The Print Media program creates a context for students to negotiate the challenging and complex issues embedded in the making of contemporary printed images. It historically grows out of an experimental approach to image making that was closely aligned to both the kinetic practice of drawing and the mechanical possibilities inherent in photography as a way of extending the traditional intaglio, lithographic and relief print processes. Ideas inherent to the process of printmaking such as reproduction, proofing, translation, transfer, synthesis, collage, recombination and recomposition translate, in digital technologies, into ideas of layers, resampling, remixing, reprocessing and improvisation.
This relationship between the static space of the printed page and the dynamic temporal space of the computer becomes the ground for inquiry common to all courses taught in the area of Print Media, opening the way for the image to be experienced as both physical and electronic processes. Through diverse perspectives that focus on a range of fundamental aspects of printmaking processes and forms of the print, our courses offer experiences that provide the tools to understand print media within a contemporary framework.
The area of Print Media is supported by a state-of-the-art, digital and traditional print facility that provides students with an extensive opportunity to participate in the exploration of the most current print technologies including several wide format digital printers, a computer networked image setter for color separations and hand and offset lithographic presses.
Work takes various forms including the printed page, wide format digital prints, the electronic and traditional books, various combinations and formats of moving and still images that might include text, sound and interactive components, CD, DVD and extended print installation forms. When explored within the context of print media, electronic forms such as CD and DVD production become an expanded form of print; the simultaneous presence of a web page in multiple locations at any given time becomes a form of time based edition. These linkages in the concepts, languages and processes that shift across boundaries and disciplines provide an approach to print media that inspires an experience of exploration intrinsic to the philosophy of the Division of Expanded Media.