University of Hawaii at Manoa - Honolulu, HI | Hawaii Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

University of Hawaii at Manoa

School Summary
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8111
Degree Type:
One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Large
Campus Housing:

About University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. Honolulu is the capital city of this beautiful island state, with much to offer in the way of art and culture. The city is home to classical music ensembles such as the Honolulu Symphony and the Hawaii Opera Theatre. In addition, Honolulu is a center for Hawaiian music. The Honolulu Academy of Arts is endowed with a large collection of Asian and Western art, the Contemporary Museum showcases contemporary art, and the Hawaii State Art Museum boasts a collection of art pieces created by local artists as well as traditional Hawaiian art. Honolulu is also home to several gardens including Foster Botanical Garden and Liliuokalani Botanical Garden.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa was founded in 1907 as a land-grant college of agriculture and mechanic arts. Regular classes began the following year five freshmen, five preparatory students, and 13 faculty. In 1912 the name was changed to the College of Hawaii and the campus relocated to a permanent location in Manoa Valley. The college became the University of Hawaii in 1920 with the addition of a college of arts and sciences. The University continued to expand, and in 1972 was renamed the University of Hawaii at Manoa to distinguish it from the other campuses in the University of Hawaii system.

UH Manoa's school of architecture currently offers a single degree, the Doctor of Architecture. The program coursework includes history and theory, design, structures and materials, environmental and sustainable design, and professional practice. It also offers several options for students including international programs, community design, and practicum experiences. The program length is determined by the educational qualifications of the incoming student: a student entering directly out of high school may complete the entire program in approximately seven years; those who already hold a baccalaureate degree in a field related to architecture may complete the program in approximately three years.

  • The initial four-year segment of the D.Arch. program is designed to provide the student with a background in the liberal arts and sciences, and exposes students to issues which affect the design of the built environment and the impact on the natural environment. Students are given the choice of a concentration within the degree, including landscape architecture, construction management, interior design, urban design, and historic preservation. Coursework includes an introduction to the built environment, architecture studios, design communication, professional practice, world architecture and urbanism, computer applications, architecture systems, sustainable systems, design theory, and architecture electives.
  • The secondary three-year segment of the D.Arch. program offers over 90 graduate level credits in courses necessary for accreditation by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. The curriculum includes coursework in architecture systems, advanced design communication, architecture history, advanced architecture studios, architecture and urban design theory, advanced practice, and architecture topics. The program also offers students opportunities for additional study including a study abroad, professional experience, and a culminating Doctorate project that combines research and design.

UH Manoa also offers a four-year BS degree in apparel product design and merchandising. This program aims to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required for career positions in the apparel and fashion industries. UH Manoa's costume collection provides a rich resource for classes and student projects, while students can learn how to use desktop publishing and presentation graphics to produce materials for classroom activities. Opportunities to study at other universities and to participate in study tours to fashion centers of the world may be available. Students complete a core of university and apparel product design and merchandising courses, then work with an adviser to develop a program of study reflective of the student's future career. Students may choose apparel design, apparel merchandising, fashion promotion, or an individualized program of their own creation. Some core design courses include apparel product aesthetics, culture, gender, and appearance, fashion promotion, apparel construction, block pattern designing, fashion illustration, draping, interior design fundamentals, costumes and clothing, and design and promotion studio courses. Students also have the opportunity to participate in available internship programs.

A variety of scholarships may be available to eligible students. Internal scholarships are awarded through the department of financial aid services. Some internal scholarships include Charles R. Hemenway and E.E. Black. Students may also be eligible for grants such as the Hawaii Student Incentive Grant for state residents and Manoa Opportunity Grants based on financial need. For additional information and a list of available grants and scholarships, students are encouraged to contact the school's financial aid services office.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,