M.F.A. in Visual Art, Printmaking Track

Earn an M.F.A. in Visual Art—Printmaking

Printmaking provides opportunities to explore range of processes and techniques that comprise the contemporary language of printmaking, multiples, and the book arts. Through Herron’s expansive and innovative studio and shop spaces, students rigorously create a body of work that is individually driven and rooted in the many ways process produces an image and defines its content. Graduate students push printmaking boundaries into exploration of interdisciplinary approaches and installation art. In a supportive environment, Herron’s Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Art with an emphasis in Printmaking advances students’ skills and ideas as they engage dynamically in a medium with historically rich traditions.

Working with Herron’s outstanding faculty, facilities and equipment, students gain an in-depth understanding of professional studio practices and further develop their individual creative vision as they explore a range of opportunities such as university teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration and community-based, site-specific initiatives. They master practical strategies for art making and refine their understanding of the theoretical issues, historical influences and cultural forces at play for the professional artist in a 21st century urban context.

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This program meets the educational requirements as mandated by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Plan of study

  • Year 1, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis I: Materials and Methods in Printmaking (6 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective in Printmaking (3 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Visual Arts (3 credits)
    • Art of the Past Two Decades or Visual Culture: A Visual Studies Approach (3 credits)
  • Year 1, Spring semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis II: Theory into Practice in Printmaking (6-9 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Project Management/Public Art (3 credits)
    • University Visual Art Teaching Practicum or Art History Elective (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Fall Semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis III: Advanced Practices in Printmaking (6-9 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Critique (3 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Art Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Spring Semester (15 credits)

    Studio Emphasis IV: Thesis (6-9 credits)
    Graduate Studio Elective (3-9 credits)
    Art History or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)