The Print Media major emphasizes an understanding of historical and contemporary print processes, the acquisition of printing skills and the ability to make innovative choices.
Printmaking's roots are the traditions of book illustration, engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, and woodblock, but the practice also delves into other forms of expression, including the use of photography, digital technology, artist's books, print portfolios, and multimedia. Graduates possess the ability to work in all traditional printmaking media.
At the 200 level, Print Media students become familiar with traditional techniques and the unique potential inherent in: intaglio (etching), lithography, silkscreen, and relief/collograph. In their next two years, students advance through one or more specialized studios including Print Through Drawing, Photo to Ink, and Print Publishing, as well as a continuation of traditional printmaking processes. Students gain proficiency with their chosen processes while they develop individual directions. They also continue to take courses within Liberal Studies for a broader understanding of art, history and culture. Senior students work quite independently. Through consultation with faculty advisors, they establish a program of individual investigation and develop a body of work with one or more print media. In their final semester, students exhibit their work in a professional venue and present a graduating paper.
The Print Media faculty provide instruction in a wide variety of printmaking processes. Evolving developments in the field, complemented by visiting artists, student exchange exhibitions, travel scholarships, field trips, special projects, and technical research offer a stimulating learning environment.
Students in all ACAD programs can access individual program requirements within the Academic Calendar, and are responsible for meeting the outlined requirements of their academic program.
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ACAD’s Print Media Faculty are a diverse and exciting group of professional artists, each with a rich personal practice and a wide range of experience exhibiting work and creating research in their field. Their commitment to sharing their experience, and to collaborating with students in the studio space makes the Print Media department one of ACAD’s most exciting hubs of creativity and innovation. Members of the ACAD Print Media Faculty include: