Your Future In Printmaking

Printmaking includes a variety of printing processes, such as:

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

Printmakers are often self-employed, exhibiting and selling their works in galleries, museums and exhibition venues. Some work in collaborative print shops or in the commercial printing industry. The program also prepares you to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree, if you want to teach art at the college level.

What we offer

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. You'll join a tight community of printmaking students who collaborate on activities ranging from organizing print sales to coordinating travel to conferences.

Our course work explores a wide range of techniques and media while emphasizing:

  • Creativity
  • Professional artistic practices
  • Self-expression
  • Sound art fundamentals

We also teach artist's bookmaking as part of our curriculum.

Faculty members are respected participants in the professional art world. They exhibit their artwork nationally and internationally and maintain high profiles in their fields. In addition to working with our faculty members, you can work with visiting artists in printmaking.

We provide many opportunities to exhibit your work while you progress through the program. Exhibitions are held on campus in the Cora Stafford Gallery, North Gallery, Lightwell Gallery and other exhibition venues.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your degree.

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 screenprint, intaglio and lithography. You may also utilize the digital labs and a sculpture shop in the Art Building for cross-media equipment.

P.R.I.N.T Press is our professional fine arts press that hosts an annual collaborative printmaking project between a visiting master printer and a visiting artist. You may work as an assistant on the project and gain valuable experience.

A Living-Learning Community brings together art and design majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

What to expect

You'll need to meet the College of Visual Arts and Design's admission requirements to be qualified as a pre-major. These requirements are in addition to the ones administered by the university.

Your core courses will focus on art appreciation, art history, design and drawing. After completing the core courses, you'll take printmaking classes along with other studio art and art history classes. Your printmaking courses can focus on artist's books, etching, lithography, monotype, relief and screenprint.

During your second printmaking course, you can apply for major status by participating in the Mid-Point Portfolio Review. You'll also continue to refine your technical skills, conceptual focus and your professional practice as you proceed in the program.

Your final year consists of a Senior Printmaking Exhibition and an Exit Review with the printmaking faculty.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.