Graduate Studies - Printmaking
The MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking at the University of North Texas is accepting applications to begin course work in Fall 2018.
*Deadline for Priority Consideration is January 5, 2018 (for enrolling in Fall 2017)
Late applications will be reviewed for acceptance until mid-February, but with fewer opportunities for Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships. Please contact the Printmaking Area Coordinator, Andrew DeCaen (email@example.com), for more details about the Printmaking program or to set up a tour of the studios.
About the Printmaking Program
Graduate Study in Printmaking at the University of North Texas offers a broad and intensive experience for serious artists engaging in printmaking processes and concepts as a primary form of expression. The printmaking area averages six MFA printmaking candidates and twenty BFA undergraduates from a variety of artistic and geographic backgrounds. Graduate students are mentored to develop conceptual, formal and technical proficiency through studio practice, critical dialog, and community engagement. Candidates build professional experience by participating in exhibitions, portfolio exchanges, and collaborations with visiting artists, printmaking conferences, workshops, and other professional activities.
Visiting Artists & P.R.I.N.T Press:
The College of Visual Art and Design hosts many national and world-renowned visiting artists in all disciplines. P.R.I.N.T Press (https://print.unt.edu) is the University’s professional fine art press. P.R.I.N.T Press hosts professional publishing of visiting artists’ work and provides educational opportunities and professional training for current UNT students through collaborations, internships and jobs. Recent collaborations between visiting artists and master printers include Linda Ridgway and Katherine Brimberry; Sedrick Huckaby and Brian Garner; and Catherine Chauvin and Kiki Smith. CVAD has also hosted lectures, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and other engaging projects led by visiting distinguished printmakers such as Charles Beneke, Jeff Dell, Susan Goethel-Campbell, Nicole Hand, Beauvais Lyons, Michelle Martin, John Risseeuw, Humberto Saenz, Gretchen Schermerhorn, and Sang-Mi Yoo.
The UNT campus offers exceptional professional research resources including the UNT Galleries UNT Rare Book Collection, UNT Elm Fork Natural Heritage Collection. The surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth areas offer world-class art museums, a vibrant contemporary art gallery scene, and many other cultural activities.
The College of Visual Arts and Design programs strive to assist graduate students in becoming leaders in the arts through their roles as practicing professional artists, educators, researchers, and administrators. Our graduate students work with faculty mentors to plan a structured program of study to meet individual research interests and professional goals. Graduate students in the MFA program complete minimum of 60 hours at the 5000-level.
MFA Course Requirements
- Studio Art - 30 hours (10 classes, 8 of which must be in Printmaking)
- Art History - 9 hours (3 classes)
- Electives - 12 hours (4 classes, can be in or outside CVAD)
- Professional Practices - 3 hours (ASTU 5010)
- Creative Project - 3 hours (ASTU 5015)
- MFA Exhibition - 3 hours (ASTU 5020)
MFA in Studio Art procedures manual (download a pdf copy here) and the UNT Graduate catalog (http://catalog.unt.edu/index.php?catoid=18) will provide the structure to meet all of the requirements of the MFA Degree from the College of Visual Arts and Design and of the Toulouse Graduate School.
Printmaking Faculty and Staff:
- Andrew DeCaen, Associate Professor of Art & Printmaking Area Coordinator
- Lari Gibbons, Professor of Art & Director of P.R.I.N.T Press
- Thomas Menikos, Printmaking Technician
- Sydney Webb, Adjunct Instructor
- Kazuko Goto, Adjunct Instructor
Recent MFA Alumni:
- Luke Ball
- Jessie Barnes
- Laura Drapac
- Logan Hill
- Adam Palmer
- Adam Rowlett
- Linda Santana
- Kayla Seedig
- Cat Snapp
- David Villegas
- Jon Vogt
- Chris Wallace
Printmaking Studios and Equipment
In Summer 2018, the Printmaking area will be moving into the new CVAD Building on Mulberry street. The new space will include: a 3000-square foot Lithography/Intaglio/Relief/Monotype Studio, a 1200-square foot Screenprint/Artist’s Books Studio, 300-square foot Letterpress Studio, a 180-square foot Acid Room, a 270-square foot Spray booth room, a 270-square foot Darkroom, a 90-square foot Screen drying room, a 90-square foot Screen washout room, and a 480-square foot Printmaking Critique/Archive Space. In addition to these printmaking studios, students regularly utilize the CVAD Digital Printing Lab for large-scale printing, the CVAD Digital Fabrication Lab (including CNC routers, laser cutters, and 3d printers), and CVAD Sculpture Shop including tools and equipment for various materials and processes.
Printmaking Graduate students have 24/7 access to the main printmaking studios plus exclusive access to two semi-private studios shared among the printmaking graduate students: one at 700-square foot and one at 550-square foot.
