Printmaking

Undergraduate

  • BFA | 4-year program

    Intensive study of conceptual, formal and practical issues related to historical and contemporary prints in the RISD Museum of Art and other collections in the region provides inspiration through direct contact with original works of art. Critical insights from faculty, visiting artists and other print-world professionals help students to develop mature personal work responsive to the issues defining the field today.

  • Inspiring Community

    Approximately 36 undergraduates work alongside 14 graduate students in the department’s dedicated facilities in Benson Hall. Students at all levels – both within the department and beyond, in fine arts and design majors – inspire each other through provocative individual inquiry and exploration. In addition, Printmaking majors are very curious, open and willing to help each other in any way they can.

  • Learning Environment

    In addition to having access to state-of-the-art facilities in Benson Hall, Printmaking majors regularly take advantage of RISD resources that are especially helpful for research and personal growth. Just across the street, in the RISD Museum of Art's Minskoff Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, students have access to a collection of 26,000 works on paper from the 15th century to the present. Direct study of these works offers invaluable insights and inspiration, as does hands-on access to specimens in the Nature Lab and in the Fleet Library’s extraordinary collection of artists’ books.

  • Curriculum

    After completing RISD’s required first-year Foundation Studies program, sophomores who choose this major are introduced to the basic forms of printmaking – intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. Juniors continue to hone their conceptual, critical and technical skills through a number of Printmaking electives or studios in related disciplines such as Illustration, Textiles and Photography.

    Foundation Studies

    • Fall
    • Drawing I
    • Design I
    • Spatial Dynamics I
    • Liberal Arts courses
    • Wintersession
    • Non-major studio elective
    • Spring
    • Drawing II
    • Design II
    • Spatial Dynamics II
    • Liberal Arts courses

    Sophomore

    • Fall
    • Intaglio I
    • Lithography
    • Studio Elective
    • Liberal Arts elective
    • Wintersession
    • Non-major studio elective
    • Spring
    • Waterbase Silkscreen I
    • Relief Projects
    • Studio Elective
    • Liberal Arts elective

    Junior

    • Fall
    • Junior Print. Workshop: Light to Ink
    • Junior Print. Workshop: Seminar/Critique
    • Studio Elective
    • Liberal Arts elective
    • Wintersession
    • Non-major studio elective
    • Spring
    • Junior Print. Workshop: Seminar/Critique
    • Studio Elective
    • Liberal Arts elective

    Senior

    • Fall
    • Senior Print. Workshop: Critique
    • Senior Print. Workshop: seminar
    • Studio Elective
    • Liberal Arts elective
    • Wintersession
    • Non-major studio elective
    • Spring
    • Senior Print. Degree Project: Critique
    • Studio Elective
    • Liberal Arts elective

  • Degree Project

    In the third year of the program, seniors work more independently, refining a personal visual vocabulary through a final Degree Project - a body of work that demonstrates each individual's technical strengths, along with his/her conceptual clarity and depth.

  • Application Requirements

    1. application form + fee
    2. official academic transcripts
    3. test scores: SAT or ACT and TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language
    4. portfolio of work 12–20 examples
    5. drawings 2 RISD-assigned samples
    6. writing samples 2 RISD-assigned pieces
    7. optional: letters of recommendation 1–3 suggested

    All freshman applicants apply to RISD as opposed to a specific department and begin with a required year of Foundation Studies. Students select a major midway through the first year but don’t begin those programs until sophomore year.

    For more information or to begin the application process, visit the Apply page.