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

Education changes constantly in college. You discover hidden talents and dream jobs you never knew existed. Education is a process of self-discovery and we encourage students to expand their studies to other areas beyond their major, why not apply to add a Major or Minor within the Department of Art? Students must have a 3.5 GPA minimum at Chapman University to apply for a Major or Minor in Art History and Graphic Design. There isn’t a GPA requirement for Studio Art.

For our 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 form is signed & submitted on your behalf by the department, to the Registrar’s Office for processing.


Graphic Design: Applications can be submitted beginning August 29, 2022 - October 1, 2022.

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 one of our fulltime Graphic Design faculty to discuss the requirements and expectations: Professors Eric Chimenti (chimenti@chapman.edu), Claudine Jaenichen (jaeniche@chapman.edu) or Andrew Shalat (shalat@chapman.edu), please email them directly for an appointment.

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

  • 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: Applications can be submitted beginning August 29, 2022 – December 2, 2022.

Important: The deadline to submit a Change of Major or Minor form/request to the Registrar’s Office is October 27, 2022, before Spring 2023 registration opens. Any Change of Major or Minor requests received after that date won’t be processed until Spring 2023 registration ends. Thank you.

Students currently enrolled or have completed an art class at Chapman University, are welcome to apply for a Minor or Major, in Studio Art. Please note the timeline to apply in order for the Minor/Major to be officialized by the start of the following semester. To begin the process, you are first required to speak to one of our fulltime faculty to discuss the program and requirements: Professors Micol Hebron (hebron@chapman.edu), Lia Halloran (Art Chair) (halloran@chapman.edu), David Kiddie (kiddie@chapman.edu) or Julie Shafer (jshafer@chapman.edu), please email them directly for an appointment.

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

  • Signed letter of recommendation from a Chapman University Art Professor or Lecturer.
  • Statement of Interest (up to 500-word essay) telling us about your interest in contemporary art, which artists 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.