MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking
Please note that new student recruitment to the part time route of this course has been suspended for the September 2021 and 2022 intakes. Applications for 2023 part time should be made from October 2022.
Page last updated 16 September 2021
The course benefits from the extensive facilities and reputation of UWE's Print Centre, with active links to the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) - bringing research expertise, valuable placement opportunities, and access to related symposia, conferences and exhibitions.
MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at UWE Bristol is best known for its experimental, forward-thinking approach to printmaking today and the future of the printed artefact. With a focus on making, you can explore and experiment with a diverse mix of traditional and emerging fine art printmaking media and develop ideas through processes such as laser cutting, enamelling, electronics, wood engraving and lithography.
You will study alongside a broad base of students with diverse backgrounds in a professional, well-connected, research-active environment with full access to specialist facilities (some of the best in the country) and support from highly regarded master printers, practicing artists and researchers.
Why study this course?
This course is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media, production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.
Engaging with Creative Industries
This degree is an ideal springboard for professional artist-printmakers looking to extend their practice and also for those with less print-based experience to explore and experiment creatively, and gain valuable real world experience through the Professional Practice module.
Active links with the CFPR brings research expertise, opportunities for placements and access to associated symposia, conferences and exhibitions.
You will study in a creative, vibrant city with active arts communities and opportunities for collaboration and public engagement and gain valuable industry-insight from high profile visiting speakers from creative industries including Emma Stibbon, Sue Gregor and Otto Graphic.
Visit our Flickr gallery to see examples of past work from UWE Bristol students and hear on Youtube about Rachel's experience as a former MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking student.
The MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking course gives you a unique opportunity to develop a range of creative, conceptual, technical and professional skills. The course is made up of five modules:
- Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking (30 credits) - This workshop-based module provides a solid introduction to studio practice and to each other. You will explore facilities and resources for lithography, etching, screenprint, relief print, textile print, fabrication and begin to negotiate a programme of independent study.
- Research Practice (30 credits) - Primarily concerned with building academic skills, this module offers 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 for Practice; Critical Research' Research in Enterprise (in the Creative Industries).
- Developing Practice (30 credits) - You will utilise and build upon skills gained in your first two modules to develop and realise a practical, self-directed printmaking project. You will have regular opportunities to experiment and play whilst developing an understanding of the field.
- Practice in a Professional Context (30 credits) - This module allows you to explore your practice within or alongside a professional placement/project/experience (usually external) which complements your particular abilities and interests. You will gain first-hand experience of the professional arena whist negotiating your own programme of study in a professional context.
- Extended Practice (60 credits) - Building on the expertise gained during your study, you will develop a body of work that demonstrates mastery of your subject, culminating in the end of year degree show.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Students are taught through a combination of seminars, technical workshops, lectures and independent self-directed study. Students learn from each other through presentations and open portfolios and guest speakers bring valuable real-world insight to the course.
There is strong emphasis on developing your creative, conceptual, technical and professional skills with support and guidance on careers and developing your own practice.
For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Students may join the course 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. If you are studying part-time, all taught elements of this course are on a Thursday.
A semester is a 15-week period of study and generally runs September to January and February to June. Studies culminate in the degree show.
You will be assessed on your body of practical work, contextually supported by the critical journal. For the Research Practice module you will be assessed on a presentation and written essay.
For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.
Studying at Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for students within the exciting City Campus that connects teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries, student support services, as well as the extensive resource base that make up the facilities and resources. You will also have the opportunity of studying and accessing facilities at other sites within City Campus. This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol City Centre.
Find out more about the fantastic facilities UWE has to offer.
You will have the opportunity to explore your practice through a self-initiated placement/project/experience as part of the Practice in a Professional Context module. You will gain valuable insight into the professional arena and use your knowledge and skills to further develop your practice and future career aspirations.
The placement experience is self-initiated and could involve working either locally, nationally or internationally. Past placements/projects have involved developing and delivering public printmaking workshops, volunteering with charities, gallery stewardships, creating portable print studios, undertaking artist-residencies, working with independent studios, artists, schools and colleges, and internships at the CFPR.
Others have gained inspiration from time spent stargazing in Arizona, joining a circus, hot air ballooning, working locally assisting in etching classes at Spike Print Studio the largest open access print studio in the South West, or organising and curating group exhibitions.
Awards and scholarships
We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements both during their time at UWE and post-graduation. Many are nominated for, and some go on to win, prestigious awards such as the Craft Council Hot House 4 and 5, a competition for all makers in the UK, and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers Prize. Others are awarded Arts Council grants, bursaries and scholarships both locally and nationally both during and following the completion of their degree, including the Peter Reddick bursary at Spike Print in Bristol.
UWE is also pleased to offer prospective MA students the highly competitive 3D3 Masters Scholarship, an AHRC funded collaboration with Falmouth University and Plymouth University to train a new generation of interdisciplinary practitioner-researchers.
The course is delivered by staff from the Centre for Fine Print Research with regular contributions from other CFPR staff, visiting lecturers and alumni.
A mutually beneficial relationship exists between research staff at the CFPR and MA Printmaking students, with current student internships including artists' books, laser cutting and digital print.
The Centre for Fine Print Research has been working with staff and MA Print students for almost three decades, to produce an annual show of limited edition prints.
Careers / Further study
Our students are taught by practicing artists and researchers, bringing skills and expertise exclusively to those at Postgraduate level.
Many of our graduates enter or continue employment in the creative industries in professional studios, as self-employed artists, illustrators and designers running their own businesses or in teaching in both formal and community education programmes.
Spike Print Studio in Bristol, the largest open-access print studio in the South West, employs six alumni (including the studio director). Others are employed at national print studios or have established their own professional studios, for example The Lemonade Press in Bristol.
Some students also progress to PhD study at UWE Bristol, through the CFPR.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2021. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.
We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.
We are looking for highly motivated creative students from a range of art, media and design backgrounds. Usually applicants will have an undergraduate degree in the Visual Arts but those with other academic qualifications or professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages.
All applicants are carefully reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. You will be asked to bring with you examples of your creative work and a statement of intent. Skype or telephone interviews will be arranged for international applicants.
English Language Requirement
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades please visit English Language requirements.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our pre-sessional English Programme.
How to apply
We accept applications throughout the year but if you are working to a funding deadline, you should build this into your application process.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333