Printmaking studios include the following equipment:
- 38" x 72" Takach etching press
- 18" x 36" Takach etching press
- 36" x 60" Charles Brand etching press
- 30" x 50" Charles Brand etching press
- Two 26" x 50" Charles Brand etching press
- 16" x 30" Charles Brand etching press
- 36" Prexto plate shear
- 22" x 32" hotplate
- 8" x 10" Gordon letterpress
- Photopolymer Platemaker
- NuArc MSP 3140 exposure unit
- Nuarc 40-1KS exposure unit
- 30" x 50" Charles Brand litho press
- 32" x 56" Takach litho press
- 30" x 44" Graphic litho press
- A large selection of litho stones (up to 30" x 24" in size)
- Hydraulic Lift capable of lifting 1000kg
- A collection of newly surfaced professional rollers and brayers
- 30" x 48" Light Table
- Century AL Series M&M Research automatic screen print press
The process of applying to the MFA program at the College of Visual Arts and Design has three steps:
STEP 1: Apply online at tsgs.unt.edu. The Toulouse Graduate School of the University of North Texas evaluates the applicant to verify that minimum standards required for all graduate students at UNT are met. Graduate Admissions generally takes 2 to 4 weeks to process application materials including transcripts from all coursework applied to your undergraduate degree. The GRE test is no longer required for the MFA application. The application is then sent to the Studio Department Office for review by printmaking area faculty.
STEP 2: Apply online at unt.slideroom.com. The applicant is evaluated by the Printmaking Area Faculty. Applicants are evaluated by a series of required application materials including:
- Portfolio of Artworks: 15 to 20 high quality images of artworks including at least 10 prints.
- Letter of Intent: (PDF) A brief statement describing your educational and professional background, your motivations for attending graduate school, and your professional aspirations during and after graduate school.
- Artist Statement: Describe the primary focus/foci of your recent work. This statement should illuminate the primary interest in concept, context, form, and/or media/process.
- Artist Resume: (PDF) A professional resume showing all educational and professional experience including a complete exhibition record and contact information.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation from professionals who know your experience and aspirations well.
STEP 3: Apply for Assistantships and Scholarships. See https://art.unt.edu/fellowships-assistantships
Assistantship and Scholarship Opportunities
Graduate Area Assistantship Application:
Apply for Assistantships when you apply to the MFA program. Download the application (https://art.unt.edu/fellowships-assistantships) and submit with your application materials on Slideroom.com then send a copy to the Printmaking Area Coordinator. New graduate students are encouraged to apply for a 1/2 time appointment (two positions) as a Graduate Area Assistant and/or Graduate Teaching Assistant to gain experience in their field while earning a stipend to fund their education. The Graduate Area Assistantships are typically available from among the following: Drawing I, Drawing II, Design I, and Design II. During the first semester, new graduate students will take a Seminar in University Teaching course to support and training for teaching. Please contact the Printmaking Area Coordinator for advising on which positions to apply.
Teaching Fellowships (Instructor of Record positions) may be available to students in the last year of graduate studies.
Academic Achievement Scholarship (AAS):
Tuition Benefits Program (TBP):
- Printmaking Blog (Current Printmaking activities)
- P.R.I.N.T. Press
- College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD)
- MFA Manual
- Toulouse Graduate School
- Graduate Studies Application Procedures
- Graduate Assistantship Application
- Current Graduate Tuition and Fees
Please contact the Printmaking Area Coordinator, Andrew DeCaen for more details about the Printmaking program or to set up a tour of the printmaking studios.
Sarah EllisSarah Ellis (MFA 2018) nominated to serve as Student Representative on 2015–16 Executive Board of Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI). Read about it in SGCI's latest newsletter, Graphic Impressions! Sarah received her BFA in Printmaking from The University of Akron in 2014. She is currently an MFA Candidate in Printmaking at the University of North Texas. Through a variety of print media and book arts, her work explores the dynamics between domestic craft, gender roles, and the continuity of human behavior. During her first year of graduate school, she has had the pleasure of working as the Graduate Assistant at P.R.I.N.T Press as well as a Teaching Assistant in Drawing. She currently lives in Denton, Texas, with her fiancé and their corgi.
Sarah Ellis (MFA 2018) nominated to serve as Student Representative on 2015–16 Executive Board of Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI). Read about it in SGCI's latest newsletter, Graphic Impressions!
Sarah received her BFA in Printmaking from The University of Akron in 2014. She is currently an MFA Candidate in Printmaking at the University of North Texas. Through a variety of print media and book arts, her work explores the dynamics between domestic craft, gender roles, and the continuity of human behavior. During her first year of graduate school, she has had the pleasure of working as the Graduate Assistant at P.R.I.N.T Press as well as a Teaching Assistant in Drawing. She currently lives in Denton, Texas, with her fiancé and their corgi.