» Become a Dept. of Art Major or Minor (for current students only)

Education changes constantly in college and you can discover creative talents and dream jobs you never knew existed. Education is a process of self-discovery, and we encourage all students to expand their studies to other areas beyond their major. So, why not apply to add a Major or Minor within the Department of Art within Art History, Art (Studio Art) and Graphic Design. Please read below for instructions on how to apply:

For our current Transfer students, if you join Chapman University 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.


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 speak to one of our fulltime Art History faculty first, to discuss the requirements and expectations: Professors Wendy Salmond (salmond@chapman.edu) Justin Walsh (jstpwalsh@chapman.edu) or, Amy Buono (buono@chapman.edu). If you decide to move forward to officially declare Art History as a Minor or Major, please complete a Change of Program form and email it to randazzo@chapman.edu, for approval. The completed COP form is submitted on your behalf to the Registrar’s Office for processing.


Graphic Design: Application submissions can be placed at any time after meeting with a GD Faculty member. If you submit before March 1, this is for a Fall semester entry & if you apply before October 1, this is for a Spring semester entry.

Important: The deadline to submit Change of Major or Minor form/requests to the Registrar’s Office is typically through the class registration period. Please check the Registrar’s webpage for deadlines,  and plan ahead so your requests are reviewed and processed promptly.

Graphic Design applications are only reviewed during the months of March (ready for April registration into the following Fall semester) and in October (ready for November registration into the following Spring semester.) You are first required to speak with either Associate Professor Eric Chimenti (chimenti@chapman.edu) or Professor Claudine Jaenichen (jaeniche@chapman.edu), our fulltime Graphic Design faculty to discuss the requirements and expectations, please contact them directly via email for an appointment.

If you decide to move forward and officially declare Graphic Design as a Minor or Major, please submit the following materials via email to randazzo@chapman.edu. The review process takes up to 7 business days and you will be contacted by the Art Manager via email of the decision.

  • Signed letter of recommendation from an art /design teacher or art mentor.
  • Statement of Interest (up to 500-word essay) explaining why you want to study Graphic Design.
  • Statement (up to 500 words total) about two of your best works and why you consider these your best works.
  • 10 pieces of your art or designs portfolio in JPEG format.
  • A Change of Program form

If your application is approved, the department will notify the Registrar’s Office of the approval, so your records are updated.


Studio Art: Application submissions can be placed between Monday, February 12, 2024 through May 3, 2024.

Important: The deadline to submit Change of Major or Minor form/requests to the Registrar’s Office is typically through the class registration period. Please check the Registrar’s webpage for deadlines,  and plan ahead so your requests are reviewed and processed promptly.

Students currently enrolled or have completed an art class at Chapman University, are welcome to apply to Minor or Major in Studio Art. To begin the process, you are first required to speak to one of our fulltime Studio Art faculty discuss the requirements and expectations, please contact them directly via email for an appointment: Associate Professors Micol Hebron (hebron@chapman.edu), Lia Halloran (Art Chair) (halloran@chapman.edu), David Kiddie (kiddie@chapman.edu) or Julie Shafer (jshafer@chapman.edu).

If you decide to move forward to officially declare Studio Art as a Minor or Major, please submit the following materials in one PDF file (max 20MB) via email to randazzo@chapman.edu. The review process takes up to 7 business days and you will be contacted by the Art Manager via email of the decision.

  • Signed letter of recommendation from a Chapman University Art Professor or Lecturer for applying to the Major only. You do not need a letter of recommendation if applying to the Minor.

  • Statement of Interest (up to 500-word essay) telling us about your interest in contemporary art, which artist or movements you are most excited by, and what media and materials you wish to explore in our program.  

  • Statement (up to 500 words total) about two of your best works and why you consider these your best works.

  • 7 images of your artwork for the Art Minor application and or, 10 images for the Art Major application. Please identify the title, media, and size of work and combine it all into one PDF.

  • A Change of Program form

  • Please indicate your two choices of Art Faculty for your Art Advisor
  • If your application is approved, the department will notify the Registrar’s Office of the approval so your records are updated.