Art Program

From your first day here in the Art Program, you will be encouraged to push beyond what is common, to produce art that is innovative and distinct. You'll begin to appreciate a culture of creativity that fosters the connection between critical thinking and art making.

From drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, cinematography, digital film editing and production, web design, graphic design, typography, software and hardware art with robotics, 2D and 3D animation and visual effects, and more, you will be challenged and inspired to realize elements of your boundless imagination in various forms. The Art Program is located in the Washburn Arts Center, a building named for Cadwallader Washburn, a Gallaudet graduate (class of 1890), who became world renowned for his etchings. Renovated in 2002, the building has expanded studio spaces, dark room, and a gallery for exhibitions. Computer based classrooms and labs offer students a state-of-the-art environment where they can learn and master software and design programs standard to the evolving field of visual art. In addition to the Washburn Arts Center, the Gatehouse is also being used by the Art, Theatre, and Physics Departments as a cross-disciplinary space for teaching, discussion, and creative experimentation. Nicknamed the FunColab,, students will work together to expand the scope of human action through science, technology and the arts.


A rigorous course of study lays the groundwork for classes that build upon concepts and
skills that ultimately end in mastery. Infused into our curriculum are five areas of emphasis:

  • Visual Problem Solving
  • Personal Identity
  • Criticism/Critique
  • Knowledge of Related Disciplines
  • Theory


Majors (B.A. degrees): Minors:
  • Art & Media Design Program


Gallaudet University's Art Program offers a bilingual, diverse, and multicultural program
designed to ensure the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of
hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Within this context, we
cultivate a multifaceted, interdisciplinary understanding of art as fundamental to human
expression and dialog.
We embrace the creative potentials of our discipline whether
expressed traditionally or through cutting-edge technology. Our curriculum provides
majors and non-majors a balance of studio art, graphic design, digital media and art history.

Outside our doorstep world-renowned museums, galleries and professional studios beckon us to visit and conduct research. In these off-site classroom spaces and in our classrooms and studios on campus, we encourage students to engage in their community, become creative problem solvers, and explore the potential of art as a force for positive social change.


More information about our program can be found below:

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