» Recommended Classes for First-Year Graphic Design Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as a Graphic Design major at Chapman. 

In your first semester, students typically take 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs
are 4). 12 credits are required to be in full-time status.

Introductory Math Requirement

First year students must either waive or complete Math 100/L (Learning and Studying Mathematics for Understanding I, with a required lab component) in their first semester. For more information, visit our Math Placement webpage

General Education Classes

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
GE Written Inquiry
GE Quantitative Inquiry

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area.

You can learn more about general education on our General Education: How it Works page.

Visual Thinker Lecture Series (VTLS) Requirement

All Art, Art History, and Graphic Design Majors, as well as minors hosted in the Art Department, are required to attend 3 guest lectures per semester including two speakers in the Visual Thinker Lecture Series (VTLS) and the Bensussen Lecture each semester. These events are scheduled at 7 p.m. and may be during another class time. Please make sure to plan ahead and schedule accordingly.


Fall Semester

Majors in Graphic Design are part of the Block Scheduling program for first-year students in the Fall semester only. You will be pre-registered in the ART and GD courses listed for the Fall semester below in early July. You can then build the rest of your schedule around these required major courses. Please meet with your Graphic Design Program Advisor in the fall semester so you can plan and register for the following semesters.

GD 102 - Research Methods (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 3

GD 103 - Visualization (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 1

ART 195 - Art and Text (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 3

FFC 100D - You Choose! 
Credits: 3

All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations. The class will introduce you to college and there is a different topic for every major. As a Graphic Design major, you must select an FFC 100D option from the Wilkinson College - Engaging the World category. 

GE class or Minor Exploration class
Credits: 3


Spring Semester

GD 100 - Book Arts/Lettering 
Credits: 3

ART 122 - Objects and Space 
Credits: 1

GE class or Minor Exploration class 
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class 
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class
Credits: 3