The undergraduate printmaking program at the U of M exposes students to a concentrated
fine art program of both practice and theory designed to provide the foundation for
later independent exploration and artistic development. We believe that it is fundamentally
important — intellectually, conceptually, and technically — that undergraduate students
have a comprehensive educational experience. The size of the department guarantees
an exposure to many ideas and stylistic approaches, while flexibility within our curriculum
allows for personal direction and development. In-depth exploration in a variety of
media and technical training enables students to become skilled in crafting and presenting
work. Classroom discussions provide the opportunity to examine a range of contemporary,
theoretical, and historical issues that enable the understanding of artwork with a
The printmaking studios are well equipped for specialized and cross-disciplinary focus
in all of the traditional processes including woodcut, metal-plate intaglio, screen
printing, lithography, and alternative process photo methods. Hand-worked and photographically-developed
approaches are instructed in all media and digitally-produced images are fully explored.
Intermediate classes explore these processes in-depth with an emphasis on understanding
the relationship of technique and concept.
Advanced courses in printmaking focus on new technology as it relates to traditional
print processes. In addition, students are encouraged to combine and interchange the
various printmaking processes.