By becoming a printer, I can only assume that would be a photo printer. When I was in school, I chose commercial art as my major, and the only thing facing me upon graduation was a job at RR Donnaly, as a "printer". The thought of spending my entire career in a printing facility, burning plates, stripping, or other related task in a print factory looked dismally bleak to me, I chose to find other gainfull employment. If you are aspiring to be a fine art printer, good luck. I think I would recommend artist in residence for you, let the uni's pay for you to explore all the avenues involved in such a broad term as "printer".