Printmaking (Traditional Methods)

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Why choose this course?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are monitoring the situation and will update our short courses when we have further information.

Course dates

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

  • 16 September to 28 October 2020
  • 04 November to 16 December 2020
  • 15 January to 26 February 2021
  • 04 March to 29 April 2021 (excluding 08 & 15 April 2021 -
    Easter Break)

Course length

7 weeks

Course costs

£395 for each 7 week course

Courses dates

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

  • 19 September to 24 October 2020
  • 07 November to 12 December 2020
  • 16 January to 20 February 2021
  • 06 March to 01 May 2021 (excluding 03 & 10 April 2021 -
    Easter Break)

Course length

6 weeks

Course cost

£230 for each 6 week course

This course is ideal for those who want to find out about traditional printmaking methods and techniques, through both support from highly experienced tutors and experimentation. With such support and guidance throughout the courses you will be able to try out a range of different printmaking methods, and build your confidence in this medium. By working in a group you will be invited to observe and discuss what other people are doing, broadening your knowledge and offering inspiration for the development of your own ideas. Through practical, hands on experience some of the aspects of printmaking 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 printing.
  • The use of our various types of presses, relief, intaglio and planographic methods of ink application.

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

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

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

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

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


Please note that materials are not included within the fees for this course.

Once you have booked a course you will be sent a materials list, with instructions about what to bring on your first day. Materials can be purchased from our School shop, or online. Where necessary or relevant, some specialist materials can be purchased from the staff during workshops.

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 you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers. 

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

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
16/09/202028/10/2020Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:00£395Apply online
19/09/202024/10/2020Saturdays 09:30 - 13:30£230Apply online
04/11/202016/12/2020Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:00£395Apply online
07/11/202012/12/2020Saturdays 09:30 - 13:30£230Apply online
13/01/202124/02/2021Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:00£395Apply online
16/01/202120/02/2021Saturdays 09:30 - 13:30£230Apply online
03/03/202128/04/2021Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:00£395Apply online
06/03/202124/04/2021Saturdays 09:30 - 13:30£230Apply online