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Web: Art Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Robert Harrison, Department Chair
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1111

Located in the Washburn Arts Center, the Art and Media Design Program has fully equipped classrooms with Apple computers, studios, and labs up to field standards in an environment that encourages creativity, collaboration, and the development of individual expression. The student experience in the department is enriched by an ongoing arts exhibition series and by visiting artists who offer master classes and lectures. With close ties to various campus units and world-renowned museums, galleries and professional settings off campus, the department provides students with multiple opportunities to develop their professional portfolios and to exhibit their art work.

The Art and Media Design Program offers an integrated major in art and media design and minors in art history, digital media, graphic design, photography, and studio art. A total of 60 credit hours of coursework are required for the completion of the major program; 21 credits are required for each minor. Students seeking admission to a major or minor in art must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50. Also required are two pre-major courses (ART 140 and ART 150), in which specific elements for an admission portfolio are developed.  Upon completion of the two pre-major courses, interested students are required to submit an admission portfolio, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation from university faculty to the Art and Media Design Program Director for consideration.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Major in Art and Media Design

Students will:

  1. Provide evidence of creative and technical critical skills in art and media design via their portfolio and exhibits.
  2. Explain in writing and ASL the purpose and creative process of art/media design through their artist statement.
  3. Demonstrate ability to critique theirs and others’ art/media design projects in writing and ASL.
  4. Demonstrate ability to revise theirs and others’ art/media design projects in response to self-analysis and critical/technical feedback.
  5. Analyze the ethical responsibility of art and artists. 

Courses and majors in art require the use of specialized materials, equipment, and software.  Students are required to procure at their expense all supplies outlined on the course syllabus and have these in hand in the classroom by the second week of the semester.  Students who fail to have materials needed for instruction will risk being automatically dropped from the course or asked to withdraw (WD).

Students must acquire at their own expense a laptop computer, software, and any additional equipment specified for their major within the first semester following their acceptance into the major program. Equipment specifications are available and will be updated on the department's website.

Additional information may be obtained from department's website or the Program Director.

The requirements listed above supersede and replace all requirements previously published in Gallaudet's Undergraduate Catalogs.

Requirements for Admission to a Major in Art and Media Design

Students seeking admission to a major in Art and Media Design must satisfy the following minimum criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Successful completion of ART 140 and ART 150 with a grade of C or better, in which specific elements for an admission portfolio are developed.
  • Submission of a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation from university faculty, and a portfolio.

To continue and graduate in the Art and Media Design major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all major courses. For additional information, contact the Program Director.

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