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Department of Art

Enriching the human mind and spirit.

» Our Mission

Wilkinson students holding their Art Awards
 

The mission of the Department of Art at Chapman University is to offer a comprehensive education that develops the technical, perceptual, theoretical, historical and critical expertise needed for successful careers in visual art, graphic design and art history. The department supports artists, designers, and scholars within a rigorous liberal arts environment that enriches the human mind and spirit. We foster the artistic and academic growth necessary to encourage lifelong study and practice of the arts through a curriculum that contains strong foundation and history components as a basis for continued innovations in contemporary practice and scholarship.

Our VisionArt students receiving recognition for their work.

The vision of the Department of Art at Chapman University is to provide outstanding educational and exhibition related programs in art and design preparing students for creative professional and academic careers.

Undergraduate Applications for Department of Art

Please select the degree of interest and follow the simple steps to submit your application. This process is only for our incoming 1st Year and Transfer students. For the BFA Studio Art & BFA Graphic Design, there are two applications: the Common Application and then the Creative Supplement. Your portfolio images should be JPEG format.


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+ - B.F.A. Art

Application Process

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art:

Arts Application: This is your artistic portfolio reviewed by the faculty based on artistic talent and program readiness. Please be prepared to answer a few short answer questions.

Statement of Interest: The Department of Art at Chapman University is committed to fostering interdisciplinary dialogues. Please describe why you are interested in studying studio art at Chapman University, including your artistic and educational goals, and the academic and non-academic interests that influence your art.

Statement of Two Most Successful Works: Art is visual communication. Pick the two most successful works in your portfolio and explain what makes them the most significant, including how the formal elements of the works support their meaning. (500 words or fewer)

Signed Letter of Recommendation: Submit a signed letter of recommendation from a high school art teacher or art mentor that speaks to your creative talents and merits as a student. The letter is not required to be confidential, but submitting a signed letter of recommendation is mandatory. NOTE: This letter is in addition to the recommendation letter required by the Office of Admission.

Media Uploads: Upload 8-10 examples from your portfolio that you feel best demonstrates your artistic talents. You may include design, drawing, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, or video.

 

+ - B.F.A. Graphic Design

Application Process

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design:

Arts Application: This is your artistic portfolio reviewed by the faculty based on artistic talent and program readiness. Please be prepared to answer a few short answer questions.

Statement of Interest: Provide insight to your creative background and experiences. What about Chapman’s Graphic Design program appeals to you?

Influential Artist: Describe the most influential designer or artist to you. What is impactful about their body of work and how has this person’s work impacted your decision to be a designer?

Statement of Two Most Successful Works: Art is visual communication. Pick the two most-successful works in your portfolio and explain what makes them the most significant, including how the formal elements of the works support their meaning. (500 words or fewer)

Signed Letter of Recommendation: Submit a signed letter of recommendation from a high school art teacher or art mentor that speaks to your creative talents and merits as a student. The letter is not required to be confidential, but submitting a signed letter of recommendation is mandatory. NOTE: This letter is in addition to the recommendation letter required by the Office of Admission.

Media Uploads: Upload 8-10 pieces from your portfolio that you feel best demonstrates your artistic talents. It may include design, drawing, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture or video.

 

+ - B.A. Art History

Application Process

As a new student to Chapman University, if you wish to declare an Art History Major, no additional application forms are required. You simply mark Art History as your preferred Major on the Common Application.


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+ - Deadlines

Please visit the University’s How to Apply pages for undergraduate application deadlines:

+ - Tuition & Scholarship

Tuition & Financial Aid: All up-to-date information regarding the cost of tuition (including housing costs) and financial aid can be found on the Chapman University website. Any additional questions regarding tuition and financial aid should be directed to Chapman University Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or 714.997.6711 or the following links:

Department of Art Fees: Beyond the cost of standard tuition, students who are enrolled in some of the studio and graphic design classes may incur additional costs in the form of class fees normally between $75 - $100 per course. Money collected through these fees supports the production environment and equipment used.

Merit Scholarships: Chapman University awards merit scholarships based on the applicant's academics performance. These scholarships are awarded specifically by the Office of Admissions at Chapman. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.

Art Talent Scholarships: Art awards Talent Scholarships to applicants based on their departmental application and materials. All students applying to the BFA in Art or the BFA in Graphic Design are automatically considered for Art Talent Scholarship without any additional forms and these awards are distributed around every May. Please contact the Art office at (714) 997-6729 to inquire about scholarship amounts.