Link to: Foundation and General Visual Arts courses

PRT 1500: Introduction to Printmaking

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.

Credits: 2

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2014: Tibetan Carving/Block Printing

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.

Credits: 2

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2100: Introduction to Intaglio

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2110: Introduction to Lithography

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2120: Introduction to Silkscreen

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2130: Introduction to Woodcut

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

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2225: Lithography

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2230: Woodcut

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2240: Screen Print

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2250: Introduction to Papermaking

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2300: Drawing Through Print

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2320: Intaglio

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 2500: The History of Printmaking

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3000: The Animated Print

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1070

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3002: Travel Study in Print Media

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.

Credits: 1

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3005: The Machine in the Ghost: Expanded Digital Hybrid Practices in Print Media

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3225: Concepts in Print Media

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3250: Intermediate/Advanced Papermaking

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PRT2250 Or VPR2250

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3330: Printmaking Now

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3335: Printmaking Studio I

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3380: Large-Scale Prints

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1070 And (PRT2100 Or VPR2100 ) Or (PRT2110 Or VPR2110 ) Or (PRT2120 Or VPR2120 ) Or (PRT2130 Or VPR2130 )

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3425: Japanese Woodblock

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3440: Special Topics in Printmaking

An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in printmaking. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3550: The Monotype

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3555: Printmaking Into Painting

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3670: Art of the Book I

In this first half of a 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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PRT2100 Or VPR2100 ) And (PRT2110 Or VPR2110 ) And (PRT2120 Or VPR2120 ) And (PRT2130 Or VPR2130 )

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3680: Art of the Book II

In this second half of a 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.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: PRT3670 Or VPR3670

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3720: Book Arts: Visual Narrative

Focuses on the development of the student’s narrative voice through word and image. Students learn basic bookbinding with an emphasis on development of a 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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3725: Book Arts: Expanded Forms

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3730: Book Arts: Time, Space, Structure

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3880: Junior Printmaking Studio I

Building on techniques learned in PRT 2240 and 2320 (formerly PRT 2120 and 2100, respectively), students are introduced to advanced color, multiplate, and digital printing in both intaglio and silkscreen. Students are expected to produce a portfolio of prints. Critiques, discussions, and field trips enhance the class experience.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3890: Junior Printmaking Studio II

Building on techniques learned in PRT 2230 and 2240 (formerly PRT 2130 and 2120, respectively) students are introduced to advanced color, multiplate, and digital printing in both intaglio and silkscreen. Students are expected to produce a portfolio of prints. Critiques, discussions, and field trips enhance the class experience.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 3950: Studio Assistant (Printmaking)

Students gain technical professional experience by helping provide a safe and well-functioning studio environment for their fellow students. Studio assistants are expected to have advanced standing in their media area and a thorough understanding of current professional practices. Duties include basic maintenance and demonstrations of equipment, independent or group tutorials and workshops, weekly meetings, and other responsibilities assigned by the sponsoring instructional technician. A maximum of 4 credits in PRT 3950 (or a combined maximum of 6 credits in VIS 3998 and PRT 3950) may be applied toward the BFA.

Credits: 2

Department: Printmaking
PRT 4200: Advanced Woodcut

For students who have completed an introductory woodcut course and wish to continue to specialize in the medium. Opportunity is provided for advanced work in multiblock printing, color printing, mixed media, and innovative processes using digital technologies. The focus is on the development of a cohesive and increasingly complex body of work. Conceptual, technical, and aesthetic concerns are emphasized.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1070 And (PRT2230 Or PRT2130 )

Department: Art + Design
PRT 4610: Advanced Screen Print

For students who have completed an introductory course in screen printing and wish to continue to specialize in the medium. Opportunity is provided for advanced work and exploration of working in large-scale, color, and mixed media, and using different printing substrates. The focus is on the development of a cohesive and increasingly complex body of work. Conceptual, technical, and aesthetic concerns are emphasized.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1070 And (PRT2240 Or PRT2120 )

Department: Art + Design
PRT 4725: Printmaking Studio II

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PRT2100 And PRT2110 ) Or (PRT2100 And PRT2120 ) Or (PRT2100 And PRT2130 ) Or (PRT2110 And PRT2120 ) Or (PRT2120 And PRT2130 ) Or (PRT2110 And PRT2130 )

Department: Printmaking
PRT 4850: Professional Practice

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 4880: Senior Printmaking Studio I

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 4890: Senior Printmaking Studio II

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking