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Printmaking: Etching, Photo Polymer and Relief (Mixed Level)

Course Description

You will learn about and use a wide range of printmaking processes to produce your own original prints, including photo polymer, monoprinting, etching, lino printing, dry point, chine colle and relief printing. Beginners can follow structured projects to learn new techniques and processes. More experienced learners will be able to pursue and develop their own ideas and projects and will be offered optional structured projects designed to stretch and challenge.

Location: Kentish Town

Course Requirements

All level welcome.

Course Content

The studio is equipped with a full range of etching and relief printing equipment to allow you to work with line etching (soft and hard ground), aquatint, spit-bite, carborundum, sugar lift, drypoint, multi-plate and colour printing, photo etching, photo polymer, chine colle and relief printing. Students are able to work on their own projects, alongside an optional programme of technical workshops and projects. Students are encouraged to apply for external exhibitions and courses as well as WMC exhibitions. You will be encouraged to build and learn new techniques and develop your creative practice. Five week courses allow for flexible individualised learning so that you can choose your starting point at any time in the year. We recommend that you consider enrolling for a whole term (10 weeks) or for the full year to really get into your subject and hone your skills.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Learning will take place on each students own terms at his or her own pace. Interest in each others work will be encouraged by means of a group discussion and critique at the end of each session. You can expect a range of learning methods including: Individual and group tuition Practical demonstrations of methods Practical assistance with methods Advice and possibilities for developing work Group discussion and review of work Handouts 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, films 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.

Additional Information

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

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for 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
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572