BFA Art: Concentration in Printmaking
Emphasizing historical and contemporary practices.
The Printmaking concentration offers professional courses to help meet the demands of
today’s marketplace. You’ll receive solid training in the foundations of art and opportunities
to explore diverse kinds of media.
Printmaking students will take advanced courses in Printmaking, Planographic
Techniques, and Book Arts/Papermaking. Our small, intensive courses allow for close
faculty interaction, and you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work both on- and offcampus.
Numerous internship and study-abroad opportunities are available.
Features of the Printmaking area
- 5 iMac computers with i7 processors
- Full Adobe Creative Cloud Applications including Photoshop and Illustrator
- Two inkjet printers
- One black/white laser printer
Etching & Dark Rooms & Workspace
- One workroom with a photography studio and a mat-cutting and project assembly workspace
- Special racks and tools
- Non-toxic materials used
- List of presses and processes
- List of plate-making electronic equipment
Upper-level Courses Descriptions
ART 3150: Figure Drawing
Intensive study of the human figure; action, structure, volume, design and expressive potentialities from a variety of models, using a variety of media. Some portraiture.
ART 3500: Printmaking I
Students learn basic printmaking processes, techniques, and professional
ART 3510: Printmaking II
Advanced exploration of conventional and experimental printmaking techniques
including but not limited to the relief, intaglio and stencil processes.
ART 3520: Planographic Techniques I
This course examines techniques and contemporary applications of planographic
printmaking in silkscreen printing and lithography. The emphasis is on experimentation, design, drawing, and multicolor printing. Topics include hand-cut paper, and film and photographic stencils in silkscreen and hand-drawn aluminum and digital polyester lithographic techniques. Classes include discussion and critique of print content and concept together with the technical skills involved in each phase of the planographic processes.
ART 3550: Bookarts, Letterpress and Papermaking
This course introduces the history, materials, and techniques associated with book arts, letterpress and paper making.
ART 4510: Advanced Study in Printmaking
Selected topics in printmaking of an advanced nature, which may include independent student research.
ART 4520: Planographic Techniques II
This course examines techniques and contemporary applications of planographic printmaking in silkscreen printing and lithography. The emphasis is on experimentation, design, drawing, and multicolor printing. Topics include hand-cut
paper, and film and photographic stencils in silkscreen and hand-drawn aluminum and digital polyester lithographic techniques. Classes include discussion and critique of
Admission to Concentration
Apply to Enroll in Upper-Level Printmaking Courses
It is important that students interested in applying to the Painting and Drawing concentration talk to the faculty advisors of the area. The office hours are posted on the faculty web page.
Once a BFA “art-interest” student has completed the Lower-Division Major Requirements and while enrolled in the second course in printmaking, he or she will submit a portfolio of work in that area for review by the supervising faculty. Admission into any concentration area is dependent upon the strength of the student’s portfolio, their performance in visual arts courses, and their overall academic performance in all classes taken. Each application to the concentration in drawing and painting must include the following:
Each application to the concentration in printmaking must include the following:
- Current Resumé in MS Word format
- Artist statement in MS Word format
- Up to twenty pieces of your strongest works that show skill in 2-Dimensional Design, Drawing, and Printmaking I. This work should represent, though is not limited to; assignments from all 2-dimensional media including drawing, painting, photography, digital design, and printmaking. Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.)
- An image inventory list in MS Word format that includes the following information:
- Year work was made
- Composition and Framing
- Print/Image Quality (view tips on taking good photographs of your artwork)
- Skill level/Technique
- Writing Skills/clarity of personal vision