MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate
Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking

Art students in classroom setting

About this course

  • Entry year: 2014/15
  • Course code: WW1212
  • Applications: University
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Department: Creative Industries
  • Campus: Bower Ashton
  • Duration: MA: 18 months full-time, 36 months part-time; Postgraduate Diploma: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
  • Delivery: Part-time, Full-time
  • Programme leader: Sarah Bodman


Known for its innovative approach to the production of artworks, artefacts and texts, MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking encourages creative practitioners to develop and explore their ideas through the production of works in multiple formats including printmaking and/or book arts. The course concentrates on 'making' and the comprehension of a wide range of processes through a combination of contextual knowledge and understanding. It gives you a unique opportunity to develop a range of creative, conceptual, technical and professional skills.

The programme is 'modular' allowing the choice, time and flexibility to develop new skills and ambitions. This means that you can adapt your programme of study to best suit your needs. You can also change whether you study full or part-time by changing the number of modules you study each year.

Have a look at work by some of our students on our flickr gallery and read more about Rachel, a former MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking student.

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The programme is made up of five modules.

Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking: 30 credits

This module deals with the wider vocabulary of topics, debates, processes and issues around multi-disciplinary print. It allows you to become familiar with the resources available to you and begin to negotiate a programme of independent study.

Research Practice: 30 credits

Within this module is a series of choices, each of which has specific sets of concerns related to the practice and theory of art, media and design. These options are:

-        Research by Practice

-        Critical Research

-        Research for Enterprise (in the Creative Industries)

Developing Practice: 30 credits

This module builds upon your skills as a practitioner and seeks to develop concepts and ideas through an understanding of the self. It culminates in an illustrated presentation concerned with your work and its context. In this part of the course you will utilise and build upon skills gained in your first two modules. You will use these techniques and knowledge to develop and realise a practical print or book arts project. The parallel development of technical skills and an understanding of the field of printmaking or artists' books is crucial.

Practice in a Professional Context: 30 credits

The emphasis of this module is to explore possibilities outside of the institution and participate in a placement, collaboration, or work experience situation to gain knowledge and understanding of the professional arena. You will have the opportunity to negotiate your own programme of study, which explores and evaluates printmaking or artists' books within a professional context.

The module allows you to explore your practice within or alongside a professional placement/project, which complements your particular abilities and interests. In the majority of cases, this project will take place in collaboration with an external organisation (for example a gallery or museum etc.) but aspects of the project may be conducted within the school.

Extended Practice: 60 credits

Building on the experience gained during your study, you undertake to produce a self directed final project that demonstrates mastery of your subject and contextualises your particular approach to multi-disciplinary printmaking.

The full masters programme comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

Students may join the programme as either full-time or part-time students.

Full-time students typically study for three semesters over 18 months, part-time students study for six semesters over three years. A semester is a 15-week period of study and generally runs September to January and February to June.

Learning and Teaching

This programme will enable you to:

  • Be part of a critical mass of students from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines;
  • Have access to cutting-edge technology, introduced through the research being carried out by the Centre for Fine Print Research
  • Participate in the placement module in order to gain professional practice;
  • Take part in a dedicated postgraduate exhibition. 


All students are assessed by coursework which is submitted for each module. Finished work and work in progress will be included. Illustrated and written presentations of your understanding of the work you have produced will also be submitted through a critical journal.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Special Features


As part of the Practice in a Professional Context module, students are supported in their development as professionals in the creative industries, through self-negotiated placements or internships in external organisations that will aid their careers on completion of the course.

We arrange a regular programme of talks and workshops by visiting national and international artists, for example:

  • Sally Alatalo (Sara Ranchouse), artist/publisher, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, USA
  • Dr Suze Adams, artist, UK
  • Frans Baake, artist, The Netherlands
  • Jan Davis, printmaker, Southern Cross University, Australia
  • Stephen Fowler, artist, UK
  • Sue Gregor, artist, UK
  • Angela Gardner, poet / artist /publisher, NSW, Australia
  • Dr Douglas Holleley, author of Digital Book Design and Publishing, NY, USA
  • Tim Mosely, pulp-printer / artist, silverwattle press, Australia
  • Otto, artist / illustrator, UK
  • John Risseeuw, printmaker, Arizona State University
  • Emma Stibbon, artist, UK
  • Jon McNaught, graphic artist, UK
  • Guy Bebgie, multidisciplinary artist, UK

Free places at conferences, seminars symposia and workshops hosted by the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, are available for our postgraduate students. For a list of previous and forthcoming events you can visit the CFPR website.

