Printmaking students learn traditional lithography, screen-printing, etching, and woodcut relief printing techniques
Printmaking students investigate a wide range of styles and methods in order to create imagery that overlaps the graphics arts, design, and all the best parts of drawing and painting.
Experimental and unusual processes, such as photographic transfers, computer printed screens and plates, even book-making and old-style letter press, are all part of a printmaking student’s experience.
Our bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking covers four kinds of printmaking: intaglio, lithography, relief, and serigraphy. Courses in these techniques of printmaking present a basic understanding of the media as well as methods to take advantage of the versatility of the processes.
Printmaking in various forms is perhaps over 1,500 years old and found particular favor in the West during the Renaissance. Today, these forms present unparalleled opportunities for expression in a wide range of techniques.
Personal means of creative expression, such as drawing and painting, are encouraged to create the print images when appropriate, and you will nurture and develop these alongside contemporary options, including photographic and digital resources.
You will go beyond mere technical proficiency and learn how to use the processes effectively to express innovative and personal ideas.
What You Will Study
Courses in printmaking present a basic understanding of the media and methods to take advantage of the exceptional versatility of the processes. Ball State offers courses of study in four kinds of printmaking:
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What Can You Do with a Degree in Printmaking?
As a graduate of our printmaking program, you’ll be prepared for:
- a career as a studio artist
- excellent graduate programs for continued exploration
Paying for Your Education
Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.
Ready to Apply?
Have you decided that our printmaking major is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process.