Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU Herron School of Art and Design
Overview: Students may pursue degrees in printmaking at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Herron School of Art and Design.
At the undergraduate level, the printmaking curriculum provides a broad and intensive experience for printmaking majors and studio elective opportunities for other fine art, visual communication, and art education students. Course work in lithography and etching is offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels every semester. Processes covered include plate and stone lithography and the intaglio processes of etching, engraving, and aquatint. Additional courses include printing in monotype, woodcut, and silkscreen. Spacious, well-equipped, accessible facilities for the study of these traditional approaches to printmaking are augmented by additional facilities for the investigation of digital and photomechanical processes.
Basic courses establish a solid, comprehensive foundation of traditional technical skills unique to the printed image, while instruction emphasizes the development of drawing, self-expression, and concept. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students continue to acquire new technical skills. There is extensive work in color, as the emphasis shifts to imagery, concept, and critical thinking. Advanced students are encouraged to explore their own aesthetic and style in close consultation with faculty.
At the graduate level, students will acquire new technical skills and refine skills they have developed already to an advanced professional level while challenged to undertake an extensive and intensive examination of the thematic and theoretical content that fuels their creative work. Graduate students are given considerable autonomy for working in self-defined directions in consultation with faculty while focusing on printing technologies most appropriate for individual development. Graduate group and individual critiques, field trips, portfolio projects, exhibition opportunities, collaborative public art projects, and workshops and lectures by visiting artists complement the studio experience by providing critical discussion, and a broader framework for professional development.