CA Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply concepts of design, photography, typography, and graphic arts to CA projects.
  • Read and apply information in textbooks, handouts, Standard Operating Procedures, and Material Data Safety Sheets to design work.
  • Interpret color theory.
  • Do problem solving for design-related needs.
  • Differentiate uses of tools, techniques, computer hardware and software.
  • Identify appropriate materials and methods for specific designs.
Sensory/Observation Skills Assess the quality of design work.
  • Transfer ideas from rough sketches into detailed designs on computer.
  • Replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.
  • Select appropriate materials and methods to achieve target effect.
  • Distinguish slight differences in colors, shapes, and patterns.
  • Judge distance and space relationships of objects.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient mobility and dexterity to do design work.
  • Sketch lines, shapes, and figures.
  • Manipulate design tools such as scissors, pens, knives, or brushes.
  • Manipulate small objects or flat materials.
  • Apply paints, glues, and other substances to design projects.
  • Execute computer commands and operations to draw, edit, render and animate designs.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Use correct spelling and grammar in drawing work and report writing.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately in both self-directed and shared learning environments.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Work diligently and put in necessary time to complete tasks.
  • Persist on difficult tasks.
  • Exercise good judgement.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in an art and computer lab.
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Artificial lighting, Electrical equipment, Odors

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail