Printmaking Option

Printmaking Studio 301

Printmaking Program
PSU’s Printmaking Program provides a platform for focusing on contemporary art practices while working with traditional and current print processes. The program stresses exploring traditional approaches while encouraging you to push beyond traditional boundaries, such as working digitally, spatially, and/or in an interdisciplinary approach if desired. Traditional processes, contemporary approaches, and non-toxic printing methods are investigated. The printmaking program offers a wide range of processes: etching, lithography, serigraphy, relief, monotype, collagraph, embossing, letterpress, and digital printmaking. The history of printmaking is taught in each course; coincidently contemporary artists are researched and discussed. You’ll be encouraged to explore the vast medium while focusing on developing your own artistic voice. The Art Department’s Visiting Artist Program will expose to multiple viewpoints from nationally working artists and provide you with hands-on demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one discussions.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Printmaking Concentration)
Bachelor of Art in Studio Art (Printmaking Concentration)
Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a Printmaking Concentration
Art Minor

Mission StatementDegree RequirementsFacilityContact Info

The 2D program will provide you with a positive environment in which a broad range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. You’ll build a solid foundation of perceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge that will help you pursue your direction of choice. Combining a sound foundation with experimentation and risk-taking is vital for the skilled artist of the future. Exposure to a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making is necessary for students to make informed choices when developing individual visual ideas and directions. The faculty prides itself on nurturing diversity and independent thinking and nurtures students in their search for a personal artistic vision.

Studio Art Option

120 credits

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AR 1080 Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO) 4
AR 2520 Drawing: Figure in Value 4
AR 3010 Painting: Theory and Process 3
Ceramics Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3220 Foundations of Ceramics: Exploration
AR 3230 Foundations of Ceramics: Wheel Explorations
Printmaking Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3295 Printmaking Foundations: Cut, Carve, Etch
AR 3325 Printmaking Foundations: Silk and Stone
Sculpture Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body (QRCO)
AR 3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)
Studio Electives - complete 8-9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses from ONE of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture [not ARDI] 8-9
AH 1130 Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments 3
AH 1140 Art History Foundations: Visual Culture 3
AH 2700 20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO) 3
AH 3100 Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 20-17

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.

The printmaking studio is a well-equipped space on the third floor of the Draper and Maynard Building that provides beautiful views of the surrounding White Mountains. The studio offers a clean working area with flat file storage; cutting table; paper tearing station; lighted critique boards; general working spaces. A ventilated “dirty” working area includes general working spaces; lithography working space: press, graining sink, hydraulic lift, stones, and printing stations; an etching space: locked acid room with an excellent ventilation system, 3 presses, inking stations, hotplate; letterpress area with three small presses; silkscreen station and sink; ventilated spray booth. The digital space is equipped with an iMac; large Epson printer; laser printer; scanner; digital projector. Students are provided with lockers and flat files within the printmaking studio and 24-hour access to the studio.

Kimberly Ritchie, Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Printmaking Program