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Printmaking Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Freedom of expression.

Printmakers, as artists of the 21st century, have extensive possibilities to contribute to a wide range of professions related to the discipline. Design, fibers, painting, photography, film, sculpture and more are closely linked to this tradition. The printmaking area offers traditional and experimental intaglio, relief, letterpress, screenprint, monoprint and monotype experiences. Students explore a wide variety of technical and conceptual approaches to these mediums, developing personal vocabularies and content through the completion of limited editions, broadsides, portfolio exchanges, serial projects and installations. The certificate in printmaking is a stand-alone program and may be taken by any student regardless of major or may be selected by studio art majors as part of their degree. It is ideal for education and design majors wishing to deepen their understanding of the medium, hone typographic skills and explore a wide range of materials. Printmaking processes also offer opportunities to bridge technology in design, and develop sensitivities and awareness in all fields of study. This certificate prepares you for entry-level positions dealing with the production of art, fine art prints, typography and illustration.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong skills in art or design.
  • Are committed to developing your talent.
  • Have a creative, expressive, curious personality.
  • Like to draw.

Career Opportunities

  • Art assistant
  • Art framer
  • Art handler
  • Community art instructor
  • Gallery assistant
  • Independent artist
  • Illustrator
  • Preparator
  • Public artist

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.