» Change of Major or Minor

Education changes constantly during your time in college. You discover hidden talents and dream jobs become something you never knew existed. We understand your education is a process of self-discovery and encourage students to expand their studies to other areas beyond their major. You have some flexibility to take additional classes in other areas of art and many additional classes at Chapman University. However, students may still decide to change their major to another area within the arts or a completely different program at Chapman, why not apply to add a Major or Minor within the Department of Art?

For our Transfer students, if you come in with at least 60 credits, you may apply to add a Minor after one semester at Chapman University; otherwise, you must wait to apply after two semesters. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA at Chapman University to apply for an Art Major or Minor.

Add or Change of Major and/or Minor Deadlines (subject to change)


Art History

No deadline: If you wish to declare an Art History Major or Minor, you are required to first meet with one of our fulltime Art History faculty by scheduling an appointment: Professors Wendy Salmond (salmond@chapman.edu) Justin Walsh (jstpwalsh@chapman.edu) or, Amy Buono (buono@chapman.edu). After meeting with faculty, you are required to complete a Change of Program form and then have it approved by the Department of Art Chair. The form is then submitted by you, to the Registrar’s Office for processing.


Graphic Design 

Graphic Design accepts applications all year however, applications are only reviewed during the months of March ready for April registration into the following Fall semester and review again in October in time for November registration into the following Spring semester. You are required to first meet with one of the Graphic Design fulltime faculty by scheduling an appointment: Professors Eric Chimenti (chimenti@chapman.edu), Claudine Jaenichen (jaeniche@chapman.edu) or Andrew Shalat (shalat@chapman.edu) to discuss the program & requirements.

Studio Art

Deadline to apply is December 1, 2020: You are required to first meet with one of the Studio Art fulltime faculty by scheduling an appointment: Professors Micol Hebron (hebron@chapman.edu), Lia Halloran (halloran@chapman.edu) or David Kiddie (kiddie@chapman.edu) or Julie Shafer (jshafer@chapman.edu), to discuss the program & requirements.

If you decide to move forward with declaring the Minor or Major, submit the materials below to the Art Office by calling (714) 997-6729 for an appointment or submit to the faculty member you met with. Your application will be reviewed and a decision made within 5 business days.

Materials to submit include:

  • Signed letter of recommendation from an art teacher or art mentor.
  • Statement of Interest (up to 500-word essay) explaining why you want to study Art History, Graphic Design or Studio Art at Chapman University.
  • Statement (up to 500 words total) about two of your best works and why you consider these your best work.
  • 10 pieces of your art or designs printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • A Change of Program form

For more information, please contact the art office at (714) 997-6729.