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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.

1000–2999:

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.

Replaced by PRT 2320 Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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.

Replaced by PRT 2225 Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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.

Replaced by PRT 2240 Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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.

Replaced by PRT 2230 Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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.

Added Fall 2016, replacing PRT 2110 (2/17/16):
Lithography
PRT 2225
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Lithography is the closest printmaking technique to direct drawing. Students are taught how to create images on lithographic stones, aluminum plates, and photolithography 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.

Added Fall 2016, replacing PRT 2130 (2/17/16):
Woodcut
PRT 2230
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Woodcutting is the oldest printmaking technique and considered the most direct of the printmaking processes. Using wood and linoleum, students learn the varied techniques of relief printmaking. They explore a variety of carving methods, print by hand and on press, and register multiple-layer prints. Reduction, multiblock techniques, color, and digital techniques are covered. Experimentation and combining approaches are encouraged.

Added Fall 2016, replacing PRT 2120 (2/17/16):
Screen Print
PRT 2240
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Screen printing, also known as serigraphy, is valued for its versatility, ease of working on a large scale, quality of color, and ability to integrate hand-drawn, photographic, and digital imagery. In this course, students learn a variety of techniques for creating layered images on paper, fabric, and other surfaces. They are challenged to create expressive works in new ways, bringing complexity, depth, and refinement to their imagery.

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.

Added Fall 2016, replacing PRT 2100 (2/17/16):
Intaglio
PRT 2320
/ 3 credits / Every semester
From Rembrandt to Kiki Smith, artists have used intaglio processes to generate marks ranging from the precise and detailed to the physical and expressive. Students explore such techniques as engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, and photo transfer. Independent projects, demonstrations, and critiques guide students toward creating a body of prints that deploy these various media to shape their creative ideas.

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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3000–3999:

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

Added Spring 2017 (5/10/16):
Travel Study in Print Media
PRT 3002
/ 1 credit / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An intensive, weeklong off-campus course that takes place on the occasion of a professional conference or residency offered at different national or international locales each year. With the goal of providing professional opportunities and meaningful connections to the broader printmaking/art community, students participate in the full scope of events available: demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, portfolio exchanges, and exhibitions.

Added Spring 2017 (5/10/16):
The Machine in the Ghost: Expanded Digital Hybrid Practices in Print Media
PRT 3005
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Digital tools offer ways of making between image and object, lens and plate, screen and paper. Expanding their skills, students translate work into digital print forms. Technical skills include wide-format printing and hybrid printmaking techniques employing laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router, and 3-D printers to produce works or matrices for traditional relief, intaglio, and screen printing.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Concepts in Print Media
PRT 3225
/ 3 credits / Every semester
The field of printmaking is an ongoing negotiation between artists and historic processes, commercial technologies, and social structures. Weekly topics—the multiple, the copy, aura, simulacra, repetition, mechanical reproduction, the human touch, technical or historical determinism, chance operations, process art, the image, appropriation, and sampling—are coupled with studio research to explore how concepts from contemporary art intersect with printmaking.

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); prerequisite updated Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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 2225, 2230, 2240, or 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, or 2100, respectively)

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.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Printmaking Studio I
PRT 3335
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Printmaking, interdisciplinary, and BS visual arts majors engage in advanced study of print media. They work independently and cooperatively on projects with the goal of making discoveries, refining skills, and sharpening their expressive voice using printmaking processes. Through the framework of a selected theme, each student produces a body of print-based work, conducts research, gives presentations, and participates in discussions and critiques.
Prerequisite: Any two of the following—PRT 2225, 2230, 2240, and 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, and 2100, respectively)

Prerequisite updated Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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 2225, 2230, 2240, or 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, or 2100, respectively)

Added Spring 2017 (2/17/16):
Japanese Woodblock
PRT 3425
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Covers the traditional methods of Japanese water-based woodblock prints, known for their subtle tonal variations, blending of colors, and color intensity. All aspects of the process are covered, including proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving wood blocks, hand-printing using the baren, Japanese papers, water-based pigments, and the kento registration system.

Prerequisite updated Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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 2225, 2230, 2240, and 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, and 2100, respectively) 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

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Printmaking Into Painting
PRT 3555
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An exploration of the numerous processes that form a bridge between painting and printmaking. This course begins with the basic monotype on paper through brushes, rollers, plates, and basic ink chemistry. The toolkit is then expanded to include stencil, collage, inkjet, and mixed media techniques on paper, panel, and canvas.

Prerequisite updated Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
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 2225, 2230, 2240, and 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, and 2100, respectively)

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.

Course numbers in description updated (2/17/16), discontinued Fall 2016 (4/12/16):
Junior Printmaking Studio I and II
PRT 3880
and 3890 / 3 credits (per course)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Building on techniques learned in PRT 2225, 2230, 2240, and 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, and 2100, respectively), 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.

4000–4999:

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Printmaking Studio II
PRT 4725
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Students are challenged to contextualize their printmaking skills within contemporary conceptual practices. A series of weekly critical theory readings, seminars, and slide lectures introduces how printmaking today functions as an artistic strategy beyond the traditional boundaries of the medium. Studio assignments requiring advanced research follow in tandem with the critical issues explored.
Prerequisite: Any two of the following—PRT 2225, 2230, 2240, 2320 (formerly PRT 2110, 2130, 2120, 2100, respectively)

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Professional Practice
PRT 4850
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Covers practical knowledge to prepare students for a professional career in printmaking and the fine arts. Different aspects of a studio career are covered, including résumés, artists’ statements, documenting work, grants, residencies, artists’ taxes, exhibition planning, graduate school applications, and creating a Web presence. Students create a professional file, apply for grants and/or residencies, and conduct research on artistic opportunities.

Discontinued Fall 2016, replaced by PRT 3335 and 4725 (4/12/16):
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 May 10, 2016

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