Print Media (BFA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall

Why study Print Media?

Printmaking plants one foot in the past and the other firmly in the future. It connects you to artisanal and contemporary concepts and techniques that mix the ancient world, the renaissance, pop culture and the digital age. Working in some of the best facilities in Canada with committed artists and master printers, you’ll explore ideas and learn processes that inspire innovative work.

As your artistic skills flourish, community develops. Students help one another, sharing presses, ink and a commitment to the printed image. By combining studio practice with history, theory, and interdisciplinary approaches, you embrace the contemporary.

You’ll graduate as a practising and exhibiting artist, ready to tap into the contemporary fine arts community nationally and internationally. You will be equipped with the skills to work in community print studios or in a private atelier.

Program highlights

  • Active community of students hosts visiting artists and organizes student trips and exhibitions
  • Large, modern, well-equipped printmaking studios

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Print Media (60 credits)
  • Minor in Print Media (30 credits)*
    *Please note that admissions to this Minor is currently suspended.

In Print Media you will investigate the meaningful relationships that exist between the technologies of reproduction, individual expression and contemporary society.

The program is designed with fewer credits so you can combine several print techniques and garner more skills in each studio. You’ll gain experience in the following print techniques:

  • Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Screen printing
  • Monoprinting
  • Relief
  • Digital imaging
  • Book arts

Explore the intersections of interdisciplinary work and foster your individual artistic development through a range of special topics and theory courses.

This program encourages experimental and innovative thinking and the development of a solid critical understanding of your work in relation to contemporary culture.


Courses

You’ll take courses that address the practice, theory and history of print media. You will choose from special topics courses that change from year to year, exploring the frontiers of contemporary print arts, as well as independent study courses and internship opportunities.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.


Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.


Additional requirements for admission

  • Letter of Intent
  • Portfolio

Portfolio / Letter of intent

The portfolio of artwork for admission to a Studio Arts program should be a collection of your best and most recent work in visual arts. It should represent your individual interests, abilities and explorations. Consider visual, conceptual, and technical proficiency in selecting your best and most recent work.

If you are applying to more than one Fine Arts program, be sure to submit a separate portfolio for each program choice.


Your portfolio should contain:

  • Minimum number of portfolio items: 15.
  • Maximum number of portfolio items: 20.
  • Each portfolio item must be a single digital file.
  • Either recently completed or currently in progress. 
  • Include work that demonstrates your ability to work in a variety of media, in both two and three dimensions. Examples include drawings, paintings, prints, collage and other mixed media work, sculpture, ceramics, and fibres work.
  • You may also include photographs, animation, film, video, audio recordings, and documentation of performance art.
  • Please tailor your portfolio to the specific program area to which you are applying.
  • Your work should show evidence of both technical skill and conceptual development. Basic abilities in drawing, composition and color-use must be demonstrated.
  • You may not submit your portfolio via email or through other websites.  

Letter of intent

Your letter of intent should be no longer than one page and written in English or French. In general, it should describe your educational background and any relevant experience in art, as well as your expectations in relation to the programs to which you are applying.

  • What are your reasons for applying to this program? If you are particularly interested in an area within Studio Arts, please indicate why.
  • Describe your educational background and any relevant experience.
  • What are your goals and expectations in relation to this program?


Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

Your degree can lead to many paths such as:

  • Numerous national and international graduate programs in print media or studio arts
  • Working as a practising multidisciplinary artist
  • Using your acquired skills to work independently in community print studios or in private ateliers
  • Opening your own studio or assisting established artists
  • Applying your skills to specialized computer applications or post-graduate education in a technical or related field

Other programs of interest

Studio Art (BFA)
  • Major
Studio Art (BFA)

As a Studio Art major, you’ll have the flexibility to choose a concentration or combine any of our seven disciplines: Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia/Cyberarts (Performance, Video, Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Installation.

Department

Faculty

Fibres and Material Practices (BFA)
  • Major
Fibres and Material Practices (BFA)

Our professional facilities include a fibre structures studio for weaving, felt making and basketry; a Print and Dye shop; and a Papermaking centre.

Department

Faculty

Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts) (BFA)
  • Major
Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts) (BFA)

If you want to be a pioneer, exploring relationships between emerging and existing media technologies and the fine arts, then this program for you.

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Faculty

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