Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Printmaking 5 - Print Directed Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  Sketchbook and related research material  100%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  Portfolio Submission including: Portfolio of Prints   100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Produce a portfolio of prints that clearly demonstrates experimentation and proficiency in processes of printmaking as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a body of research that includes sketchbook, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas
c) Sustain working and resolution of editioned prints
d) Identify and develop techniques and processes of printmaking that are appropriate to their work
e) Identify clearly, artists, practice, processes and issues that are of relevance and pertinence to their own work
f) Maximize full use of the studio facilities and time for working towards resolution of prints

Brief description

This module which runs concurrently with AR32040 Printmaking 6 aims to promote self-directed study and emphasises the need for sustained and focussed workshop-based activity. Tutorial support is given on a one-to-one basis and a number of demonstrations in advanced printmaking techniques are offered ? as required. A professional approach to printmaking is expected and considerable commitment outside of timetabled sessions is required if a full programme of research is to be engaged upon. For the module students are expected to research and develop a strong conceptual or thematic basis for their work using subject matter that is meaningful and important to them. Development of subject matter may derive from work carried out at Level 2 or may initiate from newly formed ideas and aspirations. Definition of appropriate subject matter is determined by discussion between the student and tutor and a programme of research and development is then suggested and agreed. For Single honours Students, this programme of research is closely allied to work that is completed for AR30620 Research and Process in Practice and it is important to realise that one module will inform the other.Students are expected to produce a portfolio of prints and associated sketchbook of drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Completed prints should be executed with high regard to presentation and printmaking convention and wherever appropriate ? work should be fully editioned and presented in a professional manner.


This module promotes self-directed study and focuses upon the conceptual and practical aspects of art practice, the ideas and subject matter, processes, systems, frameworks and precedents governing the processes of making art. Specifically in this module, students concentrate upon developing an experimental approach to the production of printmaking, researching, testing out ideas, formats and methods and refining their practice in preparation for work on the final exhibition.


Research and Print Directed Practice

  • Group Seminar: Researching Lines of Enquiry in Theme and Technique
  • Importance of sketchbooks, research into appropriate modes of working
  • Prints from the University Collection and UWA Student Archive
  • Mid Term Review and Critique of Student Work
  • Portfolio Submission and Examination Guidelines
Studio Demonstrations (as required)

The emphasis of the module is upon experimentation in a variety of printmaking media and techniques - many of which will have been experienced during Modules studied at Level 2 that will enable students to develop a personalised mode of working. Opportunity to learn new or more advanced skills can be arranged as required and from the following:
  • Adobe Photoshop: Digital Printmaking
  • Adobe Photoshop: Digital applications in traditional printmaking
  • Photo-Etching Techniques
  • Colour Viscosity Etching
  • Mezzotint
  • Wood Engraving
  • Reduction Technique in Lithography
  • Aluminium Plate Lithography
  • Positive and Negative Photo Plate Lithography
  • Waterless Lithography

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and professional conduct in the production of a portfolio of prints
Information Technology development of graphic IT skills through use of digital imaging programmes such as Adobe Photoshop
Problem solving development of practical printmaking skills and problem solving in aspects of printmaking and in through research
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to printmaking and gives expression to the development of a personal statement
Subject Specific Skills developing skills of print editioning and presentation development of self-management, time management and use of studio facilities for completion of self-directed project work development of awareness of related health and safety issues
Team work development and encouragement of team work and student interaction occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars


This module is at CQFW Level 6