Our students are great achievers and are offered opportunities to exhibit nationally and internationally. They have also delivered lectures and workshops in the UK, USA, India, Denmark, Hong Kong and Hungary, and have been awarded many residencies in Europe and the USA.

Careers/further study

Our students are taught by practicing artists and researchers, bringing skills and expertise available exclusively to those at Postgraduate level.

Many of our graduates enter or continue employment in the creative industries in professional studios, or as self-employed artists and designers running their own businesses. For example: Spike Print Studio in Bristol, the largest open-access print studio in the South West, employs four of our alumni, including the studio manager. Others are employed at national studios including Leicester Print Workshop and Cardiff Print Workshop. Alumni have also established their own workshops and professional studios, for example John Lynch's Stereograph workshops or David Abbott's Chesapeake Ltd, Bristol.

They also go on to study at Doctoral level or PGCE qualifications to enter a career in research or teaching. For example: Dr Paul Laidler, completed his PhD in 2011, and is Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR); Cath Fairgrieve is Course Leader in BA Hons Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Coleg Sir Gar / Trinity Saint David's University; Wendy Picken is Head of Art at Katherine Lady Berkley school, UK; Angie Butler is currently a PhD student at CFPR specialising in letterpress and artists' books; and Melissa Olen PhD student, joined CFPR in September 2012 as a researcher to work on the EU funded project Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing.


David Abbott, Director of Chesapeake, a Bristol-based design studio working primarily in digital design and front end development.

Imi Maufe, Imi now lives and works as an artist in Bergen, creating work for residencies, exhibitions, commissions and also running workshops for public audiences, students and school pupils.

Mavina Baker, self-employed artist printmaker - runs professional workshops in woodcut, linocut printmaking and bookbinding techniques in Wiltshire. Mavina also organises art projects for schools and health care groups.

Angie Butler, founder of The Letterpress Etiquette Network at UWE, is currently studying for her doctorate at CFPR investigating contemporary letterpress and artists" books.

Gemma Wright, currently works as the Education and Programme Manager for Leicester Print Workshop and is one half of the Bristol-based collaborative project Artist meets Curator. 

Sue Gregor, a contemporary jeweller, has been profiled in Vogue and awarded Proof of Concept funding by UWE to explore the use of cutting edge laser techniques used by CFPR researchers.

John Lynch, was awarded the Spike Print Peter Reddick Bursary in 2013, to spend a year in their printmaking studios to develop a new body of work.


FeeCost (£) / per year
Full-time home / EU5,150
Part-time home / EU (per 15 credits)429
Full-time offshore10,750
Part-time offshore (per 15 credits)896
Full-time International10,750
Part-time International (per 15 credits)896
Full-time International (per 15 credits)896

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.


Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated creative students from a range of art, media and design backgrounds. Usually applicants will have an honours degree in the Visual Arts but those with other academic qualifications or professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

All applicants are carefully reviewed and are invited to attend an interview. You will be asked to bring with you examples of your creative work and a statement of intent.

There is no official closing date for postgraduate programmes and we accept applications throughout the year. If you are applying to organisations for funding they may have application deadlines by which time you will need to know if you have a place on a course. You should build this deadline into your application process and if you are working to a funding deadline then please let us know.

Overseas Applicants

A representative from the University makes regular visits to Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan and is able to view portfolios and interview students.

If you are unable to meet up with a Bristol UWE visiting representative then please send us your application in the normal way. We will then contact you and advise you where and how to send us some samples of your creative work.

How to apply

There is no official closing date and we accept applications throughout the year.

Applications for this course can be made by using the "Apply for this course link" within the "Next steps" box.

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