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 off-campus. Numerous internship and study-abroad opportunities are available.

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Print Making Class


  • Digital Lab

    • 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

    Printing Room

    • Special racks and tools
    • Non-toxic materials used
    • List of presses and processes
    • List of plate-making electronic equipment

Key Courses

  • >Download Curriculum Checksheet BFA Studio Arts

    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 print content and concept together with the technical skills involved in each phase of the planographic processes.

Student Engagement

  • Faculty and advanced students of the Printmaking area collaborated with the Zuckerman Museum of Art and the Center for Puppetry Arts to create an event about the endangerment of elephants for their tusks, "96 Elephants."

    Relief blocks visually depicting imagery resulting from student research was printed on cloth and stitched into a banner. On the day of the event students worked with attendees of the campus event to make elephant puppets. Printmaking students and collaborators marched in the Homecoming Parade, and our banner went on display at the ZMA which then traveled to the Center for Puppetry Arts.

    Collaborators integrated research, technology, and time-honored tech­niques such as relief printing and sewing to make this a multi-faceted learning experience.

  • A large-scale collaborative block fitting into a large puzzle was created by Printmaking students during Advocacy and Activism day at KSU. Each puzzle piece, specific to a topic of advocacy and activism was researched and designed by a different student.

    On the day of the event, prints and artists statements were hung on a line around our printing area so we could share our research with the public. We inked up the puzzle several different ways and printed individual pieces for attendees to the Spring Arts Festival. We printed the large puzzle block with a "steamroller" machine.

    We worked with KSU's Design and Engineering department and used technology to create some of the large puzzle blocks using digital files and the laser cutter. Other blocks were hand-carved and hand-printed separately with the steamroller during the Spring Arts Festival. We worked with the ZMA in conjunction with their exhibit on Arts, AIDS, America.

  • Cobb County Teachers in a Printmaking workshop for the S.T.E.A.M. program

    The Printmaking area had the opportunity to do a workshop for Cobb County teachers in the arts, science and math S.T.E.A.M. program. The cyanotype printing process embraces a variety of inter­disciplinary aspects as an art form. Attendees of the workshop re­searched the process and created a presenta­tion that focused on its use of math and science. Sunprints were created using light and a mathematical formula. A variety of developing solu­tions composed of different chemicals were applied and comparisons could be made among the resulting images. A print template was created during the workshop to chart the results from the differing times, chemistries and quantities. 

  • After researching homelessness statistics of students and some of the services that KSU had to offer, the team of Printmaking faculty and students concentrating in Printmaking decided to participate in HAW (Homelessness Awareness Week) by producing a series of prints. Each student picked the part of the topic that interested them and researched it for their print.

    We organized an exhibition in the Social Science atrium during HAW and included the 3D printed statistic pillars we had created with Cannonball Press. The prints were hung with artists state­ments to inform viewers of the intent of the project and facts about homeless­ness. We also printed broadsides that shared information for students about ser­vices on our campus to assist them if they were in need.

Admission to Concentration

  • 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.

    Valerie Dibble
    Assistant Professor of Art
    Phone: 470-578-6719

    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:
    1. Current Resumé in MS Word format
    2. Artist statement in MS Word format
    3. 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.)
    4. An image inventory list in MS Word format that includes the following information:
    • Title
    • Medium
    • Size
    • Year work was made
    Portfolios will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Craftsmanship
    • Composition and Framing
    • Print/Image Quality (view tips on taking good photographs of your artwork)
    • Presentation
    • Skill level/Technique
    • Writing Skills/clarity of personal vision

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