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Fine Art MA (Printmaking)

Learn about the course below
January 2022
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,000 (UK) *
£14,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Steve Mumberson

This course will now start in January 2021 as we've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support to do your best with this later start date.

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 Fine Art (Printmaking)* at Middlesex University?

Our MA Fine Art (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

*This course is subject to review

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What will you study on the MA Fine Art (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 (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 – (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.

    • Studio and Exhibition (30 Credits)

      Module description coming soon.

    • Advanced Research – (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 – (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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. 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 Fine Art (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.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2021

If you’re a new student for January 2021, your teaching will start online due to national lockdown restrictions. We plan to start in person teaching on campus sometime after mid-February when the lockdown ends. When restrictions are lifted, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online


Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

5 hours (part-time)

10 hours (full-time)


Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours (part-time)

10 hours (full-time)


On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

2 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place


Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

5 hours (part-time)

10 hours (full-time)


Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

5  hours (part-time)

10 hours (full-time)


On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

1-2 hours


Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

2  hours (part-time)

4 hours (full-time)

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.


You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

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How will the MA Fine Art (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 Fine Art (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

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).

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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