Printmedia: Graduate Overview
Graduate students in SAIC’s Department of Printmedia engage issues of contemporary art by employing a wide variety of printing techniques and developing technologies and media. They work across disciplines to create prints, artists’ books, three-dimensional objects, installations, new media, and time arts. The Printmedia department’s fundamental philosophy is interdisciplinary—it prizes experimentation and the processes of research and discovery necessary to bring ideas from conception to fruition.
Your education will be enhanced and supplemented by:
- Award-winning faculty who are accomplished artists committed to expanding the notions of print. They are engaged in contemporary, theoretical debates and are committed to building a diverse, exciting environment for the exchange and production of cultural objects, images, and ideas.
- All graduate students in the Department of Printmedia are eligible for one teaching assistantship per semester during their first year and two during their second year where they assist a faculty in the classroom. TAA positions are also available each semester where two second-year graduate students co-teach an introductory-level printmaking class.
- Engaging in a series of lunchtime lectures about your own work and that of your peers during your second year—providing you the opportunity to present your work to the student population and learn the processes and philosophies of your peers.
The cornerstone of SAIC’s graduate studio program is its focus on tutorially guided studio practice. Each semester in addition to selecting from graduate advisors in the department, you will select from more than 100 graduate faculty advisors at SAIC, representing a myriad of disciplines, approaches, and intellectual positions. Ultimately, it is the student's work that drives the choice of advisor, and both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work is supported and advanced. Faculty from the academic programs in Art History, Arts Administration and Policy, Art Education, and Visual and Critical Studies also serve as graduate advisors, providing yet more expertise in support of SAIC Graduate Projects.
Critique Week, one of the principle means of assessment each semester, is a week-long schedule of critiques during which classes are suspended and the entire faculty and invited visiting artists and designers assemble into panels that conduct intensive studio critiques with all studio and writing graduate students.
Fall semester critiques are organized by department, with panels representing the discipline. They provide you an opportunity to have your work evaluated by the department, look at your work from a disciplinary point of view, and reinforce the expectations for your graduate study.
Spring semester critiques are interdisciplinary, with panel members of faculty, visiting artists, and peers from across SAIC departments. Interdisciplinary critiques in the spring semesters allow for a broader range of responses to the work, and are intended to assess the success of your work for a more general, yet highly informed, audience.
Studio critiques are required of every full-time graduate student pursuing an MFA in Studio or Writing degree. Typically, SAIC graduate students have at least four critique panels throughout their studies at SAIC, augmenting biweekly tutorials with their graduate advisors.
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