The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


As a practice, printmaking intersects with some of the earliest forms of photography. In contemporary practice however, printmaking and photography are often viewed as quite distinct media. This course will explore the significant and ongoing interaction of these forms, enabling students to learn photomechanical print processes, while also gaining an understanding of the specific visual qualities of printed photographic imagery. In learning about and employing print language, students will develop an awareness of the social impact of photomechanical reproduction, its contribution to the development of mass print culture, as well as its contemporary resurgence, influenced by a revival of analogue processes and their integration with digital practice.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AART3240. Students who have successfully completed AART3240 are not eligible to enrol in AART2240.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Create, analyse and critique work produced through photomechanical printmaking techniques.

2. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the theoretical principles of the course, through engagement with contemporary print practice.

3. Demonstrate an ability to integrate and synthesise the theoretical and technical principles of the course within their own studio work.

4. Understand and efficiently manage the technical processes necessary to develop photomechanical work, and to resolve studio work successfully.


Critical engagement with historical and contemporary intersections of photography and printmedia;

Topics may include:

  1. Differences between continuous tone and halftone, and methods of simulating continuous tone in photomechanical printmedia;
  2. Digital image preparation and workflow;
  3. Technical instruction in photomechanical print methods (eg: silkscreen, photopolymer intaglio, laser-cut woodblock);
  4. Investigation of specific print languages, and how these may change images and shape meaning;
  5. Image construction through layer and colour separation;
  6. Use of photographic and photopolymer emulsions;
  7. Correct printing and registration techniques;
  8. Low toxicity and alternative printmaking processes;
  9. Good studio etiquette, with a focus on Health and Safety.


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 60 units at the 1000 level. If you have successfully completed AART3240 cannot enrol in AART2240.

Assessment items

Journal: Studio Journal

Project: Project 1 Studio Output

Project: Project 2 Studio Output

Project: Project 3 Studio Output

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term