» Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in graphic design emphasizes conceptual design methods, appropriate aesthetics, history, writing development, verbal articulation and training in technology that prepare the student to enter the graphic design profession. Students have opportunities to explore all aspects of graphic design, such as packaging, illustration, information design, advertising design, web design, multimedia design, motion design, and book design.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop writing and verbal competencies commonly used in the description and analysis of visual art and graphic design. These include critical response to theoretical texts and conceptual development. This includes research, writing, and critique of the intent of their own work.

  2. Students will be able to create original design work that exhibits a distinct personal voice. The full-time faculty through academic advising and professional mentoring provides close supervision as do our long-standing and dedicated part-time faculty who are working professionals. Students will receive individual attention that will help him/her develop an original and articulate body of work as a graphic designer.

  3. Students will create and develop graphic design that meets the specifications and requirements of communication problem. The sequence of required courses help students develop the necessary techniques and execution of form and content relevant to the field in both digital and print media.

  4. Students will have a professional design experience in which they demonstrate competency with industry standards.

Current students, please contact the Department of Art for information at art@chapman.edu


Commpost newsletter

OC Portfolio Design Club
The OC Portfolio student group encourages current students to be involved in the local design community, create a community of their own and help students build leadership skills. Students gain access to invaluable resources and opportunities to help make the transition from student to professional designers.

Visual Thinker Lecture Series
The Department of Art hosts lectures each semester designed to explore visual culture from a wide range of art and design professionals across disciplines offering opportunities to learn, be inspired, and network.

Since 2005 the Graphic Design program has been communicating and posting what is happening with professors, students, interns and alumni.


Ed Hardy graphic design

Students are encouraged to intern as soon as they are able and required to complete 120hrs field internships in their senior year. Internship opportunities have included Quicksilver Inc., Roxy, Volcom, O’Neil, Chase Design Group, Capston Studios, St. John, Crisp Brand Agency, Clear Channel Radio, Seventeen Magazine, Filter Magazine, Bozel and Amarati.

Students are assessed on their performance and progress in their sophomore year by the all design faculty, and in their junior and senior years, by design faculty and outside professional designers invited to the annual OC Portfolio Design Club, helping the students mature and grow.

Alumni Success
Our alumni work all over the USA and around the world. Visit our Commpost for highlights and also visit our Department of Art Alumni page.


Honey jar logo design

Work with Ad/PR Students 
Design students work alongside advertising students on senior level projects and in the annual NSAC competition.

Work with Law Students
Design students work alongside Law students on trial competitions to create clear communications and also to form effective communication.

Work with Science Students
Design students are influenced by working with the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and NASA.

Work with Marketing Students
Design students work with Business and Marketing students to create visual communications.

Liberal Arts Core/Extra-curricular Activities/Minors
Students have the opportunity and freedom to explore a range of topics, concerns, and methodologies from historical culture, formal analysis and iconography to material culture, social history, and gender studies within their general education core. Chapman University offers an exciting range of activities that enhance the learning experience. Students are encouraged to minor in Arts and Humanities, Social and Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Communication Studies to supplement their major and round out their education.

Work with Political Science Students
Design students work with Political Science students to form effective communication.

International Opportunities

Graphic Design students red phonebooth in London

London, Olympics, and Beyond: Graphic Design 308, Sustainable Design. During the period of 2009 – present, graphic design has provided their majors and minors the opportunity to work in London with primary agencies responsible for the Olympic Games and the Living Cities project. We’re honored to be the only university in the world to offer our students these opportunities.

Study Art History in Italy
The department offers specific travel courses to Italy fulfilling both general education and major/minor requirements.

Global Studies
Chapman University students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs. Studying abroad will provide a unique opportunity which opens up fresh perspectives on international political, economic and social issues, interpersonal relationships and ultimate career choices. 

More information about Global Studies »