With state-of-the-art facilities and expert guidance from some of the UK's leading academics and technical specialists, our course will enable you to explore both experimental and traditional approaches to printmaking. Using innovative resources for etching, intaglio, lino, letterpress, stone lithography, screenprint, ceramic and 3D printing, you will develop your own unique approach to printmaking through workshop enquiry, research and critical understanding of your practice.
At Middlesex we take a highly practical approach to Printmaking that enables you to explore your interests and enhance your skills through experimentation, research and critical analysis. Flexibly designed to meet the ambitions of students from a wide range of creative backgrounds, including illustration, fine art, and design, our course will equip you with the advanced skills, contemporary knowledge and industry insights you need to develop your own practice to a professional standard.
Based in our £80 million Art and Design School and taught by a diverse range of Printmaking academics and industry professionals, our course features world-class facilities and specialist workshops fitted with both new and traditional equipment. With opportunities to build industry contacts and exhibit your work off-site, you'll also gain the employability skills, exposure and experiences you need to navigate a successful career path in today's competitive creative industries.
Taught by some of the UK's leading practitioners and specialists in Printmaking, Art and Design, this course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own Printmaking interests to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current artistic practice through experimentation, research, analysis, and creative exploration.
The majority of this programme is centred around developing and fully completing a substantial body of print-based work towards an external public exhibition. This will be supported by research reports and regular presentations on the progress of the project.
Through a combination of studio, practice and text-based methods you will explore a chosen area of your Printmaking in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. By the end of this module you'll be able to employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.
Through a series of lectures, seminars and reading groups you'll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of Printmaking. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you'll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.
Using a selection of research methods and studio approaches you will propose and create a body of printed work supported by a clear and contextualized written report on the outcomes. To do this you will explore and define a printmaking practice from a design, illustration or fine art practice while engaging with new methods and forms of presentation, such as 3D printing and installation. By the end of this module you will have developed the advanced knowledge, skills and understanding of specialist and crossover Printmaking practice to enhance and inform your final Major Project.
Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and individual tutorials you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to Printmaking research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module is designed to prepare you for your final Major Project by enabling you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in Printmaking, and the contemporary research problems that they face. By the end of this module you will have produced an illustrated Research Survey demonstrating your investigations and findings.
The final module is an opportunity for you to bring together the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during the course and apply them to a significant project of Printmaking. Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. By the end of this final module you will have produced a substantial body of practice work for external public exhibition, supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art and Design School on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of specialist workshops, digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.
These facilities include:
Take a look at our Art and Design Facilities Gallery to explore our specialist facilities in more detail.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:
Sketchbooks are extremely important. They should be a 'diary' of your thinking and include observational and speculative drawings/sketches communicating a visual sensitivity. We also look for evidence of how you develop and work through your ideas. Include photographs and collected images and importantly your reaction to them, but avoid letting your sketchbooks being merely scrapbooks
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This course will prepare for a diverse range of careers within the print, creative and cultural industries, including expert printmaker, fine artist, illustrator and designer. While this is a new course, we expect our Printmaking graduates to follow in the success of our other Art and Design alumni who are recognised worldwide for their exceptional skills and achievements.
With strong links to art and design employers across the UK and internationally we'll assist you in finding and securing professional opportunities while you study with us and after your graduate.
Steve Mumberson, programme leader for this course, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and a member of committee at the Printmaker Council.
Stephen has worked on printmaking in Africa, Finland, Germany and France. He has also written on printmaking education, its practice and particular printmakers.
At present his main interests are in digital printmaking and three dimensional print. He is also interested in combining these with traditional methods to make unconventional prints.
He has work in collections in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. In recent years, Stephen has been showing in China and has won silver medals at the Master Cup and the Gold Panda contest in Beijing. He was also awarded a Humorists' Prize at the 5th Red Man International Humour Art Biennale, also in Beijing.
Recently Stephen has expanded his interests into 3D printing and the potential for applying 3D imaging through scans to a wider potential of use across programmes, photography, fashion, applied arts, animation and other design subjects.
In the summer of 2015, Steve travelled to south-west France for a stone lithography workshop with his MA Printmaking students. Read his recollections of the trip, which originally appeared in the Printmakers Council's IMPRINT July 2015 issue.
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The tuition fee for MA Printmaking is as follows. The fees below refer to the 2015/16 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £7,000
Part-time students: £47 (per taught credit) £23 (per dissertation credit)
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £12,000
Part-time students: £80 (per taught credit) £40 (per dissertation credit)
AHRC Masters studentships
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) offers funding for some subjects. Find out more.