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Undergraduate Printmaking Courses

1000–2999 (lower level)
3000–3999 (upper level)
4000–4999 (upper level)

Note: Courses formerly offered under the VPR prefix changed to the PRT prefix in Fall 2014. In sequenced courses (e.g., I, II, III, IV), successful completion of each course is a prerequisite for the next course in the sequence. For example, Art of the Book I is a prerequisite for Art of the Book II.


Introduction to Printmaking
PRT 1500
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introductory course in printmaking for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with basic processes like intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and woodcut.
Formerly offered as SOA 1150 for students in other disciplines.

Introduction to Intaglio
PRT 2100
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Using metal or plastic plates, students explore intaglio printmaking. A variety of techniques are taught, such as engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, spit bite, sugar lift, soft ground, and photo transfer. Students are expected to produce a body of work engaging these processes. Individual and group critiques occur on a regular basis.

Introduction to Lithography
PRT 2110
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Lithography is the closest printmaking technique to direct drawing. Students are taught how to create images on both lithographic stones and aluminum plates. The goal is for students to develop a series of personal images that emphasize the graphic potential inherent in lithography. Individual and group critiques challenge students’ methods and ideas while aiming to improve their skills.

Introduction to Silkscreen
PRT 2120
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Through demonstrations, discussions, and critiques, students learn to use a variety of silkscreen techniques to create multilayered images on paper or other surfaces. The immediacy, versatility, and photographic possibilities that are unique attributes of this medium challenge students to visualize their expressive works in new ways and bring their imagery to an increasing level complexity, depth, and refinement.

Introduction to Woodcut
PRT 2130
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Woodcutting is the oldest printmaking technique and the most practiced method of creating prints throughout the world. In this course, wood or medium density fibreboard (MDF), a composite material, is engraved and cut to incise images into the wood surface. The emphasis is on creating prints with graphic power, complex patterning, and variety of mark making. Other unorthodox techniques, such as reduction printing, multiblock prints, and puzzle prints, are also explored.

Tibetan Carving/Block Printing
PRT 2140
/ 2 credits / Summer (in India)
Students learn to draw iconographic symbols and how to make and maintain their set of tools. Carved objects may include a plain altar, small folding tables, photo frames, small plain boxes, and blocks for printing.
Formerly offered as SOA 2150 for students in other disciplines.

Frequency revised 4/24/14:
Introduction to Papermaking
PRT 2250
/ 3 credits / Every year
Papermaking is a particularly flexible and adaptable medium that blends aspects of printmaking, painting, and sculpture. In this course, paper is explored in both its flat, two-dimensional aspect and as a three-dimensional sculptural object. Students learn how paper is made by viewing demonstrations of pulping, dying, pressing, pouring, casting, and spraying paper pulp.

Drawing Through Print
PRT 2300
/ 3 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Explores the use of printmaking and drawing techniques to create unique works while allowing experimentation and a more open adaptation of printmaking. Students are introduced to such techniques as monotype, stencil, photo transfer, collage, collograph, chine collé, and embossing. Assignments help students develop the ability to use drawing and printmaking as tools for inquiry and studio experimentation.

The History of Printmaking
PRT 2500
/ 3 credits / Spring
In this survey of the historical significance of printmaking, the focus is on understanding the history of print media and its influence on culture in Europe, Asia, and the New World. Students explore both the history of printmaking and its intertwined relationship to the history of art. Of prime concern are the unique and distinct characteristics of each printmaking process.

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Reinstated with revised description Fall 2015 (3/09/15):
The Animated Print
PRT 3000
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students explore ways in which print media can be integrated with time-based (4-D) media and animation. Using the cross-disciplinary potential of printmaking and its inclination toward variation, alteration, and seriality as a starting point, students learn methods of analog and digital animation to make works that move their ideas to the dynamic, temporal space that 4-D media occupies.
Prerequisite: VIS 1070

Frequency revised 4/24/14:
Intermediate/Advanced Papermaking
PRT 3250
/ 3 credits / Every year
In this continuation of PRT 2250, students are required to produce a body of work using a variety of papermaking techniques, in consultation with the instructor.
Prerequisite: PRT 2250

