M.F.A. in Printmaking



Printmaking concerns itself with the use of the technologies of the reproduction of images in order to create a unique art form. Our program emphasizes individual development within the framework of the ever changing practices of printmaking.

The graduate program in printmaking at the University of Notre Dame is completed in three years, or 60 credit hours and is designed to expose the students to historical, contemporary, critical, and aesthetic issues. Graduate students work closely with faculty in a 3:2 ratio facilitating their growth and professional development, as well as formally interacting with peers through visiting artist seminars, exhibitions and our review process.


Jean A. Dibble

In addition, several other faculty teach related courses including digital photography, art theory and criticism, painting and drawing, the history of printmaking and multi-media.

Research Associate

Heather Parrish


Available 24 hours a day, the printmaking facilities include large, well-lit print labs with ample space to accomplish projects of various sizes. There are two lithographic presses, a Takach and a Brand, plus a large Takach etching press. There are drying boards, a paper-tearing table, large marble and glass ink and work surfaces, etching acids for copper and steel, large and small hot plates, and an aquatint box. In the type shop, there are three Vaodercook presses, as well as a headline and text type, wooden type, a composing table with ample galley tray storage, lead cutters, a board cutter, and a nipping press. The papermaking facilities include a hydraulic press, many moulds and deckles, a variety of vat sizes, paper drying system, and felts. The silkscreen facilities include a high-pressure screen washer, exposure table for photo silkscreen, and water-based inks and additives.

Graduate students receive individual studio spaces. Riley Hall houses a fully-equipped Mac digital lab and the Digital Imaging Studio for high-end scanning and digital printing.


  • Active visiting artist and scholars program
  • The Snite Museum of Art located on campus
  • 90 minutes east of Chicago

Graduate Scholarships

  • Full tuition waivers for up to three years
  • Generous stipends
  • Teaching experience

Past Visiting Artists, Scholars, and Critics

Bruce Boucher
Benjamin Buchloh
Charlie Ray
Lorna Simpson
Eric Fischl
Tom Friedman
Dave Hickey
Magdalena Abakanowicz
Rosalind Krauss
Tony Tasset
Norman Bryson
Laurie Simmons
Bill Viola
Sandy Skoglund
Peter Voulkos
Krystztof Wodiczko
Francesco Buranelli
Tom Friedman
Eleanor Heartney
Duane Michals
Dennis Oppenheim
Barbara Ess
Katherine Kuharic
Eduardo Kac
Suzi Gablik
Krzystof Wodiczko
Andy Grundberg
Judy Chicago
Buzz Spector
Gregory Crewdon
Kerry James Marshall
Victor Margolin
Vanalyne Green

Further Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Art, Art History and Design
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5673


To Apply

Application must be done online. Submit a portfolio of twenty slides through SlideRoom, and send three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and transcripts to The Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to our M.F.A. program. Apply now.

Application Deadline: February 1.

Recent MFA Work


Brooke Vertin – Fallen Behind


Virginia Hungate-Hawk – Intricate Relationships