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.
Graduates are prepared to:
• develop the self-reflective capacity to explain why they are making prints
• be conversant with the history of the printmaking field
• articulate the conceptual grounding of their work and defend it through critical dialogue
• demonstrate knowledge and technical skills in varied printmaking contexts, from intaglio, lithography and silkscreen to related disciplines such as illustration, textiles and photography
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.
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.
Nina De Vassal BFA 2013
Elizabeth Roberge BFA 2013
Aurora McFee BFA 2013
Andrew Peters BFA 2014
After completing RISD’s required first-year Experimental and Foundation Studies program, sophomores who choose this major are introduced to the basic forms of printmaking—relief, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. Juniors and seniors continue to hone their conceptual, critical and technical skills through Printmaking courses and non-major elective studios in other fine arts disciplines.
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.
All freshman applicants apply to RISD as opposed to a specific department and begin with a required year of Experimental and 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.
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