Printmaking has been an art form since ancient times. It's sometimes called the "democratic art" because it enables you to create multiple originals that can be sold at affordable prices to a broad audience. You can put your artistic imprint on the world in this exciting field by earning your Studio Arts degree with a Printmaking concentration from PennWest Edinboro. Our outstanding program brings the fine art of printmaking into the 21st century.
As a student, you'll thrive in the exciting, artistic environment of PennWest Edinboro.
Our Art Department has the widest array of studio offerings within the Pennsylvania
State System of Higher Education and is a program of distinction at Edinboro.
At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education. In addition, our Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), which sets national standards for excellence in the field.
As a student, you'll learn hand-printed methods such as screen printing, relief (woodcut and linocut), intaglio (etching and engraving) and lithography.
Professors and peers will help you hone your skills, using direct drawing, photographic techniques, and electronic and digital imagery. You will have the opportunity to work with visiting artists; apply for an internship at a community-based printmaking studio; and participate in on-campus organizations such as the Print Club, the Student Art League, Chimera, and Egress Press and Research, our own professional fine art publishing studio.
There is no portfolio review prior to admission. Just bring your passion for the arts
and a desire to work hard in a multidisciplinary, highly supportive environment.
The Art Department at Edinboro is one of the largest in the country and meets the same rigorous standards as the finest art programs in the nation.
Here, you'll have the freedom to explore different printmaking techniques and styles using our expansive fine arts studios, which are designed to enhance your creativity. Our photo processing and washout room houses large exposing units for screen printing, photolithography and polymer plate processing, as well as a Hollander beater and paper press used for paper-making. Two well-ventilated studios house specialized equipment such as:
Join other graduates of our B.F.A in Studio Arts Printmaking program and find employment working in screen-printing studios or at fine art publishing companies. Some alumni follow their entrepreneurial spirit to open their own print shops or pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking to further refine their knowledge and teach at the college level.
Here are a few alumni success stories:
- Chris Bencivenga and Becki Hollen (BFA ’07) - Printmakers, illustrators and co-founders of Everyday Balloons Print Shop in central Pennsylvania
- Rachel Saul Rearick (BFA ’06) - Arts and Culture Manager, Allegheny County Airport Authority
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Take charge of your experience. Ask questions, meet our students and professors, and see the campus yourself.