Prior to entering the BFA Printmaking program, students must complete the Foundation program.

Printmaking is a vital contemporary graphic art form, based on the transferred image and encompassing a variety of studio processes, each with innate image qualities. New and dynamic digital methods have expanded the role of printmaking to be a major force in contemporary art, a tool to investigate and redefine contemporary visual culture.

Housed in a brilliant new workshop with state-of-the-art facilities, the Printmaking program at Boston University offers students close working relationships with expert professional faculty to develop an individual voice and technical skill. The program approaches printmaking as a unique and flexible discipline, comprising intaglio, lithography, relief, silkscreen, book arts, installation, and digital media, and encourages combined applications and connection with other disciplines. Printmaking is an active, engaged program with a strong emphasis in critical and creative thinking.

Boston University’s School of Visual Arts commands a prominent position in the professional printmaking community as a vibrant center for print activity. The printmaking department has hosted national meetings at Boston University, such as Shifting Grounds, the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, the internationally based Biennial Exhibitions of the Boston Printmakers, and many international visitors.

Undergraduate Admissions

Degree Offered

Average Class Size

The average class size in general printmaking courses is 12. All Printmaking majors benefit from frequent individual contacts with the printmaking faculty.


Printmaking is housed in state-of-the-art facilities, in a brilliant light filled space, with exceptional equipment. The 5000-square-foot facilities are thoroughly ventilated, and include five studios with six etching presses, four lithography presses, a stone library, two letterpresses with type, a dedicated acid room, a printmaking darkroom with two large exposure units, a screenprinting lab, and a digital print facility with 12 work stations, five large-format printers, scanner, and 22″Wacom Cintiq Touch Screen. Printmaking students also have access to BU’s EPIC Center, which provides laser cutting and 3D modeling capability. The print studios at SVA are a common facility that provides a fertile and intensive cross-major setting in which students share ideas, techniques, and processes.

Professional Opportunities

  • Printmaking students have had the opportunity to study abroad at the Academia in Venice and the Franz Masereel Center in Belgium. SVA provides an Annual Scholarship Award in Printmaking for summer study at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado.
  • Students participate in international exhibitions such as at Tianjin Academy in China, Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp, and Norwich University UK. They also exhibit in the Boston Printmakers Student Competition and many national shows. Students regularly attend national conferences of Southern Graphics International, where they participate in exhibits and present their work to the profession.

Community Opportunities

  • Students create community fundraising projects for events such as World AIDS Day and Earth Day, where their prints contribute to elevated awareness and aid for social issues.
  • Printmaking students collaborate in various exchange projects such as with the Kopanang Community Trust in South Africa, dedicated to helping families impacted by AIDS.
  • They also join other Boston-area printmakers – professional and students – in special projects such as large format steam-roller relief printing at Wellesley College, and in “Iron Printmaker” competitions with other schools’ print department, creating new connections outside the confines of Boston University.

Notable Graduates

BU SVA alumni who are active and established in printmaking include such New York artists as Pat Steir, Brice Marden, and Willie Cole, as well as established print artists Andrew Raftery, Professor of Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, Michelle Murillo, Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, Jennifer Caine, Dartmouth College, and Sidney Hurwitz, Emeritus Professor Boston University.

Faculty Members

Visiting Artists

Students meet leading print artists from around the world and observe their creative processes firsthand. Prominent printmakers who have spent face time in the print workshop with print students have included:

  • William Kentridge
  • Pat Steir
  • Ibrahim Miranda
  • Diane Victor
  • Colbert Dashile
  • Eric Avery
  • Patricia Olynyk
  • Andrew Raftery
  • Althea Murphy-Price
  • Edward Bernstein
  • Ingrid Ledent
  • Walton Ford & Peter Pettengill
  • Bodo Korsig
  • Sidney Hurwitz
  • Alicia Candiani
  • Nancy Palmeri
  • Carol Wax

Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements

Curriculum requirements for the BFA Printmaking program can be found on the Academic Bulletin.