Printmaking

It’s in the details. For you making intricate designs and experimenting with different materials all enhance your passion for art-making. Delve into the various types of printmaking, including relief printing using woodblock, intaglio printing using copper plates, screen printing, and more.

Overview

The University of South Florida’s printmaking program emphasizes the unique quality of the graphic aesthetic and its special place in the visual arts. The significance of printmaking’s rich, formal pedigree continues to inspire through the elegance of process. The communal spirit is an important component of the USF print shop, facilitating professional course delivery, technical training and real-world opportunities.

Undergraduate Program

Courses offered in printmaking include all of the traditional processes as well as specialized technical courses. Students are expected to explore the role of the printmaker in society and the significance of prints as a vital form of communication. Undergraduate students progress through a concentration in printmaking by learning basic techniques and materials, later advancing to more inventive and conceptual uses of print media. A primary focus in the USF Printmaking program is the interface of digital imaging and advanced graphics processes including digital pre-press design and cutting-edge production techniques including laser engraving and photo-mechanical printing. There are also applied arts screen printing courses that teach garment and poster printing.

Exchange portfolios, print exhibitions and visiting artists expose students to the many aspects of printmaking as a disciplinary and interdisciplinary activity. The printmaking program, as well as the entire School of Art & Art History, greatly benefits from the presence of Graphicstudio, the world-acclaimed print and sculpture atelier located on the USF campus. Students are exposed to the activities of a professional printmaking studio, where notable national and international artists collaborate with master printers in the production of print editions. Select advanced printmaking students are awarded internships at Graphicstudio to enhance their knowledge of printmaking professional practices.

Graduate Program

Our nationally ranked Master of Fine Arts degree is an idea-centered program encouraging broad media exploration, in-depth projects and engagement with theoretical and cultural issues.

The MFA program encourages our graduate students to take advantage of excellent private studio space, technical facilities and the opportunity to teach. Graduate students receive focused, individual attention in their studio work from professionally active research and teaching faculty. In their first year, graduate students work closely with faculty as graduate assistants, often helping in their courses and gain experience to teach independently. In their studio work and pedagogy, MFA students are integral to the area’s mission for delivering contemporaneous content.

Degrees / Ways to Study

To study Printmaking at USF, students can pursue the following undergraduate and graduate studio art degrees at the School of Art & Art History.

Area Faculty

Bradlee Shanks, Associate Professor in Printmaking and Drawing
Phone: 813.974.2360 | Email: shanks@usf.edu