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  • Objectives
    The MA will offer you the opportunity to develop a project from proposal to final exhibition. You will be asked to research the content, materials and technical skills appropriate to your project, and produce written as well as practical work exploring your chosen subject area and relationship to contemporary practice. We expect you to be well grounded in relevant aspects of printmaking and be able to define and debate your study proposals. Individual programmes are negotiated and supervised throughout the course in tutorials with specialist academic staff. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues. MA Printmaking is part of the postgraduate community at Camberwell and there are a number of ways in which the MA courses interact, most notably through research skills and career development. There is also a shared lecture programme, which draws upon the richness of researchwithin the College and the University.
  • Academic Title
    MA Printmaking
  • Course description

    Camberwell is widely regarded as the place to study printmaking, boasting an international reputation for the quality of work and teaching. The success of the course is due to its exploration of printmaking as a medium in its own right and its relationship to wider contemporary practices. It responds to current debates about the role of skill and authorship in the creation of artworks, and about the notion of the unique work of art. Printmaking technologies are being utilised by artists in more varied and experimental approaches than ever before. Camberwell is investing in both traditional and digital methods to enable development of ideas through print media. You will have the opportunity to investigate the subject in a contemporary critical context as well as a wider historical perspective. You will be encouraged to develop technical skills, sharpen your critical and contextual thinking and widen your professional knowledge. The course promotes an innovative approach to traditional and digital media, and introduces all forms of autographic printmaking including intaglio, lithographic (plate and stone), relief, screen -printing and computergenerated processes.

    Course Highlights
    During the year students are encouraged to exhibit work both within the University and externally in London. In 2006 students took part in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Prints on the Run Symposium and this was followed by visits to the museum’s print collection and talks with the curator. Visiting lecturers and artists run workshops and seminars, in 2006/2007 this included Faisal Abdu-Allah, Stephen Chambers, Judith Goddard, Rebecca Salter, Louise Short, Mark Harris, Denis Masi and Oona Grimes.

    MA Printmaking Staff

    The course team includes Subject Leader Francis Tinsley who co-curated Running Away to Sea, an exhibition of the illustrative works of Edward Ardizzone. Francis has also exhibited at the Sorak International Biennale, South Korea, the Scoula Del Arte, Bologna, and the London Open International Print Biennale.        

    Mike Taylor is the founder of New Hoxton Workshops, Paupers Press and Tricorne Publications. Oona Grimes has recently exhibited at the New York Public Library, the Sherman Gallery in Boston, Atelier 22 in New Delhi, Agart World Print Festival in Ljubliajana, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Stella Whalley is the founder of Sugar Pink Publishing. She has recently exhibited at Caligrama Merce Marques Gallery in Barcelona and the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.

    The critic and curator Paul Tebbs, whose writing regularly appears in Sourse, Afterimage and Art Review leads the Postgraduate Professional Development unit.

    In 2003, the quality of postgraduate learning at Camberwell was officially recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency, the higher education standards authority. The spirit of challenge engendered by the college's postgraduate community and its capacity to incorporate both traditional and new technologies won special praise. The QAA found our teaching to be current, responsive to students' needs and informed by staff research and professional practice.

    Postgraduate Professional Development Programme
    Your MA at Camberwell includes the chance to improve your research and career development skills. You’ll have access to workshops in IT skills, individual and group tutorials for discussions on professional issues, and tutor-led seminars. This unit is an integral part of all MA courses at Camberwell, providing a critical perspective on research and practice. It introduces the students to key principles of research and equips them with the skills necessary to pursue their professional development.

    Career Prospects

    Printmaking students will have a wide range of creative career destinations open to them, from practicing artist or freelance designer, to working in education or research. Graduates go on to teach in higher education at graduate and postgraduate level, establish successful print workshops such as Artichoke Print workshop and East London Printmakers, work in editioning prints and exhibit both in the UK and abroad. We will also encourage groups of artists from within the MA programme to exhibit and curate together after graduation.

    Entry Requirements

    -A good honours degree in a related subject
    -Portfolio and/or slides of supporting work
    -International students must show proof of IELTS level 7 or above in English on enrolment
    -Project proposal

    Project Proposal
    Application for MA courses is by proposal. You’ll need to include with your application form a short proposal outlining your project, the research question it will address, its context, your methodology and the resources you would like to draw upon. Your project will need to be sustained to completion by a combination of independent study and tutorial advice. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.

    The Project Proposal should outline:

    -Research Question - What are you proposing to discover or explore?
    -Context - What work, both theoretical and practical, relates to your project?
    -Methodology - What methods will you employ to research your project?
    -Resources - What equipment, facilities and expertise will you require to carry out your research?

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