Course Title: Printmaking Process and Concept 1A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Printmaking Process and Concept 1A

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Richard Harding

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 99251035

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 49.2.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces students to the notion of process itself as foundation for conceptual investigations in art, and in particular the rich possibilities offered in this area by printmaking. Via practical demonstrations you will be introduced to the inherent properties in printmaking processes that encourage an innovative and responsive approach to art practice, with a focus on relief (lino and wood block) and intaglio (etching), and digital image manipulation. The course is also designed to motivate and involve students in analytical thinking about visual perceptions, and to engage in objective evaluation and study. A set of related projects will address the notion of process driven art making, materials and methods of production, the role of presentation, and health and safety issues within the print studio.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop a level of technical competence in a range of printmaking processes as well as develop an understanding of the unique aesthetic and conceptual possibilities offered by process driven art making, particularly those inherent in print media. Studio sessions will enable you to investigate conceptual and aesthetic problems to increase an awareness of and give expression to projects, and to develop safe handling techniques. You will also be encouraged to develop working and thinking methodologies that assist in extending conceptual parameters and establishing research skills, as well as establish an understanding of printmaking’s role within contemporary art practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will essentially be studio based via practical class demonstrations and individual consultation with the lecturer. The set projects presented by the lecturer will link a number of printmaking processes to a responsive approach to art making, and encourage an investigation of the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities offered by process itself. Students will also conduct individual visual and technical research and be introduced to written and verbal means of articulating visual projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to professional standard printmaking facilities, a selected range of supplies and equipment, and full time technical staff. RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional printmaking workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible. All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is via folio submission, and is conducted by the lecturer. Details will be available through the lecturer prior to the time of assessment.
The final folio of work should demonstrate technical competence and critical engagement. Back up work should demonstrate both technical and conceptual experimentation, as well as engagement with contemporary art practice.