About Print Making
“One can derive the same fun from print-making as from making mud pies and great subtlety can be achieved through the use of transparent inks, half-tone screens and even accidental colour combinations, which is often where the art hides.” ~Ralph Steadman
Printmaking, an art form consisting of the production of images, usually on paper but occasionally on fabric, parchment, plastic, or other support, by various techniques of multiplication, under the direct supervision of or by the hand of the artist. A printmaker, instead of the paintbrush or the chisel, choose printmaking tools to express himself.
Print Making Career Path
|BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts)/BVA (Bachelor of Visual Arts)– Printmaking (Graphic Arts)|
|Eligibility||10+2 (any discipline) with 50% marks|
|Entrance Exam||Every institution/college conducts its own entrance test. Some of them are: Delhi University BFA Entrance Exam, Kerala BFA Entrance Exam, RBU (Rabindra Bharati University) BFA Admission Test Some colleges take direct admissions on merit basis.|
|Average Course Fee||₹20,000 to ₹3,00,000|
|Goal||Printmaker, Graphic Artist, Illustrator|
|MFA (Master of Fine Arts)/MVA (Master of Visual Arts)– Printmaking (Graphic Arts)|
|Eligibility||BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts)/BVA (Bachelor of Visual Arts) in the concerned branch or allied art subject with 50% marks|
|Entrance Exam||Every institution/college conducts its own entrance test. Some of them are: JMI (Jamia Millia Islamia) MFA Entrance Exam, RBU (Rabindra Bharati University) MFA Admission Test Some colleges take direct admissions on merit basis.|
|Average Course Fee||₹20,000 to ₹1,25,000|
|Goal||Art Specialist, Print Maker, Graphic Artist, Lecturer|
Colleges for Print Making
- Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
- Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
- Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, Delhi
- Govt. College of Fine Arts, Thrissur
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
- Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi
- Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU), Hyderabad
- Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
- Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai
- University of Lucknow
- Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar
- Visva Bharati University, West Bengal
Top Colleges for Print Making
Scholarship / Fellowship in Print Making
- Scheme for Scholarships to Young Artistes in Different Cultural Fields by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
- Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship
- ICCR Scholarship Scheme by Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
- Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Scholarships
- The Krishnakriti Foundation in Hyderabad and The French Embassy in India offer scholarships to Indian artists who wish to study in prestigious French institutes in the fields of visual arts.
- Inlaks Fine Arts Award provides financial assistance to young artists in their formative years to develop their creative talent.
- Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) – The Emerging Artists Award supports young Indian artists studying or practicing in India who demonstrate extraordinary skills in the visual arts.
- Khoj Fellowship
- Ratan Tata Trust Scholarships for Indian students in India in the field of fine arts.
- Sitaram Jindal Foundation Scholarship
- Different institutions / colleges award scholarships to deserving students. The scholarship criteria vary from one institute to another.
Print Making Key Skills
Print Making Career Prospects
- Graphic Artist / Visual Artist
- Print Designer / Graphic Designer
- Art Technician / Curator
- Lecturer / Professor
- Exhibiting Artist
- Marketing Executive
- Production In Charge
Jobs in Print Making
- Publishing Houses / Print & Electronic Media
- Art Studios / Exhibitions
- Advertising / Commercial Companies
- Textile Industry
- Government Sector
- Designing Industry
- Schools / Colleges / Universities / Academic Institutes
Salary in Print Making
Like in any other field the remuneration in this field depends on qualification, experience and area in which one works. One could get an initial pay of ₹8,000 to ₹15,000 per month.
Print Making Role Models
Kavita Nayar– She is a contemporary women printmaker. One of her famous work, such as in the series “Seeds” (2009-2012), where she explores the meaning of life through the visual vocabulary of flowers and foetuses. In 2013, she curated a National level exhibition for young print makers at The All India Fine arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. In 2008, she was awarded by National Legal Literacy Mission for outstanding work in the field of Art, New Delhi.
Shukla Sawant– She is the youngest contemporary women printmaker and works in a variety of media and techniques. She often puts photography, printmaking, sculpture and readymade objects together in order to create the desired impact, even blending them with background music and audio effects in her installations. Her 2009 installation Remembering Pandita, where she used sounds from a printing press, and Desert Islands and Other Texts that used bird calls of seagulls.
K G. Subramanyan
K G. Subramanyan– He was one of the most influential and well-known printmakers in India. A versatile practitioner of various forms of arts along with Printmaking, he has produced a wide range of prints using lithography. He dabbled in myriad forms and diverse media – painting, mural, weaving, book illustrations, toy making, glass painting and terracotta murals, all along his artistic journey. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.