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Art: Printmaking Certificate Art Total Units: 30
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Art: Printmaking Certificate of Achievement involves the study and practice of the principles of visual communication (line, shape, value, form, texture, space and composition) from a fine arts base. Students will develop original works, explore various concepts, utilize creative problem-solving, and refine printmaking skills. They will study the various problems and potentials of printmaking and will develop ideas and concepts in a variety of print media. Students will use a range of tools, techniques and materials to express their ideas, including etching, dry point, silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, collagraph, embossing, and monotype.

The Fine Arts Certificates of Achievement are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Certificate of Achievement in Printmaking can set up their own studios and sell their work in art galleries, or may work as freelance illustrators. The certificate provides the groundwork for training in the field of artist limited edition, hand-pulled prints. The program gives a basis for possible internships and paid apprenticeships as a studio assistant, or for work in a gallery or art supply store setting. More advanced printmaking students may progress to careers in the arts such as print curatorial work, or print dealing. Those pursuing careers in teaching will enhance their abilities to teach art by completing this certificate.

Students earning certificates could be prepared for employment in a variety of entry-level positions, as mentioned above. Generally speaking, the average rates of pay are relatively low at the entry level, although rates of pay and availability of such jobs vary. Individuals wishing to pursue freelance careers need to be able to combine the regular practice of creative skills with self-promotion and good business practices. A bachelor's or master's degree in art or art history is required for most career positions in museums and galleries. For students interested in an Associate degree, an Art major is available. More information about Art programs can be found at the Art Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate use of art tools, materials and processes;
  2. demonstrate skills in visual analysis by identifying specific formal elements in works of art;
  3. achieve greater awareness of global traditions;
  4. synthesize and apply visual principles in works of art; and
  5. create a portfolio of edition prints.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Art: Printmaking Certificate program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Printmaking Emphasis Requirements

Art Certificate Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ART 3Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
World Art History to 15003.00
ART 1.2 ORWorld Art History Since 15003.00
History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
Printmaking Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
ART 24Introduction to the Art of Prints3.00
ART 27ASilkscreen Printmaking3.00
ART 28ABeginning Etching3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 27BSilkscreen Printmaking3.00
ART 28BIntermediate Etching3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2013

Previous Versions:

Art: Printmaking - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the certificate.

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