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Print Media

The Print Media Emphasis engages new forms of artistic expression through interdisciplinary explorations by mark-making and gesture with bodily, mechanical and technological tools. A strong foundation in art history and theory is supplemented by discussions of historical, conceptual, and critical approaches to print media, providing a framework for investigation into the technical and material aspects of print-based practices. Manual, photographic, and digital print processes are explored, with an emphasis on the fluid manipulation of materials. The Print Media Emphasis allows for a variety of approaches to print practice, incorporating two-and three-dimensional multiples, book arts, installation, performance, documentation, and other hybrid expressions.

What can I do with a Concentration in Print Media?

Graduates have become artists, printers, illustrators, and publishers, teachers, writers, and arts administrators.

Print Media Courses

Visual Arts, Print Media Concentration, B.A.
Visual Arts, Print Media Concentration, B.F.A.

The following is a list of courses in the Print Media major (BA and BFA) and minor. Please refer to the Print Media Advising Sheets for BA and BFA curriculum program requirements. For the Print Media minor requirements, click “Minor” from the menu.

ART 314 
Drawing II [3]
This is an intermediate drawing course that will continue the study of the visual vocabulary of drawing through its materials and processes. Technical skills will be applied to an exploration of representation and visual invention. Issues addressed will include color, figurative imagery, and conceptual approaches to drawing.
Note: Repeatable for a total of six credits.
Prerequisite: ART210 and 214

ART 320 
Introduction to Printmaking [3]
An introduction to a variety of printmaking processes, this course will investigate traditions of printmaking, as well as contemporary applications of the medium. The process will be used as a vehicle for exploration of the student’s creative work.
Note: ART 320: Introduction to Printmaking is the gateway course from Print Media Emphasis students and must be passed with a grade of “B” or better for students to continue onto the upper-level print media courses.
Prerequisite: ART 210 (required); ART 214 (strongly recommended)

ART 355
The Dao of Intermedia [3]
This course explores the connection between art and the everyday through lectures, and readings of Asian philosophy. The course consists of discussions about the philosophy and how traditional and contemporary artists/craftspeople have related the philosophy to their work. Students learn traditional arts/crafts such as brushpainting, papermaking, paper/textile decorative arts as well as creating art that is both physical material and performative. No prior visual arts experience needed.
Prerequisites: One of the following: ART 210 or ART 215 or ASIA 100

ART 360
Mixed-Media Book Arts [3]
In this studio course, students investigate the book art form as an artistic statement. All elements of this medium — images, text and structure — are integral to the theme of book arts. The multiple dimensions of the artist’s book are analyzed, including its status as a document; its identity as a piece of sculpture; its portability; and its function in the contexts of time, space and performance.
Prerequisite: One of the following: ART 320, 305, 315, 331, 341, 351, or 382

ART 362
Black and White Photography [3]
This course, in conjunction with ART361 Digital Darkroom, serves as a foundation for the photography emphasis and will provide an in- depth introduction to black and white photography as a tool for photographic production. In addition to darkroom production, emphasis will be placed on self-motivation and developing a direction of interest. Darkroom techniques, alternative camera formats, films, methods of presentation, as well as an increased theoretical framework for understanding meaning in relation to images will be introduced through assignments, readings, writings and historical examples.
Prerequisite: ART211 or permission of instructor.

ART 370
Silkscreen Printing [3]
This studio course introduces a variety of approaches to screenprinting, including stencil techniques, direct mark-making, and photographic processes utilizing film positives, digitally generated images, photocopies and drawings. Historical uses of screenprinting as medium for communication and ornamentation are discussed in the context of contemporary art practice. This course continues the fusing of artistic skills in various media developed during the intermediate level, such as color, pattern, layering, print output and composition.
Prerequisite: One of the following: ART 320, 305, 315, 331, 341, 351, or 382

ART 375
Photographic / Digital Processes in Print Media [3] 
This studio course investigates a variety of photographic processes in print media, including digital print methods, photo-printmaking, xerography, and manual print processes. Historical and theoretical relationships between the photographic image, appropriation strategies, and print practice are discussed as a context for technical explorations in the media. Image and surface manipulations, materials, as well as theoretical concepts related to the subjects of language, installation and performance are applied to the process
Note: Repeatable for up to six credits
Prerequisite: ART320 or ART211

ART 376
Origins and Issues of Print Media [3]
An intensive seminar discussing topics in print media from pre-history to the present. Subjects may include early forms of printmaking, and how print media revolutionized communication and the distribution of information in society. This course will explore the historical framework of print culture and discuss contemporary and future directions in print media.
Prerequisite: ART 215 or ART 216 or ART 221

ART 460
Installation Art [3]
This advanced studio-seminar studies the ways in which artists have defined and utilized space. An interdisciplinary approach to installation allows students to integrate a variety of materials, methods, and concerns into their studio projects. Modes of exhibition and display are examined both within gallery/museum spaces and alternative settings. A variety of approaches may be explored, including performance and documentation, memory, alternative narratives, textual strategies, materiality, real and recorded time, site-specificity and spatial interventions.
Note: Repeatable for a total of six credits.
Prerequisite: Two 300-level art studio courses

ART 465
Intermedia Studio [3]
This advanced studio course integrates the multiple possibilities of mark-making and form. Emphasis is on the development of a student’s individual direction in the theoretical and conceptual framework of contemporary art. Specific topics will be announced each semester. ART 465 facilitates the independent thesis work of ART 489: Senior Projects, and may be taken concurrently.
Note: Repeatable for up to six credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ART 489
Senior Projects [3]
An advanced course that focuses on the production of individual and collaborative projects, emphasizing class discussion and critique. This course constitutes the “capstone” experience and should be taken in the student’s final semester.

ART 494
Internship — Directed Study [3-6]
An internship inside or outside the university related to the student’s focus, to be taken under the supervision of a visual arts faculty member or advisor. If a student works six hours per week, the student is eligible to enroll for three credits. Hence, 16 hours per week equals six credits. Note that 16 hours for six credits is the maximum allowed. Students will work in a professional environment and perform a range of tasks. The circumstances of the internship experience will be evaluated before both the student and supervising firm proceed. This ensures that both parties will benefit mutually from the association. P/F only. Note: Repeatable for a total of 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of advisor

ART 495
Independent Study — Directed Study [3-6]
This course may be taken when a student indicates strong interest and a faculty member suggests that a student’s progress would be measurably enhanced by further work in specific areas or through a collaborative endeavor with another student in the department or discipline in the University System of Maryland. Students must submit a written proposal stating the reason for and parameters of the project, as well as a comprehensive schedule for its completion within the semester format. All proposals must be submitted ten weeks into the preceding semester and will be reviewed and approved on the basis of merit. Note: Repeatable for a total of 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of advisor

Print Media Faculty

Irene Chan   Associate Professor