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Explore the creative possibilities of contemporary printmaking and publications.

You’ll create innovative works in fine art print, books and independent publications in our studios with:

  • Relief
  • Letterpress
  • Intaglio
  • Screenprinting
  • Lithography
  • Digital media
  • Risography
  • Publishing facilities on campus

You’ll also work in the field outside the classroom. You’ll learn entrepreneurial skills through field trips, book fairs, exhibitions, print exchanges and professional partnerships. In addition to learning about publishing and printmaking, this program ties together a wide range of art and design classes that include:

  • Photography
  • Integrated Media
  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Graphic Design

You’ll also take Liberal Arts and Sciences courses to learn about cultural and historical issues and build critical thinking skills.

Program Highlights

At the End of this Program...

At the end of this four-year program, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

Admissions Requirements

Jobs You Can Get

Graduates of the program work in:

  • Artistic practice
  • Online, print and alternative publishing
  • Graphic arts, Commercial designers and illustration
  • Commercial print production
  • Arts or gallery administration
  • Independent web, graphic and digital design and communication
  • Art education

Internships & Experiential learning

OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our career services help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills you need for a meaningful career. Get access to:

  • Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
  • Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
  • Exclusive summer internships
  • Gallery exhibitions of your work
  • Freelance creative opportunities
  • Jobs after graduation

What You'll Do in the Program

Before you focus on Printmaking & Publications, your first year at OCAD University will be in our first year art program. There is a wide variety of courses to choose from to get a good base for your future years. A few are mandatory, such as art history, and drawing, but the rest of your classes could include:

  • Sculpture concepts
  • Wearable art
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Animation
  • Body and technology
  • Art and code

In second year, you’ll have the opportunity to study topics such as:

  • Screenprinting
  • Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Relief and Letterpress
  • Publications
  • Bookbinding
  • Digital Pre-Press
  • Typography
  • Nano Publishing
  • History of Print and Printmaking

Third year will feature courses focusing on printmaking and publications. You’ll choose from a wide selection of classes based on your interest, including:

  • Pressing Issues
  • Editorial Studio
  • Text and Image
  • Expanded Book
  • Expanded Relief & Intaglio
  • Expanded Screen & Lithography

In your fourth year, you can choose to take Open Studio Thesis, which allows you to concentrate on developing an independent studio practice, completing a major body of work and support paper. This course is intended to prepare you for graduate school and/or life as a professional artist.

Alternatively, you can choose to take a combination of advanced Printmaking & Publications courses or other advanced elective courses from across the university to broaden and strengthen your artistic practice.

You’ll showcase your work at GradEx _ OCAD U’s GradEx, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.


In all undergraduate programs you can choose to take a minor alongside your major to explore and expand your practice. Minors give you the opportunity to pursue a focused secondary field of study in addition to or sometimes instead of taking electives in your program and can help you look better for employers or in grants or grad school applications.  You don’t need to choose a minor on your application – rather once you start at OCAD U, you’ll be able to choose from over 90 electives that can build towards one of our 25 focused minors. Learn more about Minor Programs here.

Printmaking & Publications
Degree earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (BFA)
Faculty of Art
4 years
Portfolio required