» 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

Art History: No deadline: If you wish to declare an Art History Major or Minor, you are required to first meet with or speak to, one of our fulltime Art History faculty: Professors Wendy Salmond (salmond@chapman.edu) Justin Walsh (jstpwalsh@chapman.edu) or, Amy Buono (buono@chapman.edu). After your meeting & if you decide to move forward with declaring Art History as a Minor or Major, please complete a Change of Program form and email it to art@chapman.edu for approval. The form is then submitted on your behalf by the department, to the Registrar’s Office for processing.


Graphic Design 

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

After your meeting & if you decide to move forward with declaring Graphic Design as a Minor or Major, please submit your materials via email to art@chapman.edu to begin the review process. This typically takes 5-7 business days. If approved, you will be contacted by the Art Manager who in turn also notifies the Registrar’s Office of the approval so your records are updated. 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 Graphic Design 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

Studio Art

Students who are currently enrolled or have completed a Studio Art class at Chapman University are welcome to apply to the Minor or Major in Studio Art. The deadline to apply is always on the Monday two weeks before finals week in order for the Minor/Major to be official by the start of the following semester.  You are required to first meet with or speak to, one of our fulltime: 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.

After your meeting & if you decide to move forward with declaring Studio Art as a Minor or Major, please submit your materials via email to art@chapman.edu to begin the review process. This typically takes 5-7 business days. If approved, you will be contacted by the Art Manager who in turn will also notify the Registrar’s Office of the approval so your records are updated. Application materials should be submitted in a PDF file format that includes:

  • Signed letter of recommendation from a Chapman University Art Professor.
  • Statement of Interest (up to 500-word essay) explaining why you want to study Studio Art at Chapman University.
  • Statement (up to 500 words total) about two of your best works and why you consider these your best works.
  • 6 to 8  images of your artwork for Art Minor applications or 10 images for Art Major applications.
  • A Change of Program form

For more information, please contact the Department of Art office at (714) 997-6729