Student writing on printed artwork

Printmaking Concentration

The Studio Art Major with a concentration in Printmaking gives the student basic skills and knowledge in both traditional and contemporary print media. The Printmaking curriculum focuses on plate lithography, intaglio, screen printing, relief, monoprint/monotype and photo/digital based printmaking applications. Students who participate in these courses learn how to create editioned prints and unique, one-of-a-kind printed works. In addition, many printmaking students chose to integrate printmaking processes into other media, such as Painting, Photography, Drawing, Illustration, Installation, and Graphic Design. The Printmaking Area also invites students to participate in several events throughout the year, including print specific exhibitions, juried student exhibitions, printmaking portfolio exchanges, tee-shirt printing, and poster projects.

As with all Studio Art majors, students must complete the Freshman Foundation before beginning the printmaking course sequence. The printmaking concentration offers a diverse range of media experiences and allows for a progression of technical and aesthetic development to best prepare them as a professional print artist, collaborative printer, and/or to continue onto graduate study.

Our Programs

Our BA/BS Art-Studio Major, Printmaking concentration, is a 42-credit major program that provides a well-rounded education in fine art and visual communication with a course sequence focused on printmaking. There is no portfolio review and admission is open to anyone.

Our BFA Art-Studio Major, Printmaking concentration, is an intensive 78-credit major program that provides a rigorous fine art education with an in-depth focus on printmaking. Admission to the program requires an application process and portfolio review.

Our Art-Studio Minor is an 18-credit minor program that provides a complimentary fine-art experience with students able to select electives focused on printmaking. Any undergraduate student may declare this minor.

The act of printing has always seemed to me a miracle, just such a miracle as the growing up of a tiny seed of grain to an ear - an everyday miracle, even the greater because it happens everyday. One drawing is sown on the stone or the etching plate, and a harvest is reaped from it. From Van Gogh’s letters