proud to continue our tradition of offering internships for credit through ACM 495 in collaboration with companies heavily involved in the local film industry for the Fall 2017 semester.

Animation Project Seeks Students

Teen Wise Animation Project Application Deadline: June 30, 2018 Author of Teen Wise is gearing up to create a new venue to showcase the examples depicted in the book.  An animated version of twelve example scenarios for the middle (sixth, seventh, and eighth...

Fall 2018 Course on Indian Popular Cinema

Professor Ned Bertz of the History Department will be offering his HIST 452D History and Film course on Indian Popular Cinema in the Fall 2018 semester for the first time in four years. This class has proved very popular with ACM majors in the past, and is a great elective option that has a Contemporary Ethical Issues focus designation, and qualifies for the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program.

Full-Time Position at Sight + Sound Studios

This is a great opportunity for graduating seniors and recent alumni to work with one of Hawaii’s most comprehensive video production equipment vendors in a full-time position.