Printmaking merges some of the oldest artistic processes of replication with the newest.
SFAI’s Printmaking curriculum provides students the opportunity to work with lithography, intaglio, screenprinting, letterpress, artists’ books, and relief. Digital methods for the production of two- and three-dimensional works are integrated throughout.
Artists who use printmaking at SFAI critically examine such concepts as multiplicity, reproducibility, and the “matrix” of the print in relation to contemporary art practice, ranging from popular to “high art” forms. Students also expand ideas of display, exploring the full range of exhibition possibilities from traditional print editions to sculptural, installation-based, and interactive approaches.
Don Ed Hardy
Tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy (BFA Printmaking, 1967) tours SFAI’s legendary campus with our librarian Jeff Gunderson.
Printmaking offers complete facilities for plate and stone lithography, all intaglio approaches, monoprint/type, screen printing, and relief. Other facilities include an in-department digital studio for film development for use in all photo approaches; a fully equipped exposure unit area for photo processes; three other digital labs and two digital classrooms across our campus; dark room facilities available through the Photography department; an orbital plate maker and two Vandercook letter set presses; and a large, clean loft for paper preparation, critiques, and artists’ books classes.
See a sample four-year academic plan in the BFA in Printmaking program to help you decide what courses to take when.
|Liberal Arts Requirements (Examples: Global Social Movements, Un/Natural Ideologies, Concepts of Creativity, Mathematics: A Visual History, Extinction)||33|
|Studio & General Elective Requirements||72|
|Art History Requirements||15|
|Printmaking Electives (Ex: Digital Tools for Printmakers, Multiplicity, Intaglio (Etching), Letterpress for Artists)||18|
|Senior Review Seminar||3|
|Electives in any Studio Discipline (Ex: Introduction to Robotics, Expressive Drawing)||24|
|General Electives (Ex: Surfaces: Illusion/Abstraction, Soundscape 5.1)||9|
|BFA Graduate Exhibition||0|
|Global Art History||3|
|Modernity and Modernism||3|
|Art Since 1945||3|
|History of the Major||3|
|Art History Electives||3|
Program Learning Outcomes