In the University of the Arts' Printmaking + Book Arts program, you'll learn traditional printmaking skills such as lithography, etching, relief, and screenprinting, as well as digital printmaking techniques.

Working in book arts, you'll incorporate the elements of 2D and 3D structure, time and sequence, text and image.

An intense and immersive studio experience is coupled with inspiration from world-class art museums in the city and exposure to a wide range of visiting artists and critics.

Printmaking and Book Arts stand at the crossroads of Illustration, Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Our students assimilate the traditional roles and techniques of printmaking with their own ambitions within contemporary culture to develop unique studio practices grounded in the print and/or the book.

Student work: Untitled. Screenprint by Paul Portis BFA '12 (Printmaking + Book Arts)
Amber Gaul '17
Aubrey Didonato '14
Lydia Spence '17
Haley Dow '16
Amber Gaul '17
Kera Zukowski '13
Ju Youn Kim '13
Julia Lemyre '14


Meghan Toth '14

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Lydia Spence


Printmaking + Book Arts
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Shane Olsen


Printmaking + Book Arts

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    Rosae Reeder
    Rosae Reeder

    Printmaking + Book Arts
    Exhibited in multiple galleries internationally
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    Mary Phelan

    Printmaking + Book Arts
    Projects exhibited nationally and internationally and part of many museum collections
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    Patty Smith

    Printmaking + Book Arts
    Collaborates with French artist/filmmaker to create prints & drawings that become animations

    Sample Courses in the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Printmaking and Book Arts

    First Year
    Drawing: Objects & Space
    Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
    Body as Form

    Second Year
    Sophomore Projects
    Expanded Materials 
    Screenprinting Expanded

    Third Year
    Image, Text and the Book 
    Advanced Lithography
    Advanced Etching
    Junior Projects/Discourse
    Contemporary Issues 

    Fourth Year
    Print Media
    Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
    The Artist’s Manifesto
    Professional Practices
    Fine Arts Thesis Studio


    About the Curriculum

    The curriculum of the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Printmaking and Book Arts is based on a framework of research, studio experimentation, artistic invention, and daily practice. Personal vision and artistic innovation anchor the development of work for significant cultural contributions and dialog, gallery and museum exhibitions as well as creating work for diverse communities and public spaces. To that end, students will be given assignments designed to develop conceptual skills and become proficient in the necessary processes and techniques appropriate to their artistic vision and intention.

    Students who complete the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Printmaking and Book Arts will:

    • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking through the development of a distinct and personal approach to art making informed by contemporary issues and historical precedents.
    • Demonstrate critical and conceptual development through research and analysis, applying readings, theories and methodologies toward the production of critically informed artworks.
    • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.
    • Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced techniques in their individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

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    Alex Da Corte

    BFA '04

    Printmaking + Book Arts
    Visual artist whose work has been called "dazzling" by 'The New York Times'
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    Leah Mackin

    BFA '07

    Printmaking + Book Arts
    Professional studio artist and teacher with several solo exhibitions across the country
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    Nicole Eiland

    BFA '07

    Printmaking + Book Arts
    Founded & directs an art center in a renovated historic New Jersey train station.

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