About the Programme
Led by Professor Jo Stockham, the Print programme is a two-year specialist MA course. Renamed from Printmaking in 2015, this change signals that the study of the expanded field of Print is equal to the making of prints as a series of medium-specific choices. We explore the mediated image approached through a range of intellectual approaches provided by a diverse team of tutors, all practising artists.
Access to world-class technical facilities in all print media means that we are able to both explore and expand the field of Print addressing the constant interplay between thinking and making, the image and technology. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds choose to study with us because of their interest in questions, which include, the nature of the copy, diagramming, appropriation, the materiality of the image, the politics of print and print as a collaborative practice.
Artists’ books and web-based work as forms of distribution and explorations of narrative structures are a growing aspect of the course. We are benefiting from the renewed interest in the circulation, reception and creation of multiple images due to the ubiquity of digital images and computing.
We are embedded in a network of international print publishers, archives and galleries. A publishing project and exhibiting work are an integral part of the course. The potential for collaboration and residency situations where making work is a form of exchange is core to many students and we help them prepare for making applications to such opportunities.
The aim of the programme is to enable students to work across a broad platform of media appropriate to their self-defined ambitions and interests. By equipping graduates with experience of exhibiting, collaboration, editioning, lecturing, curating and a thorough critical engagement with a self-defined body of work we aim to develop artists who understand the expressive nuances of different materials and forms of distribution in the expanded field of print. Evidence suggests they will be able to sustain themselves on graduation as exhibiting artists often engaged in related fields such as teaching, publishing, curating and research.
An active research culture of staff, visiting artists, MPhil and PhD students is a core part of the programme and is shared through lectures, seminars, publications, presentations and exhibitions.
Alumni include Andrea Buettner, Adam Dant, Mabe Bethonico, William Latham, Haris Epaminonda, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Christiane Baumgartner and Katsutoshi Yuasa.
The programme offers
- a critical context to understand the field of Print through making, exhibiting, discussion and writing
- individual desk space
- access purpose-built workshops, offering internationally renowned printmaking facilities and instruction in relief and intaglio, screen printing, stone and plate lithography and large-format digital printing
- access to college-wide workshop facilities including metalwork casting, photography, ceramics and 3D printing.
- opportunities for teaching placements, workshop placements, exhibitions, overseas travel and international exchanges
- an annual collaborative publishing project
- introductions to archives and collections, (eg V&A, Tate and British Museum) and editioning workshops (Paupers Press, The Thames Barrier Print Studio, Curwen)
- a well-established publications programme which most recently published a print by Mark Titchner. Sales from these publications contribute to the Print Appeal Fund to support current students
- continued support for alumni through Alumni RCA and programme specific events
MA Entrance Requirements
Candidates for all MA programmes are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; and overall interview performance, including the oral use of English.
Students apply from all kinds of backgrounds, but generally having completed a BA degree. In recent years, people have come from fine art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photo media, conservation, illustration, design, textiles, architecture and interactive arts courses.
While many students enter the programme after years of independent work we also accept students directly from undergraduate courses.
We are looking for candidates who are excited about the potential of the peer group, facilities and opportunities the programme can offer.
Artwork should be uploaded to the Online Applications website. Portfolio submissions will be accepted in the following formats only:
Ten digital images in JPG format no larger than 2MB
We prefer your images to be 1024 x 768 pixels or greater
All image files must be saved as JPG format
Links to videos hosted on sites such as Vimeo or Youtube may be uploaded, please make sure that they are publicly viewable
No actual paintings, portfolios, photographs, slides, DVDs/videos should be submitted at this stage
Submission of any material in any other format than the requested JPGs or URLs will invalidate your application
The ten items of your work should include, if possible, a few examples of earlier as well as recent works
Each item should be provided with relevant information (i.e. date, size, medium, title)
Please note that we will only accept ten images or links to videos
We do not consider any late applications
Interview (if invited)
You will be expected to talk about your own work and your personal creative ambitions.
You should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to print-related practices as well as an ability to engage with relevant theories, content and contexts.
You should bring to the interview work completed since the hand in of the portfolio, any work in progress, and relevant sketchbooks or preparatory materials. Overseas candidates will be expected to bring examples of actual work.
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