Art (Printmaking), BFA

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If you love drawing, exploring process in both traditional and innovative technologies, creative problem solving and have an interest in the expanding reach of a printmaking creative practice, then this program is for you.

The BFA in art with a concentration in printmaking develops students' skills in technical processes, conceptual development and creative problem solving to address the important questions in creative, social and community practices. The printmaking area emphasizes a foundational understanding of the many printmaking media in both traditional and contemporary formats while fostering experimentation and the development of unique approaches. Collaboration and transdisciplinary approaches are encouraged; students often work with other areas such as photography, intermedia and social arts practice, textiles, painting and drawing, and sculpture.

Program faculty teach in well-equipped studios for intaglio, lithography, relief and book arts, letterpress, screen printing and papermaking, and a digital lab. The program also offers specialties such as traditional dust grain copper photogravure, letterpress and papermaking classes.

Students declare their Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration at the time of ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

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Art (Printmaking), BFA

Required Courses

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Admission requirements

Students are admitted directly to the printmaking concentration upon admittance to the BFA program in art.

Career outlook

Trained printmakers are working artists, practicing the expression of a personal understanding of their place in the world. They may find employment as artists or printmakers in schools of all levels teaching the execution and appreciation of visual art. They also work in fine art print studios, executing original prints for other artists.

Printmaking skills such as screenprinting or photomechanical and digital techniques, acquired for the production of art, also have commercial, non-art applications that may afford skilled employment. Artists with printmaking skills may also work in graphic design, illustration and signage or may work in museums, conservation, publishing, galleries and in other art-related activities.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Craft Artists-1%$35,180
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators1%$52,340
Graphic Designers-3.8%$53,380
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Commercial and Industrial Designers -3.5%$71,640
Artists and Related Workers, All Other-0.2%$65,800
Prepress Technicians and Workers-20.7%$41,410
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 11.8%$75,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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