Right after paper was invented in 105 A.D., printmaking began. But, as ancient as its roots may be, this artistic expression is still as invigorating and fresh as ever. As a KCAD printmaking student, you’ll focus on conceptual development and critical thinking. You'll expand on traditional skills, explore your individual style, experiment with different approaches. The BFA candidate review dives into your strengths and weaknesses and helps consolidate your aesthetic direction. And you’ll finish with a cohesive body of work, which you'll get to show off at your BFA exhibition.
No matter your style, you'll have all the resources you need. The printmaking lab accommodates techniques as diverse as woodcut, engraving, etching, screen-printing, and lithography. Use KCAD's well-equipped print lab, or get in the zone in the 24-hour private studio space.
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A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
A problem-solving course which studies the properties and interactions of color and its resulting perceptual effects in pictorial space.
The first course that deals exclusively with the medium of oil painting. Observation of nature and the depiction of solid three-dimensional form in illusionistic space are the central concerns. Emphasis is primarily on still life painting; some figure/portrait painting may be introduced. Also surveys Western painting and the traditional techniques pertaining to that history.
An introduction to the fundamentals of photography using both manually adjustable 35mm film cameras and digital cameras. This course includes black and white film development and darkroom printing as well as digital camera use and basic image manipulation controls using PhotoShop. The aesthetics of photography will be discussed in terms of its history, and artistic and technical advancements. Students must own or have use of a digital camera (prosumer grade or above; camera phones are not acceptable).
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
The process of drawing as observation and conceptualization through eye-hand coordination. Emphasizes linear construction with concern for accurate proportion and simple positive-negative/figure-ground relationships. Includes an in-depth study of linear perspective. (Students who have earned FSU credit for VISC 112 Drawing I, may not use credit earned in KCDR 131 to meet graduation requirements.
Emphasis on development of convincing illusion of three-dimensional objects, through the combined use of line, value, proportion, and composition. This course focuses on the further refinement of the concepts, processes, and techniques introduced in Drawing I. Expanded exploration of perspective, composition, color investigation, media exploration, and idea development within traditional subject matter will be emphasized.
Emphasizes gesture drawing, sighting the figure, basic compositional concerns, precise linear construction, and structural aspects of the figure. Anatomical focus is on the skeletal structure and its effect on surface form. Tonal construction introduced late in the semester.
Emphasizes independent problem solving, refinement of technical skills, and the development of conceptualization processes. Examines contemporary issues, artists, and the significance of content.
An introductory course which explores some of the following media: monotype, relief, intaglio, lithography. Students gain proficiency in printing, proofing, and editioning.
Focuses on choice of the following either unique or in combination: monotype, relief, intaglio or lithography in monochromatic and color printing with introduction to limited digital processes. Emphasizes refining technical skills and conceptual development.
Student focuses on the following either uniquely or in combination: relief, intaglio, digital processes. Emphasizes refining technical skills to develop personal approach to medium and conceptual development towards cohesive body of work.
Students focus on the following either uniquely or in combination: relief, intaglio, digital processes, or lithography. Focuses on the continuation of the development of a cohesive body of work with additional emphasis on quality printing, experimental printing, and content.
Focuses on creation of a cohesive body of accomplished work that displays conceptual continuity, creative decision making, and technical integrity. Includes individual and group critiques. Preparation for thesis exhibition is emphasized.
Emphasizes responsibility for the creation of a cohesive body of accomplished work that displays conceptual continuity and technical integrity. Includes individual and group critiques. The student is required to install a thesis exhibition to complete the BFA in Drawing with Printmaking Focus.
A course that explores the following intaglio printmaking processes: dry point, line etching, aquatint, softground, mezzotint, multiple plate etching. Students gain proficiency in intaglio printing, proofing, and editioning.
A course that fully explores the following relief printmaking processes: linocut, black and white woodcut, multi-block woodcut, color reduction woodcut, wood engraving. Students gain proficiency in relief printing, proofing, and editing.
Explores lithography processes. Students gain proficiency in lithography printing, proofing and editioning.
This course is designed to guide students through the career-oriented aspects of working as a fine artist. Course work will include information on applying for grants and exhibitions, documenting artwork, compiling a resume and applying for graduate school.
A topical course that allows the program to respond to students' interest in a particular area, or other expressed need or capacity to offer a particular topic.
Focuses on an in-depth examination of those strategic points at which social practice, theory, and the practice of art intersect. Students will read from key Postmodernist/Poststructuralist theoretical texts.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
An examination of the concept of Modernism and how it is expressed in Western art and architecture from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 310, History of Twentieth Century Art, may not use credit earned in KCAH 311.)
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
An exploration of the philosophical nature of beauty, art, and taste.
Focuses on the analysis of numerous forms of visual discourse, including their rhetorical effectiveness, impact on audiences, and social/cultural influences.
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Printmaker, screen printer, gallery owner, color expert, archivist, curator, art buyer, appraiser