Gallaudet University - Washington, DC | District of Columbia Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Gallaudet University-Washington

School Summary
800 Florida Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5000
Degree Type:
One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - other
Campus Setting:
City: Large
Campus Housing:

About Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It is located in the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. The city offers an endless list of attractions, from classic historical sites like the Library of Congress and the Lincoln Memorial to interactive attractions such as the International Spy Museum and 'Newseum.' There are many guided tours available as well, from walking to biking to double-decker buses. There are even tours offering participants a red and blue roadster outfitted with GPS to find their way around town.

Gallaudet offers 4-year degree programs to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in digital media, graphic design, or studio art with a specialization in photography. The BA in digital media offers specializations in either film and video or multimedia. All art department programs include a balance of studio art, graphic design, digital media and art history. The world-renowned museums, galleries and professional studios located in the surrounding city are considered off-site classroom spaces for visiting and conducting research. Core course requirements for all fields of study include fundamentals of design, introduction to drawing, and a specialized course entitled Introduction to Deaf View/Image Art, a study of deaf artists and their works. All courses of study also require completion of the Senior Capstone Experience, a course individualized depending on the student's major. For this course, students are required to complete either an internship, apprenticeship, or thesis paper, as determined in consultation by the department.

The BA in digital media with a specialization in film and video includes major coursework in scriptwriting, digital film and video production, Web animation, and an introduction to mass communication. The multimedia specialization includes coursework in the evolution of the graphic arts, digital illustration, Web design and animation, and Web graphic applications. The BA in graphic design also includes study in the evolution of the graphic arts, plus typography, graphic techniques and theory, and production design. The BA in studio art with a photography specialization requires major coursework including manual and digital photography, studies in photography, and photojournalism.

The financial aid office at Gallaudet makes every reasonable attempt to see that at least seventy percent of undergraduate students' financial need is met in the form of grants and scholarships. This includes gift aid from outside of the University such as private scholarships. Scholarships provided by the University are gift funds donated to the University by a variety of individuals and organizations. Students must be full-time and seeking a degree to receive a scholarship from the University. Scholarship restrictions are based on donor requirements; however, most are based on financial need and academic performance. The Financial Aid Office matches students with scholarship requirements. Applicants for scholarships must complete the scholarship application supplement. Applicants for financial aid are automatically considered and matched with these funds, and do not need to apply for individual scholarships.

Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. There are a number of student organizations available to match a variety of student interests, including a television station, newspaper, and yearbook, plus a Student Body Government and an International Student Club. For those interested in the Greek life, Gallaudet offers eight on-campus fraternities and sororities. The University offers NCAA athletic teams as well as intramural athletic programs. Other student services include departments of Campus Activities, Campus Life and Housing, Campus Ministries, Community Service Programs, and Multicultural Student Programs.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,