Printmaking

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

Art Department

The ancient art of printmaking was originally used to recreate religious manuscripts and texts. While the process has since evolved, it remains a unique form of creative expression that still enables artists to reproduce their work at-scale.

Program Overview

Master an ancient and unique art form and discover its history.

The Printmaking emphasis covers the history of the artistic process from 15th-century technology to contemporary methods. The curriculum also gives an equal amount of attention to the ideas and technique behind the art form. To hone your printmaking skills, you’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities including three etching presses, two stone lithography presses, three relief presses, a process camera, a professional photomechanical darkroom, scanners, laser and large format color printers. In the program, you’ll also have the opportunity to practice drawing, two-dimensional problem-solving and color theory. The Printmaking program at Western Colorado University doesn’t merely reflect the trends of the printmaking world; it has been known to set them.

State-of-the-art facilities

Printmaking students have access to cutting-edge facilities including three etching presses, two stone lithography presses, three relief presses, a process camera, a professional photomechanical darkroom, scanners, laser and large format color printers.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ART 246 Introduction to Photography 3 View
ART 257 Introduction to Printmaking 3 View
ART 280 Introduction to Painting 3 View
ART 286 Introduction to Watercolor 3 View
ART 357 Intermediate Pintmaking 3 View
ART 457 Advanced Printmaking I 3 View
ART 458 Advanced Printmaking II 3 View
ART 459 Advanced Printmaking III 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
  • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

Amount: $1000

Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application:

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
  • Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
  • Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.

Carving the future

The printmaking program doesn’t merely reflect trends; it also sets them.

Department Information

Art Department

Department Chairperson

S. Chase Hutchison, MFA

Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Administrative Assistant

Becky Kenlon

Administrative Assistant

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 202
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231