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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—predating Gutenberg’s printing press—has 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. Since printed matter is 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 offer 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

Students must fulfill all requirements listed in the major program guide published in the year they were admitted to OCAD U. For example, a student admitted to OCAD U in 2012 must follow the major program guide published in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Course Calendar.

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 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 Art studio/seminar courses. Liberal studies courses are listed under Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated by course type LST in the course schedule.

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

Students who have declared a minor may use undesignated liberal studies distribution courses and up to 2.0 credits of Art elective courses to fulfill minor course requirements and major course requirements at the same time.

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 course 0.5
200 Level Art electives 1.0
  Liberal studies course  0.5  

Liberal studies course  0.5
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 Art electives 1.0
  Liberal studies course 0.5  

Liberal studies course 0.5
Total Credits 5.0
Recommended elective:
CROS 3B01 Professional Practice
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 course 0.5
200, 300 or
400 Level
Art electives
  Liberal studies course 0.5  

Liberal studies course 0.5
Total Credits

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
• Have fulfilled all program requirements.
• Are in good academic standing (if 2.0 or more credits taken since last academic performance review require minimum 60% average for those courses).
• Have an overall average of 60% or higher.
• Have an average of at least 65% in designated courses of their major/program (Design only).
• Have no outstanding accounts at the university.

Liberal Arts & Sciences courses are available to Art students and a wide range of study is encouraged. Please visit Liberal Arts & Sciences course listings for a full selection of liberal studies courses. Printmaking students who are seeking liberal studies courses to deepen their disciplinary knowledge - may be interested in the following:

VISA 2B07  History of Modern Art

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