Printmaking (Traditional Methods)

About the course

Due to the latest government coronavirus guidelines, we have reviewed and updated our short course provision. All courses are subject to change and if you have any questions, please contact the short course office for further information. 

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:

Course schedule for the 6 week course on a Wednesday

  • Week 01 - Induction. Health and Safety in the Studio, direct methods of Intaglio printmaking (using Intaglio press)
  • Drypoint plate making and print
  • Week 02 - Intaglio printmaking (using Intaglio press)
  • Drypoint print
  • Week 03 - Planographic traditional printing (using Intaglio press)
  • Monotype 
  • Week 04 - Planographic experimental printing (using Intaglio press)
  • Photocopy transfer 
  • Week 05 - Photopolymer Intaglio 
  • Positive making and plate making 
  • Week 06 - Photopolymer Intaglio (using Intaglio press)
  • Printing

Course schedule for the 5 week course on a Saturday

  • Week 01 - Induction. Health and Safety in the Studio, direct methods of Intaglio printmaking (using Intaglio press)
  • Drypoint & Collagraph
  • Week 02 - Intaglio printmaking (using Intaglio press)
  • Monotype and monoprint 
  • Week 03 - Relief print 
  • Linocut
  • Week 04 - Photopolymer Intaglio
  • Finishing works from the previous techniques
  • Introduction of Screen photopolymer and preparation of the acetate manually and with Photoshop & exposing plate
  • Week 05 - Photopolymer Intaglio
  • Printing 

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

Course dates

On a Wednesday from 09:30 to 16:00 on the following dates:

  • TBC

On a Saturday from 09:30 to 13:30 on the following dates:

  • TBC

Course length

  • Wednesdays - 6 weeks
  • Saturdays - 5 weeks

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form. 


Please note that materials, with the exclusion of printing inks, 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
05/03/202202/04/2022Saturdays 09:30 to 13:30£255.00Apply online