In addition to your independent studio investigation, collaborative exchanges, and lab research, you'll also participate in critique seminars and on-campus activities with your fellow students. You'll select from a menu of academic courses, such as pedagogy and critical studies topics, to accompany your independent and collaborative work. And you'll be able to choose from a diverse set of courses to fulfill elective requirements.

  • Year One
  • Year Two

Fall semester 1

Course Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar I 3
Print Media Studio with mentor I 3
Pedagogy 3
Elective I 3
Core studio I (choose from either Collaboration & Research Lab or Projects & Exploration) 3

Spring semester 2

Course Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar II 3
Print Media Studio with mentor II 3
Print Media Seminar: Multiples 3
Elective II 3
Core studio II (choose from either Collaboration & Research Lab or Projects & Exploration) 3
First Year Exhibition (Spring Semester)  
First Year Review (End of Spring Semester)  


Course Credits
Print Media Internship (possible 3 credits)  

Fall semester 3

Course Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar III 3
Print Media Studio with mentor III 3
Critical Studies course from elective menu 3
Elective III 3
Core studio III (choose from either Collaboration & Research Lab or Projects & Exploration) 3
Thesis Proposal (End of Fall Semester)  

Spring semester 4

Course Credits
Graduate Critique Seminar IV 3
Print Media Thesis Studio with Mentor 6
Thesis Research & Writing 3
Core studio IV (choose from either Collaboration & Research Lab or Projects & Exploration) 3
Thesis Oral Presentation and Exhibition  

Learning Outcomes

Develop and hone self-directed skills to produce, revise, curate, analyze, and discuss art. Produce a substantial body of work to be displayed as a terminal exhibition that demonstrates international standards at a minimum and ideally, challenges them.

Expand understanding of art in society. Articulate aesthetic inclinations within clearly delineated historical, political, cultural, and power relations.

Engage in the theoretical, philosophical, sociological, aesthetic and historical approaches to art and culture through research, writing and art production.

Forge pathways to active engagement in art communities. Develop graduate level research, production, promotion, communication, and writing skills.

Course Descriptions

Critique Seminar (3 Credits)

This course is taken all four semesters by students in the Print Media program, the Graduate Critique Seminar provides candidates with an intellectual community and critical forum in which they may test, temper, and enlarge the ideas that underlie their artistic goals. The Seminar will meet weekly to critique, in rotation, the work-in-progress of all candidates. The cross-disciplinary nature of the conversation is meant to foster the widest possible dialogue among artists, encourage divergent thinking and discourage the easy acceptance of received notions. The seminar will also include lectures, critiques, and discussions with Visiting Artists/Scholars/Critics. The Seminar is led by one of the MFA in Print Media faculty, who may also enlist other faculty members, as well as visiting artists, critics, and scholars, to join discussions and critiques. Students may also be assigned critical readings to prepare for presentation and discussion, and class meetings would be supplemented by lectures and performances of visiting artists to PNCA, as well as by trips off-campus to exhibitions and performances locally and beyond.

Print Media - Graduate Studio (3 credits)

This three credit course is designed to support each student in Print Media to meet with an individual mentor for the semester. During each weekly meeting, students will discuss their progress and growth in their individual or collaborative creative processes and move towards the proposal and thesis experience. Demos, studio visits and field trips can take place in the weekly meetings and is designed to support each student in their current mode of making. Mentor pairing is discussed in collaboration with the program chair prior to the semester starting.

Graduate Printmaking: Projects and Explorations (3 credits)

This semester-long course provides a graduate level approach to various printmaking practices supporting research, collaboration, creativity, and craft. Students will explore projects as experiments to their specific practices. Processes will include both analog and digital systems while exploring ways to define prints as objects, multiples, and editions. Students will be required to conduct research and presentations throughout the semester.

Collaboration & Research Lab

This Print Media studio course provides an experimental laboratory experience supporting collaboration and creativity. Students will work directly on a series of collaborative projects with visiting artists and community groups in the Watershed Center and print studios. Galleries, Museums, and non-profit institutions join us and the artists on evolving projects that we support and coordinate both in class and throughout the semester. Topics around professional practice, publishing, and advanced issues in Print Media will be covered throughout the semester and supported by field trips and guests.

The MFA Capstone


MFA candidates in Print Media are paired with individual mentors to support them through their capstone projects. Students work both independently and collaboratively, supported by the guidance of faculty and peers.

The program cultivates multiple pathways toward possible careers in small press, commercial fabrication, publishing, fine art presses, and teaching, in addition to individual studio art practice.

To support this, the program has strong connections with regional and national print and creative production studios with opportunities for professional development.

Our students benefit from a dynamic national and international roster of visiting creative practitioners and industry specialists. Students can also pursue teaching assistantships, internships, and community-based practicums for hands-on learning experiences.


Reach out to MFA in Print Media Chair, Matthew Letzelter, to schedule a tour or to learn more about the program.

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