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“The uniqueness of a work of art is inseparable from its being embedded in the fabric of tradition. This tradition itself is thoroughly alive and extremely changeable.”  — Walter Benjamin

Printmaking as an artistic process predates Gutenberg’s printing press, along with other print-related practices, and concerns have evolved over the centuries. OCAD University students will draw from the history of the medium while expanding and exploring hybridized printmaking techniques involving photo, digital and installation techniques. Since printed matter is so pervasive and can be found everywhere, from magazines and billboards to clothing and ceramics, printmaking has a unique and challenging relationship to the world of contemporary art.

As a foundation for their artistic practice, students are introduced to seven primary print processes: etching, lithography, relief, screenprinting, papermaking, book arts and digital printmaking processes. Students are encouraged to create work using digital and photographic technologies within the traditional print media and to explore cross-disciplinary possibilities. As an extension of process-related concerns of authenticity, multiplicity and seriality, all of which are tied directly to the history of printmaking, students will learn about and engage in the production of artist multiples, book works and print-based installations.

Throughout their studies, Printmaking students augment their level of technical skill and develop an awareness of health and safety issues. Students are encouraged to apply themselves creatively and conceptually while pushing the boundaries of print media. Liberal studies courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences complement studio practice by providing an awareness of issues and concerns relevant to contemporary artists today, and offering the perspective of a wider social, political and cultural context.

Students majoring in Printmaking are required to complete a Studio Thesis project in their final year. Open studio time should be used to continue and complete studio work. Refer to the calendar course descriptions for further details on the courses offered in the Printmaking area. Printmaking students are also encouraged to take Fabrication Studios courses.

Students from other programs in Art and Design are welcome to complement their studies with print elective courses or a minor in Printmaking.

Printmaking Program Guide

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree students must complete the requirements listed below, including 5.0 liberal studies credits. 

Associate of OCAD University (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below, substituting 1.0 credit Faculty of Art electives for 1.0 credit of the upper-year liberal studies requirements. Diploma students admitted to OCAD U 2002 fall/winter or earlier may replace up to 1.5 of the required liberal studies credits with Faculty of Art studio/seminar courses. Liberal studies courses are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

See the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for an outline of the degree and diploma liberal studies requirements.

200 Level Requirements
Choose three of the following four courses: 1.5
PRNT 2B01 Screenprinting
PRNT 2B02 Relief
PRNT 2B16 Lithography
PRNT 2B17 Intaglio

PRNT 2B25 Contemporary Issues: Art Today 0.5
VISA 2B31 History of Printing and Printmaking 0.5
200 Level PRNT courses 0.5
200 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.0

Liberal studies courses** 1.0
Total Credits 5.0
300 Level Requirements
PRNT 3C05 Intermediate Printmaking Studio 1.0
PRNT 3B21 Text and Image 0.5
300 Level PRNT courses 1.5
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.0

Liberal studies courses** 1.0
Total Credits 5.0
400 Level Requirements
PRNT 4C01 PRNT Studio Thesis: Research 1.0
PRNT 4C02 PRNT Studio Thesis: Presentation 1.0
PRNT 4B03 Professional Practice for Printmakers 0.5
400 Level PRNT courses 0.5
200, 300 or
400 Level
Faculty of Art electives*

Liberal studies courses** 1.0
Total Credits

* An elective may be any course offered by the Faculty of Art (CRCP, DRPT, FABR, INTM, PHOT, PRNT, SCIN), or Interdisciplinary Studies course offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (INTR, DIGF and BUSI), as well as Material Art & Design courses (MAAD). MAAD courses may replace up to a maximum of 1.5 credits of electives.

**Liberal studies courses (ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM) are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
• Have fulfilled all program requirements.
• Are in good academic standing. (Students who attempt 2.0 credits or more in an academic year and earn an average of 60% or higher in those credits are in satisfactory academic standing.)
• Have an overall average of 60% or higher.
• Have an average of at least 65% in designated courses of their major/program. (Faculty of Design only.)
• Have no outstanding accounts at the University.

All Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences courses are available to Faculty of Art students and a wide range of study is encouraged. Printmaking students who are seeking liberal studies courses to deepen their disciplinary knowledge - may be interested in the following (not all courses are offered every year):

VISA 2B07  History of Modern Art

Students declaring a Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences or Interdisciplinary Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives.

Last Modified:12/18/2012 10:56:30 AM