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.

Past Courses

  • Lithography I
  • Relief Printing I
  • Screenprinting I
  • The Painterly Print: Monotype and Monotype Printmaking Process
  • Art of the Street
  • Letterpress for Artists
  • Photo Intaglio Printmaking in the Digital Age
  • Conceptual Cartography in Print

Virtual Tour of Printmaking Studios

Don Ed Hardy

Tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy (BFA Printmaking, 1967) tours SFAI’s legendary campus with our librarian Jeff Gunderson.

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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.

Summary of Required Credits

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 Requirements15

Printmaking Studio Requirements

Contemporary Practice 3
Beginning Printmaking3
Intermediate Printmaking6
Advanced Printmaking 6
Printmaking Electives (Ex: Digital Tools for Printmakers, Multiplicity, Intaglio (Etching), Letterpress for Artists)18
Senior Review Seminar3
Electives in any Studio Discipline (Ex: Introduction to Robotics, Expressive Drawing) 24
General Electives (Ex: Surfaces: Illusion/Abstraction, Soundscape 5.1) 9
BFA Graduate Exhibition0

Art History Requirements

Topics and Foundations in Global Visual Culture3
Topics and Foundations in Contemporary Art3
History of the Major3
Art History Elective3
Art History Elective3


Timothy Berry (Printmaking Department Chair)

See the full list of current faculty.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students learn three to four major print media beyond Introduction to Printmaking. This would include Intaglio, Lithography, Artist Books, and/or Multiplicity.
  • Students gain a specialization and the beginning of an expertise in at least one major print media upon graduation.
  • Students complete a body of work, including an artist statement, which fundamentally addresses the work, both aesthetically and technically.
  • Students have a one-person exhibit in the Ascension Gallery. This work must be done in the Senior year and must be a cohesive body of work. One or more Printmaking faculty reviews this exhibit.