1st year

Your journey starts in the Foundation program where you will explore new techniques and find passions that you never knew you had.

2nd year

  • Relief & Monoprint
  • Etching
  • Drawing Applications for Printmaking
  • Silk Screen
  • Lithography
  • Digital Applications for Printmakers

3rd year

  • Dimensional Printmaking
  • Junior Print Seminar
  • Color in Printmaking
  • Advanced Printmaking I
  • Internships

4th year

  • Advanced Printmaking II
  • Professional Practice
  • Printmaking Senior Thesis
“The most important lessons I learned from the Art Institute are simple but really powerful, and I feel they drive everything in my creative life.”

Kelly Porter (‘97 Printmaking)

Printmaking Faculty

KCAI faculty are artists, designers and scholars in their fields.


East Building

In the Printmaking school, you’ll engage in a dynamic interchange involving studio narrative, collaboration, professional practice, and digital media possibilities and concepts. Minimal graphic experience is required, as is a strong sensibility in drawing and form.

The department will provide a shared student studio and gallery as well as most of the consumable materials for printing with studio fees.

  • Intaglio, relief, and lithography presses
  • Vandercook and clamshell letterpresses
  • Plate exposing tables 
  • CNC routers
  • Photopolymer developing unit
  • 3D printer
  • Desktop laser cutter
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Lithographic stones, with recent additions from Tamarind Institute

Career Paths + Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Printmaking program now work as professors, curators, business owners and leaders, educators, and artists across the country. Recent graduates also have become publishing and commercial printers as well as printmaking-based artists.

KCAI printmaking majors have worked or interned for Vahalla Studios, Zahner, Two Tone Press, Studios Inc., Hammer Press, Lawrence Lithography, Landfall Press, Porter Teleo, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, KC Ink and Paper Center for the Arts, design studios and fine art galleries.

KCAI's Professional Practice Center will help you prepare for your career.

Road Roller Day

Road Roller Day is an annual community event where students create large scale woodcut prints presses with an industrial steam roller.

Printmaking Alumni

Printmaking alumni are leaders in their fields.

kelly porter Kelly Porter ('97 Printmaking)
ellen carey Ellen Carey (‘75 Printmaking)
image-asset Matthew Garcia ('12 Printmaking)