About the program

RIT/NTID is excited to announce the all-new approach Digital Arts program!  The program will be a month-long experience where students will explore their interests in art. 

Program participants will have the opportunity to work with RIT/NTID students, who all share a passion for art! 

Students accepted into the Digital Arts program will:

  • Meet weekly with their assigned group (virtually)
  • Do fun art challenges with materials we ship to their home!
  • Have an opportunity to view the work of others and offer feedback to one another  
  • Participate in a virtual exhibit of their work on the website of Dyer Arts Center, NTID’s art gallery!  

Frequently Asked Questions

Students are grouped by communication preference (e.g., sign language or spoken English). Each group will include 10-12 high school students that share a passion for art.

Students will register for Flipgrid, and will post thoughts, feedback, and support to others in their group throughout the week. Students will also meet weekly on Zoom with their group. Each group will be led by a deaf/hard-of-hearing RIT student from RIT’s College of Art and Design!

Flipgrid is a website that supports creation of "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is similar to a message board where group leaders can pose questions, called "topics," and students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.

All the necessary materials, valued at $150+, will be shipped to students’ homes.  

The program will run over the course of March. Group meetings will be hosted once a week for an hour. Art challenges will be announced once a week; each challenge should take approximately 2-3 hours per week. The full schedule will be included with the student materials.

Students will send their art to us, and we’ll be showcasing their work on the website of Dyer Arts Center, NTID’s art gallery.

Teachers can submit recommendations to, or students can email us and include a copy of their high school transcript, 2-3 samples of their art work. Be sure to include a brief explanation why they would like to participate in the program.

With COVID-19 and less opportunity to interact, we decided to change things up. Instead of our annual art competition, we’re offering this program so students can connect with deaf and hard-of-hearing peers from around the country and learn and grow from each other – all while doing something they love!

The Digital arts program is open to deaf and hard-of-hearing students of grades 9 to 12 who are recommended by their teachers. If a teacher did not recommend them, students can elect to nominate themselves for the program.

Students who are accepted into the program, will receive an official acceptance letter via e-mail. In addition, they will be directed to go online to print and complete the required program forms and e-mail us a copy by February 15, 2021.

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