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+ - Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded through The Common Application and the Creative Supplement by the given deadlines.  Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.  Please refer to the application checklist for more information on specified Admission deadline(s).

+ - Common Application Deadlines

  • SPRING (First Year & Transfer)  Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • FALL (First Year) Early Action Date (non-binding): Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • FALL (First Year) Regular Admission: Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • FALL (Transfer)  Regular Admission: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

+ - Creative Supplement Deadlines

  • SPRING (First Year & Transfer)  Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • FALL (First Year) Early Action Date (non-binding): Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • FALL (First Year) Regular Admission: Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • FALL (Transfer)  Regular Admission: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

* The Common Application and Creative Supplement must be submitted online by 11:59pm PST on the appropriate deadline.

+ - Art

Application Process

All students applying to the B.F.A. Art or B.F.A. Graphic Design programs must submit a Creative Supplement as well as the Common Application. The Creative Supplement application requires you to submit four pieces to be considered:

B.F.A. Art Creative Supplement Requirements

  • Statement of Interest: Describe why you are interested in studying Studio Art at Chapman University, including artistic and educational goals. The department of art at Chapman University is committed to interdisciplinary dialogues, including academics and non-academic interests that influence your art work.
  • Statement of Two Most Successful Works: Art is visual communication. Pick the two most successful works in your portfolio and explain in a statement what makes them most significant, including how the formal elements of the works support their meaning. (500 words or less)
  • Signed Letter of Recommendation: Submit a signed letter of recommendation from a high school art teacher or art mentor, speaking to your creative talents and merits as a student. The letter is not required to be confidential, but submitting a signed letter of recommendation is mandatory. NOTE: This letter is in addition to the recommendation letter required by the Office of Admission.
  • Media Uploads: Portfolio- Upload 8 to 10 examples of what you feel best demonstrates your artistic talents. It may include design, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture or video.
  • Photo: Upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you. Professional headshots are not necessary.

+ - Graphic Design

Application Process

All students applying to the B.F.A. Art or B.F.A. Graphic Design programs must submit a Creative Supplement as well as the Common Application. The Creative Supplement application requires you to submit four pieces to be considered:

B.F.A. Graphic Design Creative Supplement Requirements

  • Statement of Interest: Provide insight to your creative background and experience. What about Chapman’s Graphic Design program appeals to you?
  • Influential Artist:Describe the most influential designer or artist to you. What is impactful about their body of work and how has this person’s work impacted your decision to be a designer?
  • Statement of Two Most Successful Works: Art is visual communication. Pick the two most successful works in your portfolio and explain in a statement what makes them most significant, including how the formal elements of the works support their meaning. (500 words or less)
  • Signed Letter of Recommendation: Submit a signed letter of recommendation from a high school art teacher or art mentor, speaking to your creative talents and merits as a student. The letter is not required to be confidential, but submitting a signed letter of recommendation is mandatory. NOTE: This letter is in addition to the recommendation letter required by the Office of Admission.
  • Media Uploads: Portfolio- Upload 8 to 10 examples of what you feel best demonstrates your artistic talents. It may include design, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture or video.
  • Photo: Upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you. Professional headshots are not necessary.

+ - Tuition & Scholarship

Tuition & Financial Aid: All up-to-date information regarding the cost of tuition (including housing costs) and financial aid can be found on the Chapman University website. Any additional questions regarding tuition and financial aid should be directed to Chapman University Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or 714.997.6711 or the following links:

Department of Art Fees: Beyond the cost of standard tuition, students who are enrolled in some of the studio and graphic design classes may incur additional costs in the form of class fees normally between $75 - $100 per course. Money collected through these fees supports the production environment and equipment used.

Merit Scholarships: Chapman University awards merit scholarships based on the applicant's academics performance. These scholarships are awarded specifically by the Office of Admissions at Chapman. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.

Art Talent Scholarships: Art awards Talent Scholarships to applicants based on their departmental application and materials. All students applying to the BFA in Art or the BFA in Graphic Design are automatically considered for Art Talent Scholarship without any additional forms and these awards are distributed around every May. Please contact the Art office at (714) 997-6729 to inquire about scholarship amounts.