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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?

What is a print? It could be defined as a work of art made up of ink pressed on paper. But ink is not required. Usually print exists in multiples (editions) printed from a matrix. But it can be singular (one of a kind). Print is usually thought of as being hand-made. But it can be printed from a machine (inkjet, laser cut, 3-d printing). Print Media embraces all of these possibilities. But more than this, we strive to produce smart and visually arresting work that is relevant to an ever-changing world.

Familiar tools of print include screenprint and relief (woodcut, linocut). Lithography, monotype and etching (aka intaglio) are lesser known but still in wide use by artists. Our labs and faculty provide access to all of these ideas and processes as well as large format inkjet, vinyl cutting, and industrial technologies such laser-cutting, 3-d printing, and computer-to-print.

Today, artists and cultural workers around the globe engage with print media as part of their practice. Print processes are continually adapted and re-invented as technology changes. The study of printmaking asks us to reflect upon and grapple with questions of multiplicity, cultural histories, authenticity and originality.

At UB, all Print Media courses are hands-on. Students develop practical knowledge of tools and materials they can apply to all areas of creative making and purpose driven thinking. In this journey, we help students recognize and build upon individual talents and interests. Engaging with Print Media in particular stimulates invention, discovery and investigation, while navigating oceans of precision, process and play.

The BFA degree focuses on intensive work in Print Media, supported by a smaller, more defined program of general studies in the liberal arts. Students in the BFA also take a 2-semester capstone course, resulting in a senior thesis exhibition. Because this option includes the development of a cohesive body of work, the BFA is considered particularly relevant for students who wish to continue on to an MFA program.

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 studio art, graphic design, art history, and visual theory in a comprehensive program that prepares students for careers in art, 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.

Faculty List Directory

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

Career Outlook

Many of our undergraduate majors go on to graduate school at other prestigious universities, building careers as leading artists, designers, artistic directors, researchers, scholars, and educators in their disciplines. 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 advisory staff who work alongside Central Advising to assist students as they make decisions about their educational directions. These staff 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.

Please visit the main office, CFA 202, or email to make an appointment.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Department of Art offers multiple scholarship, award, and prize opportunities every year. There are opportunities offered for all degree types, either in an application open to all ART students or restricted to students enrolled in a specific course or concentration. Funding is for art-related travel and study, art supplies, tuition help, and general support.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:10