The MFA in Studio with a concentration in Printmaking supports artists who explore unique approaches to the creative endeavor and who transcend boundaries. We are interested in applicants who are searching for new insights into our culture and our time. The faculty encourages the creation of innovative and original ideas.
The curriculum of the Printmaking program ensures a comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various approaches to media, content, imagery and teaching styles of our faculty. Students are encouraged to explore the continuing traditions of drawing and painting as well as printmaking, and also to work in pursuit of new forms and with contemporary issues. While students work in the drawing, painting and printmaking combined seminar for a majority of their studio credit hours, they are highly encouraged to move between media with other studio areas within the School of Art and Design.
The Printmaking program integrates a number of traditional and alternative printmaking techniques including etching, lithography, screen-printing, monoprinting, photo-transfer processes, block printing, book arts, papermaking, and computer based imaging. The print shop, book and paper making facilities are frequented by photo, graphic design, textile and drawing and painting majors as well as printmaking majors, creating a lively atmosphere and interchange between disciplines.
The program emphasizes individual tutorials, group seminars, and critiques to provide a variety of settings for the development and exchange of ideas relevant to the arts in general, and printmaking in particular. The curriculum addresses the broad range of perspectives found in contemporary printmaking both technically and conceptually. Completion of a minimum of three graduate level art history courses enhance students understanding of their own art research within a historical and contemporary context. In the final two semesters of the graduate program of study, the student completes a creative project, usually in the form of a thesis exhibition, and writes a supporting thesis paper.
A stalwart component of the Printmaking graduate program revolves around the students’ assistantships, either as a studio lab assistant or, should the student desire it, in teaching undergraduate level courses. As GTA’s while in the program and after required preparation and instruction, students are encouraged to teach a variety of courses related to their degree including Introduction to Studio, Drawing I, 2D Design and Figure Drawing. Printmaking MFA candidates are often given the opportunity to teach the Introduction to Printmaking course once they have worked as a GLA within that specific class. These experiences in conjunction with the acquisition of professional skills such as resume writing, job application skills and self-promotion prepare the student with the tools to be a professional artist once their studies are complete.