Short Course - Foundation EXTRA
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Utilising traditional printing craft and skills and using antique and vintage presses, you will be able to print your own posters, signs and other ephemera, all displaying the uniquely tactile qualities of Letterpress printing.
Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.
A worker composes and locks movable type into the "bed" or "chase" of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.
Letterpress has recently had a rebirth in popularity because of the “allure of hand-set type” and the differences today between traditional Letterpress and computerised printed text.
Letterpress commonly features a relief impression of the type (although this was considered bad printing in traditional letterpress) to denote that piece of work has been produced using Letterpress.
Gray's School of Art's Letterpress collection consist of Woodletter or Poster Type – used to print posters and larger advertisements. We have a range of typefaces, some hand cut.
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Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.
You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.
You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.
A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course. You are advised to wear old clothing and an apron. A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course. All health and safety issues regarding the workshops are covered and COSHH information regarding specific substances used is available.
This course is not formally assessed.
Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Suitable for students with no previous printmaking experience and letterpress enthusiasts.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.
Course fee: £80 (includes all printing materials)
Materials & Equipment
Print workshop facilities, a variety of letterpress types, rollers and pallet knives will be provided as will paper, ink and newsprint.
Students are advised to wear old clothing and an apron.
A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.
Gray's Art Shop
Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.
Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
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The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
Apply direct to the university using our online application form.
Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.