If you’re seeking a quality arts education that leads directly to a hands-on career in design, the Studio Art BFA in Printmaking at the University of Central Missouri may be right for you. You’ll create art in a variety of modalities — letterpress, risograph, wood cuts, screenprinting, book-making, digital design and more — and gain expertise in the cutting-edge tools of the modern printmaking profession.
Our Printmaking BFA program combines a foundational arts education with the best of traditional and modern techniques. You’ll learn centuries-old classical methods and train on today’s technology. In one class you might etch copper plates just as artisans did in the 15th century, and in the next create original screen or letterpress prints utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite or ProCreate to illustrate and design imagery.
A comprehensive degree that blends history and contemporary art
These rich ties to historical craftsmanship make printmaking stand out among design disciplines, yet many of the skills you’ll learn overlap with graphic design and illustration and prepare you for a wide range of further study in the arts.
Faculty mentors and small class sizes
Learn in-demand job skills
Affordable arts education since 1871
Accredited Design program
Collaborative, diverse environment
Traditional craftsmanship, modern tools
Our Studio Art BFA in Printmaking program curriculum begins with a solid foundation in fine arts. Study fundamentals like composition and art history while being introduced to printmaking processes. You’ll learn to think critically about what you’re trying to communicate with your work.
Once you master core competencies, you’ll be encouraged to explore new applications of printmaking art. Projects in lithography, serigraphy, intaglio and relief printing will prepare you for advanced study of printmaking techniques and for working with complex content.
As you build your unique visual language, our faculty will provide technical and creative coaching to help you create a cohesive body of work. You might innovate a technique or reimagine a printmaking tradition to make it your own the way some past students have done with projects like:
You’ll thrive as an artist and as a student with one-on-one faculty mentorship, a collaborative artistic environment and small class sizes centered around our students’ needs.
UCM students have access to the best printmaking technology in the field. Our faculty will train you in the safe use of the machines in our well-equipped print shop and letterpress studio. To ensure you can carry your printmaking art skills forward into your career, you will also learn to exhibit and communicate about your work with confidence.
Printmaking is a vocation, as well as an artistic discipline. You can expect a strong career built on your BFA degree from the University of Central Missouri. You will be poised to enter the job market and establish a career as soon as you graduate. Printmaking skills are in demand by many industries, including fashion, event management and retail.
Your Printmaking BFA will qualify you for a job as a press operator in a commercial print studio, but many of our students take their bachelor’s degree further. You may decide to be an entrepreneur or small business owner with your own print shop, a freelance graphic artist or an educator who trains others in printmaking art.
If you want to pursue further study in printmaking after you achieve your Studio Art BFA, our faculty and the Career and Life Design Center can work with you to identify the right internship or graduate program that fits your goals.
Printmaking is thriving — so can your career
Use our interactive tool below to explore current trends in careers that rely on printmaking art skills, such as craft and fine artistry.
With low tuition rates, the University of Central Missouri is committed to offering an affordable arts education. 94% of UCM students receive financial aid. We work with students from all circumstances to ensure they graduate with low debt, ready to move forward into their next phase of life with sound finances. We have university-wide scholarship, grant, loan and work-study options for financing college.
Printmaking majors may also be eligible for these specialty programs:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
Once you’ve earned your Studio Art bachelor’s in Printmaking from UCM, consider expanding your career opportunities even further with a graduate degree:
Make yourself more marketable.
Enrich your printmaking studies with a minor or certificate in a related field: