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Printmaking Contemporary Practice - BA (Honours) in Fine Art
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
    3 year specialisation following LC110 First Year Art & Design
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?

    This is an exciting and dynamic programme with national and international printmaking partners.  We teach etching, woodcutting, smart plate and stone lithography, silkscreen and collography. These core elements are supported by drawing, digital media, photography and professional practice.  Students can also engage with casting, molding and 3D building workshops as we see printmaking being central to these areas. Class contact hours are 23 hours per week. We are committed to deliver a high level of expertise through a range of exhibitions, events and collaborations that are undertaken annually by both students and staff.

    Programe graduates.

    Our graduates work as independent printmakers, printmaking studio directors, printmaking technicians, interdisciplinary artists, art educationalists, teachers, researchers, curators and graphic artists. Eoin Barry continued to postgraduate level in LSAD and changed his studio based printmaking practice into a form of socially engaged practice based on workshops and collaboration with different publics. As well as teaching Eoin is an educational co-ordinator for the Limerick urban festival Make A Move. His ‘061’ street art project was commissioned by Limerick City Council and has appropriated over 254m of Limerick City. Niamh Fahey’s fine art journey began with a Limerick Printmakers bursary, a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Galway, an internship with the Graphic Studio in Dublin and a residency in Tartu Estonia. After continuing with a multi-disciplinary printmaking Masters in Bristol she began to develop a business from her practice and now realises unique art based projects that involve education. On graduating Declan Shalvey pursued his intrest of graphic illustration  and story telling developing a series of studio press comics that came to the attention of Marvel publishing. His contribtions to  Marvel's graphic titles alongside his own has seen him become one of the most impressive and prolific artists of his generation.

    Programme Staff.

    Led by Fiona Quill we are a team of practitioners and academics offering a wide range of expertise in traditional and digital print formats.  Our students are encouraged to investigate the boundaries of print, explore new paths and combinations and take advantage of the many opportunities we provide to exhibit work while studying.  As printmakers we develop collaborative projects both nationally and internationally alongside regular in house and off site student exhibitions. Study trips to Europe feature each year.  One of our key strengths is the strong relationship we have with the Limerick Printmakers (open access print studio)where many of our students find experience as students and after graduating.

    The programme – an inside view. 

    Year 1-  You will experiance many aspects of  printmaking in workshops and tutorials with printmaking staff as part of a common first year before specialising in a dedicated print elective run by the print programme staff in the second semester.  

    Year 2-  You will be introduced to silkscreen, woodblock, etching and lithography techniques alongside digital workshops including photography as you engage with the printmaking processes through personal projects. 

    Year 3-  This year features exciting off site exhibition opportunities and in the first semester you can avail of Erasmus travel between LIT linked colleges in Europe.  Personal projects further your conceptual development through advanced technical workshops, seminars, and professional practice.

    Year 4-  The final stage of the programme  directs your project towards a graduate show. This is assisted by your tutor and visiting lecturers.  Now your full knowledge of all areas of printmaking come to the fore as you showcase a cohesive body of work supported by a solid critical base for an exciting result.

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