The UC Santa Cruz Art Department offers an outstanding undergraduate print media Program. Our curriculum introduces students to a full spectrum of traditional and contemporary print media practices. Courses provide students with access to state of the art digital facilities as well as a wide range of traditional printmaking equipment for intaglio, stone and plate lithography, relief and mixed media and screen printing. Through lectures, class discussions and individual contact with Printmaking faculty and staff, students receive a grounding in the history of the media, contemporary theory, and encouragement to develop their own ideas.

We also share a newly completed Digital Arts Research Center, which fosters creative work in new media and technology. Further information about the Art Department can be found on our website.

Facilities include:

  • Two press rooms including:
    • four lithography presses
      (two large Takach, one large Griffin, one small Brand)
    • four etching presses
      (two large Brand presses, one small Brand, one small Griffin)
    • two type-high relief presses
    • intaglio acid room with two upright ferric chloride baths
    • intaglio aquatint room with air compressor box
    • large selection of lithographic stones ranging from small to very large
    • ample work surfaces, print drying racks, blotter systems
    • excellent natural lighting
    • excellent air ventilation system
  • Curating Room with ample clean work surface area and large flat file drawers for each student
  • Relief and Book Arts Room housing two letter presses and bookmaking equipment
  • Dark room with a large exposure unit for litho, intaglio, and screen photo processes
  • Access to the department’s state-of-the-art digital facilities equipped with scanners, Apple Computers and large format Epson inkjet printers
  • Secure locker storage for each printmaking student
  • Plate storage for each student
  • Metal plate cutter, mat board/book board cutter, paper cutters, mat bevellers
  • Printmaking tool checkout system
  • Paper Store conveniently located next to the Print Studio offering a wide selection of fine art papers and other basic printmaking and drawing supplies at competitive prices