The B.F.A. in Printmaking is designed to allow you to establish a focused and specialized education in the discipline of Printmaking as well as access, through unrestricted electives, to additional studio disciplines within the department of Art and Design. You will begin your B.F.A. program by taking required supporting courses in order to broaden your creative and technical skills. The first course in Printmaking is ART 230: Printmaking I where you learn the basic concepts and techniques of the printmaking craft. In subsequent courses you will develop a solid foundation for independent exploration and aesthetic development as it pertains to the discipline of printmaking. You will also be exposed to a variety of printmaking techniques such as:
- Intaglio and relief printmaking processes
- Book arts
Our curriculum strongly encourages you to independently explore the studied mediums and techniques on assigned projects in personalized ways. You will become versed with the medium, techniques, and vocabulary associated with all these techniques and the professional standards of the printmaking discipline. We have further developed our curriculum to:
- Establish a learning environment that is challenging, supportive, nurturing, and comfortable.
- Provide a mentor relationship between faculty and students in order to establish a heightened level of trust and respect.
- Challenge students on multiple levels – technically, conceptually and aesthetically.
- Provide students with creative problem-solving skills through investigation of various techniques and processes.
- Foster a nurturing and supportive academic environment with special attention to unconditional mentoring, individual attention, and active participation.
- Help students to develop your own portfolio and prepare for a gallery show.
Our studio is located on the 4th floor of the Jane F. Campbell Building. It is physically outfitted to instruct non–toxic applications in the four primary fine art printmaking processes and is comprised of a large studio/lecture facility and rooms for spray-out and cleaning of silk-screens and etchings. Our program strives to provide you with the requisite equipment and materials you need in order to take more chances in your independent exploration of an idea or aesthetic and includes:
- Intaglio, combination, and lithographic presses of varying types and sizes.
- Hotplates for wing of plates.
- Large library of lithographic limestone’s ranging up to 30″ x 40″ in size.
- Wide variety of hand and handheld power tools, brayers and rollers of varying sizes.
- Plumed eye station and shower in spray-out and silk-screen/etching cleaning rooms.