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Fine Arts BFA - Print Media Concentration

(HEGIS: 10.01 FINE ARTS-GENERAL, CIP: 50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General)

Why study Fine Arts BFA - Print Media Concentration at UB?

More than ever before, our world is permeated by reproductions, duplicates and facsimiles. The study of print asks us to reflect upon and grapple with questions of multiplicity, cultural history, authenticity and originality. The techniques, skills and concepts embodied in print media have never been more relevant, exciting or broadly defined.

By engaging with print processes students acquire skills through hands on learning. While confidence with tools and ideas build, students learn to recognize and refine their individual talents and interests. Print Media requires and stimulates invention, discovery, and artistic investigation while developing research and writing skills. It navigates oceans of precision, process and play, while bridging the expanse of history and information technology.

Printmaking's rich history began with hand printed woodcuts and wood engravings, followed by moveable type and intaglio processes (metal engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint and mezzotint). Lithography, a form of planographic printing from limestone was invented in the 1790's and is still in use today. Screenprint, which relies upon a stencil, developed more recently. Contemporary forms of printmaking increasingly utilize large format pigment-based printers, along with a wide gamut of digital tools and technologies including the adaptation of industrial tools such as laser cutters and CNC machines. The print media faculty, staff and facilities provide the best of the past and present.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Developed an individual toolbox of technical skills combined with the ability to be fearless and inventive in individual exploration.
  • The ability to work resourcefully, safely and independently on print projects of increasing complexity and depth.
  • Developed the skills and confidence to initiate and complete self-driven research.
  • Developed skills for critical analysis and its articulation. This includes discursive skills for presenting work, explaining concepts and critically engaging the work of others.
  • Acquired an understanding of the historical roles of printmaking and the contemporary practice of print media in art and visual culture.

“Learning printmaking helps students trust their intuition 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

The Learning Environment

The UB Department of Art unites the disciplines of art, graphic design, art history, and visual theory in a comprehensive program that professionalizes students for careers in art, education, and the creative industries.

The Art Faculty at UB take a full spectrum approach to developing all the cognitive skills of our students to help ensure their success in their future endeavors. Students are given ample opportunity in the classroom and in the studio to exercise, develop, and refine their analytical and technical skills along with their creative and expressive abilities.

About Our Facilities

Studio art labs are spacious, well equipped and students receive onsite guidance from professional staff technicians. Specialized studios support all major conventional, digital and experimental processes in art and design. Highlights include a biological arts laboratory, an electronics art lab, galleries for exhibition and experimentation, digital and multimedia labs, digital and analog photography labs, extensive printmaking labs, an audio lab, a large sculpture facility, including a laser cutter, a CNC router, and one of the largest university foundries in the Eastern United States. Our printmaking studios with natural light and state of the art ventilation support all forms of non-toxic printmaking and print media. Presses include 4 etching, 3 litho, screenprint, along with a Vandercook 4 for relief and letterpress. A back-lit wash out booth, power washer and NU-ARC plate exposure unit (30 x 40"). Print labs are supported with iMac stations, scanners, laser printers, copiers and a large format printer dedicated to printing film for photo print processes.

About Our Faculty

The highly ranked Department of Art faculty and staff consist of professionally and internationally active artists, scholars and technicians who make available a diverse range of discourse and expertise. A partial list of the fellowships secured by our faculty suggests its strength: Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, Terra Foundation, Smithsonian, Fulbright Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Aperture Foundation, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Science Foundation and TED. Teaching staff in the Department of Art include approximately 21 teaching assistants and 10 adjunct instructors annually.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Art website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

UB Art alumni can qualify for a range of professions that involve creative problem solving, critical thinking and an understanding of cultural context, including art galleries, museums, alternative spaces and auction houses.

Our alumni include many artists who have national and international reputations from their acclaimed exhibitions, commissions, and awards. Alumni have also had great success in education, becoming professors or lecturers at leading colleges and universities or teachers at community colleges and secondary schools. In addition, alumni have entered a range of professions in places such as art galleries, museums, alternative art spaces, auction houses, design and advertising firms, and government agencies for culture as directors, designers, curators, preparators, installers and art handlers, as well as finding themselves in conservation, fabrication, fund raising, and community outreach programming.

Academic Advising

The Department of Art has a full-time advisor on staff to assist as they make decisions about their educational directions. The Department of Art advisor can help plan academic programs, explore scholarship options, find independent study and internship opportunities, and help the student keep on track to successfully graduate and enter the job market.

Academic Advising Contact Information

The Department of Art’s Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs is available to advise Undergraduate students in the Art History and Studio Art Programs. Please visit the main office, CFA 202, or email to make an appointment.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Department of Art provides annual scholarship opportunities specifically to Studio Art and Art History majors. These opportunities can award funding up to $2,000. Scholarship applications are accessible through the UB Scholarship Portal, and are available to currently enrolled art majors.

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Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:16