Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Make art using time-honored and expanded print technology.
The Printmaking program supports you in your development of a personal vision and studio practice informed by a rich tradition and ever-expanding approaches to image-making. In the college's state-of-the-art facilities and carefully maintained printmaking studios, you'll explore relief, screen printing, intaglio, lithography, monotype, and interdisciplinary processes integrating both handmade and photo-digital matrixes.

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Why Earn a Printmaking Studio Art Degree?

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking complete a final portfolio of original, cohesive work.

Printmaking includes a variety of printing processes, such as the following.

  • Relief, woodcut and linocut
  • Screenprint also called silkscreen or serigraphy
  • Intaglio — etching, photo intaglio and mezzotint
  • Lithography — hand-drawn and photo-based processes from stones or plates
  • Monotype (one-of-a-kind prints transferred from an unstable matrix)
  • Many other image-transfer art forms

As you graduate, you will have been empowered to develop a personal voice, a professional and creative practice, self-discipline, and cultural awareness.

Marketable Skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Adapting techniques
  • Autonomous working
  • Oral and written communication
  • Multiple approach assessment

Printmaking Studio Art Degree Highlights

Our program collaborates with print businesses in the region to offer students industry experience and develop professional networks.
The Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, PANTS, organizes exhibitions, community events, field trips, fundraisers, awards, visiting artist events and portfolio exchanges.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and is considered among the best in the Southwest.
We provide many opportunities to exhibit your work while you progress through the program. Exhibitions are held on campus in the Cora Stafford Gallery, Paul Voertman Gallery and other exhibition venues.
Our studios offer more than 5,000 square feet of space with seven etching/relief presses, three lithography presses, a large selection of lithography stones and exposure units for screen prints, intaglio and lithography. You may also utilize the digital print labs, digital fabrication labs, paper-making studio, woodshop and sculpture shop in the Art Building for cross-media equipment.
Our Printmaking faculty are nationally and internationally recognized professional artists who train students with technical skills, instill a sense of conceptual rigor, promote creative research and mentor students for professional development opportunities.

Career Outlook

BFA in Printmaking

Education — graduates are prepared to pursue higher education in a printmaking or studio art program. May instruct private lessons or public workshops and classes at colleges, universities, local arts organizations, museums, galleries, community centers, artist residencies, or studios.

Professional Commercial Work — creates brochures, publications, posters, display signs, and other promotional materials.

Fine Artist — creates and sells work to individuals or corporations; these can include t-shirts, tote bags, cards, or other things featuring their original artwork.

Commercial Printing — screen printing or other specialized printing shops.

Other Areas — print technician or serve as a lab assistant to a master printer.

Overall employment of fine artists is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Printmaking Studio Art Degree Courses You Could Take

Beginning PrintmakingRelief (3 hrs)
Introduction to concepts and techniques of relief printmaking, including carving and printing wood, linoleum, and/or plastic relief matrixes. Black and white and multiple-color printing will be explored along with limited edition and monoprinting.
Beginning PrintmakingScreen Printing (3 hrs)
Introduction to concepts and techniques of screen printmaking including manual and photomechanical stencil-making. Black and white and multiple-color printing will be explored along with limited edition and mono-printing.
Intermediate PrintmakingIntaglio (3 hrs)
Concepts and techniques of Intaglio printmaking. Coursework may include making and printing from drypoint plates, acrylic ground etching plates, and/or photopolymer plates. Black and white and multiple-color printing will be explored along with limited edition and monoprinting.
Intermediate PrintmakingLithography (3 hrs)
Concepts and techniques of lithographic printmaking. Coursework may include making and printing from stones, polymer plates, ball grained plates, and/or photopositive plates and/or polyester plates. Black and white and multiple-color printing will be explored along with limited edition and mono-printing.
Intermediate PrintmakingMonotype (3 hrs)
Concepts and techniques of monotype printmaking. Coursework will include making unique print artworks from instable matrixes using additive, subtractive, ghost, trace, and stencil methods for imaging along with multiple impression registration printing.
History of Prints (3 hrs)
Survey of the history of prints from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

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