What is the course about?
You will, by regular study in the studio, explore how print making informs or expresses your ideas and its relationship to your personal practice. You will consider your position as an artist-printmaker within contemporary art practice.
Printmaking is a vital, constantly evolving medium and over the period of the year you will learn how different processes collide with your own practice. As you develop personal projects, with guidance, you will build on the core skills of drawing, manipulating photographic imagery for use in print and personal/critical research, this will broaden your knowledge and enable you to progress as an artist printmaker. This course finalises with an offsite group exhibition.
What will we cover?
In your practical weekly sessions you will have the full print studio on hand, and expert guidance from different tutors in the use of equipment and skills development. Additionally we will help you to discover what printmaking can really offer you, which processes are suitable to your artistic growth and what best way to take them forward. We will encourage you to push your image making and technical skills within the course to help you achieve exhibition standard work. The expectation is an outcome/ outcomes for exhibition/s at the end of the course. The programme also includes sessions that focus upon building networks within the wider printmaking community, professional practice and strategies for sustained practice as you go forward. This course concerns contemporary practice and debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the projects offered, and by joining a dynamic group of artist printmakers.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have studied in depth at least one printmaking process to a good standard.
• Have an awareness of how to manipulate and use photographic imagery and digital technology to expand your work within a printmaking context
• To have gained a good understanding of what it means to be an artist printmaker today.
• To have researched, built and joined professional networks within the wider printmaking community/.
• Have begun to use research and critical thought as key elements of your practice.
• With the help of guided research, learned about possible professional or educational paths to further your practice.
• Have realized at least one project in collaboration with an external organisation.
• Have taken part in a group show, offsite, at a good professional level.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course (stage 2) is a one-year advanced level course in printmaking. Due to the nature of the high expectation and work rate it is essential you have previous experience (such as a, Stage 1 VS090 Build printmaking course, foundation diploma or the regular Build printmaking courses).
Enrolment by application only.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will receive one to one and group tuition, via tutorials/ assignments/ practical research and workshops.
There will be demonstrations, opportunities for discussion, skills swaps and peer evaluation. You will be working as part of a group, yet expected and helped to maintain personal projects throughout.
Because of the ambitions of the course there is an expectation that you will commit to additional study outside the session hours for research, technical development and production.
More details are available in the course handbook.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials such as paper and inks will be supplied, however if you need more specialist materials you can purchase some of these at cost in the printroom; fine papers and some plates. Alternatively you may have to supply them yourself, but you will receive guidance from the tutors on ways to do this.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue studying, MA , higher level courses or a compatible year long course at CityLit that offers an opportunity to explore the multi-disciplinary potential of printmaking, move to a place within the broader printmaking community as a full member of a print studio or perhaps support your individual practice in several ways eg Affiliating yourself to an organization offering workshops and exhibitions, working in a studio that publishes prints or by forming or joining an artists’ collective perhaps at a studio complex.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details