Painting and Printmaking Tracks

Combining traditional and contemporary art, you'll be skilled in painting, printmaking or both. This track allows you to take coursework that will determine which area fits you best.

Virtual Sessions – Department of Art

Interested in learning more about the Department of Art at Youngstown State University? The Department of Art is hosting virtual information sessions to allow students and families to learn more about the outstanding programs offered at YSU.  Current available sessions are below: 


Tuesday, March 16th at 6:00 pm - Interdisciplinary Studio Art
Tuesday. April 13th at 6:00 pm - Sculpture and Ceramics
Monday, May 10th at 6:00 pm - Graphic + Interactive Design

Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member and have their questions answered!

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What You'll Study

Painting encourages you to recognize, widen and strengthen your personal sensibilities, while printmaking focuses on allowing you to develop skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary print media.

As a student following the Painting and Printmaking tracks within the Studio Art major, you'll have access to spacious, naturally lit studios for an accommodating work environment both during and after your classes. The studios also offer individual space for advanced students and non-toxic methods.

You'll experience professional development throughout the many opportunities to display your art to be judged at McDonough Museum of Art and The Butler Institute of American Art — and for printmaking students, the Red Press Collaborative visiting artist program.

Major and Tracks

After successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review within the Studio Art major, you'll take courses in both painting and printmaking, giving you a better idea of which emphasis you'd like to choose. You can continue on with painting, printmaking or work across both areas.

  • Painting Track

    The painting track offers a balance of technical and conceptual aspects of painting. The coursework will expose you to a wide range of ideas and processes in relation to historical and contemporary practices.

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  • Printmaking Track

    The printmaking track gives you the basic skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary print media. Your coursework will focus on lithography, intaglio, screenprint, relief, monoprint/monotype and photo/digital based printmaking applications.

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  • Painting Minor

    You will take courses that will develop skills in both intermediate and advanced painting. After taking four main courses, you'll choose two more between watercolor painting, advanced painting and studio problems. The minor can be completed in 18 credit hours.

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  • Painting Minor for Non-Art Majors

    Not majoring in art, but still interested in adding that creative component to your degree?

    You may not be Picasso, but you do enjoy painting in your spare time. With the minor, you'll discover the art that is painting and the techniques used when creating a work of art. The seven courses within the minor give you a introduction to painting as well as foundation courses in 2D design and drawing. The minor can add an extra dynamic to your degree and can be completed in 21 credit hours.

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  • Printmaking Minor

    Choosing the courses you'll take will help you hone in on the areas you're most focused on with this minor. By choosing between intaglio relief and litho screenprint, you'll be come away from the minor with a solid understanding for the art. The minor can be completed in 18 credit hours.

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  • Printmaking Minor for Non-Art Majors

    Having a degree in something other than art doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the creative opportunities YSU has to offer.

    Get creative with paper. The printmaking minor shows you the originality of creating a work of art through printing it, typically on paper. As a non-art student, you'll take foundational courses that will give you an understanding of 2D design and drawing. The remaining courses will cover the types of printmaking: intaglio, relief, lithio and screen printing. These designs, while all different from one another, help you to create works of art. The minor can be completed in 18 credit hours.

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Internships and Jobs


  • SMARTS Art School
  • ArtMentors
  • United Future