Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking

Learn age-old and contemporary printmaking concepts and techniques and build your career as a professional artist with Temple’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Recognized as one of the nation’s best programs by U.S. News & World Report, students gain access to world-class facilities, exceptional faculty, and strong local and national professional networks that help propel a graduate’s career.

This 126-credit hour undergraduate program teaches the fundamentals of the four printmaking disciplines (relief, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen) before students choose at least two to explore in depth. Advanced studies immerse students in color techniques, photo processes, large-scale printing, installation and digital printmaking.

Gain a uniquely sophisticated sensibility as you work with award-winning faculty, all of whom are practicing artists, as well as Master of Fine Arts students in group studios. Tyler’s printmaking program emphasizes interdisciplinary work by encouraging students to leverage the artistic opportunity around them and to use creative practice to think critically and engage in problem-solving. This collaborative approach results in dynamic work stimulated by the fusion of printmaking with fields such as photography, painting, fibers and sculpture.

Tyler provides access to the resources of a large, public research university combined with the intimacy of a small art school. Printmaking students also take full advantage of the school’s location in Philadelphia, a vibrant art center with a strong printmaking tradition, to find jobs and internships, explore museums and galleries, launch creative practices, start businesses, and earn placements in the most competitive graduate programs.


All undergraduate first-year students at Tyler begin with a yearlong immersion in our foundations program. Foundations is a multidisciplinary curriculum through which students gain knowledge in essential concepts and theories; established principles and practices; and time-honored skills and techniques in the study of art, design and the built environment. Students develop a global understanding of artistic traditions and the role of art and design in society before choosing a major in their second year at Tyler.

In the art programs, including graphic and interactive design, students begin with focused study of drawing, 2D design and 3D design. They explore diverse materials, processes and perspectives—from the traditional and low-tech to the innovative and experimental. This bachelor's degree program is highly structured and intensive, and imparts fundamental studio practices for all visual art. Through the foundations coursework, students gain an academic grounding in the forms, techniques, styles, subjects and symbolism represented in art, architecture and design. Faculty members from across the art and design areas teach the foundations courses, assuring a broad range of experience and diverse viewpoints.

Learn more about the foundations program at Tyler.

Entrepreneurial Studies

In partnership with Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Tyler offers BFA students an entrepreneurial studies option for students who want to learn skills for entrepreneurship—from innovative thinking to how to start a business—as part of their art education. Program coursework is a focused and interdisciplinary blend of art, art history, business, entrepreneurship and other courses as well as open electives. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies gives students the skills needed for success as entrepreneurs in the studio discipline of their choice and the necessary preparation to pursue graduate studies in their studio discipline, entrepreneurship or related professions upon graduation.

Learn more about Entrepreneurial Studies at Tyler.

Classes & Curriculum

The curriculum for the Printmaking Bachelor of Fine Arts is designed to prepare future artists through practice and theoretical approaches.

All BFA students begin with a yearlong immersion in Tyler's foundations program. Advanced courses in the major stress the development of an individual idiom and preparation for the professional world. Students find aesthetic freedom that encourages personal experimentation and the exploration of visual concepts.

Some examples of Printmaking BFA coursework include the following.

  • Advanced Printmaking
  • Art Career Workshop
  • Relief & Monoprint Workshop 
  • Senior Projects Workshop
  • Serigraphy
  • Survey of Printmaking Techniques 

Learn more about the coursework for the Printmaking Major.


Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates


You can focus on Printmaking or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Art Education
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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Fine Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $24,960.00 per year
Out-of-state: $41,496.00 per year


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