Printmaking

The studies leading to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are organised 
in subject areas. The subject areas focus on specific disciplines of fine arts requiring artistic talent and expertise and seek to develop these further. The Academy offers subject areas in sculpture, painting, printmaking and time and space arts. You will choose the subject area during the first year of study.

The Printmaking subject area explores the methods of print media, printmaking, in relation to its tradition, reinterpretations and its significance as a part of contemporary art.

Studies

The instruction in the Printmaking subject area explores the methods of print media, printmaking, in relation to its tradition, reinterpretations and its significance as a part of contemporary art.

The processes of artistic activities are approached as an attitude and outlook that take into consideration the duality of the art of print-making. The printing block and the imprint cre-ated are both present in the process. Tradition-ally, the imprint has referred to a paper print, but in contemporary printmaking it can refer to various other forms. The duality of the approach also results in new practices of contemporary art in the exhibition of printmaking, such as installations, animations and experimental film.

A major part of the studies is made up of the student’s own individual artistic work, with the interaction between the student and teachers and personal discussions as essential features. The objective is to develop the student’s own vision in such a manner that the expression is in control of the method, not vice versa.

The purpose of the subject area of Printmaking is to provide the student with comprehensive skills and knowledge of the expressive possibilities, various methods and material basics of printmaking. Students are challenged to seek their own artistic solutions and expressions. Exhibition visits, lectures and artist introductions, meetings with critics and studio visits are all part of the instruction.

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

The studies leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (lower university degree) aim to provide the student with the artistic, cognitive and theoretical basic abilities and skills required from a visual artist. The degree consists of 210 ECTS credits and should be completed in 3.5 years. After completing their degree, the students have the resources they need to work as visual artists and to carry on to the studies leading to a Master’s degree and lifelong learning.

Master of Fine Arts degree

Master of Fine Arts degree

The Master of Fine Arts degree (higher university degree) aims to offer the students the resources to function as an independent and analytical artist in society and the world. The master’s degree consists of 120 ECTS credits and should be completed in 2 years. Masters of Fine Arts have a thorough command of the instruments of fine arts and an understanding of the current significance and history of those instruments. They are qualified to act as experts and developers of fine arts and are ready to continue to postgraduate education in art.

Applying

If you are interested in studying printmaking, you can apply to the 5.5 year programme leading to Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree or to 2 year programme leading to Master of Fine Arts degree. Students in the 5.5 year programme will choose their subject areas during the first year of study. In 2 year Master programme you will choose your study programme in connection with the admission process.

Applications to both admissions are accepted annually.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff of the Academy of Fine Arts is composed of distinguished artist-teachers who are actively involved in expert and reviewer responsibilities both in Finland and internationally. The instruction at the Academy is complemented by the expertise of its visiting professors, both Finnish and international. The visiting teaching staff hosts thematic workshops and special courses and their instruction offers the students opportunities for expanding their technical skills. Visiting teachers can also take on responsibilities of thesis supervisors, examiners and experts.

 

Tuition at the Academy of Fine Arts accentuates individual, one-to-one instruction that takes place in the student's studio and in the common studio and work facilities. In the student’s own subject area, each student is appointed a tutoring teacher, who keeps a close eye on the student.

 

Through their expertise and professional networks, the teaching staff is able to introduce the students to the field of fine arts in Finland and internationally and also offers an excellent professional basis for working as an artist.

Read Professor Annu Vertanen's profile here

Read Professor Annu Vertanen's profile here

Annu Vertanen (b. 1960) is an internationally renowned printmaking artist, whose work has exhibited around the world. Vertanen has several years of teaching experience, e.g. from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, University of Virginia and University of Wyoming in the USA, Academy of Fine Arts, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

 

Through her teaching, Vertanen hopes to highlight the diverse nature of contemporary printmaking and its ability to pass on information and content: printmaking is not just about aesthetic choices, but also about communication and conveying the message to the public. With this in mind, both industrial printing and printing by hand are possible methods for making art, yet very distinct from each other.

 

In 2014, Vertanen won the international contest Prix de print, arranged by the magazine Art in Print, with her work Breathing Touch. She was awarded the state prize for visual arts the same year.  The decision was made based on her extensive career in developing and expanding the artistic expression in printmaking.

Contact

Email addresses: firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi

 

Coordinator
Inkeri Suutari
+358 46 922 1413

 

Professor
Annu Vertanen

+358 45 636 1600
 

 

Lecturer
Tatu Tuominen
+358 45 657 9667

 

Assistant
Erja Huovila
+358 40 754 2164


Assistant (print lab)
Laura Vainikka
+358 45 657 9929

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