About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is a four-year liberal arts college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Gallaudet is also home to the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, which teaches hard-of-hearing and deaf children and develops educational strategies nationwide. Gallaudet is located on Florida Avenue in Washington D.C. The nation's capital offers a unique assortment of history, politics, and culture. The National Mall, Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorials offer history and civics, while the Smithsonian Museums present history, science, and art to visitors.
A business man, Amos Kendall, donated two acres of his land in Northeast Washington D.C. to start a school for the deaf in 1856. The first superintendent of the school, originally called Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind, was Edwin Miner Gallaudet. His mother, who was deaf, became the matron of the school. In 1863, the school was authorized to confer college degrees and today, Gallaudet is a large, prestigious, and internationally recognized university.
Students at Gallaudet can earn a B.A. in graphic design through the school's art department. This degree requires 120 credits including 72 general studies and elective, twelve pre-major, and 36 major credits. Graphic design students take courses in art history, drawing, design, digital imaging, photography, typography, web design, and also complete an internship experience.
The art department also offers a degree in film and video. Students learn about art history, drawing, digital imaging, television, film, mass communication, and digital animation. Students must also participate in an internship.
For a B.A. in photography, students complete much of the same coursework as other art department majors. They also take intermediate and advanced photography, photojournalism, and create a portfolio of work or a senior exhibit.
More than 85% of students at Gallaudet receive some amount of financial assistance for tuition expenses. The university meets a goal of seeing that 70 percent of undergraduate students receive aid through grants and scholarships. To be considered for aid, students must complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). From this form, a student's eligibility for federal grants and loans is determined. These are based upon need. Scholarships awarded by the university are provided based upon merit.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Gallaudet University. Many of the university's degree programs are further accredited by various professional associations.