Art degree programs encourage students to experiment and experience a wide range of art media before selecting an area of concentration, such as printmaking. The WNMU printmaking studio is the only all-on-toxic printmaking facility within the university system of New Mexico. The program is based on the Canadian School of Non-Toxic Printmaking approach of Keith Howard and George Roberts, to share safe and creative processes with students who in turn will practice and expand the application of non-toxic printmaking.
Students learn human-friendly technical printmaking processes that provide a safe environment where the creative process of making art flourishes. The "wave of the future' safe approaches using intaglio-type, acrylic resist etching, polyester plate lithography and digital imaging are over a decade in practice at the WNMU print studio alongside the safe traditional processes of water-based Japanese and Western style block printing and dry point.