MA Printmaking

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Explore expanded, experimental and innovative approaches to fine-art printmaking and relationships to other media, within a critical, discursive and professional environment.

Immerse yourself in our specialist printmaking workshop at Cambridge School of Art, where our facilities enable you to engage with the histories of information and technological media, fine-art, craft and mechanical reproduction, as well as new digital and mixed-media approaches to ideas of reproducibility and the mediated image, within the expanded field of print.

On our MA Printmaking course, you will explore and embrace new ways of thinking and making within a fine-art, multi-disciplinary, experimental andcritically informed environment, supported by experienced print and fine art practitioners.

By recognising its traditions and also adopting a forward-thinking approach to what printmaking can be in the 21st century and beyond, you will be encouraged to take risks, to challenge and question existing conventions of print, and to consider its critical and contemporary contexts.

Working alongside MA Fine Art students and other students from across the art school, you will have access to print-specific facilities including: etching & intaglio; screen-printing; plate lithography; relief printing; risograph; laser cutting; 3D printing, as well as access to 3D/sculpture workshops, photography darkrooms, and computer suites for video production, and digital imaging.

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A mixing pot of creative energy

"I'm a practitioner myself and that's something the students can really draw on. The print room is a communal working area [where] students learn to support each other."

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Facilities and showcase

Industry-standard facilities

As one of our printmaking students you’ll have access to:

  • Specialist printmaking workshop with etching, screen-printing, lithography, relief printing, photopolymer plate printing, letterpress and risograph printing
  • Ruskin Gallery, a professional digital art gallery; 3D workshops; life drawing studio; and dedicated fashion workshops
  • Photography and media facilities including black & white and colour darkrooms; black & white film processing room; and a bespoke digital suite
  • Mac and PC suites with software including Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Training in all our creative industries facilities

Futures Lab and workshop equipment

Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:

  • 3D printers and scanners - FDM printers; material-specific extruders; SLA Formlabs printers; SLS Formlabs Fuse1; structured light 3D scanners
  • 2D printing and cutting machines - laser cutters; Roland BN20 vinyl printer & cutter; Gerber substrate cutter; Mimaki TX300P sublimation printer.

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Our MA Printmaking prepares you for a successful career in creative practice, as well as for many other roles. As well as continuing as practising artists through exhibition, public arts projects, artist in residence schemes and fellowship opportunities in the UK and overseas, our past students enjoy careers in further and higher education, professional print workshops, museum and gallery management.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Fine Art. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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