PRT 3320 description revised and VPR 3325/Multiples discontinued Spring 2014 (11/20/13):
Experiments and Mixed Media
PRT 3320
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The ever-changing landscape of printmaking is addressed, with a focus on experimentation and mixed media. Issues of multiples, sequencing, mark making, mechanical reproduction, gesture, subject, and narrative are considered while looking for transitions, collapsing barriers, and shared vocabulary across media and within traditional and alternative printmaking. Students produce a portfolio of fully integrated, mixed-media prints, using a combination of technologies.
Prerequisite: VIS 1070 and either PRT 2100, 2110, 2120, or 2130 (or equivalent)

Prerequisite removed Fall 2015 (3/12/15):
Printmaking Now
PRT 3330
/ 3 credits / Fall
In preparation for the professional world, students are exposed to contemporary practices in printmaking and to the New York art world through visits to museum study rooms, artists’ studios, print workshops, publishers, artists’ collectives, and other venues. Topics include portfolio development, résumé writing, artists’ statements, applying for grants, project proposals, and looking at ways that one’s work overlaps and intersects with the larger context of printmaking and contemporary art. Student-funded travel required.

Large-Scale Prints
PRT 3380
/ 3 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Explores large-scale and monumental works that expand the definition of printmaking. Such projects as installations, interventions, and site-specific works are made within the framework of print-based concepts and methods. Students are introduced to oversize printing techniques, repeat imagery for large-scale works, and unconventional printing surfaces.
Prerequisite: VIS 1070 and either PRT 2100, 2110, 2120, or 2130

Special Topics in Printmaking
PRT 3440
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in printmaking. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: PRT 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130 and junior standing

Frequency revised 4/24/14:
The Monotype
PRT 3550
/ 3 credits / Every year
Monotype is a bridge between painting and printmaking. Students use brushes, paints, inks, rollers, and drawing implements to create unique prints from a Plexiglas or metal plate. The nature of the process allows students the freedom to work in a direct, spontaneous manner leading to gestural images and textured surfaces.
Prerequisite: Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior visual arts major, or permission of instructor

Art of the Book I and II
PRT 3670
and 3680 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every semester
In this two-course sequence, all aspects of the limited-edition artist’s book are explored. Students are taught that, by the act of turning pages, they can express the continuity of an idea flowing through a near-cinematic continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Discussions include letterpress, binding, other bookmaking techniques, and printmaking media.
Prerequisite: PRT 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130

Added Spring 2015 (3/11/14):
Book Arts: Visual Narrative
PRT 3720
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Focuses on the development of the student’s narrative voice through word and image. Students learn basic bookbinding with an emphasis on development of subject matter and ways of storytelling. Rhythm and timing are examined as components of narrative structure. Unique works, small editions, and collaborative projects are made, using media chosen by each student.

Added Spring 2015 (3/11/14):
Book Arts: Expanded Forms
PRT 3725
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
With the dual goal of developing content while pushing to the boundary of the medium, students learn to use experimental structures and a variety of media in the making of their own artist’s book. Experience is gained in book forms ranging in scale from intimate to grand, and with making sculptural books and books as installation.

Added Spring 2015 (3/11/14):
Book Arts: Time, Space, Structure
PRT 3730
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The artist’s book is a time-based medium that occupies three-dimensional space. In this course, students learn how to approach the structured use of time in the book form and incorporate book structures and image-making techniques in their own content for artists’ books. Bookbinding demonstrations, critiques, readings, and field trips are important components of the course.

Junior Printmaking Studio I and II
PRT 3880
and 3890 / 3 credits (per course)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Building on techniques learned in PRT 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130, students are introduced to advanced color, multiplate, and digital printing. Students are expected to produce a cohesive and well-crafted portfolio of prints. Critiques, discussions, and field trips enhance the class experience.

Studio Assistant
PRT 3950
Refer to PAD 3950 in Painting and Drawing Courses for description.


Senior Printmaking Studio I and II
PRT 4880 and 4890 / 3 credits (per course)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Prepares students to develop an advanced studio practice and create a series of exhibition quality prints. Students design a project resulting in a thematic or narrative portfolio or an artist’s book. Visits to exhibitions, museums, and artist studios are included.

Senior projects changed to I and II, 3 credits each, Fall 2014:
Senior Project I and II
PRT 4990 and 4991 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every year
The two-semester, 6-credit senior project is required for all printmaking majors in their senior year. It is an intensive independent study undertaken with faculty sponsorship, in which students pursue a particular theme or topic as a culmination of their undergraduate experience. A written thesis and visual documentation of the project must be submitted to the Library before graduation.

Updated March 12, 2015

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