For those of you considering to major in Art & Media Design at Gallaudet University,

From your first day here in the Art & Media Design (AMD) 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 innovation. 

Sitting within the Art, Communication & Theater (ACT) Department, the Art & Media Design Program introduces students to a range of subjects within the concentrations of Studio Art, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Photography, and Art History. These subjects introduce, and help develop portfolios for graduate school and for entering the workforce in the following subjects (that include but are not limited to): drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, darkroom and digital photography, illustration and publication design, web design, 2D animation, 3D modeling and animation, game development, robotics, computer/phone/tablet software application design and development, interactive art, installation art, film production and special effects.

In A+MD classes, students will work closely with world renown professors in their respective areas, advancing their skills to develop progressive concepts, planning, and implementing their concepts in a range of materials and media, and in many instances merging multiple disciplines together to achieve something new.

Each major and minor program offered by the Art Program assures that you will have a strong knowledge base and the technical skills to enter either graduate school or the job market.

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 renown 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. Additionally the RoboLab (or Robotics Lab) nicknamed the FunColab, is a cross-disciplinary space and classroom where the newest exploration of technology, sensing, and interactivity is explored with the intention to collaborate with the sciences, social sciences, linguistics and ASL research, and theater to invent creative and utilitarian systems for individuals and communities. One can find students from different Gallaudet programs collaborating and learning together with 3D printing, robotics, kinetics, artificial intelligent systems, software/phone/tablet app development, with a range of materials, investigating ways to expand the scope of human action through science, technology and the arts.


While being an important component for every artist's education and career, each prospective student must build and present a portfolio for the purpose of showcasing that student's creative and technical potential and abilities as she begins her major in art. These portfolios also serve as an assessment tool for A+MD faculty to gauge development and progress through the program. As an artist develops, he continuously reviews, expands, and revises his portfolio to accurately convey his personal style as well as his creative and technical development.

The Admission portfolio will be submitted after they have completed two courses, ART 140 and ART 150, and consists of a one .pdf that includes the following: 1. A statement of purpose (like an artist statement), 2. Three (3) works of an applicants choosing, 3. A one (1) page critique of an existing exhibition or work of art, and 4. A minimum GPA of 2.5. This will be submitted to the Program Director during an interview for approval and acceptance.

Total number of materials in the admission portfolio: 4 pieces

**You will need to submit everything listed above on a storage device, flash drive or DVD.


You may refer to the Admission Checklist for Declaring Your Major to better understand what criteria is necessary to declare your major in Art & Media Design, with a concentration of you choice in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Photography, or Art History. See the Admission Checklist Here >

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.

We welcome you to join our creative academic community as soon as possible.

Max Kazemzadeh, Program Director
Washburn Arts Building, Room 113

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