Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse

Course Dates: 07/10/23 - 19/06/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
This year-long advanced course is aimed at artist-printmakers who wish to develop a sustainable personal practice through the medium of print. With the support of expert tutors, you will be guided through experimental, practice-based research and developmental tasks that challenge your preconceptions of print media including etching, screen-printing, lithography and relief. You will eventually focus on a longer projects that encourage both a personal enquiry and the development of an individual methodology. The course involves theoretical, contextual and practical components. Student testimony:
“This course has been absolutely brilliant! It’s not only taught me printmaking methods but also about the artistic process. I’ve learnt so much, it’s really been very transformative!” El Morrison (2023)
“The course has pushed my boundaries. It has encouraged me to try new things within print and to think about the context and concepts I am trying to deliver” Declan Hoare (2023)
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I met many wonderful talented artists. It has made me think about my own practice; how can I change it, modify it, make it more exciting. The tutors are absolutely amazing! They are full of knowledge, encouragement, and support. It was a great, great experience.” Areej Abdi (2023).
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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  • Course Code: VS986
  • Dates: 07/10/23 - 19/06/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Wed+Sat, Evening
  • Duration: 39 sessions (over 38 weeks)
  • Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
  • Tutor: Ina Baumeister, Rolina Elsje Blok, Thomas Gosebruch, David Holah, Claire Hynds

Course Code: VS986

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Started Wed+Sat, eve, 07 Oct - 19 Jun '24

Duration: 39 sessions (over 38 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Working in our well-equipped print room you will explore how printmaking informs or expresses your ideas and explore 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.
Note: this course consists of 30 Wednesday evenings (1800-2100) and an additional 9 Saturdays (1030-1630; 3 per term).
This course will be delivered in person and online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.

This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

In your practical weekly sessions, you will have the full access to the print studio, 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 the 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 course culminates in a public exhibition.
The programme also includes sessions that focus upon building networks within the wider printmaking community, professional practice and strategies for sustaining your practice as you go forward. This course concerns contemporary printmaking practice and critical debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by 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...

By the end of this course you will…
- Have studied at least one printmaking process in depth.
- Have deepened your understanding of the conventions and protocols of fine art printmaking
- Have an awareness of how to manipulate and use photographic imagery and digital technology to expand your work within a printmaking context.
- Have gained a good understanding of what it means to be an artist-printmaker today.
- 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 realised at least one project in collaboration with an external organisation.
- Have taken part in a group show at a good professional standard.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a one-year advanced level course in printmaking. Due to the nature of the processes involved, the high level of expectation, and the work rate required, it is essential that you have some previous printmaking experience (such as, for example, the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, one of the regular City Lit printmaking courses, or similar demonstrable experience).

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 and will be expected (and supported) 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 individual personal research, technical development and production.

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 print room (for example, 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.
To fully participate in the online elements of the course, you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to continue studying printmaking, for example at MA level; every year several students develop the confidence and portfolio to progress to postgraduate study at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, Anglia Ruskin, Middlesex and Camberwell (University of the Arts London).
Alternatively, you may wish to study a related year-long course at CityLit that offers an opportunity to explore the multi-disciplinary potential of printmaking (for example VS500 Advanced Printmaking; Experimentation and development, which is designed as the ideal follow-on course to expend your print practice). Or, you may engage in the broader printmaking community as a full member of a print studio or perhaps support your individual practice in numerous ways, such affiliating yourself to an organisation offering workshops and exhibitions, working in a print editioning/publishing studio, or joining an artists’ collective…

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward. If you would like more information, or to discuss your application informally, please contact

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.