The Texas Tech School of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art – Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking. The printmaking program at Texas Tech University includes a comprehensive study of water-based screen printing, intaglio, lithography, relief print, computer and mixed print media processes. The Program also focuses upon new technology as it relates to traditional print processes. In addition students are encouraged to investigate combining and interchanging the various printmaking processes and develop their own artistic voice. Slide lectures and demonstrations are included in class instruction. The School of Art is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art – Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking requires 82 semester hours of art and art history and a minimum of 41 semester hours outside the School of Art. Upon completion of the Foundations Program courses, students select an area of emphasis either in Printmaking or DigiPrint. The DigiPrint Photo/Printmaking plan combine printmaking, photography and digital processes where the students take courses in both Printmaking and Photography.
The introductory course Print I introduces the students to the fundamentals of printmaking through the study of 4 traditional processes, plus an alternative or advanced process at the instructors discretion. The history of printmaking is included with slide lectures and discussions.
Print II classes are media-specific and explore intaglio, relief, lithography, and screen printing in addition to monotype, and papermaking processes in depth with an emphasis on understanding the relationship of technique and concept.
Print III is a class of rotating topics, which have included in the past, experimental printmaking and a team-taught class combining artist books, photography, printmaking and papermaking.
All majors are required to take a senior capstone course, which prepares the student to compete in the professional art world. This course also acquaints the student with the requirements and procedures for graduate school application and admission. All BFA in Art-Studio Art candidates are required to present their work in a group exhibition at the completion of their course work.
The students are also encouraged to join the Tech Print Club, which is professional/social club that raises money to assist funding for visiting artists and attendance of the students at the Southern Graphics Council Conference each year. Students can attend the SGC conference where they meet and network with other faculty and students. At the conference, the students are also required to participate in the open portfolio session to receive critical commentary from faculty and printmakers around the world. Visiting artists are scheduled each semester to deliver lectures and/or conduct workshops and provide student critiques to supplement the instruction of the program. Individual and group critiques are an important part of the course. In the past artists have included Drive by Press, Buzz Spector, Ed Bernstein, Dennis McNett, and Michael Miller.
The Printmaking area also hosts the national juried exhibition, Beyond Printmaking, which brings in recognized jurors to curate an exhibition of works that explore, expand, stretch and break the notions of printmaking. Past jurors have been Anita Jung and Holly Morrison.