What's an Art major?

Are you creative? Do you like to express yourself through a visual medium? Do you enjoy hands-on learning? Then a major in art is for you.

The Art Program offers a variety of majors and minors in the art field including art history, studio art, graphic design, and photography/film/digital media.

While pursuing a degree in art, you can take a variety of courses in the following fields:

  • Art history - from pre-history to modern art
  • Design techniques
  • Painting - including watercolor, oil, acrylic, dye on silk, mixed media
  • Drawing - including pencil, ink, pastel, calligraphy, perspective
  • Ceramics - including hand-building, wheel, sculpture, glazing techniques
  • Illustration and publication design - including layout and production techniques
  • Web design - including multimedia applications and animation
  • Digital Animation - including software and hardware for bringing things to life both cinematically and generatively
  • Photography - including basic to advanced courses in photojournalism and lighting
  • Film production - including short films, documentaries, video shooting, editing

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.

College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies

Tracey Salaway, Program Director
Washburn Arts Building, Room 119

What is an admission portfolio?

Building and maintaining a portfolio is an important component of every artist’s education and career. It is an inherent part of Gallaudet’s visual culture. The admission portfolio is intended to showcase a student’s creative and technical potential and abilities as she begins her major in art. It is also an assessment tool for 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.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in a major in art are required to submit the following: 

  1. An Application for Admission to Art Program Major/Minor Program Form - Application (pdf) which includes the following:
    1. a statement of purpose, 
    2. two letters of recommendation from university faculty
    3. and a portfolio to the program for consideration.
The Portfolio Requirements include:
  1. Two (2) Drawings
    We’re interested in assessing your observational skills and ability to record what you see in a way that reflects your level of competency in drawing.
  2. One (1) Color work on paper
    We will assess your understanding of tonal scale and ability to mix paint manually and use it in a visually satisfying way.
  3. Two (2) Photographic Prints
    These samples should reflect your understanding and sense of compositional design including cropping, mood, depth of field, and capturing space, line, shape, color, value and texture.
  4. One (1) Three-Dimensional Object of your choice
    Three dimensional construction demonstrates a student’s ability to combine ideas on volume and space with material and technique. Show us your ideas. (photographs of this will be sufficient)
  5. Three to five (3–5) works of your choice (of an individual artwork, architecture, and visual art exhibition)
  6. Three (3) written critiques
    Provide samples of your ability to write about an individual artwork, an architectural space, and a visual art exhibition.

Total number of materials in the admission portfolio: 12–15 pieces
**Additionally, you will need to submit everything listed above burned on a DVD.

Admission Criteria & Rubric

You will also need to refer to the Admission Rubric to better understand the criteria for how the Admission Portfolio and materials are judged. Admission Rubric (pdf)

Declaring a Major

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 department chair.

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