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Printmaking MA

Learn about the course below
January 2021
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£8,500 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Steve Mumberson

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry is January 2021

Recent developments in digital printing have inspired a new generation of printmakers, combining modern and traditional approaches and revolutionising the field. On our MA Printmaking you will develop your own unique approach through practical work, research and critical understanding of your practice. The course will prepare you for working with innovative new materials and applications.

Why study MA Printmaking at Middlesex University?

Our Ma Printmaking is a highly practical course 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. The fusion of hand-made and digital forms provides the opportunity to explore a wide range of new and intermixed printing practices.

You will be taught by a diverse range of printmaking academics and industry professionals in the world-class facilities and specialist workshops in our £80 million Grove building, the home of arts and creative industries at Middlesex. 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.

Course highlights

  • Access to innovative software and equipment in our art and design facilities including 3D printers, large format digital printer, dark rooms, photographic studios, laser cutters and metalwork workshops
  • An exhibition of your work in central London to create networking opportunities and build art and creative industry contacts in a professional environment
  • Direct access to London's art world with valuable creative links to a range of galleries, printmakers, businesses, libraries and collections
  • Access to international networking and academic opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MA Printmaking?

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 course 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.

In the print workshop there is a large collection of metal and wood type, the possibility of working with printed textiles, and other unconventional approaches to printmaking. You can also learn to use the CAD workshop, including laser-cutting machines and several different 3D printers.

What will you gain?

You will have direct applied experience of relief, silk screen, lithography, etching and printing as well as modern digital printing techniques. You will have experience of making, displaying and promoting your printwork to a professional standard. You will also develop the skills to undertake detailed contextual research which will inform your work.

You will gain expertise in printmaking which can be applied to design, craft and other forms of art work. You will also gain a broad knowledge of printmaking history and practice which you will be able to apply to all your future creative practice and research. The course will give you a professional grounding toward a future career in printmaking or any other artistic or creative industry.

  • Modules

    • Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 Credits)

      In this module you will explore a chosen area of printmaking in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. You’ll 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.

    • Critical Debates – Term 1 (30 Credits)

      In this module 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.

    • Printmaking and Exhibition – Term 2 (30 Credits)

      In this module you will propose and create a body of printed work supported by a clear and contextualized written report on the outcomes. You’ll explore and define a printmaking practice from a design, illustration or fine art practice while engaging with new methods of presentation, such as 3D printing and installation.

    • Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 Credits)

      In this module you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to printmaking research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module will enable you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in printmaking, and the contemporary research problems they face.

    • Major Project – Term 3 (60 Credits)

      Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. You will produce a substantial body of practice work for external public exhibition, supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MA Printmaking taught?

This course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Teaching combines practical and theoretical approaches to printmaking, and employs lectures, seminars, reading groups and practical projects.

You will attend lectures to facilitate discussion on key materials, explore concepts and theories, and examine case studies. Seminars are student-led sessions in which you will explore ideas in discussion, carry out practical tasks and practice research skills. In group and individual tutorials you will receive feedback from your tutors on work in progress and discuss your ideas for specific module assignments and projects.


Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be entirely assessed by coursework including practical projects, oral presentations and supporting written work. There are no exams.

You will be assessed at the end of each module, progressing towards the final project. The final project module is assessed on a 3,000 word critical essay covering the ideas, sources, practical production and completion of your studio work.

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How will the MA Printmaking support your career?

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 you graduate.

As a graduate of MA Printmaking you'll be equipped for a diverse range of careers within the print, creative and cultural industries, including:

  • Professional Printmaking Artist
  • Teaching in academic, community access print workshop or schools
  • Edition or print studio printer
  • Print Studio Manager
  • Independent Printmaker
  • Print Publisher
  • Independent Book Arts Printer/Artist
  • Museum worker
  • Print researcher, historian, writer or critic
  • Exhibition organiser
  • Independent Printmaking Public Lecturer
  • Museum Printmaking Curator

The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art and Design building, The Grove, 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:

  • 3D workshop
  • Ceramics workshop
  • Digital darkroom with 56 Apple Mac stations
  • Digital media workshop
  • Textiles workshop
  • Typographic fonts in print workshop
  • Print workshop
  • Reprographics and digital output
  • Jewellery and small metals workshop
  • Large-format Epson printers
  • Colour darkrooms
  • Black and white/colour wet processing darkroom
  • Photographic studios with 'Colorama' systems

Steve Mumberson MA (RCA)
Associate Professor in Painting and Printmaking, Programme Leader MA Printmaking

Steve Mumberson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and a member of committee at the Printmaker Council. He has worked on printmaking collections around the world and has written on printmaking education, its practice and particular printmakers. Steve has won silver medals at the Master Cup and the Gold Panda contest and was awarded a Humorists' Prize at the 5th Red Man International Humour Art Biennale in Beijing. At present his main interests are in digital printmaking and 3D printing as well as combining these with traditional methods to make unconventional prints.

Dr Alexandra Kokoli
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture

Alexandra Kokoli's interests are situated within feminist art history, theory and practice, particularly the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis, gender politics of popular visual culture and contemporary feminist movements. She is author of The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice (Bloomsbury, 2016) and editor of Feminism Reframed (Cambridge Scholars, 2008) and The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts by Susan Hiller (1977-2007) (JRP Ringier, 2008).

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