Print Media and Photography

The Print Media and Photography program at Kent State University is a vibrant community of artists, scholars, and students — informed by a practice of studio work and research with strong emphasis in critical and creative thinking.

All traditional print forms — relief, intaglio, serigraphy and lithograhy — are introduced in printmaking courses as a foundation for conceptual approaches. Northeast Ohio has a strong history of printmaking, both artistic and commercial, which creates a rich environment for creative practice.  The print media and photography studio space in the Center for the Visual Arts offers a wealth of tools, supporting print techniques such as intaglio, lithography, relief, silkscreen and large-format digital printing. Meanwhile, students can explore traditional and experimental photography in the state-of-the-art darkroom and develop print matrices at the school’s digital fabrication lab. In the program, students learn how to develop printed and photographic works of art through layering, problem solving and thoughtful material applications.

The Bachelor of Arts program in Studio Art offers students a more generalized course of study and the opportunity to pursue a minor. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Studio Art with a concentration in Print Media and Photography is a pre-professional degree intended to prepare students for graduate study.

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The School of Art offers the Master of Arts in Studio Art and Master of Fine Arts degree in Print Media and Photography.  The program aims to strengthen the student’s personal vision through emphasis on the conceptual aspects of the printmaking form.  Enrollment is deliberately kept small enough to make possible the individual instruction deemed essential for a quality professional graduate education.

Taryn McMahon and J. Leigh Garcia are full-time faculty.

Print of overlapping colorful leaves by student Jessica Hokes

Artwork by BFA student Jessica Hokes.

Black and white photograph of a person peering from behind a hanging bedsheet by student Amber Bishop

Artwork by student Amber Bishop.