Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
MFA in Print Media
MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN PRINT MEDIA is a 60-credit, two-year program with a flexible structure that facilitates a unique studio practice that is both independent and collaborative. Print Media’s Studio is an epicenter of intense making, professional collaboration, and creativity, crossing pathways into industry, research, commercial applications, education, and the broad fields of fine art and design. The print matrix’s capacity for unique, multiple, and widely distributed forms bridges the realms of fine art and mass media. Print Media supports the idea that a print can be an image or an object, or can take on site-specific concerns. Topics such as craft, originality, communication, entrepreneurship, consumerism, social engagement, propaganda, and protest are embedded in the curriculum. The program offers a diverse range of traditional and emerging printmaking pathways, integrating new techniques and media to expand our capacity as makers and collaborators in the fine art, academic, and commercial realms.
Print Media’s structure complements PNCA’s educational philosophy of supporting independent inquiry and encouraging cross-disciplinary dialog. Our students benefit from a dynamic national and international roster of creative practitioners as well as industry specialists. Graduate study at PNCA offers motivated students the opportunity to work closely with faculty and community professionals. For the first three semesters, MFA candidates in Print Media work both independently and collaboratively, supported by the guidance of faculty and peers. During the final semester, students are paired with individual mentors to support them through their capstone project. The program cultivates multiple pathways towards possible careers in small press, commercial fabrication, publishing, fine art presses and teaching in addition to individual studio art practice. To support this, the program has strong connections to regional and national print and creative production studios with opportunities for professional development. Students can also pursue teaching assistantships, internships and community-based practicums for hands-on learning experiences.
The MFA facilities at PNCA provide both studio and lab spaces as well as a vibrant community environment. While graduate students engage in independent studio investigation, collaborative exchanges and lab research, they also meet as a group for critique seminars and on-campus activities. Students select from a menu of academic courses such as pedagogy and critical studies topics to accompany their independent and/or collaborative practices. They are presented a diverse set of courses to fulfill elective requirements.
PNCA’s printmaking lab also supports a professional publishing program, Watershed, that is integrated at both the MFA and BFA levels. It utilizes our visiting artist programs, while also promoting a rigorous professional practice in the labs. Professional printers, faculty and students work on site to collaborate with artists on a variety of projects that take on a diverse scope of practices, techniques and content. The publishing program and labs work together to promote the educational mission of the college and engage with the creative community.
Applications for Fall admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning February 1. Applications will continue to be accepted until the class is filled.