Postgraduate (12 months full-time, part-time)
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10.00-17.00
Year 1: Wednesday, 10.00-17.00
Year 2: Tuesday, 10.00-17.00
Transform your creative practice by engaging with print media on our Masters course at Cambridge School of Art. Work on your own projects using the latest techniques in our industry-standard facilities, and get invaluable experience of exhibiting, curating and collaborating.
Discover the vital contribution that printmaking has made to the language of contemporary art practice, and how recent technological advances have broadened its definition.
Much of your time will be spent independently researching and undertaking your own practice-based projects. You will receive technical inductions for the use of both traditional and emerging processes (including relief printing and intaglio, screen print, lithography, photo-based and digital media) and be free to experiment with, and combine, them in your creative work.
Throughout the course you will have support from experienced print and fine art practitioners, and benefit from working in a supportive and critically informed art school. Our connection with the MA Printmaking course at Camberwell College of Art creates opportunities for exchange crits and gives you the chance to build networks with fellow artists. You will also get a window onto the professional art world through our visiting lecturers, field trips and links to galleries.
Our series of workshops, tutorials, seminars, critiques, presentations and lectures, will allow you to develop research skills that you will use on this course and in your future career. In addition, you will gain experience in other areas of professional practice including curating and critical writing.
Our links with local printmaking and art organisations, such as Cambridge Original Printmakers, the Curwen Print Study Centre, Aid & Abet, Changing Spaces, Wysing Arts Centre and Cambridge Artworks, will give you the chance to take part in portfolio reviews, live projects and professional exhibitions.
Course Leader: Dr Veronique Chance.
You might also be interested in our MA Fine Art.
As well as preparing you for a successful career in creative practice, our course will equip you for many other roles. Our past students enjoy careers in further and higher education, professional print workshops, museum and gallery management, public arts projects, artist in residence schemes and fellowship opportunities, in the UK and overseas.
Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Fine Art.
Fortnightly lectures run by our Fine Art Research Unit (FARU) will give you a chance to hear artists and staff talk about their work, and engage in debates about art practice. Our recent speakers have included Phillip Allen, Juan Bolivar, Rebecca Fortnum, Danny Rolph, Hayley Newman, Günter Herbst, David Kefford, Cally Spooner, Tim Ellis, Andrew Grassie, Lilah Fowler, Jemima Brown, Caroline Wright and Matthew Derbyshire.
Visiting printmaking professionals have included Katherine Jones, Stephen Chambers, Sean Rorke, Rebecca Salter, Penny Brewill, Mike Taylor, Kate Palmer, Jo Love and Jane Dixon, Leo Brook and Amanda Couch.
On our core modules you will demonstrate your progress through your visual research outcomes and supporting evaluative statements, except for the Masters Dissertation, for which you will submit a 6,000-word contextual essay.
At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.
Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
You will work in our fully equipped print studios, with industry-standard facilities including intaglio, screen, relief, litho and photo print processes. You will also have access to our 3D workshops, laser cutting facilities, large format digital printer, photography studios and dark rooms, and computer suites for video production and digital imaging. Full training will be provided for all these facilities.
You studio teaching will take place in our print studio and MA Fine Art studios, which also act as lively hubs for our full- and part-time students in printmaking and fine art.
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Estimated cost of materials
Field trip to London
£16-23 per semester
Optional field trip to Antwerp - 2 nights
Field trip to Orford Ness (3 days, 2 nights)
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Students taking up a place on this course are eligible to apply for the Mark Wood CBE Art and Design Scholarship, which recognises and encourages excellence. Read more and download the application form.
You will be required to attend an interview of around 20 minutes, during which you will evidence your discussion with a portfolio or, if you are resident outside of the UK, an e-portfolio.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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