Printmaking student in the studio.


Explore the traditions of printmaking and book arts within an innovative studio practice.


The transformative power of print

Explore the new home of Printmedia—Rayko Photo Center—with Chair Michelle Murillo.

Our program teaches you to expand upon the rich traditions of printmaking and books arts, including intaglio, lithography, relief, monotype, screenprinting, and photo printmaking. You’ll explore the medium’s potential as a platform for both creative expression and cultural change. With the San Francisco Bay Area as your backdrop, you’ll draw inspiration from museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces, world-renowned print publishers and studios, and socially engaged nonprofits. Our position within a top art and design college gives you daily access to a creative, collaborative culture, challenging you to push beyond your notions of what art can accomplish in the world.

Studios & Shops

Merge traditional practices with innovative making

CCA Screenprinting student learning to etch, ink, and press lithographs.

In our fully equipped facilities, you’ll learn a full range of printmedia techniques in addition to digital printmaking, letterpress, and papermaking. We encourage you to experiment whenever possible and collaborate with your peers in fine arts. By incorporating drawing, textiles, sculpture, and other media into your projects, you’ll discover that print can do things like leap from walls and transform rooms into hypnotic installations.

Student making paper by hand.

Hamaguchi scholarships

The Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awards, made possible by a generous endowment fund, are open to all undergraduate and graduate majors whose work is engaged in the practice of printmedia and printmaking. The graduate recipient is chosen from the pool of incoming MFA students who have applied through Print. Each year, the college celebrates the multiple awardees’ accomplishments during an annual awards exhibition.

Student learning how to screenprint.

Emerging artist residency at Kala

During their final semester, undergraduate printmedia majors can apply for the Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency. The recipient is given part-time access to the prestigious Kala Art Institute, located in Berkeley. They have total freedom to explore independent projects in various printmaking techniques, photo processes, book arts, and digital media. Culminating in a group exhibition, this is the perfect experience for those who want to continue their studio practice or pursue their studies in master's programs.

Printmedia equipment

  • Large-format American French Tool etching press
  • Takach Lithography Press
  • Additional etching, lithography, and sign presses
  • 100-plus lithography stones
  • Vandercook letterpresses
  • Dedicated digital film printers
  • Photopolymer platemaker
  • Bookbinding equipment
  • Molds for papermaking
  • Couching screens for drying paper
  • Screenprinting exposure unit
  • Screenprinting washout area
  • Darkroom and screenprinting coating room
  • Hollander beater for papermaking
  • 100-plus cases of metal and wood type


Socially engaged artists

Our exceptional faculty are immersed in the local, national, and global printmedia arenas. With a focus on craft and conceptual investigation, their interests span various media beyond printmaking, including book arts, drawing, painting, photography, sculptural objects, textiles, and video. Faculty mentor you as you refine a socially conscious art practice that asks important questions and pushes the boundaries of craft.

Portrait of Anthea Black.

Anthea Black, Chair of Printmedia

Anthea Black is a Canadian artist based in Toronto and the Bay Area. Her studio practice addresses queer and trans archives, collaboration, materiality, and moves between representation, experience and abstraction. Black’s artist-publishing work includes The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism newspaper and HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education, a queer and trans pedagogy project that took form as a collaborative letterpress book, and Reprinting the UNESCO Status of the Artist Archive 1980-2020. As a curator, Black's exhibitions include SUPER STRING (2005), No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen (2012-2016), Pleasure Craft (2016), and The Embodied Press: Queer Abstraction and the Artist Book touring through 2024. Black is an Associate Professor of Printmedia and Graduate Fine Arts at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.


We think with our hands

Investigate ideas through every dimension

Before diving into their chosen major, every undergraduate participates in the First Year Experience. Students explore a wide range of materials and tools over the course of two semesters. Faculty from different disciplines guide studio projects, group critiques, and theoretical discussions, setting students up for success throughout their major coursework.

BFA Printmedia

Core Studio

Drawing 1
3.0 units
2D, 3D, and 4D
9.0 units

Printmedia Major Requirements

Printmedia Level 1 (Printmedia courses in two different media)
6.0 units
Printmedia Level 2 (second semester of selected Printmedia courses)
6.0 units
Digital Tools
3.0 units
Advanced Printmedia
6.0 units
Printmedia Studio Electives
6.0 units
Junior Tutorial
3.0 units
Senior Project: Printmedia
6.0 units

Additional Studio Requirements

Interdisciplinary Critique
3.0 units
Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio
3.0 units
Critical Ethnic Studies Studio
3.0 units
Studio Electives
15.0 units

Humanities & Sciences Requirements

Writing 1
3.0 units
Writing 2
3.0 units
Introduction to the Arts
3.0 units
Introduction to the Modern Arts
3.0 units
Foundation in Critical Studies
3.0 units
Media History: Printmedia
3.0 units
Critical Ethnic Studies Seminar (2000 level)
3.0 units
Literary and Performing Arts Studies (2000 level)
3.0 units
Philosophy and Critical Theory (2000 level)
3.0 units
Social Science/History
3.0 units
Science/Math (2000 level)
3.0 units
History of Art and Visual Culture (2000 level)
3.0 units
Humanities and Sciences Electives (2000 or 3000 level, at least 6 units must be 3000 level)
12.0 units

Total 120.0 units


Establish a lifelong creative practice

Chelsea Ryoko Wong (BFA Printmaking 2010) shares her creative path from CCA's printmedia studios to today.

Our students combine interdisciplinary interests with skills in traditional and contemporary printmedia to pursue a range of creative practices. Many establish their own studios and exhibit work in both commercial and nonprofit spaces. Others create political work and support their communities through public education projects. While each finds a unique pathway to the professional art world, they all share a desire to participate in an enriching cultural dialogue.

Potential career paths

  • Studio artist
  • Master printer
  • Educator
  • Arts or nonprofit administrator
  • Owner of a contract printing studio
  • Owner of a printed goods brand or business

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The full spectrum of printmedia

Our students want to learn and master the visual language of print. From intaglio techniques, when ink is pressed into etched lines, to screenprinting, they’re eager to build a cohesive body of work that reflects their interests and artistic influences. When they join our program, they join an inclusive, supportive community that embraces the full spectrum of printmedia.

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