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FA230: Principles of Screenprinting
Principles of Screenprinting will cover a wide range of screenprinting techniques using water-based inks. Various methods of creating an image on the screen will be covered, including photographic, block out and digitally created stencils. While learning the proper screen preparation and competent use of the equipment, the course will focus on presenting important visual and conceptual problems relevant to the screenprinting process.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


FA231: Principles of Relief Print
Principles of Relief Print will cover monochromatic and color relief-printing techniques using wood and linoleum. The students will learn the proper use of tools and equipment. The course will focus on presenting important visual and conceptual problems relevant to the relief process. Both traditional and contemporary approaches will be covered.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


FA260: Principles of Etching
Principles of Etching is an introductory course to the following etching techniques: hard ground, soft ground, aquatint and drypoint. It covers the preparation, etching and printing from copper and steel plates. A wide range of visual concepts that pertain to particular characteristics of different etching techniques will be addressed. Issues of composition, space, tone, texture and value will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to discover their personal voice while learning the principles of etching.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


FA261: Non-Traditional Intaglio
Non-Traditional Intaglio explores a technique of collagraph, a non-etch intaglio technique where image is constructed using various textured materials and the plate is printed either as intaglio or relief. This innovative method allows creating unique surfaces, use of cut plates, working in large format and combined intaglio and relief printing.

Issues of composition, space, tone, texture and value will be addressed, with a focus on large format prints. Students will be encouraged to discover their personal voice while learning the principles of collagraph.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA260


FA270: Principles of Stone Lithography
Principles of Stone Lithography will examine the basic methods and techniques of fine art lithography. All aspects of preparing a stone for drawing, as well as the printing process and editioning will be covered. Students will work using various drawing and lithographic tools. There is a strong emphasis on drawing, exploring a wide range of visual issues including composition, handling of materials, and the investigation of spatial tonal and textural relationships. Students will be encouraged to seek and develop a personal voice, while learning rudimentary concepts of drawing and printmaking.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


FA271: Principles of Photo & Plate Lithography
Principles of Photo & Plate Lithography is an introductory course to photo and plate lithography. Students will learn the preparation and handling of plates, the use of materials, and the printing process. Single and multiple plate printing will be explored. The issues of composition, space, value, and mark making will be addressed. The students will examine various traditional and contemporary approaches to image making including computer application.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


FA368: Advanced Printmaking I: Interdisciplinary Approach
Advanced Printmaking I emphasizes the development of visual and conceptual ideas through the materials, tools, and chemistry of various printmaking processes. Techniques such as various intaglio processes, relief printing, screen-printing, lithography, and bookmaking, etc., are the basis for this course. Students are encouraged to expand their visual language and to advance in technical abilities and conceptual development as they begin to make choices in areas of concentration. The interdisciplinary approach in this course will encourage students to combine various techniques in search for new expressive possibilities in printmaking.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA261


FA369: Advanced Printmaking II: Interdisciplinary Approach
In Advanced Printmaking II: Interdisciplinary Approach students have the opportunity to evolve a body of work thematically. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Students work in both traditional and contemporary processes appropriate to furthering the generation of image choices. Professional practices are addressed through visiting artists and master printers, professional portfolio development, and visits to print houses and museums.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA368


FA466: Printmaking Thesis
In Printmaking Thesis, a year-long course, students begin a comprehensive examination of themselves as artists. The focus is on researched artist’s statements, the refinement of personal direction and the creation of a cohesive printmaking portfolio culminating in a thesis exhibition.

Each student will write a statement of intent and the statement needs to address the content of the intended work and the form in which it will be pursued. A chosen medium or media and/or a form of presentation will most likely be dictated and driven by the content of the work.. Each student is expected to engage in a series of individual discussions with the instructor about his/her work and to seek guidance in the work process. It is expected that ideas formulated in the initial statement will evolve, affecting the proposed content and the form of realization. These changes should be discussed with the instructor to maintain a focus in the work and ensure the validity of the adjustments.

It is also expected that some students will not have found a single focus in their work yet. Should this be the case, they are strongly encouraged to continue their exploration in a number of different directions, conceptually or visually.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing in Printmaking


FA467: Printmaking Thesis
In Printmaking Thesis, a year-long course, students begin a comprehensive examination of themselves as artists. The focus is on researched artist’s statements, the refinement of personal direction and the creation of a cohesive printmaking portfolio culminating in a thesis exhibition.

Each student will write a statement of intent and the statement needs to address the content of the intended work and the form in which it will be pursued. A chosen medium or media and/or a form of presentation will most likely be dictated and driven by the content of the work.. Each student is expected to engage in a series of individual discussions with the instructor about his/her work and to seek guidance in the work process. It is expected that ideas formulated in the initial statement will evolve, affecting the proposed content and the form of realization. These changes should be discussed with the instructor to maintain a focus in the work and ensure the validity of the adjustments.

It is also expected that some students will not have found a single focus in their work yet. Should this be the case, they are strongly encouraged to continue their exploration in a number of different directions, conceptually or visually.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA467


FA468: Advanced Printmkg III: Interdiscplinary Approach
In Advanced Printmaking III: Interdisciplinary Approach students focus on developing a personal direction in their work that may provide a basis for the thesis show. Equipped with the knowledge of previously learned techniques, they work toward the development of a visual language that will incorporate more than one printmaking process. Working in an interdisciplinary manner provides them with a unique opportunity to explore their ideas without being restricted by the boundaries of one single technique.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA369


FA469: Advanced Printmaking IV: Interdisciplinary Approach
In Advanced Printmaking IV: Interdisciplinary Approach students further pursue the ideas and imagery developed in Printmaking: Interdisciplinary Approach III. Building upon past experiences, they continue the exploration of interdisciplinary use of printmaking techniques. Competence and inventiveness in the applications of printmaking process, combined with a maturing personal vision, prepares the students for making a transition into an independent career as a studio artist or graduate studies.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA468


FA490: Senior Fine Arts Seminar
The Senior Fine Arts Seminar is a forum for addressing and engaging post MIAD possibilities and issues including graduate school, community opportunities, business concerns, and other matters important to Fine Arts students who are about to graduate. It is also a forum for students to discuss and determine Senior Show preparations. Application of learned principles and skills via hands-on experiences allow students to take the first steps toward a professional practice as a fine artist upon graduation. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists will impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing


FA491: Senior Fine Arts Seminar
The Senior Fine Arts Seminar is a forum for addressing and engaging post MIAD possibilities and issues including graduate school, community opportunities, business concerns, and other matters important to Fine Arts students who are about to graduate. It is also a forum for students to discuss and determine Senior Show preparations. Application of learned principles and skills via hands-on experiences allow students to take the first steps toward a professional practice as a fine artist upon graduation. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists will impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): FA490



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