Program Philosophy

The BFA in Printmaking is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring extensive studio experience with an emphasis in Printmaking. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn both traditional and contemporary aspects of the printmaker's craft.

The Printmaking curriculum provides a broad and intensive experience for printmaking majors and studio elective opportunities for other fine arts, Visual Communication, and Art Education students. Course work in lithography and etching is offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels every semester. Processes covered include plate and stone lithography and the intaglio processes of etching, engraving, and aquatint. Additional courses include printing in monotype, woodcut, and silkscreen. Spacious, well-equipped, accessible facilities for the study of these traditional approaches to printmaking are augmented by additional facilities for the investigation of digital and photomechanical processes.

Basic courses establish a solid, comprehensive foundation of traditional technical skills unique to the printed image, while instruction emphasizes the development of drawing, self-expression, and concept. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students continue to acquire new technical skills. There is extensive work in color, as the emphasis shifts to imagery, concept, and critical thinking.

Advanced students are given considerable autonomy, working largely in self-defined directions in consultation with faculty while focusing on printing technologies most appropriate for individual development. Group critiques, field trips, portfolio projects, student exhibition opportunities, and workshops and lectures by visiting artists complement the studio experience by providing critical discussion, participation, incentives, and role models.