Gray's School of Art


Short course - Intermediate

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Printmaking | Intermediate
This course allows you to explore more fully an expanded range of intaglio applications within copper plate/ steel plate etching and drypoint.

You will be introduced to a range of new copper plate etching processes such as soft-ground, crayon-lift, Photo etch and aquatint. In addition, some other expanded print processes such as lithography will be explored. There will also be the opportunity to revisit some of the relief processes taught on the foundation course. You will have the opportunity to explore the techniques through the production of small scale test pieces and you will be encouraged to develop your design understanding through personalised projects, working towards resolved prints.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
30 Sept/2 Oct - 18/20 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
6/8 Jan - 24/26 Feb 2020
Course Length
40 hours (16 weeks)
Mondays or Wednesdays
7.00pm - 9.30pm

You are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects your personal practice, individual interests and the work of other artists.

This becomes a personal journal of your development during the course. 



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

You must provide your own drawing materials, printing paper and plates. should bring a current sketchbook with them to use for primary source material. Advice can be sought from your tutor.

You will be provided with inks, newsprint, etching sundries - grounds, stop out varnish, acids, white spirit, baby oil, methylated spirits, cleaning materials and test plates for intaglio processes: etching, drypoint and lithographic process.

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.

Methods of delivery include: class talks, 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. 


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.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support


This course is recommended for those who have completed the Foundation Printmaking course.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.


Course fee: £360


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Additional costs

Depending on the scope and scale of your project, you may incur additional costs for large copper/steel plate and elements of the lithographic process (i.e.) litho plate. Any additional costs such as these will be negotiated with your lecturer.


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials 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.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


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:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

This course includes full access to the relief and intaglio workshop including the etching facilities.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

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