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Introduction to Printmaking (Beginners/Intermediate)

Course Description

You will learn about and use a wide range of printmaking processes to produce your own original prints, including mono printing, etching, lino printing, dry point, soft-ground etching aquatint, and collagraph printing. You will begin to use a range of printmaking techniques to generate immediate creative results, extend your skills and develop your own ideas. New starters are welcome at any time of year and more experienced learner can pursue their own projects.

Location: Kentish Town

Course Requirements

No previous experience is necessary, though the ability to work safely and with consideration to others is essential as is as an interest in working in a range of print media. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact the Curriculum manager before enrolling, to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this.

Course Content

The course will include an introduction to print processes. Initially these will include mono printing, etching and lino printing. As the year progresses these processes will be extended and new processes introduced, for example dry point, soft-ground etching aquatint and collagraph printing. Handouts will be provided to give you further guidance, focus and structure. Independent exploration is also encouraged. You will gain a basic working knowledge of the techniques covered, as well as some contextual knowledge of their application. You will be encouraged to use techniques learned to experiment and produce your own unique images. In each term, you will develop an understanding of a range of printmaking techniques. You will use these techniques to produce your own original prints, develop your ideas and extend your skills whilst working safely. You will: design and create a simple print; understand and use the health and safety rules for the print studio; evaluate and analyses the success of your own and others work. In term 1, you will be introduced to mono-printing, hard-ground etching, linocut, soft-ground etching, aquatint and collagraph. In term 2, you will extend your etching techniques to include spit-bite aquatint, sugar lift, dry point, carborundum, combining dry-point with hard-ground and counterproof etching. In term 3, you will be introduced to stencil techniques, marble papermaking and embossed printing. You will learn about presentation of original prints and editioning and focus on developing your own ideas to produce a limited edition print.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Handouts, demonstrations, group discussion, 1-to-1 guidance. All resources used within each lesson are available electronically. There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research . Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
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Tel: 020 7241 8572