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Why choose this course?

This course is ideal for those who want to find out about traditional printmaking methods and techniques, through both tuition and experimentation. With guidance throughout the courses you will be able to try different printmaking methods. By working in a group you can observe and discuss what other people are doing to broaden your knowledge and offer inspiration for ideas. With practical, hands on experience some of the aspects you will cover include:

  • Direct methods of printmaking such as monotype and stencilling
  • Relief printing such as linocut
  • Etching – different types such as line, aquatint and photo
  • Silkscreen
  • The use of our various types of presses, relief, intaglio and planographic methods of ink application

If you have not attended a printmaking course here at the university before, you will follow the weekly plan to sample all of the above techniques. If you have attended a printmaking course at UH, you will have the opportunity to focus on and develop one or two methods for your own projects.

By the end of the course you will have an understanding of print processes and a portfolio of work.

Course dates

On a Wednesday from 09.30 to 16.00 on the following dates:

  • 12 June to 17 July 2019 (6 week course)
  • 18 September to 30 October 2019 (7 week course)
  • 06 November to 11 December 2019 (6 week course)
  • 15 January to 26 February 2020 (7 week course)
  • 04 March to 29 April 2020 (7 week course, excluding 08 & 15 April 2020 - Easter Break)

On a Saturday from 09.30 to 13.30 on the following dates:

  • 9 March to 13 April 2019 (6 week course)
  • 21 September to 26 October 2019 (6 week course)
  • 09 November to 14 December 2019 (6 week course)course
  • 18 January to 15 February 2020 (5 week course)
  • 07 March to 04 April 2020 (5 week course)

The 5 and 6 week course schedules will be a reduced version of the 7 week course

Course schedules

Course schedule for 7 week course on a Wednesday and Saturday

  • Week 01 - Induction. Health and Safety in the Studio. Direct methods of printmaking - Drypoint
  • Week 02 - Etching - Line Hard Ground
  • Week 03 - Etching - Soft Ground - 
  • Week 04 - Etching- Tone - Aquatint
  • Week 05 - Printing Etching and Monoprinting 
  • Week 06 - Relief
  • Week 07 - Relief and Monoprinting

Course experts

  • Alice Valentina Biga
  • Yasmine Dainelli

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk


Please note that materials are not included within this course.

Students will be sent a materials list once they have booked a course with instructions of what to bring on their first day.  Materials can be purchased from our School shop which offers an extensive selection for all our courses. Some specialist materials can be purchased from the relevant workshops within the School.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course.  This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We therefore encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement. 

Address and directions

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions, visit our helpful "Where to Find Us" page.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/legal/cancellation-right



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
18/09/201930/10/2019Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.00£395Apply online
21/09/201926/10/2019Saturdays 09.30 to 13.30£230Apply online
06/11/201911/12/2019Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.00£340Apply online
09/11/201914/12/2019Saturdays 09.30 to 13.30£230Apply online
15/01/202026/02/2020Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.00£395Apply online
18/01/202015/02/2020Saturdays 09.30 to 13.30£195Apply online
04/03/202029/04/2020Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.00£395Apply online
07/03/202007/03/2020Saturdays 09.30 to 13.30£195Apply online