Print and Printability module (DJ31005)

Learn about the history of printing and printmaking. You will also learn about contemporary practice and the medium’s professional context

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In this module, you will explore contemporary and historical printmaking techniques through printmaking within the print workshop. The prints you will make within the print workshop will be based on a self-chosen project specific to your creative interests. Your printmaking within the workshop will be supported by technical staff and staff tutorials specific to your project themes.

You will learn about the historical evolution of print as well as contemporary printmaking practices through lectures and the writing of a print themed essay.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn one of four print workshop-based print process mediums
  • learn how to apply your specific print process medium to a self-chosen project theme
  • learn about the history of print and how print mediums are used today by contemporary artists
  • learn book binding techniques
  • learn how to best document your ongoing print workshop explorations
  • develop an understanding of printmaking through research and essay writing (For this essay you will choose your own print-based essay topic)

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand print workshop best practices
  • understand how to make prints in your specific print process medium within a print workshop environment
  • produce a body of print work in your specific print process medium based on your self-chosen project theme
  • understand how to make a print edition
  • show your ability to apply your printmaking knowledge to future creative projects

Assignments / assessment

At the end of the module the following work should be submitted for assessment:

  • a body of resolved and supporting printmaking work
  • a 1,200 – 1,500 word print themed essay

Assessment Criteria

Equally weighted at 20%

  • quality of resolved practical and written work
  • range and depth of research and developmental work shown in supporting material
  • an engagement with aspects of history, theory, practice, and process evidenced through written work
  • evidence of imagination, ideas, and originality
  • appropriate use of materials and processes in the resolution of practical work

This module does not have a final exam

Teaching methods / timetable

You will learn by making within the print workshop. Before you begin working with your specific print medium process technical staff will first introduce you to the process and to best practices within the print workshop. You shall also use the module hours to research essay related print topics of interest within the DJCAD library.

Learning material will be provided through workshop demonstrations, lectures, tutorials, and print process training videos.


This module is available on following courses: