Curriculum

In addition to your independent studio investigation, collaborative exchanges, and lab research, you'll also participate in critique seminars and on-campus activities with your fellow students. You'll select from a menu of academic courses, such as pedagogy and critical studies topics, to accompany your independent and collaborative work. And you'll be able to choose from a diverse set of courses to fulfill elective requirements.

  • Year One
  • Year Two

Fall

Course Type Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar Studio 3
Print Media - Graduate Studio Studio 3
Graduate Printmaking: Projects and Explorations Studio 3
Collaboration & Research Lab Studio 3
Critical Studies: Pedagogy Academic 3
Elective 1 Elective 3
Mid Year Assessment    

Spring

Course Type Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar Studio 3
Print Media - Graduate Studio Studio 3
Collaboration & Research Lab Studio 3
Elective 2 Elective 3
Critical Studies: Print Media Seminar Academic 3
First Year Review    

Fall

Course Type Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar Studio 3
Print Media - Graduate Studio (with Mentor) Studio 3
Graduate Printmaking: Projects and Explorations Studio 3
Collaboration & Research Lab Studio 3
Critical Studies: Research for a Creative Practice Academic 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Mid-year Assessment    

Spring

Course Type Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar Studio 3
Collaboration & Research Lab Studio 3
Critical Studies: Capstone Research and Writing Academic 3
Capstone Project (width mentor) Studio 6

Course Descriptions

Critique Seminar (3 Credits)

This course is taken all four semesters by students in the Print Media program, the Graduate Critique Seminar provides candidates with an intellectual community and critical forum in which they may test, temper, and enlarge the ideas that underlie their artistic goals. The Seminar will meet weekly to critique, in rotation, the work-in-progress of all candidates. The cross-disciplinary nature of the conversation is meant to foster the widest possible dialogue among artists, encourage divergent thinking and discourage the easy acceptance of received notions. The seminar will also include lectures, critiques, and discussions with Visiting Artists/Scholars/Critics. The Seminar is led by one of the MFA in Print Media faculty, who may also enlist other faculty members, as well as visiting artists, critics, and scholars, to join discussions and critiques. Students may also be assigned critical readings to prepare for presentation and discussion, and class meetings would be supplemented by lectures and performances of visiting artists to PNCA, as well as by trips off-campus to exhibitions and performances locally and beyond.

Print Media - Graduate Studio (3 credits)

This three credit course is designed to support each student in Print Media to meet with an individual mentor for the semester. During each weekly meeting, students will discuss their progress and growth in their individual or collaborative creative processes and move towards the proposal and thesis experience. Demos, studio visits and field trips can take place in the weekly meetings and is designed to support each student in their current mode of making. Mentor pairing is discussed in collaboration with the program chair prior to the semester starting.

Graduate Printmaking: Projects and Explorations (3 credits)

This semester-long course provides a graduate level approach to various printmaking practices supporting research, collaboration, creativity, and craft. Students will explore projects as experiments to their specific practices. Processes will include both analog and digital systems while exploring ways to define prints as objects, multiples, and editions. Students will be required to conduct research and presentations throughout the semester.

Collaboration & Research Lab

This Print Media studio course provides an experimental laboratory experience supporting collaboration and creativity. Students will work directly on a series of collaborative projects with visiting artists and community groups in the Watershed Center and print studios. Galleries, Museums, and non-profit institutions join us and the artists on evolving projects that we support and coordinate both in class and throughout the semester. Topics around professional practice, publishing, and advanced issues in Print Media will be covered throughout the semester and supported by field trips and guests.

The MFA Capstone

Mentorship

MFA candidates in Print Media are paired with individual mentors to support them through their capstone projects. Students work both independently and collaboratively, supported by the guidance of faculty and peers.

The program cultivates multiple pathways toward possible careers in small press, commercial fabrication, publishing, fine art presses, and teaching, in addition to individual studio art practice.

To support this, the program has strong connections with regional and national print and creative production studios with opportunities for professional development.

Our students benefit from a dynamic national and international roster of visiting creative practitioners and industry specialists. Students can also pursue teaching assistantships, internships, and community-based practicums for hands-on learning experiences.

Questions?

Reach out to MFA in Print Media Chair, Matthew Letzelter, to schedule a tour or to learn more about the program.

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