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Plymouth College of Art: Printmaking

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Our MA Printmaking programme provides you with the opportunity to explore experimental and innovative approaches to the discipline, as well as its relationship to wider contemporary practices.

Ethos Printmaking is a field where traditional practices co-exist with and enter into dialogue with contemporary technologies, creating new understanding of the role of image as artefact and multiple. Our programme allows you to explore the wide range of practice models that are available to the contemporary printmaker, examining the notion of printmaking as research and activism, and developing your ideas so that you can engage with the discipline’s wider research community.

Outline Through individual experimentation and exploration, we encourage you to test the boundaries of fine-art printmaking practice, to work in traditional and digital media, and to develop ambitious projects through research, debate and interaction with wider audiences and communities. You will have access to our print studios, allowing you to explore a range of autographic printmaking processes, and enhancing your critical understanding through technical experimentation, research and debate in a supportive, professional and critically engaged environment. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme explores a spectrum of approaches to traditional and experimental printmaking, including intaglio, lithographic print, relief print, screen printing, letterpress and digital processes.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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