University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Print Media B.F.A.

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Print Media at UB examines and celebrates the unique properties of print in contemporary art practice. As a medium, printmaking shares common ground with drawing, painting, photography, design and increasingly sculpture. It is a meeting ground for a diverse range of issues and approaches, from the singular to the mass-produced, from the hand-made to the virtual, from the autographic to the social/political.

“Learning printmaking helps students trust their hands and to understand the logic of materials in a very tangible yet indirect way. In a time when academically gifted students feel great pressure to appear verbally confident at every point of the creative process, they often avoid uncertain or vulnerable stages in their studio work and narrow their creative options prematurely. In printmaking, ideas often unfold over a series of distinct stages, making it an ideal medium to teach art students how to become more flexible and responsive thinkers and doers. The very indirectness of printmaking is of great benefit to the development of artists.”
— Phyllis McGibbon, Artist and Professor, Wellesley College

Professionalism fostered through students: interaction with visiting artists; involvement in collaborative print projects; travel to national and international conferences; participation in national and international print exchanges; print exhibitions and fundraisers; and field trips to print collections and exhibitions.


Introductory Courses are rigorous and stress the acquisition of basic technical skills. By the end of a given course, students are expected to have the depth of knowledge and the practical skill sets to work safely and confidently in the print labs. Assignments are sequenced to develop these skills while challenging students to do basic research and to think beyond the box. Intermediate courses build technical proficiency while developing personal ideas and aesthetics in light of contemporary issues and historical contexts. Topics In Print Media (Advanced) requires the ability to formulate, research, contextualize and execute a self-directed body of work.


The print labs total over 4,500 square feet and include comprehensive lithography, intaglio, water-based screenprint, non-silver, and digital facilities, including 5 etching presses, 3 Takach litho presses, and 1 Vandercook proof press. Digital labs feature large format ink-jet and laser printers.

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202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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