Art (Printmaking), BFA

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If you are interested in expanding the breadth of your printmaking practice in an atmosphere that welcomes both the traditional and innovative in the field, this printmaking program, ranked No. 5 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report, is for you.

The BFA in art with a concentration in printmaking provides a complete studio experience with regular courses in book arts, digital processes, intaglio, lithography, papermaking, photogravure, relief, screenprint and other graphic applications. Faculty teach in spacious, well-equipped studios that offer a complete range of print media. While individual students are encouraged to pursue a personal direction, the faculty encourage students to become well-rounded printmakers by experiencing and understanding many media processes and approaches. No style, technique or aesthetic approach is stressed over another, so the individual quality of each student's work is the essential measure of achievement. Collaboration, experimentation and transdisciplinary approaches to making art are encouraged, and students often work with other areas in the School of Art, such as photography, intermedia, painting, drawing and sculpture.

Students declare their Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration at the time of ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

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Art (Printmaking), BFA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Students must submit a BFA declaration form after successful completion of the art foundational courses. See full requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Currently, all art students are admitted to ASU into the Bachelor of Arts (art studies) program. They must complete a series of requirements that include foundational coursework to be eligible for study in one of the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, which include upper-division coursework in the studio. There is no portfolio review process for admission to the School of Art.

Students in their second year who are interested in studio art and art education obtain a signed BFA declaration form after completing the core requirements and during completion of the last of the 12 hours of 200-level art requirements. Students interested in art history or museum studies submit a major declaration form in the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours. The student's major is changed upon successful completion of the major declaration form. Students may choose to remain in and complete the Bachelor of Arts (art studies).

Beginning Fall 2019, students are admitted directly to the printmaking concentration upon admittance to the BFA program in art.

Career outlook

Trained printmakers are working artists, practicing the expression of a personal understanding of their place in the world. They may find employment as artists or printmakers in schools of all levels teaching the execution and appreciation of visual art. They also work in fine art print studios, executing original prints for other artists. Printmaking skills such as screenprinting or photomechanical and digital techniques, acquired for the production of art, also have commercial, non-art applications that may afford skilled employment. Artists with printmaking skills may also work with graphic designs, illustrations and signage or may work in museums, conservation, publishing, galleries and in other art-related activities. Additionally, their art may sell successfully in the open marketplace.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Photographers-5.6%$32,490
Prepress Technicians and Workers-19.9%$39,910
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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