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Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

» Minor in Graphic Design

A minor in graphic design will supplement majors from business, marketing, advertising and public relations and other fields of transactional practices. The minor in graphic design provides the necessary skill set needed in visual communication and the tools to contribute and work with information/marketing campaigns and creative professionals. A graphic design minor will have positional advantages and opportunities including strategic planning and full involvement in the creative process and opportunities. Interdisciplinary work courses in visual literacy will help students develop exceptional skills and the ability to verbalize creative ideas on a variety of platforms.

Above are some examples of our student work done in our Information Design course; these medicine packaging designs were displayed in a packaging design journal.

+ - What You Will Do

  • Demonstrate ability to create and develop visual form in response to communication problems
  • Have an understanding of tools and technology
  • Understand the creative process
  • Explore visual literacy
  • Develop professional habits and skills that are essential in graphic design and related professions
  • Acquire the written, verbal and formal vocabulary to communicate effectively

+ - Requirements and Application

  1. Graphic Design application: Meet first with one of the Graphic Design fulltime faculty: Professors Eric Chimenti (, Claudine Jaenichen ( or Andrew Shalat ( to discuss the program and requirements.
  2. If you decide to move forward with declaring the Minor or Major, submit the materials below to the Art Office by calling (714) 997-6729 for an appointment. Your application will be reviewed & a decision made within 7 business days.
  3. 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 the Minor 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 and a Change of Program form (see link below).
  4. If you wish to declare an Art History Major or Minor, you are required to meet with one of the fulltime Art History faculty, Professors Wendy Salmond ( Justin Walsh ( or, Amy Buono ( The only other requirement, besides meeting with a faculty member, is submitting a Change of Program form to one of those faculty members for processing. When the office has completed processing, you will be contacted to collect the form & submit it to the Registrar’s Office.
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