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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:

  • History of printing and printmaking
  • Screen printing
  • Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Publications
  • Typography
  • Nano Publishing
  • Creative Writing
  • Online Art and Website Creation
  • Digital Imaging
  • Book Arts: Bookbinding
  • Letterpress

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

  • Art Writing
  • Editorial Design
  • Handmade Photo Books
  • Text and Image
  • The Book as Art
  • History of Print & Printmaking
  • Web Theory
  • Media Networks Studio Professional practice
  • Intermediate studio practice

In fourth year, you’ll be able to focus on your interests even more. You’ll also work on your thesis or final project and showcase your work at OCAD U’s GradEx, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with over 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
Faculty of Art
4 years
Portfolio required