MA in Printmaking
The Printmaking programme prides itself on the diversity of its student intake and its commitment to supporting each student in the search for a visual language appropriate to their interests and desires. The uniqueness of the RCA printmaking course is that it provides inductions in all print processes, and the support of skilled specialist technical instructors alongside a critical discourse fostered by a diverse team of practising artists. This creates an environment where definitions of print are challenged and expanded and results in a particular kind of hybridity in student work, which is distinguished from photography by the strong presence of drawing and from painting by the ever-presence of technology. The drawn and photographic image, use of text, bookworks and archiving practises are strong elements in the programme.
Students are encouraged to participate in the wider college community and seek external collaborations. An annual publishing project , which in 2011 was made in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, is part of our professional practice program.
The programme offers:
- new purpose-built workshops, offering internationally renowned printmaking facilities and specialist technical instruction in all the major print mediums, including relief and intaglio, silkscreen printing, lithography and large-format digital printing
- a well-established publications programme that includes work from artists such as Paula Rego, Bob and Roberta Smith, Chantel Joffe, Adam Dant, Christiane Baumgartner and Simon Patterson. All sales from the publications are put into a Printmaking Appeal fund to support current students
- distinguished visiting lecturers, who – in 2011 – included Martin Westwood, Adam Dant, Clunie Reid, Michael Corris, Sonia Boyce, Sally O’Rielly, Bob and Roberta Smith, Adam Chodzco, John Stezaker and Peter Blegvad.
Resources & Facilities
- We have well-equipped workshops for plate and stone lithography, intaglio, relief and screenprinting. Three large-format digital printers and accompanying scanners and computers give students access to a wide range of digital media.
- A fine-art-wide video editing facility is complemented by our own video editing suite.
- A bookable space is available for students to experiment with large-scale work and installation.
- An archive of prints by past staff and students is housed in the seminar room and is used for inductions and collaborative seminars with students from the Critical Writing in Art & Design programme.
Our students make extensive use of the Drawing Studio, which is a college-wide resource.
Students are encouraged to use facilities throughout the College: for example we currently have a project in collaboration with RapidformRCA, the College’s rapid prototyping centre.
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